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2010 Mitsubishi Lancer ES

At a Glance

Pricing $17,195 - $31,695
Drive Types FWD, AWD
Engines 2.0l I4, 2.0l I4 T, 2.4l I4
Transmissions CVT, M5, SM6
Fuel Economy 18-26 (city), 25-34 (highway)

The Lancer is Mitsubishi's entry-level model and their answer to the Honda Civic, Mazda Mazda3, Subaru Impreza, and Toyota Corolla. The latest generation of the Lancer debuted in 2008 as a 2009 model with larger proportions and more aggressive styling. Thanks to the Lancer Evolution, all Lancers are solidly constructed cars with a more substantial feel than the Japanese competition. A 148-bhp 2.0L inline-4 powers the ES model, whereas the SE and GT equip the upgraded 2.4L engine. All-wheel-drive is offered on the SE model. The GT includes 18-inch wheels, front air dam, rear spoiler, sport suspension, and bigger disc brakes. A Lancer Ralliart model bridges the gap between the Lancer and the Lancer Evolution. With a 237-bhp turbo and all-wheel-drive, the Ralliart is an alternative to the Subaru Impreza WRX but at a stiff price premium. An optional 650-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system includes nine speakers and a subwoofer.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
Lancer ES 2.0l I4 (148-bhp) M5 FWD 25/34/29 $17,195
Lancer ES 2.0l I4 (148-bhp) CVT FWD 26/34/30 $18,095
Lancer ES Alloy Wheel 2.0l I4 (148-bhp) CVT FWD 26/34/30 $18,595
Lancer SE 2.4l I4 (168-bhp) CVT AWD 22/29/25 $20,695
Lancer GT 2.4l I4 (168-bhp) M5 FWD 22/31/26 $20,445
Lancer GT 2.4l I4 (168-bhp) CVT FWD 23/30/26 $21,445
Lancer GT Touring 2.4l I4 (168-bhp) CVT FWD 23/30/26 $24,745
Lancer Ralliart 2.0l I4 T (237-bhp) SM6 AWD 18/25/21 $28,395
Lancer Ralliart Touring 2.0l I4 T (237-bhp) SM6 AWD 18/25/21 $31,695