2017 Mitsubishi Lancer
Released in August 2016, ahead of many other 2017 models, the new 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer is equipped with excellent standard features and anyone shopping around for a new 2017 sedan should definitely consider the new 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer.
Aside from its affordability and industry-leading warranty, the Lancer has modern day tech wrapped up in a modern and sleek looking package. Not too worry though, the new Lancer still offers drivers the same industry-leading warranty and above-average fuel economy as the 2016 Lancer model.
The 2017 Lancer model has not been completely overhauled, but the new model has some improved tech and convenience features that are standard on all four Lancer trims. Built with a comfortable and spacious interior, the Mitsubishi Lancer is excellent for young professionals or for a growing family.
V6 available engine
Trims and Engines
The 2017 Lancer is available in the same four trims that have been available in past years, the Lancer ES 2.0, Lancer ES 2.4 AWC, SE 2.4 AWC and SEL 2.4 AWC. The Lancer ES 2.0 is the base trim and the Lancer SEL 2.4 AWC is the trim with all of the bells and whistles.
The Lancer ES 2.0 is powered by a 2.0L MIVEC DOHC 16-valve I-4 engine that generates up to 148-horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. “MIVEC” is Mitsubishi’s own “VVT”, a process integrated into engines to optimize fuel economy and improve performance. “DOHC” stands for “Double Overhead Camshaft”, which usually means the 2017 Lancer will outperform cars with a Single Overhead Camshaft.
The Lancer ES 2.0’s engine is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission, but buyers can upgrade to an automatic Continuously Variable Transmission or CVT for an extra $1,000, as well. When equipped with a manual transmission, the Lancer ES has an average fuel economy of 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, but when equipped with the CVT, the Lancer has an improved fuel economy of 27 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.
The other Lancer trims feature a larger 168-horsepower 2.4-liter MIVEC DOHC 16-valve Inline 4-cylinder engine. The larger engine comes standard with a CVT transmission and together, the engine and transmission give the Lancer a fuel economy of 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
Additionally, the Lancer is equipped with the 2.4-liter engine come standard with all-wheel-control, which distributes the engine power to all four wheels. The Lancer ES 2.0 has two-wheel-drive with power being directed to the vehicle’s front two wheels.
Interior and Exterior
With technology features becoming more and more popular, the new 2017 Lancer has upgraded all Lancer trims with a 6.1-inch touchscreen to keep up with the times. Other modern improvements on the 2017 model include a new standard HD radio audio display and rearview backup camera.
New Interior Upgrades
The Lancer is a spacious sedan with seating for five passengers. The interior upholstery is fabric on all the trims except for the Lancer SEL 2.4, which has leather seating. To keep the driver warm on cold days, the Lancer SE and SEL have front heated seats and to keep all passengers comfortable in summer, all Lancer trims have automatic climate control, unlike the 2017 Hyundai Elantra SE or 2017 Chevy Cruze.
At all trim levels, the Lancer offers buyers great entertainment options. All Lancer trims have FUSE Hands-free Link System with Bluetooth technology and a USB port so drivers and passengers can listen to music via their mobile devices. The car also has two 12-volt power outlets so multiple electronics can charge at once. For safety and convenience, steering wheel mounted controls to control the volume, set cruise control and Bluetooth are at the driver’s fingertips. The Lancer ES 2.0 and ES 2.4 have a 4-speaker audio system and the Lancer SE 2.4 and SEL 2.4 both have a 6-speaker audio system. Buyers that want a car equipped with a top-of-the-line sound system can opt for the premium Rockford Fosgate 710-watt system.
The new model year Lancer has upgraded rims, and apart from that, the 2017 Lancer has the same modern and sleek appearance as the 2016 model. The base Lancer trim is now available with 16-inch two-tone alloy rims and 18-inch two-tone alloy rims now come standard on the Lancer SE and SEL trims.
All Lancer trims are standard with LED running lights, fog lights and a high mount rear stop light. The Lancer is also equipped with standard convenience features like front windshield variable intermittent wipers, heated exterior mirrors and a rear window defroster. For personalization, buyers have the option of six different exterior colors on all trims and a glass sunroof on the Lancer ES 2.0 and Lancer SEL 2.4.
Safety Tech and Warranty
Mitsubishi doesn’t skimp on the safety features and the 2017 Lancer model is no different. Unlike some manufacturers who make some safety features available only to upgraded trims, Mitsubishi makes all safety features the same on all trims. Offering drivers something unique, the Lancer is built with Mitsubishi’s patented signature RISE body construction and advanced seven airbag system. Mitsubishi's RISE system utilizes engineered crumple zones that route and absorb energy during high-impact collisions. Strategic reinforcements at key body points complement its side-impact door beams.
In addition to six standard airbags—including front, front-seat-mounted, and side-curtain airbags—the Lancer adds a seventh underneath the driver's side dashboard, providing extra protection for the driver’s lower body and knees.
Other standard safety features include a tire pressure monitoring system, anit-lock braking system (ABS) and brake assist, traction control logic (TCL) and active stability controls (ASC).
When backing up, the rearview camera system displays on the touchscreen and provides drivers with a wide-angle view behind the vehicle. Rearview cameras are not only convenient, but they are a safety feature that provides a view of objects behind the car that might not otherwise be visible to a driver.
Warranty and Pricing
As for warranties, Mitsubishi is one of the few manufacturers that offers an industry leading warranty. The 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer is backed by a transferable 5-year or 60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty; a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty; a 7-year or 100,000-mile anti-corrosion perforation limited warranty; and unlimited mile roadside assistance.
The 2017 Lancer ES 2.0 with a 5-speed transmission starts at $17,795 and the Lancer ES 2.0 with an automatic CVT starts at $18,795, which is fairly low in comparison to other sedans with fewer features. The most expensive Lancer trim, the Lancer SEL 2.4 starts at $22,095.