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2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Preview

Pros: The 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback boasts a larger trunk than the sedan while offering the same reliable powertrain backed by a 10-year/160,000km warranty.

Cons: As a compact car, the Lancer Sportback is far from setting fuel economy benchmarks. The current generation dates back to 2007, so technology and styling are showing serious signs of age.

2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Price: The base SE model retails for $19,798, while the more upscale GT starts at $24,298.

2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Fuel Economy: The official ratings with the manual transmission are 8.5/5.9L/100km (city/highway). Those for the automatic transmission are 8.3/6.1L/100km.

Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback 2014
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Improvements and Changes: This model returns essentially unchanged for 2014.

2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Powertrain: The 2.0L 4-cylinder engine under the hood of this Lancer produces 148 horsepower through a 5-speed manual transmission or optional CVT.

Cargo Capacity:
The Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback's cargo area can hold 433 litres of gear. However, the split-folding rear seats maximize versatility with up to 1,320 litres of room.

Safety: ABS, brake assist, electronic brake force distribution, brake override, stability control, and traction control all come standard. In the event of a collision, 6 airbags will protect Lancer Sportback occupants.

Comparing the 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback:
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