Subaru’s Impreza is probably the closest rival to the Lancer.
Like the Lancer, it forms the basis for one of today’s most focused high-performance compact sedans: the WRX STI.
However, the Impreza offers all-wheel drive, even in its base form, while the Lancer comes with just front-wheel drive.
The Impreza’s torquey flat-four engine also yields better performance, with a manual transmission especially, than the Lancer.
The Honda Civic also ranks as a top rival; the Civic’s base engine provides surprisingly good performance, with solid handling and a slick-shifting manual gearbox to match.
Plus, it has an enviable reputation for reliability and resale value.
Nissan’s Sentra, in base form, comes more nicely equipped than the Lancer, and though its interior is better appointed, it doesn’t feel as sporty and inviting as that of the Lancer.
In SE-R Spec V performance guise, it’s a viable front-wheel-drive rival to the GTS.
Finally, the Jetta stands out with a torquey five-cylinder engine, available electronic stability control, and rear side airbags, plus interior appointments that exceed most other vehicles in this class.
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|2011 Mitsubishi LancerBrowse Used Listings||2011 Honda CivicBrowse Used Listings||2011 Nissan SentraBrowse Used Listings||2011 Subaru ImprezaBrowse Used Listings||2011 Volkswagen Jetta SedanBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas Flat 4||Gas I4|
|4-Door Sedan Manual DE FWD||4-Door Manual DX||4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.0||4-Door Manual 2.5i||4-Door Manual|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|