Week-Long Test Drive: The 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS Is A Car For The Whole Family

February 11, 2010
In life sometimes it is the little surprises that really count. Like when a car you really dont expect knocks the socks off of you. A vehicle with such a capability should truly be respected and revered because not only can it turn your commute into a pleasure and family hauling duties into a joy but it can also improve your outlook on the whole of life. An example of such a vehicle is the Mitsubishi Lancer GTS with a manual transmission.

Equipped with a 2.4 liter 168 horsepower MIVEC variable-valve timing four cylinder, the Lancer GTS is no slow poke yet also manages fuel economy ratings of 20 city/28 highway. Thusly equipped it is estimated that the GTS can go 0-60 in 7.1 seconds and that sounds pretty much dead on accurate. But what those numbers dont tell you is what a joy this car is to simply drive.

The engine makes a melodious growl all the way up to the 6500 RPM red-line and power never drops off one iota all through the rev range. The five speed manual transmission is also a true jewel with positive clutch engagement and clean, quick throws through every gear. This is the type of sporty sedan that makes you yearn to take the long way home after hitting the grocery store. (As a side note the trunk is positively huge.)

Speaking of huge, the Lancer GTS also features what amounts to a giant whale-tail of a rear spoiler that gives it the full EVO effect. Only true Mitsu-heads will be able to tell the difference and that makes this vehicle an appealing buy for another reason.

While not all parents buy their kids brand new cars some do. The not-overpowered GTS would make a great first car for a young driver with his or her heart set on an EVO. The GTS also has the benefit of starting under $20,000 (instead of $30,000) and won't bankrupt you with insurance costs.

Whereas many competing media outlets have made much ado about the lack of soft-touch plastics in the Lancers interior, The Car Connection.com's Bengt Halvorsen hit the nail right on the head when he said, "The Mitsubishi Lancer might be positioned and priced as an economy car, but with the right equipment, it can feel like a whole lot more."

This test GTS model was equipped with the (essential) Sun and Sound package which gives you an awe inspiring 710-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system, a sunroof and one of the easiest to use keyless entry/start systems around. It was also equipped with the Touring package which adds very high quality leather, seat heaters, HID headlights and many more features that gave the GTS a true luxury car feel.

Fun to drive, economical, inexpensive to buy and equipped as standard with a 10 year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty, the Mitsubishi Lancer GTS is truly an overlooked jewel in the new car marketplace.If you value driving fun, muscular styling and a high value package the Mitsubishi Lancer GTS really is hard to beat.

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