2011 Mitsubishi Lancer vs. Its Competition

2011 Mitsubishi Lancer 5dr HB TC-SST Ralliart AWD Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy 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.

2011 Mitsubishi Lancer 5dr HB TC-SST Ralliart AWD Angular Front Exterior View2011 Mitsubishi Lancer
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2011 Honda Civic Sedan 4-door Auto EX-L Angular Front Exterior View2011 Honda Civic
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2011 Nissan Sentra 4-door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0 S Angular Front Exterior View2011 Nissan Sentra
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2011 Subaru Impreza WRX - STI 4-door Man Angular Front Exterior View2011 Subaru Impreza
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2011 Volkswagen Jetta2011 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
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Quick Specs
From true economy car to sophisticated junior sport sedan or sporty hatchback, the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer has it covered—albeit with a few flaws.
The 2011 Honda Civic is still a standout for its perky driving feel and responsiveness, but in most other respects it's no longer so impressive.
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.
Standard all-wheel drive and strong performance and safety credentials give the 2011 Subaru Impreza and Outback Sport some meaningful advantages over most other small cars, though poor fuel economy stands as a blemish.
The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta steps back in tech time and lowers its German street cred—but still delivers a better driving feel and more back-seat room than many other compact sedans.
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Gas Mileage    
17 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4Gas I4
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Style Name    
4-Door Sedan Manual DE FWD4-Door Manual DX4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.04-Door Manual 2.5i4-Door Manual
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Detailed Spec Comparison
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