Compare 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer vs 2012 Subaru WRX

2012 Mitsubishi Lancer
2012 Subaru WRX
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4-Door Sedan CVT ES FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Lancer 4-Door Sedan CVT ES FWD 26 34 $17,139 $17,895
Lancer 4-Door Sedan CVT GT FWD 23 30 $19,965 $20,845
Lancer 4-Door Sedan CVT SE AWD 22 29 $19,342 $20,195
Lancer 4-Door Sedan Manual DE FWD 25 34 $15,032 $15,695
Lancer 4-Door Sedan Manual ES FWD 25 34 $16,277 $16,995
Lancer 4-Door Sedan Manual GT FWD 22 31 $19,007 $19,845
Lancer 4-Door Sedan TC-SST Ralliart AWD 18 25 $26,813 $27,995
Lancer Evolution 4-Door Sedan Manual GSR 17 22 $33,038 $34,495
Lancer Evolution 4-Door Sedan TC-SST MR 17 23 $36,104 $37,695
Lancer Sportback 5-Door Sportback ES FWD 24 32 $17,618 $18,395
Lancer Sportback 5-Door Sportback GT FWD 22 29 $20,444 $21,345
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4-Door Manual WRX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Impreza Sedan WRX 4-Door Manual WRX 17 25 $24,171 $25,595
Impreza Sedan WRX 4-Door Manual WRX Limited 17 25 $27,402 $29,095
Impreza Sedan WRX 4-Door Manual WRX Limited w/Navigation 17 25 $27,402 $29,095
Impreza Sedan WRX 4-Door Manual WRX Premium 17 25 $26,479 $28,095
Impreza Sedan WRX 4-Door Manual WRX Premium w/Navigation 17 25 $26,479 $28,095
Impreza Sedan WRX 4-Door Manual WRX STI 17 23 $32,263 $34,095
Impreza Sedan WRX 4-Door Manual WRX STI Limited 17 23 $35,379 $37,445
Impreza Sedan WRX 4-Door Manual WRX STI Limited w/Navigation 17 23 $35,379 $37,445
Impreza Sedan WRX 4-Door Manual WRX STI w/Navigation 17 23 $32,263 $34,095
Impreza Wagon WRX 5-Door Manual WRX 19 25 $24,174 $25,595
Impreza Wagon WRX 5-Door Manual WRX Limited 19 25 $27,405 $29,095
Impreza Wagon WRX 5-Door Manual WRX Premium 19 25 $26,482 $28,095
Impreza Wagon WRX 5-Door Manual WRX STI 17 23 $34,123 $36,095
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,139
$24,171
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,895
$25,595
Monthly Payment Estimate
$298 / month
$427 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer family has a little more panache than most compacts, but it's missing some of the finer details. Both the 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX and STI are fun, quick, and tractable in any driving situation; they're large enough for a family, remarkably practical, and their only downsides are the lack of an automatic and lousy fuel economy.
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Fuel Economy
City
26 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Sub-Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
54.1 53.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 54.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
93.0 94.6
Second Head Room (in)
36.9 37.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.3 53.2
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 43.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.3 54.3
Second Leg Room (in)
36.1 33.5
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 40.3
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
60.2 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.5 6.1
Length, Overall (in)
180.0 180.3
Height, Overall (in)
58.7 58.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.2 60.6
Wheelbase (in)
103.7 103.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.4 70.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.3 11.3
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Channel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
8.0 x - TBD - 11.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
8.0 x - TBD - NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.9 x - TBD - 11.6 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.6 16.9
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.9 15.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
32.8 36.1
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.09 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 38.7
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/60R16 P235/45R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/60R16 P235/45R17
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2932 3208
Wheels
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 17 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 17 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 7.8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 110
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
146 @ 4250 244 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
4B11 NA
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.5L/150
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
152 @ 6000 265 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas Flat 4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 19
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.30
Trans Type
1 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.74
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.75 3.33
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.88
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
5.41 3.90
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.97
Trans Description Cont.
Continuously variable ratio Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.35 - 0.52 3.17
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mitsubishi Lancer Subaru Impreza Sedan WRX
Body Style
4 Door Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.79 0.83
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA 0.63
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 4
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.5 8.9
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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