Practicality is key with the 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer SE. Aesthetically, this sedan has the resemblance of Mitsubishi’s higher end vehicles like the Lancer Evolution and Ralliart, but its a low-priced sedan that offers a lot for its price tag.
The Lancer is Mitsubishi’s mass-market small car with all-wheel drive. I liked it because it despite its smaller frame, it still packs some punch. It offers a 168-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. It was decent on gas, averaging just 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.
The Lancer’s AWD system also requires that it be switched on. I tested this vehicle in the middle of summer and sans for one day of rain, it wasn’t the ideal climate for testing the drive function. Once I clicked it into the 4WD Auto mode—you also have also a 4WD Lock mode—I could feel that it was making a transition, but the driving aspect did not feel much differently.
To be a smaller vehicle, this car is surprisingly spacious and comfortable. I’m exactly six-feet tall and had no problems stretching, reaching, extending or with the seats being comfortable at all. Overall, the Lander has enough space for at least four adults—shorter people in the back of course. There’s also plenty of cargo space.
The interior design of the Lancer wasn’t state of the art—at least not on the trim that I test drove. The cabin was designed with generic plastic features and easy-to-navigate knobs. The reality is though you’re not purchasing the Lancer for bells and whistles. Speaking of bells and whistles, the Lancer isn’t the quietest car either, as the interior noise was one of its downsides.
Spin Control: The Lancer is an overall good package. It’s a practical product that really is worth the $20,990 price tag listed on my test model. It a simple, practical vehicle with a sleek look is what you’re after, its the car for you!
Industry Status: Grade B-