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2013 Mitsubishi Lancer

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2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 5.7

The extensive line of 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer sedans, Evolution rally cars and Sportback hatch/ wagons is collectively the sportiest in the profoundly competitive compact-car segment. There are turbochargers, all-wheel drive (AWD), innovative transmissions and stiff suspensions up and down the line. While there are plenty of more-fuel-efficient choices in the category, and others that offer more features at a lower price, few can match the vibrant driving experience and something-for-everyone model range provided by the Lancer. From the basic DE sedan to the versatile 5-door Sportback and the high-performance Evolution variants, the Mitsubishi Lancer is an enticing proposition for compact-car shoppers searching for something practical that also looks and moves and feels like a sports car.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a sleek, sharp-handling compact car with personality and a comprehensive warranty, you'll find the many Mitsubishi Lancers worth a look. If you want your morning commute to feel like an Acropolis Rally special stage, the Evo is your ride.

You May Not Like This Car If...

While the Lancer's sub-$17,000 starting price is attractive, value-driven buyers may favor the equally priced Hyundai Elantra and Kia Rio for their additional standard features and superior fuel economy.

What's New for 2013

The only changes to the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer line are a few additions to the all-wheel-drive SE model, including Thule plug-in roof-carrier accommodation, new-design 16-inch alloy wheels and an available Premium Package with sunroof, Rockford Fosgate audio system and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift lever.

Driving the Lancer
Driving Impressions

With horsepower ratings that range from 148 to 291, engine choice obviously has a huge impact on the Lancer driving experience. Still, the whole line shows an appreciation for response,...

... balance and involving the driver. A mid-range GT model we tested impressed us with its composure on twisting mountain roads, and with its tenacious grip on the pavement. And a slightly smoother and quieter ES seemed very well suited to daily around-town driving chores, though it still talked to us about the road surface and what the tires were doing. These are all sporting automobiles. Some extremely so. In Evolution guise, the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer is as stiff, loud, raucous and fast as some real race cars. It's loads of fun but not everyone's idea of everyday transportation. Be sure you know what you're getting into.

VOICE-ACTIVATED HDD NAVIGATION
The Lancer's hard-drive-based navigation system responds more quickly than traditional DVD-based units. It also features Mitsubishi's new FUSE voice-recognition software for simple multimedia commands.

6-SPEED AUTO-SHIFTING TRANSMISSION
In Mitsubishi's parlance, it's a TC-SST, that alphabet soup standing for Twin-Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission. To us it's just an excellent automatic (with manual-shift mode) that rifles through gears faster than we ever could.

2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Details
2013 Mitsubishi Lancer photo Interior

The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer's aggressive and modern exterior styling, sadly, does not extend into the cabin. The interior design looks a little stale and there's too much hard, cheap plastic. The steering wheel does not telescope and most of the seats have no height adjustability, so many drivers will have to adjust to the Lancer driving position rather than vice versa. The GT and Ralliart trims feature the most appealing interior, with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and deeply bolstered front seats. The Sportback's flexible configuration delivers an impressive 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space.

Exterior
2013 Mitsubishi Lancer photo

The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer separates itself from the mundane designs of traditional compact cars with its bold stance, aggressive snout and general attitude inspired by rally cars. Mitsubishi says the massive front grille suggests the air intakes found on high-tech fighter jets. The base DE model rolls on 16-inch steel wheels while the rest get alloys, 16-inch on ES and SE, 18-inch on GT, Ralliart and Evo. The Evo models have a gaping, black-mesh front grille, heat-extractor vents on the side, twin tailpipes in back and either a subtle rear spoiler (MR) or outrageous wing (GSR).

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base DE trim is pretty short on creature comforts so we'd start looking at the ES, which adds air conditioning, power door locks, steering-wheel-mounted controls, an auxiliary audio input jack and remote keyless entry. The SE model adds all-wheel drive, a more powerful 2.4-liter engine and heated seats. GT models have 18-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, automatic climate control, FUSE voice-recognition software with Bluetooth and sport seats. The Ralliart boasts a 237-horsepower turbocharged engine, AWD and a 6-speed twin-clutch Sportronic automatic transmission. The high-performance Evolution features a 291-horsepower turbocharged engine with AWD and large Brembo brakes.

Optional Equipment

Some of the Lancer's most desirable options are a 40GB hard-drive navigation system and the Deluxe Package that includes FAST Key keyless entry and start, Sirius/XM satellite radio (with three months of service), FUSE voice-recognition and a sunroof. An audio upgrade is available, an awesome 710-watt Rockford Fosgate system with a 10-inch trunk-mounted subwoofer and USB port. A Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) serves as the automatic transmission option for the workaday Lancers (with paddle shifters in the GT), while the Ralliart and Evolution offer an excellent 6-speed twin-clutch Sportronic Shift automatic (TC-SST).

Under the Hood

Much variety here: The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer sedan in base DE trim gets a 148-horsepower 2.0 and 5-speed manual gearbox. At the ES level the same engine is paired with either the manual or an automatic CVT (continuously variable transmission). Move up to GT and it's a 168-horsepower 2.4, with manual or CVT. The SE trim uses the 2.4 and offers only the CVT, but with AWD. The Ralliart gets a 237-horsepower 2.0 turbo-4 with a 6-speed twin-clutch Sportronic automated manual transmission and AWD. The racy Evo models have 291 turbocharged horses and either the 5-speed manual (GSR) or 6-speed Sportronic Shift (MR), both with AWD. The Sportback comes in ES trim (with the 2.0) or GT (2.4), with the CVT and front-drive only.

2.0-liter inline-4
148 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
145 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/34 mpg (manual), 26/34 mpg (automatic), 24/32 mpg (Sportback)

2.4-liter inline-4
168 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
167 lb-ft of torque @ 4,100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/31 mpg (manual), 23/30 mpg (automatic), 22/29 mpg (Sportback)

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
237 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
253 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500-4,750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 mpg (automatic)

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
291 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
300 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/23 mpg (manual), 17/22 mpg (automatic)

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2013 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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