2016 Mitsubishi Lancer Buyer's Guide

By KBB.com Editors on February 9, 2016 7:03 AM

Surprisingly Good Driving Dynamics

The aging 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer doesn't break any ground in the compact sedan segment, but it does offer a sportier driving experience and all-wheel-drive capability that stands out in its largely front-wheel-drive, economy-first class. While Mitsubishi has moved away from the hardcore sport compact car market, this compact sedan will still give the driver a little more performance for their money. The Mitsubishi Lancer is short on interior refinement and its resale values lag the category average, but an impressive 5-year/60,000-mile warranty and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty help provide long-term peace of mind. For 2016, the rally-inspired Lancer Evo and the Ralliart are gone. The rest of the Lancer lineup benefits from new front styling, and more equipment now comes standard.

Driving It

"The driving dynamics of the Mitsubishi Lancer deserve mention, because this compact 4-door rides, drives and handles better than the expectations of its segment require. With only 148 horsepower the base 2.0-liter engine is a little pokey, but the 168-horsepower 2.4-liter is just fine for the Lancer's nimble mass." Find out more in our 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer review.

Build and Price

The 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer lineup has a starting sticker price of around $18,000 with destination, while a Lancer GT can top $27,000. But those are sticker prices. Build and price your own 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer to unlock this week's Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

All Wheel Control

While Subaru is known for cornering the market on all-wheel-drive cars, there is another choice: the Lancer is also available with AWD. The Lancer's All Wheel Control system comes standard on all Lancers except on the base ES with the 2.0-liter engine and the top-of-the-line GT.

Owners' Opinions

KBB.com reader and Lancer owner Wasper bought a second Lancer, after also considering a Subaru: "…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." Read more Mitsubishi Lancer consumer reviews.

More Compact Sedans

The Lancer's strong warranty may indeed make it the right small car choice for you, but don't make a move until you visit our Compact Car Buyer's Guide to get a handle on all your options.