The Mitsubishi Lancer MX compact sedan with a gray silver paint color option
Mitsubishi Lancer MX | David Wong/South China Morning Post via Getty Images

The Mitsubishi Lancer was a compact sedan model produced and sold by the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation. Originally released as a subcompact sedan, the Lancer was sized and priced above the Mitsubishi Minica ultra mini/microcar/kei car and below the Mitsubishi Gallant compact sedan.

First released in 1973, the Mitsubishi Lancer was known for its varying body styles (two-door and four-door sedans, coupes, and station wagons), its rally and racing history (winning the Safari Rally twice and the South Cross Rally four times), and for being marketed and rebadged under several different automotive marques and nameplates (Chrysler Lancer, Colt Lancer, Dodge Colt, Eagle Summit, Mitsubishi Mirage). Additionally, the success of the Lancer spawned the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution (or Evo) lineup of Lancer sports sedans.

The Mitsubishi Lancer was discontinued worldwide after the end of its ninth generation in 2017 except for in the markets of Taiwan and China. The competition of the Lancer continues to include the Honda Civic, the Nissan Sentra, the Subaru Impreza, and the Volkswagen Jetta.

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  • 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer (Starting MSRP $17,795)
  • Pros: The Mitsubishi Lancer compact sedan is an affordable option with agile handling and available all-wheel drive.
  • Cons: The Lancer’s engine isn’t efficient, its cabin feels cheap and doesn’t keep out noise, it has little cargo space for its class, and it has fewer standard features than its rivals.
  • See Also: Eclipse and Mirage

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