2016 Mitsubishi Lancer Review – With its pinpoint reflexes, a powerful acceleration, and a bespoke interior, the fresh 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer compact sedan still remains the hotspot for driving fanatics. Some of its strengths include a responsive automated transmission system, a potent turbocharged engine, a standard AWD system, and an excellent handling and steering. Its release date should be expected sometime before this fall.
Taking the vehicle for a test drive will make you realize the Evo is meant for a certain audience only. And even though some of the trims have been laid off the trim lineup, this compact sedan is built purposely for those who love to drive fast and hard.
It comes with an amped-up four-cylinder turbocharged engine and a sophisticated AWD system that ensures there is always plenty of power for a thrilling experience. Also, it comes with sophisticated transmission systems that underscore its top-rated performance pedigree. One of the best of its ilk is the MR’s automated six-speed manual that provides an instantaneous shift. Also, the conventional five-speed manual gearbox equipped on the GSR trim provides a precise feel that should undoubtedly leave purists gratified.
However, the Evolution still disappoints on certain fronts: a stiff ride, tilt-only steering wheel, a lofty price that doesn’t compensate for the interior materials, and a tiny below-average trunk. Some of the alternatives you’ll get in the same segment include 2016 VW Golf R, 2016 ford Focus ST, and long-time rival 2016 Subaru WRX STI.
2016 Mitsubishi Lancer Changes
Standard equipment available for the 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer GSR include a 6.1” touchscreen display, voice controls, adaptive cruise controls, satellite and HD radio, a leather tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, 18” alloy wheels, an auxiliary audio jack, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a six-speaker sound system, Mitsubishi’s Fuse electronics interface, 18” alloy wheels, and heated outside mirrors.
The MR builds upon what the GSR provides and adds xenon headlights, an auto-dimming aftview mirrors, an upgraded center console, upgraded suspension springs and dampers, two-piece front brake rotors, light-weight BBS alloy wheels, a nine-speaker sound system, different exterior trim, keyless ignition and entry, and automatic windshield wipers.
The GSR is eligible for various packages including the Sight and Sound, Premium, and Exterior packages. They packages bundle brake air guides, side airdams, a spoiler extension, added sound insulation, leather upholstery, xenon headlights, rear corner extensions, keyless ignition and entry, a sunroof, xenon headlights, and heated front seats.
The Touring package adds sound insulation, a sunroof, heated front seats, and leather upholstery. Stand-alone features include rear parking sensors, a navigation system, and a 7” infotainment system.
Interior wise, different steering wheel, fancier gauges, and aluminum pedals are the only significant items that make this Evo dissimilar from its prior brethren. However, the interior materials are rather disappointing for a vehicle within this price range.
Powering the needs of every Evo is a 2.0L turbocharged engine good for 291 hp and 300 pounds of torque.
The MR features a six-speed automated dual-clutch manual transmission system, while the GSR comes with a five-speed manual transmission system only. An advanced all-wheel-drive system sends power to all the four wheels.
Both accelerate impressively to 60 mph. the GSR requires only 4.4 seconds, while the MR takes half a second more. EPA fuel economy ratings for the GSR stand at 18/22/19 mpg in the city/highway/combined. And 18/23/20 mpg for the MR.
Safety wise, standard equipment includes a driver knee airbag, aft parking sensors, antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, and full-length side curtain airbags.
2016 Mitsubishi Lancer Price
We should expect a significant price increment over the previous model. The base 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer GSR model will go for sale for an MSRP starting from 18,405 USD, the final edition – $20,995, and the range-topping MR – $32,995.