2013 Mitsubishi Lancer

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What's New for 2013:
  • Standard 16-inch aluminum wheels for SE trim level
  • Optional Premium package adds power sunroof, premium sound system, upgraded interior materials to SE trim

Exterior Features
The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer is 5-passenger compact car configured as a 4-door sedan or a 5-door Sportback. Because the Lancer Sedan offers such a diverse trim level and powertrain lineup, the Lancer Sportback is covered in a separate article.

Mitsubishi sells the Lancer Sedan in DE, ES, SE, GT, and Ralliart trim levels. The DE is equipped with 16-inch steel wheels with plastic wheel covers, power exterior mirrors, and auto-off headlights.

Interior Features
The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer DE Sedan is equipped with power windows, power door locks, and a tilt steering wheel. The DE trim also has a CD/MP3 player and 4 stereo speakers.

Optional Features
The Lancer DE can be optioned with an Exterior package (fog lights, rear spoiler, air dam), Popular Equipment package (alloy fuel door, trunk mat), all-weather floor mats, and a handful of other accessories. However, air conditioning is not among them.

The Lancer ES Sedan includes air conditioning, upgraded interior materials and exterior trim, center storage console with an armrest, map lights, manual seat-height adjuster, 60/40-split folding rear seat, remote keyless entry, and steering wheel controls for the stereo.

Options for the Lancer ES include a continuously variable transmission (CVT), Deluxe Package (Bluetooth connectivity, keyless entry and push-button ignition, power sunroof, 6-speaker sound system with satellite radio, upgraded gauges), and an Alloy Wheel package (16-inch aluminum wheels, rear disc brakes). Additionally, the ES trim can be optioned with an Exterior package, Popular Equipment package, Chrome package, navigation system, aluminum interior trim, LED cabin lighting, leather seats, and rear park-assist sensors. An All-Weather package adds remote engine starting, all-weather floor mats, and rear mudguards.

The Lancer SE trim is equipped with the Alloy Wheel package and adds a more powerful engine and Mitsubishi's All Wheel Control (AWC) all-wheel-drive (AWD) system as standard equipment. Additionally, this version includes heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors, chrome lower grille trim, and 2-tone black-and-beige fabric seats.

New for 2013, a Premium package includes a power sunroof, upgraded sound system, improved gauges and upgraded interior materials. A roof rack is also optional on this trim level. Otherwise, the options list is the same as the Lancer ES.

The Lancer GT does not have AWC, but it does retain the more powerful engine added to the SE trim. Additionally, the GT is equipped with 18-inch aluminum wheels, fog lights, oversized rear spoiler, and a sport suspension. The Lancer GT also includes automatic climate control, front sport seats, unique interior trim, 6 stereo speakers, USB port, and keyless entry with push-button ignition.

Options for the Lancer GT include a hard-drive navigation system with a music server and real-time traffic reports, and a Touring package with leather seats, heated front seats, power sunroof, premium sound system with CD changer, reversing camera, auto-dimming rearview mirror, rain-sensing wipers, automatic bi-xenon high-intensity discharge headlights, and a rear lip spoiler. Additional upgrades include the Popular Equipment package, Chrome package, All-Weather package, aluminum interior trim, and LED cabin lighting.

An aluminum hood equipped with heat extractor vents to help cool the turbocharged engine, chrome side moldings, and a restyled rear bumper distinguish the Lancer Ralliart. Inside, premium sport fabric on the seats, sport steering wheel, and aluminum pedals greet the driver. The Ralliart variant is also equipped with a front strut tower brace and summer performance tires. Options for the Lancer Ralliart mirror those of the Lancer GT.

Under the Hood
The Mitsubishi Lancer DE and ES are equipped with a 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. A 5-speed manual gearbox is standard, and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional.

The Lancer SE and GT trims have a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that generates 168 horsepower. The SE version includes AWD and a CVT, while the GT variant comes with a 5-speed manual or an upgraded Sportronic CVT with shifter paddles. The GT, like the DE and ES, is a front-wheel-drive (FWD) car.

The Lancer Ralliart includes a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine delivering 237 horsepower and 253 lb.-ft. of torque between 2,500 and 4,750 rpm. A 6-speed Twin-Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission (TC-SST) automated manual transmission is standard, and the Ralliart also has AWC with an Active Center Differential, helical limited-slip front differential, and hill-start assist.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Sedan are:

  • Lancer Sedan DE and ES with manual transmission: 25/34/28 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Lancer Sedan DE and ES with automatic transmission: 26/34/29 mpg
  • Lancer Sedan GT with manual transmission: 22/31/26 mpg
  • Lancer Sedan GT with automatic transmission: 23/30/26 mpg
  • Lancer Sedan SE AWC: 22/29/25 mpg
  • Lancer Sedan Ralliart: 18/25/20 mpg

The Mitsubishi Lancer is equipped with 7 air bags, including a driver knee air bag. The anti-lock brakes include electronic brake-force distribution, and the Lancer is equipped with a traction and stability control system. A reversing camera and rain-sensing wipers are available on GT and Ralliart trims, and rear park-assist sensors are optional.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the Lancer a 4-star (out of 5) overall crash-test rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not rated the 2013 Lancer as this overview is written. However, the structurally similar 2012 model was named a \"Top Safety Pick\" by the Institute (excluding the Ralliart).


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