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Cons: fuel economy
Advice: check all the dealers..the price for this car varried quite a bit from dealer to dealerThis car has excellent pick up...the fastest cheap wagon I've seen. Unfortunately the fuel economy suffers. I get 21mpg (and that is with no air and no jack rabbit starts). It doesn't look inexpensive with the premium paint and clean lines. I've noticed the radio hasn't the best reception. It has a rough ride and is a little low to the ground. In the snow it drives fair. Overall, you seem to get a lot for the money especially with the 5/60 bumper to bumper warranty.
Pros: Adaptive transmission control, excellent handling
Cons: Lack of performance at start for the 1.6l version
Advice: Choose 2.0l or bigger engineI've driven Lancer Sportback (actually its name in Europe is Station Wagon) for approx. 6000 miles. I feel very good about the comfort of the model and I was seriously impressed by an unusual for this class of vehicle control, except at middle and high speeds. Althogh I have to put an attention to the lack of performans and torque at low speeds. Anyway I think this car is one of the best choises for the money