2014 Mitsubishi Lancer

Innovation for new Mitsubishi Lancer is that the base DE trim level has been dropped. There are still SE, GT and Ralliart trim levels. As Mitsubishi has left its compact sedan entry almost unchanged for several years now, while most rival automakers have redesigned their small sedans and overtake Lancer on the market.

2014 Mitsubishi Lancer
At the first sight there’s nothing wrong with the 2014 Lancer. However, if you start looking at the details, the picture isn’t quite so good.. Performance is still passable, but the level of noise in the cabin during hard acceleration is excessive. Inside, Mitsubishi’s sedan simply isn’t as comfortable as rivals. Trunk capacity is also low for this class. Although there are quite a few cars in this price range that we’d recommend ahead of the 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer, like Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Kia Forte.

2014 Mitsubishi Lancer

2014 Mitsubishi Lancer  interior design

To be honest, in new Lancer interior materials quality isn’t good, either, as to much of hard plastic gives the Lancer a down-market feel. Probably, taller drivers will be disappointed with the lack of a telescoping steering wheel and the dearth of under-thigh seat support. On the other hand, the rear seats, with a generous amount of legroom, are comfortable.  And there is Mitsubishi’s Fuse voice-activation system, similar to Ford’s Sync system. The Fuse system lacks some of Sync’s functions and commands, but for the most part, it works pretty well.

2014 Mitsubishi Lancer interior

2014 Mitsubishi Lancer engine

The engine in 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer ES is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, that makes 148 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, while a CVT is optional. The Lancer SE and GT upgrade to a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that makes 168 hp and 167 lb-ft of torque. The SE comes standard with a CVT and all-wheel drive. The GT has front-wheel drive and the five-speed manual standard. The most powerful Ralliart features a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 that produces 237 hp and 253 lb-ft of torque, and power is sent to all four wheels.

2014 Mitsubishi Lancer engine

2014 Mitsubishi Lancer  Body Styles, Trim Levels and Options

Trim levels available in the 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer are ES, SE, GT and Ralliart trim levels. The high-performance Lancer Evolution and a five-door hatchback version of the Lancer called the Lancer Sportback are reviewed separately. The base ES comes with automatic headlights, 16-inch steel wheels, keyless entry, full power accessories, air-conditioning, cruise control. The SE trim level has a more powerful 2.4-liter engine, all-wheel drive, four-wheel disc brakes, 16-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats and side mirrors, chrome exterior accents and a 6.1-inch touchscreen audio interface.

2014 Mitsubishi Lancer

The GT also gets the 2.4-liter engine, but is front-wheel drive only. It builds on the ES trim’s equipment list with 18-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, a sporty front fascia and automatic climate control. The all-wheel-drive Ralliart ups the performance ante with a turbocharged engine, an automated manual transmission, dual exhaust outlets, additional sport exterior treatments, a sport-tuned suspension, a sport steering wheel, unique upholstery and aluminum pedals.

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