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2014 Mitsubishi Lancer

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2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 5.6

The 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer lineup of compact cars isn't the freshest in the industry, but it's certainly one of the most diverse. With a sporty sedan, versatile hatchback and race-worthy Evolution rally car – not to mention turbochargers, all-wheel-drive capability and innovative transmissions – there's a Lancer flavor to suit a variety of tastes. Competitors such as the Honda Civic, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra and Chevrolet Cruze boast better fuel economy and larger dealer networks, but few compact cars can match the sporty nature and something-for-everyone personality offered by the Lancer.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a sporty, sharp-handling compact car that stands out from the crowd and comes with a comprehensive warranty, the Mitsubishi Lancer deserves a look. If you want your morning commute to feel like a World Rally Championship special stage, the Evo is your ride.

You May Not Like This Car If...

You won't find a bevy of creature comforts like ventilated front seats or watchful safety features such as blind-spot monitoring in the aging Lancer lineup. For the latest in tech, safety and comfort features, look to models like the Kia Forte, Mazda3, or Chevrolet Cruze – all of which offer better fuel efficiency, too.

What's New for 2014

Mitsubishi has dropped the base DE Lancer sedan from the menu, with the slightly costlier but better-equipped ES now the entry model. New audio and navigation systems arrive across the board, along with minor interior changes on select trims.

Driving the Lancer
Driving Impressions

With power output that ranges from 148 horsepower to a turbocharged 291, engine choice has a profound impact on the Lancer driving experience. That said, the whole lineup favors responsiveness,...

... balance and driver involvement. All-wheel-drive models, including the well-priced Lancer SE, are especially adept at clinging to pavement when thrown into corners. Even front-wheel-drive models such as the mid-range GT model we tested are impressively composed and grippy. The slightly smoother and quieter ES is well-suited to around-town driving duties, though it still talked to us about the road surface and what the tires were doing. The pinnacle performer is the Evo, which has screaming acceleration and black hole-like adhesion. The Evo feels rally-ready, but be warned: Its utterly stiff ride will jar your back and your brain. A happier medium is the all-wheel-drive Lancer Ralliart, which offers turbocharged thrills and a more compliant ride.

ROCKFORD-FOSGATE SOUND SYSTEM
Mitsubishi's premium sound system of choice is loud, proud and clean in sound. This available audio system packs nine speakers and 710 watts of rocking pleasure.

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.

2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Details
Interior

The 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer's sharp and modern exterior styling does not extend into its cabin. Here, the Lancer is showing its age, and bland, cheap plastic doesn't help. The lack of a telescoping steering wheel on all models makes it harder to find a perfect fit. Evo editions have well-bolstered, low-sitting Recaro seats up front, but without height adjustment, shorter drivers will struggle to see over the dash. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob make GT and Ralliart trims more appealing. The most versatile Lancer of the bunch is the Sportback, which delivers 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded.

Exterior

The Lancer stands out from other compact sedans with its angular, sporty design, and aggressive snout and forward stance. A rear spoiler and 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels add to the athletic character of GT and Ralliart models. Lancer Evolution models take the aggressiveness to another level with flared and vented fenders, two big exhaust outlets, and a massive rear spoiler on GSR trims. The Evo is slightly lower and shorter, but with an extended wheelbase and width for better handling. Perhaps the most stylish Lancer is also the most functional: the Sportback wagon with its sloping rear hatch.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Even the least-expensive Lancer offers decent features for its price of just under $18,000. Included are keyless entry and auto-off headlights. The SE costs a few thousand more but includes an automatic transmission, a stronger engine, all-wheel drive, 6.1-inch touch-screen audio, and heated front seats. Ralliart models feature an excellent turbocharged engine and a more sophisticated version of Mitsubishi's all-wheel-drive system, while Evo models are performance-minded with 291 horsepower, Brembo brakes and customizable all-wheel-drive. Lancers come with a 5-year/60,000-mile transferable warranty and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, except for Ralliart and Evo editions, which trim those to 3-year/36,000 miles and 5-year/60,000 miles.

Optional Equipment

Many of the extras available for the Lancer are wrapped into packages that vary by trim. Base models can be spruced up with a hands-free communication system, 6-speaker audio system, and rear disc brakes in favor of the older drum type. Higher trims can be outfitted with a power sunroof, Rockford-Fosgate premium sound with a 10-inch trunk-mounted subwoofer, navigation, HID (high-intensity discharge) headlights, and leather seating.

Under the Hood

A bevy of 4-cylinder engines and transmission choices are available across the 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer lineup. ES models are the least potent, with a 2.0-liter engine that makes 148 horsepower, still adequate for most duties. SE and GT models are endowed with a larger engine and 168 horsepower. Ralliart models boast a turbocharged engine that makes 237 horsepower, enough to make this car very quick, while shrieking-fast Evos are tuned to churn out 291 horsepower. The twin-clutch automatic transmission of those latter two models feels superb, but the continuously-variable automatic transmission available in other models is surprisingly refined. If you opt for the performance-oriented Ralliart or Evo models, be ready to pay extra at the pump for premium gasoline to satisfy their thirsty turbo engines.

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 and SE sedan)

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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2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 330 Ratings for the 2008 - 2016 models.

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

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."

7 people out of 13 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."

6 people out of 10 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."

1 person out of 2 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."

34 people out of 54 found this review helpful

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."

64 people out of 119 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."

25 people out of 50 found this review helpful

Snow Day!

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