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In 2016 the Mitsubishi Lancer got an all new look.The Lancer received multiple exterior changes, new interior features and technology updates. This new design was meant to challenge the idea of what a typical compact car should look like. Mitsubishi is committed to keeping and growing the Lancer’s image as a safe car.
Although the changes are subtle for the Lancer, they are important and seem to be increasing sales of the vehicle. Some of these features include: a strong safety rating, industry leading warranty coverage, nice driving, and affordable in the compact car class.
Reviews say the car is reliable and predictable especially in curvy and winding driving situations, great all wheel control, and great stereo and style. On Kelley Blue Book many driver reviews say that they would recommend this compact car, and have no major issues with the newest Lancer. It is much improved from previous years.
Engines and Trims
The Lancer is available in fives trims and it has two different engine options. Various trims include the ES 2.0 and E.S. 2.4, AWC, SE 2.4 AWC, SEL and FT. The Lancer ES 2.0 comes standard with a 2.0-liter, I4 engine paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. This Lancer configuration has an average fuel economy of 27 MPG in the city, 35 MPG on the highway and has a combined fuel economy of 30 MPG.
The other trims are equipped with a 2.4-liter I4 engine coupled to a an automatic CVT transmission. This engine configuration has a fuel economy of 23 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway.
The new 2016 Lancer has improved greatly in regards to exterior style. New standard features include: FUSE Hands-free Link System, fog lights, alloy wheels and LED daytime running lights. This vehicle is available in six colors from rally red to black. Other options for the upgraded models include: 18’ wheels, sunroof, spoiler, and more.
Standard interior features include: a color LCD display screen, a six way adjustable driver's seat and a four way adjustable passenger seat, tilt steering wheel, and fabric seating surfaces.
Other options include: leather seating, leather trimmed steering wheel, and heated front seats.
The Lancer maintains a four star safety rating. Safety features include:front and rear head airbags, dual front side-mounted airbags, child seat anchors, remote anti-theft alarm system and a emergency brake assist
As previously mentioned, the Lancer comes equipped with a FUSE hands-free system. This system is capable of bluetooth connection for phone and music, as well as navigation. It has great voice recognition, so no typing or touching the screen is even needed. The radio information shows up on the color LCD display screen on the middle of the dash.
In addition, a 9-speaker system is available on the Lancer GT. A complimentary three month subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio is also standard in the GT trim.
Price and Warranties
Pricing for the base model starts at $17,595, and gets up to about $24,000 for the GT manual Lancer.
Mitsubishi is known for having some of the best warranties in the industry. The Mitsubishi Lancer is available on a 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, a 5-year or 60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty, a seven year, 100,000-mile anti-corrosion warranty and complimentary roadside assistance