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4-Door Sedan Manual FWD DE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual FWD DE 25 34 $15,032 $15,695
4-Door Sedan Manual FWD ES 25 34 $16,277 $16,995
4-Door Sedan CVT FWD ES 26 34 $17,139 $17,895
4-Door Sedan Manual FWD GT 22 31 $19,007 $19,845
4-Door Sedan CVT AWD SE 22 29 $19,342 $20,195
4-Door Sedan CVT FWD GT 23 30 $19,965 $20,845
4-Door Sedan TC-SST AWD Ralliart 18 25 $26,813 $27,995
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4-Door Manual Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Manual Base 24 33 $14,894 $15,515
4-Door Automatic Base 24 29 $15,950 $16,615
4-Door Manual S 24 33 $15,979 $16,645
4-Door Automatic S 24 29 $17,035 $17,745
4-Door Manual S w/Sunroof 24 33 $17,083 $17,795
4-Door Manual SE 23 33 $17,977 $18,725
4-Door Manual SE PZEV 23 33 $17,977 $18,725
4-Door Automatic S w/Sunroof 24 29 $18,139 $18,895
4-Door Automatic SE 24 32 $19,033 $19,825
4-Door Automatic SE PZEV 24 32 $19,033 $19,825
4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience 23 33 $19,273 $20,075
4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience PZEV 23 33 $19,273 $20,075
4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience 24 32 $20,328 $21,175
4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience PZEV 24 32 $20,328 $21,175
4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience & Sunroof 23 33 $20,558 $21,415
4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience & Sunroof PZEV 23 33 $20,558 $21,415
4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience & Sunroof 24 32 $21,614 $22,515
4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience & Sunroof PZEV 24 32 $21,614 $22,515
4-Door Manual TDI 30 42 $21,864 $22,775
4-Door Manual SEL w/Sunroof 23 33 $22,507 $23,445
4-Door Manual SEL w/Sunroof PZEV 23 33 $22,507 $23,445
4-Door DSG TDI 30 42 $22,921 $23,875
4-Door Manual TDI w/Premium 30 42 $23,247 $24,215
4-Door Automatic SEL w/Sunroof 24 32 $23,563 $24,545
4-Door Automatic SEL w/Sunroof PZEV 24 32 $23,563 $24,545
4-Door Automatic SEL w/Premium & Sunroof 24 32 $23,813 $24,805
4-Door Automatic SEL w/Premium & Sunroof PZEV 24 32 $23,813 $24,805
4-Door DSG TDI w/Premium 30 42 $24,303 $25,315
4-Door Manual TDI w/Premium & Nav 30 42 $24,331 $25,345
4-Door DSG TDI w/Premium & Nav 30 42 $25,387 $26,445
Pricing
Invoice Price
$15,032
$14,894
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,695
$15,515
Monthly Payment Estimate
$262 / month
$259 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer family has a little more panache than most compacts, but it's missing some of the finer details. The 2012 VW Jetta delivers a better driving feel and more back-seat room than many other compact sedans; skip the cost-cutter base versions in favor of the TDI or the GLI for a distinctive choice in the compact class.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
36.1 38.1
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 38.2
Second Hip Room (in)
54.1 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 55.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
93.0 94.1
Second Head Room (in)
36.9 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.3 53.6
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 41.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.3 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.4 70.0
Track Width, Front (in)
60.2 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.5 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
180.0 182.2
Height, Overall (in)
58.7 57.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.2 60.6
Wheelbase (in)
103.7 104.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.3 15.7
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.9 x - TBD - 11.0 x 0.9
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
8.0 x - TBD - NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 9.1 x 1.3
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.6 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.9 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
32.8 36.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.09 3.0
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P205/60R16 195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/60R16 195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2866 2804
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 7.7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 140
Engine
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
146 @ 4250 125 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
4B11 NA
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
152 @ 6000 115 @ 5200
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 24
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.83 3.45
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.33 1.28
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.76 0.67
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.58 3.18
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.91 1.95
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.94 3.93
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.97 0.88
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mitsubishi Lancer Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.79 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut McPherson Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.7 6.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 7
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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