The Subaru Impreza lineup is probably the closest match to the Lancer; for 2012, the Impreza added a CVT for highway mileage up to 36 mpg, and its design and interior were further improved.
The performance-oriented WRX and WRX STI, which compared to the Ralliart and Evolution, remain a bit stronger in straight-line acceleration compared to the Evo, although many enthusiasts prefer the sharper feel of the Evo.
The Impreza offers all-wheel drive, even in its base form, while the Lancer only offers it in the SE, and in the performance models.
The outgoing Nissan Sentra is another of the closer alternatives to the Lancer.
Like the Mitsubishi, it's nearing replacement, but it'[s due to be replaced with an all-new car for 2013.
The Honda Civic used to be more of a direct rival, but with its last redesign it's feeling unfocused, with an interior that also feels cut-rate.
Another alternative is the Volkswagen Jetta, which goes in a different direction with its torquey five-cylinder engine; in GLI trim, the Jetta package is more appealing than that of the Ralliart, and while it's not as crisp perhaps, it's far more refined and daily-driver usable.
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|18 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 48 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas Flat 4||Gas I4|
|Compact||Compact Cars||Compact||Compact Cars||Compact Cars|
|4-Door Sedan Manual DE FWD||4-Door Manual LX||4-Door Sedan I4 Manual S||4-Door Manual 2.0i||4-Door Manual Base|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Sedan||Sedan||4 Door Sedan||Sedan||4 Door Sedan|