2014 Mitsubishi Lancer SE AWC Test Drive & 4WD Car Video Review
The Mitsubishi Lancer stands out for its four-wheel-drive system, which is rather unusual in the compact car class. Mitsubishi’s All-Wheel Control system provides an alternative for potential buyers who really don’t want a crossover or a sport utility vehicle, and don’t want the cost of a luxury or sport sedan just to obtain all-wheel-drive capability. In fact, the 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer SE is one of the most affordable all-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive vehicles available in the United States. Though Mitsubishi offers the Lancer compact sedan in five different trim levels, including the popular sporty Ralliart and Evo models, only the Lancer SE is available with the All-Wheel Control feature. All-Wheel Control can be adjusted for the environment, offering two-wheel-drive, four-wheel-drive, and four-wheel-drive lock settings. This model of the Lancer was designed primarily to appeal to small car shoppers in northern climates, so Mitsubishi included heated seats and heated side mirrors as standard equipment. The 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer SE is powered by a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that produced 168 horsepower, and the engine is paired to an efficient CVT gearbox that provides decent fuel economy yet allows the driver a fun and comfortable experience. Autobytel’s Road Test Editor Daniel Gray tested a 2014 model year Mitsubishi Lancer SE for this video, and found that the car’s performance satisfied expectations.