2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Review
Jul 02, 2009 | Comments 3
Mitsubishi Lancer Overview
The new Mitsubishi lancer 2000 priced at MSRP $14500-$26900 is a sporty alternative to the basic sedan best sellers. The new 2009 Mitsubishi is the smallest sedan and lowest priced car in the US line up. Mitsubishi has very adeptly referred to the 2009 lancer as the ‘compact sport sedan’ as they are designed with an appearance to match their designation. This model is perfectly designed for those who are looking at buying a car for basic transportation and which has a viable alternative to the status quotient. The beautiful exteriors promises to make heads turn as you drive them
The 2009 lancer has a wedge shaped body which makes it very appealing. . Its exterior styling is quite similar to that of Evolution , its interiors has sporty interior themes, with a combination of darker surface and matte-metallic trim The exteriors of the car are very alluring but the interiors lack the same excitement. The exteriors stand out among its competitors like Honda Civic. The lancer models are available in DE, ES, GT, and Ralliart trim levels. The main styling differences in these models are the basic DE model includes black door handles, black mirrors and 16-inch covered wheels. The lancer ES which has a far polished appearance includes a 16-inch alloy wheels, color-keyed door handles and mirrors and a chrome grille surround.
The interiors of the car do not keep up to the mark that is expected. The inner controls are not within easy reach and the dashboard screen is hard to read in sunny conditions. Despite the contemporary, minimalist, styling, when you sit inside you feel that there is something amiss in terms of richness and refinement.
The 2009 lancer model is well equipped in terms of features which offer convenience to the drivers. They are well loaded with an amalgamation of standard audio and power features, as well as some high-tech options. The basic DE model also includes AM/FM/CD audio system with MP3CD capability, and power windows.
The ES and GTS models include a sunroof, keyless ignition and entry and a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate sound system with an in-dash six-CD changer, an auxiliary audio jack (RCA style) and satellite radio. The ES model is equipped with a Bluetooth interface system with voice recognition for hands-free calling. A new component of the optional Sun and Sound Package, available for both the GTS and ES, is the Freehand Advanced Security Transmitter. The FAST Key entry system allows the driver to unlock the Lancer via an in-pocket remote and by simply grasping the handle on either of the front doors.
The 2009 Lancer provides good performance for the price tag. The Lancer GTS packs a new 2.4-liter four-cylinder capable of 168 hp and 167 lb-ft of torque. Engine is smooth enough but not very quiet. Its 152-hp four-cylinder engine produces plenty of power to move the Lancer at highway speeds. We found that these lancers have adequate pickup with manual transmission, and they’re borderline sluggish with the CVT. When added to the Lancer GTS, this CVT includes a manual mode operated via paddle shifters.
The fuel economy is particularly similar like that of smaller engines and is not very impressive. For a smaller car, with a small engine one would generally expect higher fuel economy numbers than the EPA estimates of 22 mpg city, 29 highway for the automatic and 21/29 mpg for the manual. In contrast the Honda civic performed better in terms of fuel economy. The 2009 Honda Civic with a five-speed manual returns an EPA-estimated 26/34 mpg which is greater than the 2009 Lancer.
The 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer is quite comfortable and keeps occupants firmly in place. The interiors are quite spacious even at the rear end, in fact the leg space provide can comfortably seat a six feet tall individual.
The efficiently designed interior space has ample room for cargo and storage spaces. When we focused our attention on the quality of materials used to design the interiors, we found them aptly assembled and trimmed in plastics and surfaces of appropriate quality. The interiors of the cars were good could not beat their rivals at the finesse and richness. Interior materials and cheap elements, like the grab handles on the doors and the trip computer button beside the gauges could not prove themselves.
In context to the road noise, the 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer performed well except that the crude engine note was a sore point. We found the wind noise was well checked, but the coarse surface tire thrum was fairly high in all models. In comparison between the basic and the ES model, the ES model was less noisy but still not a distinctly quiet ride.
In conclusion the interiors compact design is commendable but the inferior quality used can be seen in the materials. The low price tag may be the reason for cheap materials used.
The 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer is weel equipped in terms of safety regulations. It has a complete assortment of airbags, including front-seat side airbags, full-length head curtain airbags and a driver knee airbag. All models except the basic De model comes with the four wheel disc brake. Anti lock brakes are optional on the DE model and are standard on the ES, GTS and Ralliart models. Stability control is also available only on the Ralliart model During the safety test it scored a complete five-star rating for driver frontal crash protection and front-seat side crash protection and four stars for passenger frontal crash protection and for rear-seat side protection.
We can conclude that 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer is an impressive sedan car with a wide array of available high tech equipments, edgy styling, strong engines in GTS and Ralliart trims and confident handling.
The main drawback lies in the sub par fuel economy, noisy base engines, and inferior quality of interiors used. It is not a mainstream economy car like a Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla, as it lacks the refinement, fuel economy and reputation to match up with these cars.