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2008 Mitsubishi Lancer vs. Its Competition

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2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS
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Lancer buyers are likely looking for a small sport sedan, but on a very tight budget.

The Sentra is one of the cheapest ones; although it starts substantially higher than the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer, the base Sentra S comes a lot better equipped, with a six-speed manual, anti-lock brakes, and conveniences like steering-wheel controls, air conditioning, and keyless entry.

But the Sentra's interior doesn't feel as inviting and sporty as the Lancer's.

The Honda Civic is also a bit more expensive, but it includes a much more refined, more rev-happy, and more fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine, along with an equally slick-shifting manual transmission.

The base Jetta is another alternative; it also comes with a long list of standard features, and it stands out for its torquey five-cylinder engine, available electronic stability control, and rear side airbags.

The Impreza is another sporty sedan that might be considered; it isn't quite as fuel-efficient as the Civic or Sentra especially, but its torquey flat-four engine provides good performance, and it comes standard with all-wheel drive.

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS2008 Mitsubishi Lancer2008 Nissan Sentra 4-door Sedan Man SE-R Spec V Open Doors2008 Nissan Sentra2001 Volkswagen Jetta GLX2001 Volkswagen Jetta
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The 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer is a basic but sporty sedan with some tech features not often offered in this class.
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The 2008 Nissan Sentra is worth a drive, but its CVT may turn off some buyers.
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$13,990Browse Used Listings$16,140Browse Used Listings$16,700Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage  
16 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 49 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class  
Style Name  
4-Door Sedan Manual DE4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.04-Door Sedan GL Manual
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan GL
ManualCVTManual w/OD
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