Used 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Sedan
Mitsubishi Lancer Sedan
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2008 Mitsubishi Lancer KBB Expert Review
Although the high-tech, high-performance Lancer Evolution is among the most respected, most sought-after enthusiast cars on the planet - a bona fide "bargain exotic" at its sub-$30,000 starting price - the Lancer sedan on which it's based has never amounted to much more than an also-ran in this country's currently-burgeoning small car market. By combining more aggressive sheetmetal, more invigorating performance and a host of compelling in-cabin technologies, however, the all-new Lancer arrives well-positioned for newfound success.
You'll Like This Car If...
The all-new Lancer will prove most appealing to those who appreciate both its sporty demeanor and the combination of in-cabin technology not offered by any other car in the category.
You May Not Like This Car If...
Although the Lancer feels well-built where it counts most, the interior styling, materials and noise levels don't convey the same sense of refinement delivered by competitors like the MAZDA3 or Honda Civic.
What's New for 2008
The sportier, more tech-savvy 2008 Lancer is entirely new from the rubber to the roof.
The laws of physics dictate that it's easier to make a small car handle well than it is to give it a smooth highway ride. Still, we were impressed with just how tenacious and composed the Lancer GTS proved to be on twisty roads. We also liked the fast shifts afforded by the paddle shifters and six artificial "gears" of the optional continuously variable transmission - although it's important to note that Lancers with the five-speed manual transmissions are more than a second quicker to 60 mph, according to Mitsubishi. Out on the highway, we preferred the less aggressive setup of the ES model, which resulted in a more comfortable, less noisy - but still not quiet - ride. Beneath the din of wind and tire noise that we counted as a Lancer weak spot, however, was a reassuringly solid compact sedan.
30-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.
Swathed in contemporary, minimalist styling and plenty of mid-grade plastic, the new Lancer's otherwise attractive passenger cabin falls short of the category's best in terms of richness and refinement. Each of the Lancer's three distinct trim levels features unique seat fabric and trim pieces, and the top-level GTS features a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, chrome interior door handles and more deeply bolstered sport seating.
Taller, wider and more aggressively styled than its predecessor, the new Lancer commands a much larger presence on the road. With a front end inspired by the air intakes of fighter jets, the base Lancer DE is adorned with black door handles, black mirrors and 16-inch covered steel wheels. The Lancer ES projects a far more polished appearance, with 16-inch alloy wheels, color-keyed door handles and mirrors and a chrome grille surround. The top-level GTS is further distinguished by 18-inch alloy wheels, front and side body extensions, fog lights, a rear spoiler and a chrome exhaust outlet.
Notable Standard Equipment
A base Lancer DE includes a four-speaker, 140-watt CD/MP3 sound system, power windows and a trip computer, but not air conditioning, power locks or anti-lock brakes (ABS). If the ES model is within your reach, we'd recommend taking that step up.
Notable Optional Equipment
Some of the Lancer's most desirable options include a Bluetooth hands-free phone interface, hard drive-based navigation and audio system, FAST-Key keyless entry and start, 650-Watt Rockford-Fosgate audio system, automatic climate control and a sunroof. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) serves as the automatic transmission option.
Under the Hood
The only powertrain decision facing a Lancer buyer is whether to stick with the five-speed manual or go for the continuously variable transmission (CVT). CVT-equipped GTS models include steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and six simulated gears that give drivers the control of a quick-shifting manu-matic. The GTS also includes 18-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension and bigger brakes. Lancers sold in California are PZEV rated and deliver 143 horsepower and 143 pound-feet of torque.
2.0-liter in-line 4
152 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
146 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/34 (manual), 25/31 (automatic)
The 2008 Lancer starts at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $14,615, while a GTS with the CVT starts at $19,115 and, fully loaded, will approach $23,000. Because the Lancer is all-new for the 2008 model year, we expect our Fair Purchase Prices to reflect real-world transaction prices not far below those MSRPs. The Honda Civic starts at $15,605, the MAZDA3 starts at $14,390, and both top out near $24,000. We don't expect the Lancer to retain its value as well as the exceptionally resilient Civic or the MAZDA3.
Mitsubishi Lancer Consumer Reviews
January 10, 2019
My greatest car I ever owned
You have to own one to appreciate it...
December 31, 2017
Love the Evo
Very capable car when stock. Put some bolt-on parts and get a tune, turns into a beast. The dual clutch transmission is amazing, even...
November 21, 2017
Great Car, Easy to Maintain, Low Long Term Cost
I am the first and only owner of my 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer ES. Ive done my own maintenance per the manufacturers schedule and owners...
May 10, 2017
best value best quality
April 19, 2017
This car is not perfect. It does ride kind of rough (gts trim) but thats what I wanted. I bought this car with 20k on it and it now has...
March 02, 2017
Mitsubishi Evolution (Awesome), 380+HP
(I do have two Mitsubishi) I like to rate the horsepower of a Mitsubishi Evolution 2015. It can run up to 400+ horsepower. My is...
March 01, 2017
Awesome Performance. Excellent on Fuel.
I owned a Mitsubishi Evolution and my spouse own a Mitsubishi Lancer SE. Very comfortable and reliable car. The performance on the...
January 16, 2017
Excellent performance and extremely reliable
Love the performance and excellent on gas. Very comfortable seating and plenty of leg room. Simply a reliable car.
November 23, 2016
Overall Review of Lancer
The performance is incredible. Very comfortable and easy to steer while driving the vehicle. Of course, not as fast with the Mitsubishi...
July 22, 2016
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...