With aggressive, muscular sheetmetal the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer is unquestionably one of the most stylish 4-doors available in its price segment with four models to choose from (DE, ES, GTS and Ralliart).
Several key changes take place across the Lancer model lineup for the 2011 model year. The Lancer DE and ES models receive a new advanced fuel-saving technology in the form of new electric assist power steering.
The performance-oriented Lancer GTS and Ralliart editions now boast a convenient USB port for plugging in a memory stick or easy iPod access, plus this dynamic automotive duo gain Mitsubishi’s remarkable FUSE HandsFree Link System that allows for hands-free access to Bluetooth-enabled cellphones, an iPod or a USB drive with the use of simple voice commands.
What’s more, every 2011 Lancer model sees its highway fuel economy improve over last year’s models, with the Lancer DE and ES increasing to an impressive 33 miles per gallon.
A capable 2.0-liter 4-cylinder produces 152 horsepower and is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission in both the Lancer DE and ES models. A continuously-variable transmission (CVT) is available as an option.
The Lancer GTS sees a 20 horsepower boost in power (to an output of 168 hp) thanks to a larger-displacement 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. A smooth-shifting 5-speed manual gearbox comes standard, while a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is also available.
At the top of the Lancer performance chain resides the remarkable Ralliart model, featuring a 237 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged and intercooled inline-4 engine and rapid-shifting 6-speed automated manual Twin-Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission.
Base model estimated mpg: 24/33
Estimated starting price: $15,000
Compiled by Motor Matters

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