2009 Mitsubishi Lancer

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As the rally-bred Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution continues to evolve, with escalating levels of power and technology (not to mention base price), it leaves its economy-car origins in the dirt. As the Evo moved up in performance and price, it created a hole in the Lancer lineup, one filled nicely by Subaru's Impreza WRX. In the interest of gaining back lost ground, Mitsubishi recently introduced the Lancer Ralliart, a turbocharged, all-wheel-drive sedan that bridges the gap between the Lancer GTS and Evolution X models.
That gap is rather large both in terms of performance and price. Consider that two-wheel-drive Lancers start at $14,665 for a DE model, with the sportier GTS topping the lower portion of the range at a base price of $18,915. With high-performance Evolution starting at $33,665 for a manual-equipped GSR (a fully optioned MR model costs nearly 50 grand!), it's easy to see why Mitsubishi chose to inject some affordable performance into the middle of the Lancer range.
How'd they do it? With some careful corporate parts-bin shopping. The Ralliart takes only what it needs from its fellow Lancers.
Looks Like an Evo on the Outside
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Style-wise, the Ralliart does a decent job of aping big brother Evolution. The hood is lifted directly from that car, while the front end gets an Evo-inspired fascia with the familiar gaping trapezoidal grille opening. There's another unique fascia in the rear, and the taillights get black bezels for a more sporty look.
Looks Like an Evo on the Inside
Sitting in the Ralliart, you'd be hard pressed to tell it apart from an Evolution. The small-diameter steering wheel with paddle shifters is right out of the Evo MR, as is the console-mounted shift lever. The optional Recaro Sport Package includes a 650-watt Rockford-Fosgate stereo with Sirius satellite radio, HID headlamps, and, of course, supportive Recaro front bucket seats. The available navigation system is billed as the only one in the U.S. with carpool-lane guidance, though we were unable to test this feature in suburban Detroit.
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A note about the Recaro seats: while they're very comfortable and effectively keep drivers and front passengers in place, they lack height adjustment, making it difficult for many people - short and tall - to find an appropriate driving position. We've heard the same complaint around the office about our new Four Seasons Evolution MR. Mitsubishi says it might add vertical adjustments to the seats.
There's one key practical advantage that is derived from the Ralliart's GTS roots: cargo room. Whereas the Evo X cars have their battery and windshield washer fluid bottle in the trunk up against the seatback, the Ralliart has those items in more conventional underhood locations. This means increased trunk room and the ability to fold down the seats.
It Even Has an Evo Engine
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Continuing the parts-bin plundering, Mitsubishi gave the Ralliart the 4B11 engine block from an Evo X, but with different intake plumbing, turbocharger (single-scroll as opposed to the Evo's twin-scroll unit), and intercooler. This is nothing an afternoon's worth of work and some Evo parts from eBay can't fix, right? Not so fast; Mitsubishi points out that the engine and transmission computers, as well as differing underhood packaging, will make the job of Evo-izing a Ralliart very difficult. But the laptop-toting tuner crowd will no doubt attempt it anyway.
The resulting not-quite-Evo four-cylinder engine displaces a familiar 2.0 liters and puts out a respectable 237 hp and 253 lb-ft of torque, exhaling through a dual-exhaust setup that's nearly identical to the Evo's. Peak power arrives at 6000 rpm and max torque is available from 3000 rpm - both peaks occur at lower engine speeds than in the Evolution engine. The Ralliart is not as high revving, with a 6500-rpm redline versus the Evo's at 7000 rpm.
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For now, the only transmission offered is Mitsubishi's new Twin-Clutch SST, first seen on the Evolution MR. We say "for now" because a manual might be added in the future if demand is there. The changes made to the TC-SST for this application reflect the Ralliart's more practical, less-track-focused nature - fifth and sixth gears are taller for increased fuel economy, and the number of shift modes has been reduced from three to two. (Normal and Sport modes remain, while S-Sport is reserved for the Evo MR.)
The all-wheel-drive system is borrowed from an Evo as well, but not the newest iteration. The Evolution IX mechanicals include helical front and mechanical rear limited-slip differentials, as well as Mitsubishi's Active Center Differential. Drivers can select Gravel, Snow, or Tarmac settings that govern the behavior of the ACD.
But It's Not an Evo?
