Compare 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer vs 2008 Nissan Sentra

2009 Mitsubishi Lancer
2008 Nissan Sentra
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4-Door Sedan Manual DE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual DE 22 30 $13,852 $14,540
4-Door Sedan CVT DE 22 28 $14,709 $15,440
4-Door Sedan Manual ES 22 30 $15,948 $16,740
4-Door Sedan Manual ES Sport 22 30 $15,948 $16,740
4-Door Sedan CVT ES 22 28 $16,805 $17,640
4-Door Sedan CVT ES Sport 22 28 $16,805 $17,640
4-Door Sedan Manual GTS 21 28 $17,663 $18,540
4-Door Sedan CVT GTS 21 27 $18,615 $19,540
4-Door Sedan TC-SST Ralliart N/A N/A $25,427 $26,690
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4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 25 33 $15,483 $16,140
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.0 S 24 31 $15,275 $16,370
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 S 25 33 $16,018 $17,170
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 SL 25 33 $17,786 $19,070
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT SE-R 24 30 $18,716 $20,070
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual SE-R Spec V 21 33 $19,181 $20,570
Pricing
Invoice Price
$13,852
$15,483
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,540
$16,140
Monthly Payment Estimate
$242 / month
$269 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
Mitsubishi refers to the 2009 Lancer not as an economy car but as a "compact sport sedan," and its appearance and equipment—especially for the top GTS model—support this designation. The 2008 Nissan Sentra is worth a drive, but its CVT may turn off some buyers.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
36.1 34.5
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 40.6
Second Hip Room (in)
54.1 53.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 56.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
36.9 37.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.3 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 42.4
Front Hip Room (in)
53.3 54.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
93.5 97.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
60.2 59.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.9 5.6
Length, Overall (in)
180.0 179.8
Height, Overall (in)
58.7 59.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.2 60.8
Wheelbase (in)
103.7 105.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 28.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.4 70.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.3 13.1
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.9 x - TBD - 11.02 x 0.94
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake ABS System
NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA NA
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
8.0 x - TBD - 9.0 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.3 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.2 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
32.8 35.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.16 2.9
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/60R16 P205/60HR15
Spare Tire Size
Compact T125/70D16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/60R16 P205/60HR15
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 100
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2922 2925
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 15 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 16 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 15 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 7.4
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 650
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 110
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
152 @ 6000 140 @ 5100
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
MPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
146 @ 4250 147 @ 4800
Engine Order Code
4B11 NA
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.0L/122
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 33
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.78 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.58 1.75
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.91 NA
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.24 5.41
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.97 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Manual CVT
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.54 2.35 - 0.39
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.33 NA
Trans Type
5 1
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Mitsubishi Lancer Nissan Sentra
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.79 0.9
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent Strut
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 -

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