2015 Mitsubishi Lancer

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2015 Mitsubishi Lancer
2015 Mitsubishi Lancer

New for 2015

The Mitsubishi Lancer remains largely unchanged for the 2015 model year but adds heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals to all models and makes a number of changes to features and packages, including adding a CVT to ES trims and high-contrast white stitching to GT models. 2015 also marks the last year of production for the high-performance Evolution model.

Vehicle Overview

The Mitsubishi Lancer is a compact sedan that offers a range of available models, from the basic ES to the powerful Evolution. The Lancer sits above the Mirage as the sole sedan offered in the Mitsubishi lineup.


A pair of four-cylinder engines powers the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer. The more powerful models get a turbocharger and all-wheel drive. The standard engine is a 2.0-liter I-4 that makes 148 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque and can be connected to either a five-speed manual or CVT that drives the front wheels. The CVT gets an EPA-estimated 26/34 mpg city/highway, and the manual is just 1 mpg less in the city. A larger 2.4-liter I-4, which makes 168 hp and 167 lb-ft of torque, can be equipped with an electronically controlled AWD system over the standard FWD. EPA estimates 23/30 mpg for the larger I-4 with the CVT and FWD, 22/31 mpg with the manual FWD, and 22/29 mpg with the CVT and AWD. Without stepping up to the pricier Evolution models, enthusiasts can get a turbocharged version of the ES’ 2.0-liter I-4 that makes 237 hp and 253 lb-ft of torque. This comes paired with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic (similar to the one found on Evolution models) on the Ralliart, which gets a permanent AWD system, instead of the system in the SE, which is selectable. Evolution models (the GSR and MR) add an intercooler to the same turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 found in the Ralliart and an increase in boost for an output of 291 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. It comes paired with the six-speed dual-clutch in the MR and a five-speed manual in the GSR. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 17/23 mpg (or 22 on the highway with the automatic), but we found it to be quite thirsty when driven hard.
Notable features on the 2015 Lancer include a rearview camera, heated front seats, passive keyless entry and start, Bluetooth streaming audio, HID headlights, a 6.1-inch infotainment screen, and a Rockford Fosgate premium audio system.
The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer received a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars) and is considered a 2015 Top Safety Pick by the IIHS. The Lancer Evolution, however, has not been rated by either organization.

What We Think

2015 will be the last model year Mitsubishi makes the Lancer Evolution. The long-standing rivalry between the Evo and Subaru Impreza WRX will be coming to an end, at least in the U.S. The Lancer hasn’t kept up with the times, and the model is overdue for an update. Interior quality across the line is poor (lots of plastic inside), and fuel economy is nothing to write home about, when considered against others in the highly competitive compact segment.
In an Editor’s Notebook review of a 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR, we said: “The compromises needed to transform [a Lancer] into an Evo do it no favors: It costs a lot more, is much noisier, has a significantly smaller trunk, has the turning radius of a small pickup truck, and drinks gasoline like a large pickup truck. As a car, the Evo has almost nothing to recommend it … But as a performance machine? Well, that's something rather different. Simply put, this is about as much fun as you can have for less than $40,000.”
Although the Evolution retains the cheap interior of the base Lancer, the car has been imbued with handling and performance that more than make up for the shortcomings. The “sharp and nicely weighted steering,” precise manual gearbox, perfectly positioned pedals, communicative handling, and gobs of power make a fast and predictable sports sedan. The shift paddles for the often clunky dual-clutch automatic are mounted on the steering column as opposed to the steering wheel, where they can be hard to reach with the wheel turned, a design trait that is also used by Ferrari. The Evo is thirsty, especially when kept on boost, but it’s a vehicle that begs to be driven hard. One editor summed the Evolution up nicely, saying: “This is purely a driver’s car. A driver’s car that will tackle any type of road you can find and completely engage you in the process.” We hope this isn’t the last we’ll see of it, but as Mitsubishi has not announced any plans for a successor, the saying “no time like the present” seems fitting for buyers contemplating a sporty Mitsubishi purchase.

You’ll Like

  • Handling of Evolution models
  • Aggressive front styling
  • Five-speed manual

You Won’t Like

  • Cheap interior plastic
  • Tiny trunk on Evolution models
  • Thirsty turbo I-4

Key Competitors

  • Subaru Impreza
  • Ford Focus
  • Honda Civic
  • Volkswagen Golf


2014 Mitsubishi Lancer GT Front Passengers Side
A new report from WardsAuto details Mitsubishi’s future plans for the compact Lancer sedan replacement. According to Wards, Mitsubishi is seeking out a shared platform with another manufacturer to cut costs. But just in case such a partnership doesn't materialize, Mitsubishi is already starting on developing the car itself.
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Depressed fans of the soon-to-be discontinued Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution might have something to cheer about (or maybe ridicule) in the coming months. A new report from Auto Express outlines a new high-performance vehicle from Mitsubishi is on its way, but not exactly in the form you might think.
STI Vs Evo 01
Turning onto Gingerman Raceway’s front straight, the 2015 Subaru WRX STI’s front-left tire ran over a snow mound, a thawing remnant from a relentless winter that beat on southwest Michigan. Slush flew through the air and landed on the windshield of the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution nipping at the STI’s heels.
2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR Rear End
I wanted to get someone at Mitsubishi on the phone to ask how he or she felt about the Lancer Evolution going away, but whom would I call? There’s no team toiling away on an eleventh-generation car, and I assumed all the engineers that worked on the project had packed up and left. So I asked one of Mitsubishi’s press contacts to get me on the horn with a person of importance in Japan. “Shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes over the phone,” I said. “A few simple questions.”
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2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Specifications

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2.0L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
25 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
34 MPG
148 hp @ 6000rpm
145 ft lb of torque @ 4200rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • 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)
60,000 miles / 60 months
100,000 miles / 120 months
100,000 miles / 84 months
Unlimited miles / 60 months
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IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
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