2016 Mitsubishi Lancer

2016 Mitsubishi Lancer
2016 Mitsubishi Lancer

2016 Mitsubishi Lancer


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 22 mpg City, 31 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.4 L Regular Unleaded I-4, 168 HP
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

At the base level, the Lancer packs plenty of fun and safety features into a sub-$18,000 package. The standard equipment has been enhanced for 2016, and now includes a long list of premium features.

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What's New For 2016

The Ralliart model has been discontinued. Alloy wheels are now standard across the board, as are fog lamps and automatic climate control.


  • Basic Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 10 Years / 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 5 Years / Unlimited Miles

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NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 3 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

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Unselected Includes: Radio: Navigation System, 7" high definition touch screen, Real Time Traffic, 3D mapping and Mapcare includes 2 annual map updates, (Replaces audio head unit) $1,625 $1,800
Unselected Includes: alloy fuel door, Trunk Mat, Scuff Plates $285 $350
Unselected Includes: floor illumination (blue LED), Interior Lights $280 $335
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Specifications for 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver Knee Airbag
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Back-Up Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • Integrated Roof Antenna
    • Digital Signal Processor
    • Automatic Equalizer
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control and Radio Data System
    • Radio: AM/FM Rockford Fosgate Premium Sound System -inc: 710 watt, CD/MP3/HD playback, 9 speakers including 10-inch dual-voice coil subwoofer w/Punch Control, DTS Neural Surround, PremiDIA-WIDE Surround, Dolby Volume and 6.1" touch panel display, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, 3-month subscription
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 18" Two-Tone Alloy
    • Tires: P215/45R18 All-Season
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Glass 1st Row Sunroof w/Sunshade
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
    • Rocker Panel Extensions
    • Chrome Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Wing Spoiler
    • Black Grille w/Chrome Surround
    • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
    • Fully Automatic Aero-Composite Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Front Fog Lamps
  • Interior Features
    • Heated Front Bucket Seats -inc: 6-way adjustable driver's seat and 4-way adjustable front passenger seat
    • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows
    • Leather/Metal-Look Steering Wheel
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Ashtray
    • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Cargo Access and Mechanical Fuel
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Automatic Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
    • Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Colored Instrument Panel Insert, Piano Black Door Panel Insert, Chrome And Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Vinyl Door Trim Insert
    • Leather Gear Shift Knob
    • Leather Seating Surfaces
    • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
    • Smart Device Integration
    • Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks
    • Systems Monitor
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Digital/Analog Display
    • Seats w/Leatherette Back Material
    • Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest
    • 1 Seatback Storage Pocket
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • 15.5 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs and Brake Assist
    • Hydraulic Power-Assist Steering
    • Sport Tuned Suspension
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • 4079# Gvwr
    • 130 Amp Alternator
    • 620CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 3.94 Axle Ratio
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
    • Engine: 2.4L MIVEC DOHC I-4

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.6
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.9
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 11.8
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 620
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 130
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement - 2.4 L/144
    • Fuel System - Sequential MPI
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 168 @ 6000
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 167 @ 4200
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 103.7
    • Length, Overall (in) - 182.1
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 69.4
    • Height, Overall (in) - 58.7
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 60.2
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 60.2
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 5.8
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 15.5
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 92
    • Front Head Room (in) - 38.5
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 42.3
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 54.7
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 53.3
    • Second Head Room (in) - 36.9
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 36.1
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 54.3
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 54.1
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 25
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 22
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 31
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 32.8
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Mitsubishi Lancer
    • Body Style - Sedan
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P215/45VR18
    • Rear Tire Size - P215/45VR18
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 5
    • Trans Description Cont. - Manual w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.83
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.91
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.33
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 0.97
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.78
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.58
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.94
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Compact Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 7.1
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 2977
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 7
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 7
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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Freshened outside and updated inside, the 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer compact sedan offers a roomy interior, athletic handling, and a generous load of standard equipment. Perhaps its most compelling attribute is the availability of all-wheel drive, which no big-brand competitor offers.

With all Lancer models, the theme is value. You get a lot of car for the money and even some fun, if not the highest refinement or efficiency. Its upright, politely aggressive styling may look dated to some, but it certainly helps the Lancer stand out from the crowd of newer, mass-market compacts.

Lancer has been on the market since 2008.

