2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Review

The Mitsubishi Lancer is all new for 2008. This time around, it will share the Outlander platform. This is an awfully strange move for Mitsubishi – sharing a platform between a compact ‘sporty’ car and an SUV is an odd fit, for sure. I have a feeling we’ll see a too-heavy Lancer.The new Lancer does have a longer wheelbase than it’s predecessor, though it’s a few inches shorter, and a bit wider. The looks of the car are actually pretty darn nice. It’s hard to make a good looking compact car, but the Lancer delivers in that area.

The biggest obstacle I see for the new Lancer is that it’s a 2008 model. That means it has to adhere to the new EPA gas mileage testings – and that means lower mileage on the sticker. Will it affect sales? Only the coming months will tell.

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Specs

  • 152 HP 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine
  • CVT transmission or 5 speed manual
  • paddle shifters available on CVT

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Reviews

Topspeed reviews the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer and writes – ‘As with the exterior, the Lancer’s interior is characterized by clean and crisp surfaces, free of gimmicks and using high-quality materials and marked by careful attention to detail. Each trim line is distinguished by its own distinct seating materials and interior trim. The overall instrument panel shape and design contribute to a more spacious interior feeling than seen in some competitors.’

Autobytel reviews the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer and laments the lack of power and refinement – ‘Mitsubishi says the new Lancer puts out 152 ponies (143 in CA), but in reality it feels significantly less. Equaling the lack of power is the lack of refinement in the powertrain and the interior. On our wish list are some better materials and an exhaust note on the DE and ES models that doesn’t make us check the Yellow Pages for the closest Meineke.’

Inside Line reviews the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer and comments on the added heft – ‘While added weight can hurt anyone, it actually gives the new Lancer a substantial, almost Teutonic sense of over-the-road confidence. The steering requires more effort than before, but it’s not heavy and doesn’t make the car feel cumbersome. This weightiness similarly describes the car’s ride quality and chassis reactions, but in a good way. In particular, the Lancer GTS charges through corners with pronounced certainty, even when the pavement is bumpy and broken.’

Cars.com reviews the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer and comments on the gas mileage –  ‘Gas mileage is average, rated at 21/29 mpg city/highway with the five-speed manual and 22/29 city/highway for the continuously variable automatic transmission. These are 2008 estimates, which are lower than what we’ve been used to through the 2007 model year, thanks to new EPA testing guidelines. Under the old guidelines, both transmissions would be rated at 25/31 mpg city/highway. Again, those numbers are about average, but significantly less than segment frontrunners like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, and just slightly worse than the Mazda3 S.’

Published on January 25, 2007 in Mitsubishi

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