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At this point, you may be thinking that the Lancer Raliart sounds a lot like a detuned Evo X, rather than the improved GTS that Mitsubishi would have us believe it is. One look at the suspension should erase that thought, since most of its parts are from the Lancer GTS. The front suspension is mostly a carryover, with dampers tuned for the Ralliart's personality and an anti-roll bar that measures 22 mm in diameter instead of the 21-mm bar on the GTS. The multi-link rear is a modified GTS setup that now accommodates the Ralliart's all-wheel-drive system. Because of the similarities, ride and handling are more in line with the GTS than either of the Evolution models. The suspension is firm, but forgiving enough to be comfortable on long trips.
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0807 06 Z+2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart+wheel
The Ralliart's standard 10-spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels are also borrowed from the GTS. Brakes with larger-diameter pistons come from the Outlander V-6 SUV, which is itself built on the Lancer platform.
Nevertheless, the Ralliart behaves more like a GTS than an Evolution over rough pavement, making it a livable daily driver. The steering isn't super-sensitive like the Evo's, which some people may prefer. The suspension is biased toward street (not track) use, while the smooth-shifting dual-clutch transmission is less aggressive with its gearchanges. Downshifts are rev-matched so the car won't lurch forward. As a side benefit, onlookers will think you are driving a car with a manual, and that you know what you're doing.
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Okay, how much is all of this practicality and compromise going to cost me? Mitsubishi has given the Ralliart a base price of $26,490 but hasn't yet announced the destination charge - currently, it's $675 for all Lancers, but could go up for the 2009 model year. That's slightly more than the Subaru Impreza WRX, which starts at $24,995 for a sedan. Mitsubishi is also considering importing the new Lancer Sportback so that it can go head-to-head with Subaru's five-door hatch. So, unless you plan to visit the track regularly or can't live without that third pedal, the Ralliart looks like a good Evo alternative that won't dig as big a hole in your bank account.

2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart
Base Price: $26,490 (excluding destination charge)
On Sale: September 2008

Powertrain
Engine: 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve I-4
Horsepower: 237 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 253 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automated manual
Drive: All-wheel

Measurements
L x W x H: 180.0 x 69.4 x 58.7 in
Legroom F/R: 42.2/36.1 in
Headroom F/R: 39.6/36.9 in
Cargo capacity: 10.0 cu ft (9.1 cu ft with optional subwoofer)
Curb Weight: 3462 lb
EPA Rating (city/highway): 17/25 mpg
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0806 01 Z+2009 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS CVT+front Three Quarter View
We love the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. The all-wheel-drive turbocharged rally car for the street grips, steers, and tackles a bumpy road better than many cars costing twice as much. The last-generation Evo--known in Mitsu parlance as Evolutions VII and IX--impressed us with the fact that Mitsubishi had turned the ho-hum base Lancer into such a performance icon. The newest Evo may have lost a little of its raw character, but it's still clearly an automobile engineered by hardcore enthusiasts for hardcore enthusiasts.
That said, like its predecessors, the newest Lancer Evolution had to evolve from something. That something is the new front-wheel-drive, $14,890 Mitsubishi Lancer. We recently spent some time in the top-spec, non-Evo Lancer, known as the Lancer GTS, to see what relationship it had to its manic sibling.
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After a scan of the specification list, you can't help but be impressed by the little Mitsubishi. Our CVT-equipped model came in at $23,340, and its window sticker boasted such features as a navigation system, a sunroof, Bluetooth, keyless entry and starting, auto climate control, and eighteen-inch wheels. Not too shabby. The only glaring omission is electronic stability control; this safety feature isn't available, even as an option. We also wish that Mitsubishi had added rake adjustment to the steering wheel and that the navigation unit featured a more intuitive interface.
On the road, it's clear that Mitsubishi spent money on the Lancer's long equipment list rather than chassis development--the wonderful steering and handling found in the Lancer Evo clearly doesn't come from the base Lancer. The steering rack on the GTS is a hydraulically assisted unit, but it feels more like a poorly calibrated electric setup. And while the Lancer's overall ride quality and suspension damping is quite good at normal speeds, rough pavement tends to upset things, sending unwelcome kickback through the steering wheel.(The GTS's standard eighteen-inch wheels surely don't help.) At a quicker pace, understeer rears its ugly head far too early. On a whole, we wish the gang responsible for the Evolution could have sprinkled some of its magic on the base Lancer.
