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2017 Mitsubishi Lancer Review

Although the 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer has crisp handling, it ranks in the bottom of the compact cars class. It has a noisy, low-rent cabin with few features and limited trunk space. The Lancer also earns poor safety scores.

Pros & Cons

  • Sharp handling
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Fuel-thirsty engines
  • Noisy, low-rent cabin
  • Fewer features than rivals
  • Small trunk for the class




Critics' Rating: 4.9
Performance: 6.0
Interior: 4.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 8.7
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2017 Mitsubishi Lancer Overview

Is the 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer is not a good used car. Its agile handling hugs tight curves, but the ride is rough and noisy. Additionally, its base engine guzzles gas and produces more noise than power. The Lancer’s cabin disappoints with subpar materials, a shortage of features, and an infotainment system that’s slow to respond to inputs.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 94 Mitsubishi Lancer reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

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How Much Is the 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer?

Our site has about 580 listings for the 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer, with prices ranging from $12,300 to $17,000. The average list price is $13,000. Exact prices vary depending on the model you choose, as well as its condition, mileage, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer Cost to Own?

The 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer’s five-year estimated cost for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs is about $23,600, which is about average for the class.   

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Model?

The 2017 model year marks the end of Lancer’s production. However, there are other new cars with starting prices close to the 2017 Lancer’s average price, but not in the compact car class. Instead, look to new subcompact cars like the 2018 Chevrolet Spark, which starts at $13,050. It comes with lots of standard features, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, and an infotainment system that recognizes smartphone-like gestures. The 2018 Kia Rio starts at $13,900 and offers similar features, and it has agile handling and a great predicted reliability rating. 

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Which Model Year of the Mitsubishi Lancer Is Best?

The 2017 model year marks the end of the road for the Lancer. Mitsubishi added a rearview camera and a touch-screen infotainment system as standard features for its final model year. Shoppers can save money with earlier models, but we don’t recommend going earlier than 2014, when air conditioning became standard. For fans of the performance-oriented Evolution model, 2015 is the last year it was produced.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer?

The 2017 Lancer has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power, which is  average for the industry.

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2017 Mitsubishi Lancer Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer has no reported recalls.   

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Which Used Mitsubishi Lancer Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer is available in four trims: ES 2.0, ES 2.4, SE 2.4, and SEL 2.4. The base Mitsubishi Lancer ES 2.0 comes with few features and has an unrefined engine; skip it and look to the Mitsubishi Lancer ES 2.4 trim. It has the larger, more refined engine and an automatic transmission. It also comes with all-wheel drive, which can help the car maintain traction in inclement weather. However, it doesn’t add any additional features.

The Mitsubishi Lancer SE 2.4 offers the best combination of performance and tech features. It comes with a sport-tuned suspension, heated front seats, a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, and proximity key entry. The range-topping Mitsubishi Lancer SEL 2.4 isn’t worth purchasing, as its only additions are rain-sensing windshield wipers and leather upholstery.

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What Does Mitsubishi's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Mitsubishi offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Mitsubishi certified pre-owned vehicles receive the balance of the original new-car 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Each CPO Mitsubishi must pass a 123-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mitsubishi warranty page carefully.

Mitsubishi has one of the best CPO programs among affordable car manufacturers. Only Mini’s, Kia’s, Buick’s, and Smart's are better, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the Lancer?

The 2017 Lancer received an overall rating of four out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It earned four stars in frontal, side, and rollover crash evaluations. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2017 Lancer the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the small overlap front crash test. It received the highest rating of Good in four other crash evaluations.

The Lancer has fewer active safety features than most of its rivals. It comes with a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors are available.   

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2017 Mitsubishi Lancer Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer or 2017 Mazda3?

Where the Lancer falters, the 2017 Mazda3 excels. Where the Lancer drinks gas, the Mazda3 sips. While the Lancer’s engine is loud, the Mazda3’s is quiet. The Lancer’s materials look and feel cheap, while the Mazda3’s are some of the best in the class. User-friendly infotainment system? Lancer, no; Mazda, yes. Both vehicles have a rearview camera as the only standard safety feature. However, the upper trims of the Mazda3 are available with a number of features not available in the Lancer. Examples include adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, adaptive headlights, traffic sign recognition, and Mazda’s Smart City Brake Support system.

Which Is Better: 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer or 2017 Honda Civic?

The 2017 Honda Civic is certainly the better car. It offers an excellent balance of agility and ride comfort. It also has a refined, upscale cabin and more available features than the Lancer, including several driver assistance systems, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The Civic is roomy in both rows, and there’s a good amount of trunk space. The Honda also has one of the highest safety scores in the class, as well as excellent gas mileage.

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2017 Lancer Performance

How Does the 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer Drive?

The 2017 Lancer ES 2.0 comes standard with a 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission. All-wheel-drive models come with a 168-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. It comes with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), which is also available with the base engine.

The base engine puts out sufficient power for most driving situations. However, it’s quite noisy under hard acceleration, particularly when paired with the available CVT. The 2.4-liter engine is more refined and offers quicker acceleration.

The Mitsubishi Lancer comes with front-wheel drive, and it’s one of the few compact cars available with all-wheel drive. It’s also one of the sharpest-handling compact cars available. The trade-off is one of the harshest rides in the segment.

Does the 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer Get Good Gas Mileage?

With the base engine and CVT, the 2017 Lancer returns 27 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Those are some of the lowest fuel economy estimates in the class. Models with the 2.4-liter engine get up to 23/30 mpg city/highway.

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2017 Lancer Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Lancer Seat?

There are five seats in the 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer. Cloth upholstery comes standard; leather upholstery and heated front seats are available. Both rows of seats provide decent comfort and space. However, tall passengers may wish for more thigh support. The Lancer's cabin looks and feels dated, with hard plastics and other cheap materials covering most surfaces.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer?

The Mitsubishi Lancer’s rear outboard seats have complete sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats. The middle seat has only an upper tether anchor.

2017 Mitsubishi Lancer Features

The 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer comes standard with automatic climate control, a four-speaker audio system, a 6.1-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a voice-command system.  Available features include a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system, satellite radio, an upgraded 7-inch touch screen, navigation, a sunroof, and proximity key entry.

The Lancer's infotainment and voice-command systems are both frustrating to use due to their slow response to user inputs.

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2017 Mitsubishi Lancer Dimensions

Mitsubishi Lancer Cargo Space

Most rivals’ trunks can accommodate a few more grocery bags than the Lancer’s trunk. This Mitsubishi has a below-average capacity of 12.3 cubic feet. Most compact cars have 13 or more cubic feet of trunk space.

2017 Lancer Length and Weight

The Mitsubishi Lancer is nearly 15.2 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 2,888 to 3,142 pounds. The Lancer’s gross vehicle weight ranges from 3,969 to 4,190 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer Built?

Mitsubishi manufactured the 2017 Lancer in Japan.

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