With its available all-wheel drive, the 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer compares most directly to the Subaru Impreza sedan.
That car also has a CVT, though its fuel efficiency is better--and both its design and its interior handily outdo the Lancer's, even though they're far from top of the class.
An all-new Honda Civic this year offers a racy fastback shape that makes the square-cut Lancer look old-fashioned, and the Civic's equipment, refinement, and fuel economy are far superior.
The older Nissan Sentra is a strong value, though it too suffers from a cheap interior--and it's generally bland.
The VW Jetta is now powered by a peppy 1.8-liter turbo engine, which keeps that aging compact sedan current along with its own updated interior.
And the Ford Focus handily beats the Lancer in just about every way, from style to interior quality, on-road refinement to standard and available features, albeit at somewhat higher price levels.
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|2016 Mitsubishi LancerBrowse Used Listings||2016 Ford FocusBrowse Used Listings||2016 Honda CivicBrowse Used Listings||2016 Nissan SentraBrowse Used Listings||2016 Subaru ImprezaBrowse Used Listings||2015 Volkswagen JettaBrowse Used Listings|
|22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||26 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 48 MPG Hwy|
|Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded H-4||Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Compact Cars||Compact Cars||Compact Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Compact Cars||Compact Cars|
|4-Door Sedan Manual ES FWD||4-Door Sedan S||4-Door Manual LX||4-Door Sedan I4 Manual S||4-Door Manual 2.0i||4-Door Manual 2.0L Base|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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