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While you can't really expect Evo-like thrust from a $23,000 econobox, the front-drive Lancer's 2.4-liter four-cylinder does provide decent acceleration. Unfortunately, that powerplant is a bit too coarse and buzzy for our liking, a fact not helped by the optional CVT fitted to our test car. During maximum acceleration, the engine sits at a very busy 6000 RPM as the transmission constantly adjusts the drive ratio. Sure, there are magnesium paddles behind the steering wheel, allowing the choice of six different "gears," but you're still better off with the standard five-speed manual. Plus, the row-it-yourself option brings along a small increase in fuel economy. This is a notable plus, because the Lancer's thirst is somewhat surprising. Its 21/27 EPA rating loses out to a great many small cars, including the notoriously thirsty five-cylinder (automatic) Volkswagen Jetta.
While we knew that the Lancer GTS wouldn't be a hard-core driver's car, we do wish it carried a greater amount of the Evolution's DNA. Mitsubishi needs to concentrate on improving the steering feel and upping the refinement levels. (Available electronic stability control is a must, too.) With just a few changes, the Lancer could be a very competitive entry in its segment.
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You could be forgiven for thinking that Mitsubishi’s enthusiast offerings begin and end with the Lancer Evolution. I certainly did. But that preconception, like most, turns out to have been overly simplistic. First of all, the Evolution itself is really two models: the Evo GSR (with a 5-speed manual) and the Evo MR (with a 6-speed dual-clutch automated manual). OK, that I knew. But the car that had yet to penetrate my consciousness was the Lancer Ralliart.
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2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
2.0L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
22 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
30 MPG
Horsepower:
152 hp @ 6000rpm
Torque:
146 ft lb of torque @ 4250rpm
  • Air Conditioning (optional)
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks (optional)
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS (optional)
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control (optional)
  • Electronic Stability Control (optional)
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
60,000 miles / 60 months
Powertrain
100,000 miles / 120 months
Corrosion
100,000 miles / 84 months
Roadside
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:34:50
Component
SERVICE BRAKES, AIR:SUPPLY:CHECK VALVE
Summary
MITSUBISHI IS RECALLING 39,711 MY 2008-2009 OUTLANDER AND LACER VEHICLES. INCORRECT MATERIAL COMPOSITION OF THE BRAKE BOOSTER CHECK VALVE MAY CAUSE THE CHECK VALVE TO STICK CLOSED WHEN THE ENGINE IS SHUT OFF. WHEN THE VEHICLE IS RE-STARTED AND PUT INTO MOTION, UNDER CERTAIN DRIVING CONDITIONS (VERY SLOW VEHICLE MANEUVERS), THERE MAY BE INSUFFICIENT INITIAL BRAKING ASSIST.
Consequences
THIS MAY TEMPORARILY INCREASE THE STOPPING DISTANCE OF THE VEHICLE AND THEREFORE INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE BRAKE BOOSTER CHECK VALVE FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING APRIL 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT MITSUBISHI AT 1-800-222-0037.
Potential Units Affected
39,711
Notes
MITSUBISHI MOTORS NORTH AMERICA, INC.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:34:51
Component
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:SENSOR/CONTROL MODULE
Summary
MITSUBISHI IS RECALLING MODEL YEAR 2008-2009 LANCER AND LANCER EVOLUTION VEHICLES ORIGINALLY SOLD IN OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN THE STATES OF CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, KENTUCKY, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MISSOURI, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, VERMONT, VIRGINIA, WEST VIRGINIA, WISCONSIN AND DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. IN AREAS WHERE HEAVY ROAD SALT IS USED IN THE WINTER, A LONG TERM EXPOSURE TO A MIXTURE OF MELTED SNOW WITH SALT THROWN UP BY THE OTHER VEHICLES ON THE ROAD MAY CAUSE A WATER-SALT MIXTURE TO ADHERE TO THE FRONT IMPACT SENSORS.
Consequences
THIS COATING OVER TIME MAY CAUSE CORROSION OF THE SENSOR. IN THE EVENT OF A VEHICLE CRASH OF THE TYPE THAT WOULD DEPLOY THE AIRBAGS THIS TYPE OF SHORT-CIRCUIT MAY CAUSE A DELAY IN THE DEPLOYMENT OF THE AIRBAGS WHICH COULD RESULT IN DRIVER OR PASSENGER INJURY.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL INSTALL NEW FRONT AIRBAG SENSORS THAT HAVE IMPROVED CORROSION RESISTANCE. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON NOVEMBER 27, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT MITSUBISHI CUSTOMER RELATIONS DEPARTMENT AT 1-888-648-7820.
