Specifications prices Modifications and Image 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback attempts to blend performance with utility in an affordable package, just like the hatchbacks we're used to. Based on a sporty version of the Lancer sedan, the Sportback certainly has the performance side of the formula wrapped up. And there's a fair amount of utility here, with the hatchback design offering more cargo space than the sedan. It also looks the part, with an aggressive face and a sleekly styled rear.
A new entry-level model, the ES, drops the base price by more than $2,000, making it more competitive with other hatchbacks. This also brings the trim level count to three (including the GTS and higher-performing Ralliart models) to broaden the car's appeal. Another new item this year is Mitsubishi's optional Fuse voice-activation system; it helps to alleviate some of the frustration we encountered when operating the navigation and audio controls.
There are still a few areas where the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback trails the competition, though. Interior design is the car's main weaknesses, with a rather dreary cabin that has an abundance of hard plastic pieces. And while luggage space is substantially larger than that of the Lancer sedan, it's also worth noting that the amount of available space isn't as large as you might expect because of the raked rear window.
The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback is a good car in concept. But when compared to competing hatchbacks like the Mazda 3, Subaru Impreza and Volkswagen GTI, it typically trails in terms of performance, cargo capacity and value. In the final analysis, the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback is worthy of consideration because of its styling and admirable performance, but we definitely suggest shopping around.
Although the exterior of 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer pursued an air of aggression, its interior design and materials tend to drag down the overall appeal of the vehicle. In general, the cabin design is a bit boring and is prey to the elements of hard plastic. Taller drivers may complain about the lack of a telescoping steering wheel and lack of support in the thigh.
The rear seats are very comfortable with a generous amount of legroom. These seats fold 60/40 to accommodate bulky items, expansion of 13.8 cubic feet of storage for a maximum of 47 cubic feet, with the Ralliart or 52.7 cubic with the GTS, that has an adjustable rear cargo floor.
The delicate operation of the navigation device touch screen seems to have been corrected by Mitsubishi Fuse voice-activation. Just like the Ford Sync system is choosing a destination or select your favorite music just a voice command away. The fuse is not as sophisticated as Sync and lacks some features and voice commands, but we still prefer the layout on the touch screen difficult.
The GTS has an available GTS Touring Package which provides serious amenities that include: heated leather seats, high-intensity-discharge (HID) headlamps, rain sensing windshield wipers and increased sound deadening and insulation.
The ES trim level is the newcomer to the Sportback, and offers a lower entry price point for those seeking Lancer fun in a hatchback configuration without breaking the bank.
The GTS model features a 2.4-liter four-cylinder and comes with your choice of a five-speed manual or CVT. The GTS is only available in front-wheel-drive, and returns 21 city, and 27 highway mpg with the CVT, and 20 city, 27 highway with the 5-speed manual. The GTS features a versatile dual-level cargo floor that folds flat and allows for 52.7 cubic feet of storage.
For the latest model year, Mitsubishi now offers the Sportback in not two, but three levels -- the 148 horsepower ES model, 168-horsepower GTS and 237-horsepower turbocharged Ralliart.
The range-topping Ralliart features a 2.0-liter turbo four with all-wheel-drive and a six-speed dual-clutch transmission from the Lancer Evolution and returns 17 city, and 25 highway mpg. This engine churns out a sporty 237 horsepower and 253 lb-ft of torque.
The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback ES's 148-hp output makes it just fine for the daily commuter but will probably disappoint drivers with more spirited leanings. The GTS model is an enticing choice for buyers on a budget who are looking for more performance than in the typical economy car. Its 2.4-liter engine has adequate low-end power and a smooth, willing nature as well as unusually sharp handling for this class.
The Ralliart adds some spice to the mix with turbocharged power, sharp handling and rapid-fire gearchanges from the dual-clutch transmission. Mechanically, the Ralliart could provide plenty of thrills in the curves, but in our testing we've found its tires to be a bit too economy-minded considering the car's performance potential.
2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback is equipped with seat side airbags, full-length curtain airbags, knee airbags for driver and stability control. anti-lock brakes are standard, battery-wheel disc brakes and rear Ralliart and GTS for the ES.
Government crash tests of the Lancer Sportback scored a perfect five stars for driver front impact protection rating and front passenger protection is rated at four stars. Side impact tests, scored five of the driver and four stars for rear passengers. Edmunds In braking tests, and Sportback Ralliart to stop 60 kmh 129 meters, a slightly longer trip than the average for this class.