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25 mpg city, 34 highway (1.8-liter, manual); 26/34 (1.8, auto); 22/31 (2.4-liter, man); 23/30 (2.4, auto)U.S. EPA »
22 mpg city, 29 highway (SE AWD)U.S. EPA »
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25 mpg city, 34 highway (1.8-liter, manual); 26/34 (1.8, auto); 22/31 (2.4-liter, man); 23/30 (2.4, auto)
22 mpg city, 29 highway (SE AWD)
The 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer isn't the most fuel-efficient small sedan or hatch, but it is offered in sporty GTS and all-wheel-drive SE models that set the lineup apart from others.
The Lancer got a boost in mileage last year, too, thanks to the adoption of electric power steering through most of the line, but that still leaves the Lancer at an EPA rating of 25 mpg city, 34 highway, at best, with the standard five-speed manual gearbox, or 26/34 with the available CVT. GT models rate 2 or 3 mpg lower all around at 22/31 or 23/30 respectively, while the SE rates just 22/29.
All said, those figures are nothing to boast about, as a number of much larger cars get EPA ratings in the mid 30s on the highway (like the Hyundai Sonata, at 35 mpg).
The 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer models are acceptably frugal for small cars, but not standouts in any way green.