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2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Review

Despite its edgy handling and impressive high-performance trims, the 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer ranks poorly among compact cars. The list of reasons includes a low-rent interior, a shortage of standard features, a below-average reliability rating, and a harsh ride in top-tier models.

Pros & Cons

  • Agile handling
  • Thrilling performance with Evolution trim
  • Cheap, noisy cabin
  • Limited standard features
  • Marginal reliability rating
  • Poor ride quality in upper trims




Critics' Rating: 6.7
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 6.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 8.7
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2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Overview

Is the 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer a Good Used Car?

The Lancer handles turns well, and the fast and fun-to-drive Evolution trim can certainly give you white knuckles. However, it’s best to avoid this Mitsubishi. Its rivals outperform it by offering nicer cabins, more features, and better reliability ratings.

Used 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Performance and Interior

Performance in the Lancer ranges from dull to exhilarating. The base Lancer ES comes with a 148-horsepower engine that delivers adequate power but groans when pushed. It’s available with either a five-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission (a type of automatic). This CVT suffers from lagged throttle responses.

There are three available four-cylinder engines. These range from slightly more potent (SE and GT models get a 20 horsepower boost) to thrilling. Ralliart models have a 237-horsepower engine and a six-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission. The legendary Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has 291 horses. Available with either the six-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission, it delivers the most adrenaline-charged performance of the bunch.

Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available. Ride quality varies from adequate in the base trim, to firm in the GT and Ralliart, to downright harsh in the sport-tuned Evolution. The Evolution’s sharp handling is unmatched by most competitors in the compact car class, however. Compared to its rivals, the Lancer gets typical fuel economy estimates of 17-25 mpg in the city and 22-33 mpg on the highway.

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There’s seating for five on standard cloth upholstery in both the sedan and the Sportback Lancer models. Amenities like leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob are available. The front seats are comfortable, but the lack of a telescoping wheel can make it difficult for drivers to find the optimal driving position. The rear seats are spacious and feature two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the outboard seats and a tether-only connection in the middle seat.

The Lancer’s cabin screams cheap, with hard plastic dash pieces and little in the way of sound insulation. Cargo space behind the seats ranges from a so-so 13.8 cubic feet in the Sportback to a cramped 6.9 cubic feet in the Lancer Evolution.

Yet another downfall is the Lancer’s shortage of standard features. It only includes keyless entry, a four-speaker audio system, steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, and an auxiliary input. Available features include satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, automatic climate control, navigation, and a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system. The display found in the upper trims relies too heavily on touch controls, which can be distracting when you’re trying to make quick adjustments while driving. The available Fuse hands-free voice recognition system helps, but it doesn’t work as well as some systems from other brands.

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Used 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Prices

Used models range from around $9,700 for a Mitsubishi Lancer ES with front-wheel drive to about $17,000 for the all-wheel-drive Ralliart. Prices shift depending on demand and the vehicle's condition, mileage, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer?

The 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer has an unsatisfactory reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the Lancer?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Lancer a Top Safety Pick. The Mitsubishi earned four out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It is available with a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and rain-sensing windshield wipers, but it lacks common features like blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning.

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Should I Consider Another Used Lancer?

The 2014 Lancer is part of a generation that began with the 2008 model year and includes the 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer. For 2014, the Lancer gained standard air conditioning and a four-speaker audio system. Apart from these standard perks, 2012 and 2013 models offer many of the same features at a lower price.

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Which Used Mitsubishi Lancer Is Right for Me?

The four-door Lancer sedan comes in five trim levels: ES, SE, GT, Ralliart, and Evolution. The five-door Sportback comes only in ES and GT trims. For most shoppers, the SE is the best choice, offering a good amount of features without breaking the bank. Over the base trim, it adds all-wheel drive, heated front seats, a rearview camera, a touch-screen display, satellite radio, HD Radio, and alloy wheels.

Considering the Lancer’s iffy reliability, you may want to consider a certified pre-owned model. Mitsubishi CPO vehicles receive the balance of the original new-car 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. To become certified pre-owned, each vehicle must pass a 123-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mitsubishi warranty page carefully.

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2014 Mitsubishi Lancer and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer or 2014 Subaru Impreza?

Although it carries a higher sticker price, the Subaru Impreza is a better buy than the Lancer. It has higher safety and reliability ratings, standard all-wheel drive, and a smoother ride. Although its base engine could use more oomph, the WRX and WRX STI trims put out more power than the Ralliart and Evolution, respectively. Inside, the Impreza’s cabin employs higher-quality materials than what you’ll find in the Lancer, and the Subaru comes with more standard features, including Bluetooth and a USB port. 

Which Is Better: 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer or 2014 Mazda3?

The Mazda3 doesn’t offer a high-performance trim or all-wheel drive, but it’s an excellent alternative to the base and midlevel trims of the Lancer. Available as either a sedan or a hatchback, the Mazda3 has a capable and fuel-efficient base engine, a zestier available engine, and transmissions that make the most of its available power. Inside, the Mazda3 gets the edge with its upscale finishes and easier-to-use tech features. It’s available with life-saving features like automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control, and it took home better safety and reliability ratings than the Lancer.

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