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2011 Mitsubishi Lancer

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2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Review

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Although the super-hot Lancer Evolution springs from the humble Lancer platform, its popularity and cult-like following haven't trickled down to its lesser siblings. Not that the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer is a poor choice - far from it. But, in an extremely competitive segment with such heavy hitters as the Honda Civic and new Ford Focus – not to mention the new 40-mpg Hyundai Elantra – the middle-of-the-road Lancer can easily be overlooked. After receiving a thorough makeover last year, Mitsubishi continues to load the Lancer with the high-tech features so important to today's younger buyers, but without raising the car's price. Keeping the Lancer's price in check is a smart move and one that might finally help the worthy Lancer finally get the notice it's due.

You'll Like This Car If...

Those looking for a low-cost economy sedan that doesn't look like a low-cost economy sedan will find the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer an appealing choice. Its numerous variations range from timid to turbocharged, and feature lots of cool technology features, such as the FUSE hands-free voice control system.

You May Not Like This Car If...

While it may look solid from the outside, the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer just isn't built with the same attention to detail and materials found on such cars as the Mazda Mazda3, Honda Civic or Ford Focus. The interior is also a bit noisier than we're accustomed to.

What's Significant About This Car?

Changes to the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer include an increase in fuel economy across all models, the addition of the FUSE hands-free link system to the GTS and Ralliart (it's optional on the ES), and the addition of electric-assist power steering on DE and ES models.

Driving the Lancer

Driving Impressions In order to make a small car ride as well as it handles, engineers must sometimes manhandle the laws of physics; judging by our brief test drive in the 2011...

Mitsubishi Lancer GTS, it would appear the engineers have won the battle. On twisting mountain roads, we were impressed by the GTS' composure, as well as its tenacious ability to cling to the pavement. Although Lancers equipped with manual transmissions are a second quicker to 60 mph than their automatic counterparts, we truly came to prefer the fast shifts afforded by the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. When not tearing through unpopulated mountain passes, we found the smooth and considerably less noisy ES trim to be far more compatible with daily driving needs. Although the ES' cabin is less raucous than in the GTS, it still allows in a fair amount of wind and tire noise.

40-Gigabyte Hard Drive
Lancer's hard drive-based navigation system responds more quickly than more common DVD-based units. It also allows you to store up to six gigabytes of digital music taken directly from CDs, or about 1,200 songs.

Keyless Entry and Start
The available FAST Key system lets you unlock and start the Lancer without ever touching the key/transmitter.

2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Details
Interior

If we had to describe the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer interior in two words, we'd choose minimalist and contemporary. Sure, the design is clean, but the abundance of mid-grade plastics is a bit of turn off, lacking in both richness (see Volkswagen) and refinement (see Mazda). Seat fabric, seat design and interior features vary by trim level, successively growing nicer as the dollar signs move upward. The GTS features the most appealing interior, with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, deeply bolstered front seats, chrome interior door handles, and high-contrast gauge faces.

Exterior

The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer distances itself from the common compact with its wide stance, tall roof, and rally car inspired styling. Mitsubishi says the massive front grille was inspired by the air intakes found on fighter jets - an interesting source of inspiration, but one that works quite nicely in this instance. While the base DE, with its black trim and 16-inch wheel covers, doesn't inspire much enthusiasm for driving, the ES projects a far more appealing image, wearing 16-inch alloy wheels, a chrome grille and colored door handles and mirrors in place of the DE's black plastic. GTS and Ralliart trims stand out ever further, with 18-inch styled wheels, a rear spoiler, chrome exhaust outlets, and front and side body extensions.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A base Lancer DE includes a four-speaker, 140-watt CD/MP3 sound system, power windows, side-curtain airbags, driver's knee airbag, electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes (ABS), tilt wheel and a trip computer. If the ES model is within your reach, we'd recommend taking that step up, as it adds air conditioning, power locks, steering wheel mounted controls for the cruise control and audio, pre-wiring for a Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity option, an auxiliary audio input jack and remote keyless entry. GTS models gain 18-inch alloy wheels, a sport suspension, bigger brakes, a 2.4-liter engine, automatic climate control, FUSE with Bluetooth hands-free communication, a USB port, and sport bucket seats. The Ralliart adds a 237-horsepower turbocharged engine, all-wheel drive and a six-speed twin-clutch Sportronic Shift automatic transmission.

Optional Equipment

Some of the Lancer's most desirable options are a hard drive-based navigation and audio system, and the Sun and Sound Package, which includes FAST Key keyless entry and start, a 710-Watt Rockford-Fosgate audio system, FUSE hands-free linking system and a sunroof. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) serves as the automatic transmission option.

Under the Hood

For 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer DE and ES trims, the only powertrain decision facing a buyer is whether to stick with the five-speed manual or go for the continuously variable transmission (CVT). The GTS, however, gets a more robust 2.4-liter engine, which shows noticeable improvements over the 2.0-liter in the areas of vibration and low-end torque. The CVT-equipped GTS model includes steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and six simulated gears that effectively give the driver control of a quick-shifting manu-matic. The Ralliart trim gains a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine good for 237 horsepower and all-wheel drive. Lancer DE and ES models sold in California are PZEV-rated and deliver 143 horsepower and 143 pound-feet of torque.

