Trying a new approach with a slightly older entry, the 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer will get spruced up with some fresh technology and more premium features, with the brand eliminating last year’s entry model entirely.
The new starting point for the company’s “compact sport sedan” is the 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer ES, now with an MSRP of $17,195 that’s just $100 higher than the comparably trimmed Lancer from 2013. But, as is the case with the majority of Mitsubishi’s 2014 vehicles, the car gets an upgraded standard audio system, and that’s in addition to improved seating fabric.
Moving through the 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer team, other changes include:
- Lancer SE adds a seat-fabric upgrade and SE models with Mitsubishi’s All-Wheel Control technology also will feature a new display audio system with 6.1-inch touchscreen, HD Radio, complementary three-month subscription to SiriusXM Radio, a rearview camera, and redesigned five-spoke 16-inch alloy wheels.
- Lancer GT also receives the same audio enhancements as the SE, then adds new seats with upgraded upholstery, a gloss-black interior accent panel, and the rearview camera. In addition, customers can now order the GT with a new navigation system with a seven-inch high-definition screen, voice command, 3D mapping and more.
- Lancer Ralliart benefits from the display-audio upgrade, rearview camera, and gloss-black accent panel.
Mitsubishi also will continue to offer three 4-cylinder engine choices for the Lancer family, with a 2.0-liter powerplant as the starting point, offering 148 hp and 145 lb.-ft. of torque; the 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer SE is fitted with a 2.4-liter engine that develops 168 hp and 167 lb.-ft. of torque; the Lancer Ralliart adds a turbo to the 2.0-liter unit to serve up 237 hp and 253 lb.-ft. of torque. On the other hand, displaying its old-school roots, the 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer tops out with EPA grades of 26 mpg city/34 mpg highway/29 mpg combined, even in its most efficient configuration, and that’s well off the pace set by segment leaders like the Nissan Sentra, which rings up ratings of 30/40/34.