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Especially in GTS guise, the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer feels sportier than most other inexpensive small sedans.
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it makes do with a pretty average engine. We give it credit for the CVT and its electric power-steering unit.

a GTS with a manual transmission accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds, which is quick for this class

Everything here feels right--the tight-handling chassis, right-weighted steering, slick clutch and shifter, zippy engine and plenty of brake power.

the standard five-speed manual's shifter has good feel and weight, and clutch takeup is natural, so it's quite entertaining to run up and down the gears.
Automobile Magazine

At wide-open throttle, the engine throbs without pause, sending the car forward in a seemingly unyielding accelerative rush.
Motor Trend

A 152-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine provides power for Lancer DE and ES models; with it, performance is perky with the five-speed manual and just acceptable with the continuously variable (CVT) automatic. Sporty GTS models step up to a 168-horsepower, 2.4-liter four, and CVT versions receive magnesium steering-wheel paddle-shifters with six simulated gears to suit high-performance driving.

While DE and ES models are strictly cheap wheels—and they handle reasonably well though not with much verve—the GTS has slightly higher aspirations. It gets larger wheels, a firmer suspension, and upgraded braking to put the driving experience pretty much on par with the turbocharged Ralliart—minus the extra power, of course. The result is a car that's considerably more entertaining to drive. Unfortunately, it also results in more road noise and a somewhat stiff, jiggly ride.


Especially in GTS guise, the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer feels sportier than most other inexpensive small sedans.

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