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STYLING | 8 out of 10
Lancers all use the same basic body, with a big grille in front and a sporty, go-forward look down the sides, accentuated by a sharp belt-line crease and rear lip.
While the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer's chiseled exterior lends an air of aggression, its interior design and materials tend to drag down the vehicle's overall appeal.
The car looks great too, in this faux Evo get up.
Same aggressive snout, same racer-boy wing, same cheap interior, but no rally car suspension or hopped up turbo.
The design of the 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer is now seven years old; yet its overarching design remains attractive, bold, and practical--whether you go with the four-door sedan or five-door hatchback body style.
From the front, that aggressive, sharklike snout still looks a bit daring and different. For standard Lancer models, it calls out 'Evo,' while even on the Evo and Ralliart models it simply fits right in with the rest of the chunky proportions, low-and-lean stance, and high beltline--which altogether give both the sedan and Sportback their nice sense of proportion. You'll need to step up to sportier GT models, as well as the Ralliart or Evo, to get the larger alloys that especially serve to fill out the wheel wells and help the design pop.
The sedan especially manages to stand out in as stylistically different from both models that try to emulate larger mid-size sedans (like the Chevrolet Cruze and the Volkswagen Jetta) as well as those that are taking a sleeker, creased, and rakish look (such as the Hyundai Elantra or Ford Focus).
Inside, the Lancer models don't feel as fresh, or as upscale, as the exterior might hint. They lack enough differentiation from the sub-$17k Lancer DE all the way up to a loaded $45k Evo MR. The look barely fits the bill for the simple Lancer ES models, as the competition has upgraded its materials and detailing to such a degree. Provided you don't become obsessed over the details (which will get you down), the sporty layout, with a mix of darker surfaces and matte-metallic trims tends to look quite good.
At issue, really are the interior details; from a distance, the instrument panel might be described as elegantly simple, yet up close the materials are disappointing, and there's too much hard, hollow plastic.
The 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer family is quite drab and simple on the inside, but it's still a standout on the outside.