2014 Mitsubishi Lancer

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What's New for 2014:
  • Base Lancer DE trim level cancelled
  • New standard stereo system
  • New optional navigation system
  • Upgraded seat fabrics, new seats for Lancer GT
  • SE adds standard aluminum wheels, touch-screen audio system, reversing camera

The 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer enters its seventh year since it was last redesigned as a compact car offered in 4-door sedan and 5-door Sportback body styles.

The standard Lancer competes against other mainstream compact cars including the Chevrolet Cruze, Dodge Dart, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, Nissan Sentra, Subaru Impreza, Toyota Corolla, Volkswagen Golf, and Volkswagen Jetta. The Lancer Ralliart is a sport sedan that matches up against the Ford Focus ST, Honda Civic Si, Subaru WRX, and Volkswagen GLI, while the high-performance Lancer Evolution goes head-to-head with the Subaru WRX STI.

Models and Features
The 2014 Lancer is offered in ES, SE, GT, Ralliart, and Evolution model series. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, power windows, power mirrors, power door locks, remote keyless entry, cruise control, auto-off headlights, and a CD player. Sportback models add a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT).

The Lancer SE adds a more powerful engine, Mitsubishi's All-Wheel Control (AWC) all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, aluminum wheels, heated mirrors, heated front seats, and a 6.1-inch touch-screen audio system with a reversing camera, HD Radio, and satellite radio.

The Lancer GT builds from the Lancer ES, adding the more powerful engine and touch-screen audio system from the SE plus 18-inch aluminum wheels, FUSE Bluetooth connectivity, USB port, additional speakers, Fast-Key passive entry and push-button ignition system, and a color information display. This version of the Lancer also gets a front air dam and a rear spoiler.

Lancer Ralliart models are sold only in the sedan body style, equipped with a turbocharged engine, functional heat extractor vents in the hood, full-time version of AWC, 6-speed automated manual Twin-Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission (TC-SST), and an Active Center Differential (ACD) with tarmac, gravel, and snow settings.

Take the Ralliart, increase horsepower and torque, add a Super AWC system, Brembo braking components, Recaro performance seats, and unique 18-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in 245/40 performance tires, and you've got the Lancer Evolution. Additional upgrades include an aluminum hood, roof, and trunk lid, as well as unique front styling, blistered fenders with front vents, larger rear spoiler, and a rear diffuser panel with dual exhaust outlets.

The standard Lancer Evolution trim level is called GSR. The MR trim level has special forged aluminum wheels and TC-SST with paddle shifters, and drops the rear wing spoiler for a more subtle lip spoiler. Additionally, the Evolution MR is equipped with a race-tuned suspension, upgraded brakes, and bi-xenon headlights.

Options and Packages
All Lancers can be equipped with a Navigation package, LED cabin lighting, upgraded interior trim, chrome-dipped exterior enhancements, rear park-assist sensors, wheel locks, and all-weather floor mats. All except for the Evolution models are offered with a Popular Equipment package, and non-Evo versions without a clutch pedal can be equipped with an All-Weather package.

Bluetooth connectivity and a USB port are optional for the ES, as well as an Exterior package that provides the look of a GT model combined with plastic wheel covers. As long as the buyer chooses an ES with a CVT, an Alloy Wheel package with rear disc brakes is available, as well as a Deluxe package with FUSE, a power sunroof, Fast-Key, upgraded trim, and more.

The Lancer ES is offered with a Premium package containing a power sunroof, premium audio system, and upgraded interior trim. The Lancer GT with a CVT and the Lancer Ralliart are offered with a Touring package with leather, heated front seats, premium audio system, power sunroof, bi-xenon automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, and more.

Lancer Evolution GSR models can be equipped with a Sunroof and Leather package, Sight and Sound package, and an Exterior package with brake air guides, side air dams, rear corner extensions, and a rear spoiler extension.

A Touring package is optional for the Evolution MR, adding the Sunroof and Leather package plus rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and heated exterior mirrors. The MR can also be upgraded with a Premium package containing leather and suede upholstery, premium audio system, Fast-Key, and upgraded interior and exterior trim.

Under the Hood
A 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard for the Lancer ES. Sedans have a 5-speed manual gearbox, with a CVT optional. Sportback models include a standard CVT. Both transmissions deliver power to the car's front wheels.

Lancer SE models get a 168-horsepower, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, a CVT, and AWD. This engine is also standard for the Lancer GT, which is offered only with front-wheel drive. The GT Sedan is equipped with a 5-speed manual gearbox, while the GT Sportback has a standard CVT. The CVT is optional for the GT Sedan.

Ralliart models get a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 237 horsepower and 253 lb.-ft. of torque between 2,500 rpm and 4,750 rpm. A TC-SST and a full-time AWD system are standard.

Lancer Evolution models have a more powerful version of the Ralliart's engine rated to make 291 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque. A 5-speed manual gearbox is standard in the Evolution GSR, while the Evolution MR is equipped with a TC-SST, each paired with Mitsubishi's Super All-Wheel Control AWD.

Fuel Economy
The Lancer ES gets 24 mpg city/35 mpg highway, depending on transmission choice and body style, while Lancer GT models return between 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. The Lancer SE is rated 22 mpg city/29 mpg highway. Ralliart models get 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway, while Evolutions rate between 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway.

Safety Ratings and Technology
In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2014 Lancer receives a 4-star overall rating (out of 5 stars). As this overview is written, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) had not evaluated the crashworthiness of the 2014 Lancer.

All 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer models except for the base ES version come standard with a reversing camera. As an option, any Lancer can be fitted with rear park-assist sensors.


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