2013 Mitsubishi Lancer vs. Its Competition

2013 Mitsubishi Lancer GT
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

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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7.6
The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer models looks sharp and handles well--and the Ralliart and Evo provide all-wheel-drive performance thrills--but there are enough flaws to limit their appeal.
8.0
The 2013 Honda Civic takes a step back in the right direction with an impressive feature set, a sophisticated new look, and much-improved refinement.
7.2
The 2013 Nissan Sentra looks poised to become more of a 'premium' compact sedan, emphasizing spaciousness, comfort, and features over outright sportiness.
7.8
The 2013 Impreza retains the Subaru hallmarks of standard all-wheel drive, practicality, and durability, while packing in more features for the money—and it looks good doing it.
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