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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan Manual DE
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Trim

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 CVT ES 22 28 $16,805 $17,640
4-Door Sedan Manual ES Sport 22 30 $15,948 $16,740
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
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0
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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
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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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
Fuel Economy - City 22 mpg 25 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 30 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) 53.3 54.1
Passenger Volume (ft³) 93.5 97.4
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
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - 28.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.4 70.5
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 12.3 13.1
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 8.0 x - TBD - 9.0 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 15.3 14.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.16 2.9
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
Tires
Rear Tire Size P205/60R16 P205/60HR15
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
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
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
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
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
Displacement 2.0L/122 2.0L/122
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
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 25 -
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.33 NA
Trans Type 5 1
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
Summary
Vehicle Name Mitsubishi Lancer Nissan Sentra
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Independent Strut
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 -
 
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