2009 Mitsubishi Lancer User Reviews

2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 64 reviews

  • Performance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Appearance:4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 33 reviews
"fuel economy" 28 reviews
"power" 22 reviews
"handling" 17 reviews
"exterior" 9 reviews
CONS
"power" 13 reviews
"fuel economy" 8 reviews
"paint job" 3 reviews
"turbo" 3 reviews
"stiff chassis" 2 reviews

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Lakan writes:
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer ES Review
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Good price, Feels more unique compared to other vehicles(not bashing, but it feels nice to drive something different since I see Hondas, Nissans, and Toyotas, very often with people my age), and reacts well to driver's driving style

Cons

Low fuel efficiency compared to other cars in the same class, minor rattles can get annoying, and sometimes manual shifting feels stiff.

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The Car Is A Good Buy For A First Car And Feels Good For Beginning And More Experienced Drivers — This is a second review of my car. I have owned the car since 7/5/08 and have put in some time really getting to know my car. In the first 2 years, for the most part I have only driven the car every weekday from my home to class which is 56.2 miles round trip and some days make the trip twice. Even though I have been putting my vehicle through all of this work, it has held up quite nicely and still feels like the first day I got it. As I've started to make some longer trips(NJ to Massachusetts or NJ to DC), I've felt some problems with some things about the car which I will mention later on in the review. Overall the car is a great car. It's acceleration depends really on the driver and how they shift. When I do get a little aggressive, the car doesn't really get a good amount of power till past 3000 rpm in every gear but I'm still able to get good speed if I shift well. Braking is very good and the brake pads are still holding up for me quite well. The car handles quite nicely. Around tight turns I feel like I have the control of a much smaller/shorter vehicle sometimes and even when turning at higher speeds the car seems to handle fine. The car's build is overall good. There are rattles from the doors either because of the windows or from the plastic covers over the speakers. The window rattles don't do any damage to the vehicle or window itself but once it did come off of the tracks. Warranty covered this for me. After almost 2 and half years, I still love the look of the car. The aggressive shark style front of the car looks nice even for the ES compared to the GTS, Ralliart, or Evo. And it still has a professional look to the car even though it still has an aggressive look to the entire car. The interior looks nice overall. Everything is neatly arranged and has a clean look. My only complaints are that the arm rest is slightly too short and the seats get somewhat uncomfortable like the lack of lumbar support and the edge of the seat starts to dig into the back of your legs after sitting for an extended period. Gas mileage is ok. Again it really depends on the driver. If you drive aggressively, most likely you will see average MPG under 22/30. On my more conservative drives, I have been able to get 26/41. I've never had to replace any parts yet. Driving the car is a good experience. It reacts well to roads, handles nicely, fun for spirited driving and rewarding for conservative driving, and only money I've HAD to put into the car is just for oil changes. The rattles get slightly annoying but doesn't affect my experience a lot.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Alex writes:
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS Review
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5

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Amazing value, CVT with paddle shift, attractive looks, class-leading safety options, auto AC

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No power seats, no automatic locks, thin profile 18" tires may suffer from rough roads

55

Fun To Drive And Attractive, Yet Affordable — Amazing value for a very attractive and versatile ride. Thanks to the paddle shift transmition and spriteful four-cilinder 170 hp 2.4L MIVEC engine, you can have a tight little tourer on the road and a practical city vehicle with decent gas mileage. Performance is not breathtaking but certainly capable and lots of fun to drive. Many plug-and-play upgrades are available to improve performance, including programmable ECUs and turbo kits. Well tuned suspension, rides nicely on stock 18" Dunlops on very attractive ten spoke wheels. ABS and Electronic Braking Control on all four wheels, combined with front wheel drive gives good maneuverability and confidence on the road. Sedan configuration and roomy 60/40 back seats make it a practical sports car. Interior is sporty and well appointed, more practical than luxurious but comes with a capable 6 CD mp3 stereo with 6 speakers, iPod interface and a very welcome automatic AC. Bluetooth integration comes standard, which is practical and contributes to the futuristic feel of the car. Leather wrapped steering wheel has good controls for cruise and stereo. Safety is best in class, with 7 airbags, four wheel ABS and side impact beams. Very attractive, turns heads, especially in Combustion Blue. Lots of aftermarket parts ensure lots of good fun to be had with tuning. All in all, an amazing buy.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Kirsten writes:
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer ES Sport Review
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5

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Everything!

Cons

Nothing!

55

My Dream Car — Oh where do I start? The performance is fantastic, love the CVT, acceleration, How it handles on the road it feels very solid. Extremely smooth and just easy to drive. Steering is fantastic and once again soooo smooth. No rattles...only when the bass hits as I also have the Sun and Sound package which includes the Rockford Fosgate 10inch subwoofer system. It was love at first sight the body kit is gorgeous. I love the front of it the most it has a real mean look to it. Mine came out to about 20k and some change. I pay 360 a month for it and its well worth it. It gets fantastic gas mileage. I live in Southern Florida and I can drive all the way to almost Mid-Georgia before needing to fill up. Honestly I could go on and on about how fantastic and wonderful this car is. You can truly tell the quality that went into making this car when you get inside it.