Potential Units Affected
29,353
Notes
MITSUBISHI MOTORS NORTH AMERICA, INC.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:GASOLINE:BELTS AND ASSOCIATED PULLEYS
Summary
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (Mitsubishi) is recalling certain model year 2008-2011 Lancer, Lancer Evolution, and Outlander; 2009-2011 Lancer Sportback and 2011 Outlander Sport vehicles. The affected vehicles, manufactured with 4B1 engines, have an engine pulley and belt arrangement for turning the alternator, the cooling fan and the power steering pump (if equipped). These pulleys may experience unusual wear and allow for belt detachment.
Consequences
If the drive belt detaches, the battery may discharge, resulting in an engine stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Mitsubishi will notify owners, and dealers will replace the drive belt with a rubber belt. Drive pulleys that are excessively worn will be replaced. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall began on October 15, 2014. Owners may contact Mitsubishi customer service at 1-888-648-7820. Mitsubishi's number for this recall is SR-14-009.
Potential Units Affected
165,923
Notes
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:50
Component
VISIBILITY:DEFROSTER/DEFOGGER SYSTEM:WINDSHIELD:BLOWER
Summary
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (Mitsubishi) is recalling certain model year 2009-2011 Lancer vehicles manufactured March 16, 2009, to March 30, 2011, 2010-2011 Lancer Sportback vehicles manufactured June 17, 2009, to December 1, 2010, 2010-2011 Lancer Evolution vehicles manufactured July 14, 2009, to January 7, 2011, 2009-2011 Outlander vehicles manufactured February 10, 2009, to June 22, 2011, and 2011 Outlander Sport vehicles manufactured August 26, 2010, to November 19, 2010. In the affected vehicles, the blower motor may fail.
Consequences
Failure of the blower motor may reduce the performance of the windshield defroster, diminishing the driver's visibility and increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Mitsubishi will notify owners, and dealers will replace a suspect blower motor, free of charge. The recall began on June 15, 2015. Owners may contact Mitsubishi customer service at 1-888-648-7820. Mitsubishi's number for this recall is SR-15-003.
Potential Units Affected
76,958
Notes
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:50
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Summary
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (Mitsubishi) is recalling certain model year 2009-2010 Mitsubishi Lancer vehicles manufactured January 12, 2009, to July 6, 2010, 2009-2010 Outlander vehicles manufactured January 12, 2009, to August 27, 2010, 2010 Lancer Sportback vehicles manufactured June 17, 2009, to June 8, 2010, and 2010 Lancer Evolution vehicles manufactured July 14, 2009, to August 4, 2010. The affected vehicles have an electronic control unit (ECU) that controls the head lights, tail lights, and windshield wipers. Due to a manufacturing error, the voltage inside this ECU may be unstable.
Consequences
Unstable voltage could result in intermittent failure of the vehicle's head lights, tail lights, and windshield wipers. If the headlights and/or windshield wipers fail, the driver could have reduced visibility. If the tail lights fail, the vehicle could be less visible. Either condition increases the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Mitsubishi will notify owners, and dealers will replace the affected ECU, free of charge. The recall began on June 15 ,2015. Owners may contact Mitsubishi customer service at 1-888-648-7820. Mitsubishi's number for this recall is SR-15-002.
Potential Units Affected
53,396
Notes
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:34:50
Component
FUEL SYSTEM, OTHER:DELIVERY
Summary
MITSUBISHI IS RECALLING MODEL YEAR 2008-2009 LANCER EVOLUTION, RALLIART, AND SPORTBACK RALLIART VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH TURBOCHARGED ENGINES. THE MANNER IN WHICH THE FUEL RETURN PIPE IS ATTACHED TO THE ENGINE, IN COMBINATION WITH FREQUENT VEHICLE OPERATION AT CERTAIN ENGINE REVOLUTIONS, MAY RESULT IN A RESONANCE THAT, IF CONTINUED OVER TIME, MAY CAUSE A STRESS CRACK TO DEVELOP AT THE FIXED PORTION OF THE FUEL PIPE.
Consequences
IF THIS STRESS CRACK DEVELOPS, FUEL LEAKAGE MAY OCCUR. FUEL LEAKAGE, IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, COULD RESULT IN A FIRE.
Remedy
THE FUEL RETURN PIPE WILL BE REPLACED WITH A NEW PART AND TWO ADDITIONAL ATTACHMENT BRACKETS WILL BE INSTALLED TO BETTER CONTROL FUEL PIPE VIBRATION. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON SEPTEMBER 29, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT MITSUBISHI AT 1-888-648-7820.
Potential Units Affected
6,903
Notes
MITSUBISHI MOTORS NORTH AMERICA, INC.


IIHS Best Pick
1
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
4
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Applicable

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