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Pros: The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer is an established vehicle, and you’ll also find heaps of potential rebate programs to choose from at the dealer as well as a stellar 10-year powertrain warranty program. 

Cons: The Mitsubishi Lancer has remained unchanged since ’07, and its age is really starting to show. Also, should you want an all-wheel drive model, you’re looking at a much higher price than the base model (unlike its direct competition). 

2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Price and Fuel Economy: There are quite a few models of Lancer available, including some with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, as well as a hatchback version the Lancer Sportback, and finally the high-performance Ralliart version. The range of prices is large, and there’s seemingly something for every budget. Pricing is as follows: 

Sedan

  • 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer DE $14,998
  • 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer SE $19,198 
  • 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer SE Limited $19,998
  • 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer SE AWC $22,998
  • 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer SE AWC Limited $23,598
  • 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer GT $24,198 
  • 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer GT AWC $27,998

5-door 

  • 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback SE $19,798 
  • 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback SE Limited $20,398
  • 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback GT $24,398
  • 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart $32,498 

With so many versions of the Mits Lancer available, there are actually only three engines, and two transmissions. Of course, front-wheel drive vs. all-wheel drive also influences fuel numbers. 

Of the three engines, the 2.0L is the most efficient with a combined fuel rating of 8.6L/100km (with a CVT transmission), followed by the 2.4L engine at 9.5L/100km (also with a CVT), and finally the 2.0L turbo offered in the Ralliart will get you a combined rating of 11.6L/100km (and only with a 6-speed twin-clutch automatic). 

Powertrain: As mentioned above, there are three engines available. Available on the DE, SE, SE Limited, and all Sportback models is the 2.0L 4-cyl mill good for 148 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. There is also a 2.4L 4-cyl available on the SE AWC, SE AWC Limited, GT, and GT AWC sedan models that produces 168 horsepower and 167 lb-ft of torque. Jump up to the Lancer Ralliart model and you’ll find a 2.0L turbocharged engine that produces 237 horsepower and 253 lb-ft of torque. 

There is a 5-speed manual and CVT transmission available across the sedan and Sportback models; however, the Ralliart is only available with a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. 

Changes and Improvements: No major changes have been made to the Mitsubishi Lance in years. The manufacturer has eluded to a brand new model surfacing in the years to come, and we can only hope they’re telling the truth. 

Cargo Capacity: Obviously, the most cavernous Lancer in the model range is the Sportback version that offers up 390 litres of cargo space with the rear seats up. Move to the sedan version, and you’re looking at 348 litres of space, however, should you choose the GT AWC version you’ll also get a subwoofer that eats into trunk space and leaves you with 334 litres instead. Finally, the Ralliart sans subwoofer offers up 283 litres, but if its all about the bass for you then that number shrinks to 257 litres. 

Safety: The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer comes equipped with all manner of standard safety equipment and airbags, including ABS, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Active Stability Control, anti-theft engine immobilizer, brake override system, tire pressure monitoring system, as well as rise body construction. 

Comparing the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer: Subaru Impreza, Nissan Sentra, Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Mazda3.