2010 Mitsubishi Lancer vs. Its Competition

2010 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

Subaru’s Impreza is probably the closest rival to the Lancer.

Like the Lancer, it forms the basis for one of today’s most focused high-performance compact sedans: the WRX STI.

However, the Impreza offers all-wheel drive, even in its base form, while the Lancer comes with just front-wheel drive.

The Impreza’s torquey flat-four engine also yields better performance, with a manual transmission especially, than the Lancer.

The Honda Civic also ranks as a top rival; the Civic’s base engine provides surprisingly good performance, with solid handling and a slick-shifting manual gearbox to match.

Plus, it has an enviable reputation for reliability and resale value.

Nissan’s Sentra, in base form, comes more nicely equipped than the Lancer, and though its interior is better appointed, it doesn’t feel as sporty and inviting as that of the Lancer.

In SE-R Spec V performance guise, it’s a viable front-wheel-drive rival to the GTS.

Finally, the Jetta stands out with a torquey five-cylinder engine, available electronic stability control, and rear side airbags, plus interior appointments that exceed most other vehicles in this class.

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Quick Specs
The Mitsubishi Lancer might be positioned and priced as an economy car, but with the right equipment, it can feel like a lot more.
The 2010 Nissan Sentra looks plain on the outside and is only offered in one body style, but there's a lot to love for shoppers who value a comfortable, well-appointed interior.
With its standard all-wheel-drive system, the 2010 Subaru Impreza automatically has a leg up over many of its rivals in the small car segment. Throw in its strong performance and safety credentials and the Subaru is hard to beat.
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16 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
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4-Door Sedan Manual DE4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.04-Door Manual 2.5i
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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