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Steve writes:
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer DE Review
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5

Pros

Nice ride, 7 standard air bags, 33 MPG on the highway

Cons

The Automatic is gutless, I wish there was an armrest in the counsole on the DE's

295

Nice Bang For The Buck — This is a very nice car for the money and for those who know me you know that I love cars and get to play with them all day at work. I was sick and tired of messing with used cars seeing how I have 2 used cars right know and it seems they both need some work so I just said screw it and bought something new. For the car being as primitive as it is there are many things I liked about that I didn't like in the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, or the Nissan Sentra. I think my favorite thing about the car is how it looks. It has the nose of a shark which strangely enough looks like a street racer or something and that fact that it is stick and has plenty of power when you wanna get out of the way. It rides like a big car, and is quiet on most road surfaces. If any of you are considering buying one and can't drive a stick to look else where because the CVT transmission that they put in these for the automatics robs this otherwise fantastic motor of all of its power. I have had one little problem in the few months I've had at 4000 miles the driver seat was replaced for a squeaking noise when I shifted my weight in it. The DE didn't come with A/C or power locks but for another 1200 bucks u get the A/C installed and who needs power locks? What a great car it has 7100 miles on it and I'm looking forward to seeing what the future holds.

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David writes:
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS Review
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5

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handling, tech gadgets, interior comfort

Cons

gas mileage

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2009 Lancer Gts — This has been a great little car. Gas mileage could be better for it's size but other than that no complaints. Lot's of tech gadgets to keep a driver entertained and overall a very nice ride and decent performance out of a small sedan. The CVT is a little ackward getting used to no shift points at first but feels very solid and has enough zip to satisfy. It's not going to win any races but that is not why you buy a Lancer unless you step up to the EVO. Would recommend the car to anyone.

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Michael writes:
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart Review
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4

Pros

Attractive, fun to drive car that you can still drive all your friends or family around in.

Cons

Gas mileage sucks as well as the exterior paint lifespan.

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This Car Is A Lot Of Fun And Very Versatile If You Can Live With Its Issues. — This car is definitely a performer. Nice amount of power. The car is a bit heavy due to the all wheel drive so that does go against it but its still great fun. When I originally bought the car, there was a screw missing in the window assembly that made it click loudly when rolling the window up or down but this was fixed quickly under warranty. The paint isn't the best either, it seems to chip and scratch very easily but this seems to be common to new cars with environmentally friendly paint. The exterior of this car is amazing. It is what really attracted me to it. In some ways I think it looks better then the Evolution. The interior is very sporty too although I could live without the very fake looking faux carbon fiber trim. Its not an eyesore but it looks almost nothing like carbon fiber and that bothers me. The newer model Lancers also have a slightly nicer gauge cluster, the 2009 gauges look a bit dated. One of the worst parts about this car is the gas mileage. Expect an average of about 20mpg. Its not bad, but definitely not up to modern standards. It doesn't help that it only has a 12 gallon tank either. Because this car is a turbo AWD car with an advanced twin- clutch transmission... its maintenance schedule is a bit more frequent then most other cars but its not too bad.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Zack writes:
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS Review
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4

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fast. rally car. jdm the hell out of it.

Cons

if youre an idiot

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Adhjkl — kinda fast. sits too high, needs to be lowered. gas mileage is good if you dont drive like me. only paid 16k brand new. takes corners like a badass. strut tower bar would help. dont get a 2.0, theyre too doggy and no one likes a 4b11.lol 2.4 or higher. exhaust is a must. enigine runs loud.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Storniolo writes:
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer DE Review
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4

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Great preformance, handling, great sound system (will surprise), Great lookes, Big trunk space

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A bit noisy when on the highway,

Storniolo
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Great Car, If You Owned The Older Lancer Definately Upgrade To This One. — I owned a 2003 lancer ES and was satisfied with that car. I had to replace it though, trans. went out. So i test drove the DE version of the new one and loved it. I bought the 5 speed manual. I wanted a car that i could mod. so i bought the bone stock. No a/c or anything. The only thing i have is the Keyless Entry. It has way more power than the older lancer (120bhp). The new lancers with the 2.0 engines have 152bhp. Handling is great for an economy class car, and it looks great, the sound system is the best for it's class i would say (MP3 ready radio, tells you the name of the songs your listening to) Great gas mileage (EPA messed up on it),I get 26.4 city 37.2 hwy. (If you get manual and drive it the right way it will get great gas mileage). Just a warning if you drive this car hard it will get awful gas mileage, I got 9.7 city. Overall great improvement from older model. MUST BUY. P.S. car looks cool, head turner. I always get complemented.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Aaron writes:
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS Review
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4

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Handling, Looks

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Quality

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Great Entry Level Economy Car — Low on power, but it is an entry level car, decent braking, good handling Weak quality, bad radio, malfunctioning for lights, loose trim Looks great, especially from the front, wing looks good even if purpose isn't significant, no unnecessary vents Average mileage (if driven normally), cheap maintenance Fun in manual and CVT

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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jsoleil writes:
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer ES Review
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5

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Attractive exterior, loaded interior, 10 year warranty!!!

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slow acceleration, not the best gas mileage

jsoleil
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Love This Car, Way Cuter Than The Common Mazda 3 — I LOVE my new Lancer. I'm not going to lie, it needs more power, but for the price & with the warranty, there's nothing better :) Sooo fun on curves and corners. Handles like a dream. I <3 my little red lancer

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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