2.0-liter in-line 4
148 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
146 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/33 (manual), 25/33 (automatic)

2.4-liter in-line 4
168 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
167 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/31 (manual), 23/30 (automatic)

2.0-liter turbocharged in-line 4
237 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
253 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2500-4750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25

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2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 326 Ratings for the 2008 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Overall Great Vehicle

By on Monday, June 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 104,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "very stylish, great on gas"

Cons: "engine may not be a reliable as one would hope"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I bought this vehicle slightly used. Within a Year the motor blew thank god I had a warranty on it. I got it fixed no problem and never had another issue with it. I always loved the car, its very stylish and worked great for me until I needed more room. If your looking to buy one id really check out the engine or make sure you have a good warranty, I have a close friend who also had the same issue. Otherwise its a great car and protected my child and I when we into a pretty bad accident."

16 people out of 27 found this review helpful

Great overall drivers car

By on Friday, May 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Great value, Amazing handling, AWD drving dynamics"

Cons: "Basic interior, expensive NAVI option"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

Snow Day!

"Super All Wheel Control! (SAWC) The active yaw control (AYC) introduced (in the US) for the EVO X sets it above and beyond. With AWD cars there will be the slight bias towards understeer. The AYC applies torque to the outside rear wheel while breaking the inside front wheel that really allows the car to rotate. Other competitors (cough 2015 STI) now have their, form however it is break vectoring by only only engaging the front inside break. The drive dynamics and feedback are unmatched. Imagine a GTR at 1/3 of the cost, and really that cost is for power, the aftermarket sector fixes that quick. If you want a car that handles amazingly and care about performance and function, rather than 'burning rubber' AKA you are a serious car and driving enthusiast, the EVO is for you! You prefer carving a nice curvy road, hitting the apex perfectly, and can push what you thought was the limit more and more and more, yes, the EVO is for you. Granted I have done some maneuvers that would leave my sideways in a ditch or true (god forbid) if I was in a RWD coupe. So the AWD gives you power you can use. There is no point totting (or bragging about) 455hp/tq if you can only use 25% of while driving or turning. Oh yeah, rain/snow, I get excited! So much fun in the snow, I wake up early before they plow to have a great time. The rain is free drift practice days (on a closed course). You can adjust the SAWC for dry(70/30), wet(50/50), and snowy(30/70) road conditions and it does make a difference. It will take you about a year or two to fully understand and drive in rain/snow conditions. The AWD is in 50/50 (rear/front power bias) by default and changes based on the SAWC setting when the tires start to slip. :) If you want an every changing driving dynamic car, again sir, the EVO is for you. I have the MR (SST), which is the dual clutch. This is not an automatic with a sloppy torque converter, this is truely a two clutch automated manual gearbox. If you are coming from a manual you will understand the feeling(I did). It does typically jerk in 1st when its cold, but all manuals (sport cars) do that. I drive the SST in manual mode 90% of the time, other times is in heavy, heavy traffic, or eating. The SST is great and shifts very fast (and sharp depending on settings). If you are absolutely serious about power and plan on building the motor for larger turbo setup, the SST upgrades are goings to cost you. Note, that bolt-ons are fine. However if you were going to do these upgrades with the 5spd MT you would still have to replace the stock clutch (however slightly less expensive). Some people bash the SST because stock it cannot handle 400tq+, but neither can the 5spd MT. So lets get to the bad. The car is not sexy, it looks ok/good, but there are competitors that 'look' better. Again, this car is not for looks, its for traction, performance, function, driving, and handling. The base interior is not great, barely good, just OK. The Recaro seats are fantasic (not in the USDM 2015 model). The heater leather Recaros are even better! Otherwise a non-car person passenger will get in the car and wonder why you spent so much on an average sedan. The Navigation unit helps classy it up a bit, but for $2500+ extra, not really worth it, when a $200 smart phones does the same thing (you can install stock navi for ~$1000). The car really wasn't made for looking at a navi, it was built very tight and solid. With that being said, if you get an exhaust you can feel its vibration and maybe rattling, but then again that was expected. Overall I am not trying to impress or wow anyone with my interior, and the EVO will not win any awards for it. I do have the leather heated Recaros and I am perfectly happy knowing my money did not go into gadgets and apps for the passenger to gaze at."

2 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Snow Day!

Love this vehicle

By on Saturday, April 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,300

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great price; great radio system; comfortable"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Purchased this vehicle at Hartford Mitsubishi. Very good service w/Josh the salesman. He was very helpful with what I wanted with the features for this vehicle and he was able to help me get the car I wanted. The car drives very comfortable. I am very glad I purchased this vehicle."

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

It is easy and fun to drive. Good visibility.

By on Saturday, April 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, appearance. long warranty"

Cons: "Plain interior. Some road noise"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The Lancer is fun to drive and with the package including the moon roof and alloy wheels it looks expensive. Since I have an older Mitsubishi with almost 200,000 miles and still drive I believe the new Lancer should be very reliable."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Drives super like no other cars i've driven.Amazin

By on Sunday, April 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Evo amaze all around"

Cons: "Stock audio system."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"X MR is Amaze commuter for dd.Can upgrade for potent hp and performance.Will dust most of fast cars on the streets and tracks.Recaro makes balance for comfort and high speed drive."

13 people out of 28 found this review helpful

Very good vehicle

By on Sunday, March 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 34,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Lots of pep and easy to park. Nice car."

Cons: "Could use improvement with road noise, blind spots"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Really nice car overall. Only complaints are the road noise and blind spots. Cup holders are too small."

8 people out of 17 found this review helpful

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