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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 New for 2011

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 332 Ratings for the 2008 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Great value

By on Friday, July 22, 2016

I owned and sold this car

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "reliable"

Cons: "unexciting interior"

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

"This was a very reliable car during the 2 years we owned it. IT had plenty of power and the 4 wheel drive never let us down. Fun to drive. The interior was very basic. nothing special. A lot of plastic. There are many other vehicles out there with more attractive interiors at this price point. But Mitsubishi vehicles are great value super reliable. We bought another Mitsubishi. Love em."

My Mitzubishi Lancer is a dream

By on Saturday, May 28, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 86,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Cons: "3"

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

"I doubt I'll sell it but I would sell my car if I could get a truck in as good of a condition as my car is for the same price"

great handling car

By on Saturday, April 30, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,650

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Fun and easy to drive,great sterio and styling"

Cons: "TOO MANY BLIND SPOTS"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"Own this Lancer three months.NOT FOR HILL CLIMBING but good acceleration on flatroads.mpg 24 city, handles well on country roads, like exterior look with spoiler and running lights. Sun pkge options w/ kickin sound, sun roof. OVERALL HAPPY SO FAR WITH IT."

8 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Incredible vehicle

By on Saturday, April 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,744

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Really fun to drive"

Cons: "A little loud"

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

"The Lancer has a really fast response when picking up speed to be a 4 cylinder. It's the most amazing 4 cylinder I've ever driven. It runs smooth, it has a cute sound, it connects to my blue tooth within 3 minutes after I get into the car and start driving. It connects to my music as well not just to my phone calls."

7 people out of 11 found this review helpful

makes ya giggle when you drive it

By on Thursday, March 31, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "quick, FUN, knife sharp handeling"

Cons: "mpg could be better"

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

gettin ready to go cruizin......

"There is only one reason i did not give this car a 10 across the board...just a bit dated. That being said, the fun factor removes that from your brain quite rapidly. The heated Recaro seats are top notch. The auto up/down windows and auto open/close sunroof are a great touch. Now on to what you are here for...DRIVING IT. This is, (next to my integra type r), the most fun car I have driven on the street(I have driven plenty, my NSX is the most fun on the track). Anyway.....This car is not made anymore and that is a shame. If You can find one that has not been modded....GET IT. I think the GSR(5 speed) or the MR(auto with proper paddle shifter(fixed on steering column not on steering wheel) would make you a happy driver....a true petrol head car."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

gettin ready to go cruizin......

On My Second Mitsubishi Lancer

By on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very reliable. Handles very well. Sporty Looking."

Cons: "Gas Mileage is a bit low. Road noise on highway."

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

"This is my second Mitsubishi Lancer based on this body design (introduced for the 2008 model year). My first Lancer was the 2008 Lancer GTS with the CVT transmission (the first year the GTS came with the 2.0L engine). I drove that car for 7 years in New England (hot summers, cold snowy winters) and it was not garaged (my classic car took up that space). When I traded it in, it had 189,990 trouble free miles on it. The car never went in for an unscheduled maintenance. Extremely reliable. At first I wasn't to sure I made the right decision going with the CVT variant, as I never owned a car equipped with that type of transmission. But, after a while I found I preferred the smoothness of accelerating without the bumping of gear shifts. Now when I'm in a regular automatic, it just feels weird. I was happy to see that the CVT was as reliable as the rest of the car. So, when I was shopping for a new car, I made sure to keep another Lancer on my list of possibilities. I decided, this time, to go with the AWC SE model over the Subaru Impreza that was in the running (another very nice car). While the Subaru had the better interior (options, materials...)and quieter cabin on the highway, I liked the no-nonsense and spartan layout of the Lancer, even after all these years. Everything that you need is there and logically laid out. Also, the Mitsubishi was less expensive than the Subaru and has a much better warranty (10y/100k). The 2.4L in the Lancer also put out more performance that you could feel when test driving between it and the Subaru (at a cost to gas mileage though). The Mitsubishi AWC is superior to that of the Subaru in my opinion, as it lets you switch between front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive and four-wheel lock drive. This way you can drive it in FWD in the hooter months and switch between AWD/4WD in the winter, depending on the situation. The system is controlled by a simple three-position rocker switch located in the center console that can be switched on the fly. I used it this past winter and it performed wonderfully.Very nice feature. There are some other updates to the Lancer since 2008, but it is basically the same car. Right now, I am enjoying the SE model more than the GTS model I originally had. Sure I lost the paddle shift capability (hardly ever used them after the novelty wore off), the sporty rear wing (all it did was block my rear view) and the bigger 18" rims (more expensive to replace tires). But the awesome AWC system more than makes up for it and then some. I would have no problems recommending this car to any of my friends and family."

36 people out of 56 found this review helpful

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