The 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer is a compact five passenger vehicle available in sedan, hatchback and sport sedan trim levels. The standard Lancer/Lancer Sportback is powered by three different engines; a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, and a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo-charged engine that get 148 hp, 168 hp, and 237 hp. All the standard AWD Lancer/Lancer Sportback models come standard with a 5-speed manual transmission and get anywhere between an EPA estimated 17 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. For those who need a little more performance the Lancer Evolution is powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo-charged/intercooled engine that produces 291 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. Options include 18-inch wheels, lightweight aluminum hood, navigation system, touring package, aluminum roof, HID headlamps, and Recaro® sport seats. Safety features include active stability control, anti-lock brake security, and seven airbags. The Lancer is backed by a 5-year/60,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
After a year-long hiatus, the Lancer Evolution returns for 2012. The Lancer SE all-wheel drive returns for 2012. It comes with 18-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, fog lamps, Bluetooth, leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Ralliart all-wheel drive now offers optional navigation, as does the GT model and the Sportback ES offers optional 16-inch alloy wheels and a deluxe package that includes an upgraded 6-speaker stereo with a USB port, FAST-key entry system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, SIRIUS and a color LCD dash indicator display. The manual transmission is no longer available on the Sportback models and the TC-SST Sportback Ralliart model is not offered for 2012.
Sportback functionality; lots of sporty fun; excellent performance from Ralliart model; intense performance from the Evolution model
At the base level, the Lancer packs plenty of fun and safety features into a sub-$15,000 package. The Ralliart models, feature a mild turbocharged engine but enough performance to be surprise. Sportback models add increased functionality. The base Lancer returns great fuel economy, achieving 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Finally, the Lancer Evolution continues to be one of the best performance values available. A 291-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine combined with Mitsubishi's famed Super All-Wheel Control system makes for intense power and control that costs less than $35,000.