From an exterior sight, Mitsubishi is struggling to refresh its Lancer, the unique and most emblematic sedan segment of its repertory. The Lancer 2016 has been neglected for a while, having the same design that nine years ago, and it seems like Mitsubishi’s intention is to dedicate all its efforts in the SUV and crossover segment. With a cheap interior, obsolete exterior and nothing exciting about driving it Lancer especially in this 2016 leave much to be desired and raise the disappointment with it. The only positive point about this car is the good value for money and offers relatively sporty driving manner. Pitifully with a poor fit and finish, noncompetitive gas-mileage rating, and an unforgiving road noise driving, doesn’t make the Lancer 2016 as a threat.
With a cheap interior, obsolete exterior and nothing exciting about driving it, the Lancer, especially in this 2016, leave much to be desired and raise the disappointment with it. The only positive point about this car is the good value for money and offers relatively sporty driving manner. Pitifully with a poor fit and finish, noncompetitive gas-mileage rating, and an unforgiving road noise driving, doesn’t make the Lancer 2016 a threat for other models.
The Lancer 2016 keeps its square and traditional four-door sedan shape. The update consists in a bolder front bumper that features vertical LED accents and a new grille. Meanwhile, at the rear end is difficult to see any noticeable significant changes. While inside, the center console has received some refreshed details. With this update and a new year, a poor Lancer’s 2016 concept will have a difficult year in terms of sales. Lancer sold the last year just 16.465 units compared to 325.981 units sold of Honda Civic cars.
Today’s car makers redesigned their repertory of cars every couple of the year, and a curious fact is that every competitor has redesigned at least one or even twice their cars since the current Lancer’s generation came out to the market. Every car on these days is full of amenities and technology and performance widely superior to Lancer’s features.
Let’s review this sedan.
Performance and Drivetrain
Powertrains include a 2.0 L MIVEC engine delivering up to 148 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque in the ES trim. The 2.4 L engine belongs to SE, SEL, and GT trims and delivers up to 168 hp at 6000rpm and 167 lb-ft of torque at 4100rpm. Base and GT models are paired with a five-speed manual gearbox, while ES, SE, and SEL trims get a CVT.
The fuel economy is not that bad, but certainly noncompetitive. 27 mpg in city and 35 mpg on the highway.
Design and Interior
The front gains a new bumper with a body-colored piece of trim separates the grille and the air dam. Some chrome accents and upgrade headlights. The SEL adds leather and rain sensing wipers. Small updates including mirrors with integrated turn signals lights and a flashy set of 18-inch wheels (available in some trims). The overall car’s sensation is from an outdated car, with an old and tired design that makes you feel in 2010.
The cockpit gets (equally as the exterior) few and poor upgrades, including USB connectivity in a redesigned center console, standard display audio, and an optional infotainment system. The Lancer 2016 also has some optional features as color LCD display in the instrument cluster, the LED running lights, and automatic air conditioning on the ES trim.
The SE trim offers some goodies, including heated seats and a rearview camera. Nonetheless, the room in the interior is plenty and Mitsubishi smartly designed the cockpit’s dimension.
All models regardless of trim level come with standard Bluetooth connectivity, automatic air conditioning, a multi-function steering wheel, fog lights and automatic headlights.
The Bottom Line
The Lancer 2016 is a cheap sedan option with a reasonable performance and handling, including (as expected of cheap things) poor interior design and components and really outdated design.
Starting price at US$17.650.