2017 Mitsubishi Lancer vs. Its Competition

2017 Mitsubishi Lancer

The 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer is one of very few compact sedans to offer available all-wheel drive.

The closest competitor for those three versions is the Subaru Impreza, which will be entirely redesigned for the 2017 model year and continues to offer AWD as a standard feature on all versions.

The Impreza has far better fuel efficiency, and the design, interior, and features of the new version will clearly outstrip those of the 11-year-old Lancer.

The popular Honda Civic acquired a racy fastback design last year; it too offers refinement, features, and fuel economy far better than the Lancer.

While the Ford Focus is now in its sixth year, it was advanced on launch and continues to beat the Lancer handily in just about every way, from style and features to interior quality and on-road refinement—though at higher price levels.

The VW Jetta's a year older than the Focus, but a choice of two new turbocharged engines and some interior upgrades keeps it relatively current.

Finally, the Nissan Sentra is one of the Lancer's best competitors on value, though its interior is cheap and the car is remarkably bland and rental-like.

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2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Limited2017 Subaru Impreza
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Quick Specs
4.3
The 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer has a cheap-looking interior, it's noisy on the road, and the gas mileage isn't remotely up to par; it's showing its 11 years of age and will likely appeal only to value-for-money shoppers.
6.3
The 2017 Ford Focus has great road manners and scorching high-performance editions, but it's compromised by a small back seat.
7.8
The 2017 Honda Civic gains a hatchback body this year, but we were already sold. It's a very good compact car.
5.2
The 2017 Nissan Sentra spiffs up its performance in SR Turbo trim, but it's still more a need-to-buy than an want-to-buy car.
7.0
The 2017 Subaru Impreza blends sensible road manners with all-wheel drive and a digestible price. It's right in line with compact competitors, all of which offer something different in the segment.
6.5
The 2017 Volkswagen Jetta is a decent compact car—one in a crowded field, without a "killer app."
MSRP From     
$17,795$16,775$18,740$16,990N/A$17,895
Gas Mileage     
23 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4N/AIntercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsMid-Size CarsN/ACompact Cars
Style Name     
ES 2.0 FWD ManualS SedanLX ManualS ManualN/A1.4T S Manual
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveN/AFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
5555N/A5
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanN/ASedan
Transmission     
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODN/AManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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