For 2016, Lancer gets new front-end styling with LED running lights. The interior has been updated for 2016 with a redesigned console and spiffier trim. Several previously optional convenience features are now standard. There’s also a new Lancer SEL trim with leather seating. Sorry, performance fans, the turbocharged Ralliart model has been retired.

The standard 2-liter four-cylinder engine produces 148 horsepower and comes with a 5-speed manual or optional continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The available 168-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder comes only with the CVT, and is required with all-wheel drive.

With the 2.0-liter engine and CVT, the Lancer is EPA rated at 27/35 mpg City/Highway and 30 mpg Combined, the highest in the lineup. Ratings are 2 mpg lower with the manual transmission. The 2.4-liter delivers 24/31 mpg City/Highway and 27 mpg Combined. Adding all-wheel drive doesn’t hurt highway efficiency at all, and reduces city efficiency by just 1 mpg.


Mitsubishi Lancer ES ($17,595) comes with the 2-liter engine. Upgrading to the 2.4-liter automatically gets you the CVT and all-wheel drive ($19,995). Standard features include automatic climate control, heated side mirrors, and foglamps.

Lancer SE ($20,995) gets the 2.4-liter, CVT, all-wheel drive as standard, along with heated front seats, keyless ignition, a rearview camera, and an upgraded infotainment system. Lancer SEL ($21,995) has all of that, plus a leather interior and extra convenience features.

Lancer GT ($22,495) comes only with the 2.4-liter engine and front-wheel drive, although both the manual transmission and CVT are available. The GT gets a sport-tuned suspension, sunroof, and Rockford Fosgate sound system.


The 2016 Lancer front styling tweaks give the car a more conventional appearance, which is a good thing in this case. The aggressive old snout was starting to look juvenile in a class that’s becoming ever-more refined. GT models still wear a beefy rear spoiler, as well as 18-inch wheels, for some visual punch.

Thought not exactly boxy, the Lancer is taller and more angular than other choices in this field. It looks like a proper sedan, albeit one that’s been around for a while. You won’t find any of the fluid curves or deep creases that adorn so many compacts today. We would characterize the Lancer’s styling as crisp and straightforward, but we can also see how it could be interpreted as old-fashioned. Either way, there’s no denying that its practical shape leaves plenty of room inside for people.


The Lancer makes the most of its interior dimensions, offering impressive room in all seating positions. Headroom and rear legroom are especially generous for this class. However, trunk space is merely average.

The dash layout is surprisingly sporty. The hooded gauges, chunky steering wheel, and neat packing would look at home in a small performance coupe. 2016’s plusher seat fabrics and gloss black trim go a long way to enrich the mood.

While the interior looks better than before, the same can’t be said for how it feels. There are still plenty of hard, plain surfaces and hollow plastics. Most competitors have a comparatively refined feel inside.

Driving Impressions

Lancer’s relatively firm suspension produces uncommonly good handling. This isn’t a sports car of course, but drivers who like to have fun behind the wheel can feel free to do so in the Lancer.

The 2-liter engine is powerful enough for a car of this size, especially when paired with manual transmission. The CVT blunts performance a bit, but recent improvements have made it a better choice than in previous years. The 2.4-liter, which powers most models, transforms the Lancer into a confident performer than doesn’t sweat highway entrance ramps or a load of passengers.

While the Lancer deserves credit for its responsive road manners, the tradeoff is a firm ride that can interfere with passenger comfort over the long haul. The issue is even more pronounced on the sport-tuned GT. There’s also plenty of road noise and even some unpleasant engine racket when accelerating. These shortcomings used to be unavoidable in this class, but not these days. Such harshness has been at all but eliminated from compact sedans produced by the major automakers. Now in its ninth year on the market, the Lancer simply can’t match their hushed operation and rolling smoothness.

The Lancer’s ace might be its all-wheel drive system, which is either standard or optional on all non-GT models. No amount of refinement is going to get you through any kind of weather, but the Lancer will. Mitsubishi has a great deal of experience with all-wheel drive gained from involvement in the World Rally Championship, which involved Lancers racing down bad roads in terrible weather.


The Lancer is an aging product, but it offers a strong value, with more equipment than ever, good space, and brute practicality. Buyers who need to really stretch their dollars will find a lot to like. All-wheel drive is a great option.

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