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The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer ranges from one of the cheapest basic small sedans to an Evo lookalike with top-tier connectivity technology and sound systems.
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Unlike Ford's Sync, which works with a variety of MP3 players, Fuse only handles iPods.
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The Mitsubishi system lacks some of the Sync's functions and commands, but we still prefer it to the tricky touchscreen layout in any case.
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leather is a nice option for this mid-size sedan, but the Lancer's is some of the least impressive cowhide I've seen in quite some time, as it's shinier and slipperier than most
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FAST Key (Freehand Advanced Security Transmitter) entry system that lets the driver unlock and open the door with the key in pocket or purse
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The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer comes with a generous list of standard features and some high-tech options that aren't widely offered in this affordable class of vehicle. The only exception is the base DE model, a price leader that could classify under the old definition of 'economy car.'

Power windows and a CD sound system are included in the Lancer DE, but expect steel wheels with cheap-looking wheel covers, as well as rear drum brakes (though anti-lock brakes and stability control are now included). Most people will be happy with the mid-grade ES, adding stabilizer bars, ventilated disc brakes (rear discs with the available alloy wheels), a split-folding backseat, steering-wheel audio controls, keyless entry, and air conditioning. The sporty GTS lives up to its Evo look, with a sport suspension, big 18-inch alloys, fog lamps, rear spoiler, and air dams, plus automatic climate control, high-contrast gauges, and sport seats.

For 2011, the basic Bluetooth interface previously on offer in the GTS has been replaced with FUSE, a hands-free system that allows voice-command access to phones and media players. A USB port is now also included in GTS models.

Options on the Lancer are limited to alloy wheels and a Deluxe Package on the ES (including the FUSE system, a USB port, sunroof, and leather-wrapped steering wheel. The GTS can be further loaded up with a Touring Package adding a 710-watt Rockford Fosgate Punch premium sound system, ten-inch subwoofer, a CD changer, leather seats, heated front seats, bi-xenon headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, and a sunroof.

The top GTS is something of a deal next to its Ralliart and Evo lookalikes, if you can do without the turbocharged engine. Even with that Touring Package, plus a few additional port-installed accessories, a fully loaded GTS still rings in at well under $25k.

Conclusion

The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer ranges from one of the cheapest basic small sedans to an Evo lookalike with top-tier connectivity technology and sound systems.

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