2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Review

April 1, 2014
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Have you been driving a Mitsubishi? If you find the brand reliable, you might want to consider getting a 2014 Lancer as your next car. Just take your pick from the available choices in this year’s lineup: a regular sedan, a hatchback or a high-performance sedan.

NEW FOR 2014 LANCER

  • optional navigation system
  • standard touchscreen audio interface
  • discontinuation of the DE trim level

UNDER THE HOOD

The base engine for the 2014 Lancer ES sedan and Sportback is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that makes 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. The ES sedan has a 5-speed manual transmission as standard and a CVT as optional. The latter is standard on the Sportback which comes with front-wheel drive system.

A 2.4-liter four with 168 horsepower and 167 pound-feet of torque comes standard on the Lancer SE and GT sedans and Sportbacks. All-wheel drive and a CVT are standard on the SE sedan while the GT gets front-wheel drive and a 5-speed manual. The GT Sportback comes only with front-wheel drive and a CVT.

The top-of-the-line sedan model, the Ralliart, is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four that generates 237 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque. An automated dual-clutch transmission powers all of the Lancer Ralliart’s wheels.

The Lancer Evolution is motivated by a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that kicks at 291 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. The GSR model comes with a 5-speed manual transmission and the MR has a 6-speed automated manual. The Evolution is an all-wheel-drive vehicle.

The EPA fuel economy estimates for each 2014 Lancer model are as follows:

Model City/Highway/Combined MPG
Lancer ES sedan (manual) 26/34/28
Lancer ES sedan (CVT) 26/34/29
Lancer Sportback ES 24/32/27
Lancer SE sedan (CVT, AWD) 22/29/25
Lancer GT sedan 22/31/26
Lancer Sportback GT 22/29/25
Lancer Ralliart sedan 18/25/20
Lancer Evolution GSR 17/23/19
Lancer Evolution MR 17/22/19

ON THE ROAD

The base engine for the 2014 Lancer lineup provides sufficient power for daily driving. But its noise is quite annoying and it feels sluggish especially when mated with a CVT. The higher-performance models such as the Ralliart and the Evolution have more powerful engines which do not fail to deliver excellent handling. But ride comfort is noticeably compromised in these Lancers.

The CVT works fine with the rest of the lineup. It can, however, still feel sluggish. Opting for a Lancer that’s equipped with a 5-speed manual transmission is a good idea because it shifts more quickly.

In general, the 2014 Lancer, regardless of the trim level, has decent handling. All-wheel-drive models handle better, of course. But again, keep in mind that the performance-tuned models give passengers a harsher ride.

INSIDE THE 2014 LANCER

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Lancer sedan

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Lancer Sportback

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Lancer Evolution

When it comes to interior design, the 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer does not seem to thrive. A lot of reviewers complained about how the cabin’s appeal was not able to share with that of the Lancer’s exterior appearance.

The seats in all Lancer models are generally comfortable, providing enough headroom and legroom even for taller passengers. Heated front seats are standard on some models. The Lancer Evolution gets premium Recaro sport seats as standard.

The cargo space in all Lancers is quite disappointing. The sedan’s trunk measures 12.3 cubic feet which is small for the class. The trunks of the Ralliart and the Evolution are just 10 cubic feet and 6.9 cubic feet, respectively. The Sportback’s cargo space is quite good for the segment. It offers up to 46.6 cubic feet of space.

KEY FEATURES

The 2014 Lancer sedan has four trim levels namely, ES, SE, GT and Ralliart. The Sportback is available in either ES or GT trim level. The high-performance Lancer Evolution has two trim levels also: GSR and MR. Here are the noteworthy standard features that go with each model.

LANCER ES (sedan, Sportback): 16-inch steel wheels, monochromatic multi-info display, fabric seating surfaces, split folding rear seat, 4-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system, auxiliary input, coat hanger, rear center armrest with cup holders, keyless entry, multifunction steering wheel

LANCER SE: AWC badge, 16-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, 6-inch color touchscreen display, satellite radio, HD radio

LANCER GT: fog lights, rear spoiler, sport front grille and bumper, 18-inch alloy wheels, full-color LCD display, sport seats, voice command technology, Bluetooth system, 6-speaker audio system, gloss black interior trim, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, automatic climate control, USB port (Sportback), rearview camera (Sportback)

LANCER RALLIART: aluminum hood with heat extractor vent, Ralliart rear bumper, dual exhaust, aluminum pedals, shift knob with shift boot, sport steering wheel, hill start assist

LANCER EVOLUTION GSR: fog lights, aluminum front fenders with air outlets, aluminum hood with air vents, rear spoiler, side air dam, 18-inch Enkei alloy wheels with Yokohama high-performance tires, full-color LCD display, Recaro front seats, automatic climate control, leather-wrapped multifunction sport steering wheel and shift knob, Brembo brakes, rear center armrest with cup holders, keyless entry, Bluetooth, voice command technology, USB port, HD radio, satellite radio, 6-speaker audio system

LANCER EVOLUTION MR: bi-xenon headlights, daytime running lights, rear lip spoiler, 18-inch BBS alloy wheels, 2-pc. front rotors

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