2010 Mitsubishi Lancer

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Every once in a while, a car comes along that you just know will be a future classic by the sole virtue of how rare it is. Enter the Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Ralliart, whose name is so long we'll run out of ink if we continue to use it. So, in the interest of saving precious natural resources, we'll call it the LaSpRa.
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A smiling valet attendant called it "a really cool car," but then again, it was at the parking lot for H&R Block - and practically anything is cooler than the beige Toyota Camrys that all those accountants drive. But then a random dude walking by glared at the LaSpRa's bulbous rear end and asked, "Ew, is Mitsubishi actually going to try to sell that thing?" Ouch.
In either case, Mitsubishi is. And here's the lowdown: the LaSpRa is a slightly awkward-looking hatchback sibling to the very attractive Lancer sedan. The "Ralliart" part means that we're talking about the quick version: a low-compression (9.0:1), high-boost (17.9 psi), 237-hp turbo four-cylinder resides under the hood, and it sends its power to the computer-controlled all-wheel-drive system used on the previous-generation Lancer Evolution. The engine itself is a version of the current Evo's mostly aluminum unit, equipped with a single-scroll turbo in place of the dual-scroll charger you'll find in the quickest Lancer.
The LaSpRa comes only with the six-speed dual-clutch transmission that we whined about in our Four Seasons Evo, with slightly taller fifth and sixth gears for quieter and more fuel-efficient cruising. It suffers from the same reluctance to move off the line, especially up hills, where full throttle results in 3000 rpm of clutch slippage and little else until the lazy turbo spools up. The gearbox then redeems itself with damn-near imperceptible part-throttle shifts that happen within, oh, fourteen-billionths of a second of tugging on one of the steering-column-mounted magnesium paddles.
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Optional Recaro seats are incredibly comfortable and supportive, if you happen to fit in them without needing adjustment, because they don't really do adjustment. The rear seats are more flexible, folding forward in one graceful movement and freeing up an enormous cargo hold that will swallow near-SUV levels of stuff that - thanks to quick and communicative steering - will likely wind up getting flung around the cabin as you dart through bends.
Unfortunately, when we saw the price tag, a couple of obscenities flew around the cabin, too. Our test car was well-equipped, but like the Evo, it seems to be priced a whole category too high. Its shocking $33,000 as-tested price is enough to ensure that this quick hatch, like its Evo brother, will be one rare car. We'll call it a classic in the making.
The Specs
ON SALE: Now
Price: $28,310/$33,059 (base/as tested)
Engine: 2.0L turbo I-4, 237 hp, 253 lb-ft
Drive: 4-wheel
2010 Mitsubishi Lancer
2010 Mitsubishi Lancer
The Lancer has come a long way since its beginnings as a unimpressive compact with bland styling and dull driving demeanor. Now It offers something for everyone. In its base configuration, it markets itself to the inexpensive entry level sedan or hatchback market and in different trims it can be a screamer. Since its redesign, the Lancer has improved its handling, styling, and power (on the top engines) One area the Lancer does not impress is in fuel economy. While the top end Ralliart model will never be selected for efficiency, it's unfortunate that the lower end models couldn't squeeze more mileage out of their small, unrefined engines.

The base engine is a 2.0 liter four cylinder, making 152HP and only 143 HP in CA. The GTS package ups the ante to a 2.4 liter four cylinder making 168 HP. Both models come standard with a 5 speed automatic with optional continuously variable transmission, or CVT. The CVT is not particularly well executed in the Lancers however, and fuel economy is 24 and 23 combined for the 2.0 and the 2.4 liter respectively.
2010 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS Front Three Quarters
I haven't driven a Mitsubishi Lancer in quite a while and, because the Lancer Evolution lacks seat-height adjustment, I was prepared to be a bit uncomfortable behind the wheel when I signed out the GTS for the night. Fortunately for shorter people like me, this less-focused-but-still-sporty Lancer model comes with the full array of seat adjusters. In fact, overall this entire package is far more enjoyable as a daily driver than the high-strung Evo.
2010 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS Front Three Quarters
The Lancer is certainly showing its age, but the car still has many positive qualities: The styling is attractive, the cabin is comfortable and fairly spacious, and the price is solid. Even our nicely loaded test car barely cracked the $23K mark. The manual gearbox isn't as good as I remember the stick-shift Lancer Evolution's being, but it's still decent and fun to row. The engine is merely adequate but not terribly disappointing for a car in this class, and it helps the Lancer become one of those "slow cars" that's fun to drive fast without encouraging its driver to egregiously break any traffic laws.
2010 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS Front
Funny -- I always thought the Lancer Evolution was supposed to be a high-power, low-frills version of Mitsubishi's compact sedan. After spending a night with the Lancer GTS, however, I'm not entirely certain what Mitsubishi stripped out of its race-ready model. The GTS interior is still chock full of hard, black plastic panels (some of which, particularly those around the top of the dash, have some fit issues), and there's still a notable amount of road noise carried into the cabin.
2010 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS Rear Three Quarters
It's difficult to approach the Lancer with proper expectations when it looks so much like its beloved big brother. Same aggressive snout, same racer-boy wing, same cheap interior, but no rally car suspension or hopped up turbo. Buying this car and expecting great performance is a little bit like buying a pair of Air Jordans and trying to dunk from the foul line.
2010 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS Rear
2010 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS
2010 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS Front Three Quarters
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Mitsubishi announced today that pricing for the 2010 Lancer Sportback will begin at $19,910 (including a $720 destination and handling fee) for a base GTS with a five-speed manual transmission, about $400 more than a similarly equipped Lancer GTS sedan.

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2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
2.0L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
22 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
31 MPG
Horsepower:
152 hp @ 6000rpm
Torque:
146 ft lb of torque @ 4250rpm
  • Air Conditioning (optional)
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • 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
12-31-1969:21:35:40
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.


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
5
NHTSA Rating Front Side
4
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Best Pick
1
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
NHTSA Rating Overall
N/R

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