2009 Mitsubishi Lancer vs. Its Competition

2009 Mitsubishi Lancer DE

The base Jetta comes with a long list of standard features and stands out for its torquey five-cylinder engine, available electronic stability control, and rear side airbags.

The Impreza is another sporty sedan that might be considered; it isn't quite as fuel-efficient as the Civic or Sentra, but its torquey flat-four engine provides good performance, and it comes standard with all-wheel drive.

The Sentra is one of the cheapest models; although it starts at a price substantially higher than the 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer's, the base Sentra S comes a lot better equipped, with a six-speed manual, anti-lock brakes, and conveniences like steering-wheel controls, air conditioning, and keyless entry.

However, the Sentra's interior doesn't feel as inviting and sporty as the Lancer's.

The Honda Civic is also a bit more expensive, but it includes a much more refined, more rev-happy, and more fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine, along with an equally slick-shifting manual transmission.

Each of these rivals is considerably quieter and more refined inside than the Lancer.

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Quick Specs
Mitsubishi refers to the 2009 Lancer not as an economy car but as a "compact sport sedan," and its appearance and equipment—especially for the top GTS model—support this designation.
The 2008 Nissan Sentra is worth a drive, but its CVT may turn off some buyers.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 51 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 49 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class   
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan Manual DE4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0Classic 4-Door Sedan DX Manual4-Door Sedan GL Manual
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan GL
ManualCVTManualManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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