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5 Fast Facts About the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer

5 Fast Facts About the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer

By Jeff Youngs, March 13, 2013
The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer, a compact 4-door sedan or 5-door hatchback (Lancer Sportback) that is offered with a choice between up to five trim levels and three engines, is now 6 years old. A high-performance version of the Lancer, called the Lancer Evolution, is also available and is discussed in a separate article. Changes for 2013 include standard 16-inch aluminum wheels and an optional Power Package for the Lancer SE Sedan, while the Lancer Sportback models are offered with new Exterior, Interior, and All-Weather option packages. Here are 5 more fast facts about the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer.

1.) The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Sedan is offered in DE, ES, SE, GT and Ralliart trim levels. The DE and ES versions of the vehicle have a 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that employs the same 4B11 aluminum block as the much more powerful Lancer Evolution model. The Lancer SE and GT are equipped with a 168-horsepower, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, and the SE model includes standard all-wheel drive. Ralliart models get a 237-horsepower, turbocharged and intercooled 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine.

2.) The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback is a 5-door hatchback sold only in ES and GT trim.

3.) In addition to its more powerful turbocharged engine, the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart is equipped with all-wheel drive, a 6-speed twin-clutch automated manual gearbox, an active center differential with tarmac, gravel, and snow driving settings, a front strut tower brace, summer performance tires, and an aluminum hood punctuated by heat extractor vents designed to help cool the engine. Inside, the Lancer Ralliart is equipped with a passive entry and push-button ignition system, a sport steering wheel, premium fabric for the seats, and aluminum pedals. All of these extras add more than 500 pounds to the Lancer GT model's base curb weight.

4.) If you are looking for cargo space, consider the Lancer Sportback model. It holds up to 15.3 cu.-ft. of cargo behind the rear seats, about the same amount as a midsize sedan. Fold the rear seats down and the vehicle can accommodate up to 52.7 cu. ft. of cargo. Compare that to the Lancer Sedan, which is equipped with a 12.3. cu. ft trunk. The Lancer GT Sedan's trunk is even smaller, owing to the standard subwoofer, shaving the volume to 11.8 cu. ft. The Lancer Ralliart Sedan's trunk is even smaller at 9.1 cu. ft.

5.) In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2013 Lancer receives 4-star overall rating (out of 5 stars). The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says the 2013 Lancer is a "Top Safety Pick."

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