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7.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 6.9
Performance: 7.0
Interior: 6.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 8.8
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2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Review

The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer has below-average reliability, mediocre crash test scores, high ownership costs, and a low-rent interior. Additionally, a harsh ride and spastic transmissions result in poor performance.  

Pros & Cons

  • Crisp handling
  • Fun-to-drive Evolution trim
  • Poor reliability rating
  • Low-quality cabin materials
  • Glitchy automatic transmission
  • Loud base engine

New for 2015

  • Lancer Sportback no longer available
  • Last year of the Lancer Evolution

2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Overview

Is the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer a Good Used Car?

The only way the Mitsubishi Lancer is a good car is if you buy one of the rally-bred (read: Evolution) trims. These models deliver thrilling power and handling. As a daily driver, though, most other Lancer models aren't up to snuff. They have cheap cabin materials and unimpressive infotainment features.

Used 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Performance and Interior

The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer has a wide range of available engines. Several are four-cylinders that make between 148 and 237 horsepower (the latter comes from a turbocharged power plant). Performance Evolution models feature a turbocharged engine that produces either 293 or 303 horsepower. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard, though you can find Lancers with a six-speed twin-clutch automated manual transmission or a continuously variable automatic transmission as well. Both of the automatic gearboxes result in poor performance, regardless of the paired engine. Throttle response is jittery, and the CVT causes the engine to drone needlessly. For the best drive, find one of the zippy turbo engines mated to the manual transmission. 

The Lancer is available with front-wheel or all-wheel drive. It has spirited handling abilities and strong brakes, but also an overly rough ride quality. Some models – including Evolution versions – have a sport-tuned suspension for more athleticism.

Fuel economy estimates for the 2015 Lancer range from 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway (with the base model) to 17 mpg in the city and 22 on the highway (Lancer Evolution).

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The Mitsubishi Lancer seats five on standard cloth, but you can find models with leather upholstery and/or heated front seats. Otherwise, most cabin materials are hard plastics that give the Lancer a low-rent feel. The front seats are comfortable and deliver good support, even while you're enthusiastically carving corners. The second row is on par with most other compact sedans, providing adequate room for adult passengers. The Lancer has a complete set of LATCH child-seat connectors on each outboard rear seat, as well as an additional top tether anchor for the middle seat. 

Standard features in the 2015 Lancer are sparse. They include a four-speaker audio system and an auxiliary input. You'll want to look for a model equipped with the available touch-screen infotainment system, which functions well but lacks physical buttons for common functions. Other options to be on the lookout for include a USB port, a rearview camera, automatic climate control, HD Radio, navigation, and a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system.

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Used 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Prices

The price of a used 2015 Lancer ranges from around $10,800 for a base Mitsubishi Lancer ES model to about $18,500 for an all-wheel-drive Ralliart TC-SST model. The exact price you’ll pay depends on factors like your location and the specific vehicle's mileage, features, and condition.

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We researched and analyzed 85 professional reviews and compiled them into this comprehensive Mitsubishi Lancer overview. Our data also includes cost of ownership estimates, reliability ratings, and crash test results.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer?

The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer has a predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates, which is considered slightly below average for all vehicles on the market. Most 2015 compact cars earn a score of average or better.

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How Safe Is the Lancer?

The 2015 Lancer earned four out of five stars overall – and in each individual crash test – from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Lancer a 2015 Top Safety Pick after awarding it the highest score of Good in four out of five tests. A rearview camera is the only driver assistance feature you can find in the Lancer.

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Should I Consider Another Used Lancer?

The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer is part of the car's final generation. Production ended with the 2017 model year. There were few changes to the Lancer in the years prior to 2015, so choosing an older model can get you a similar car for less money. Keep in mind that 2015 was the last year of the Lancer Evolution, and the Lancer Sportback was discontinued after the 2014 model year. 

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Which Used Mitsubishi Lancer Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer is available in seven trims: ES, SE, GT, Ralliart, Evolution GSR, Final Edition, and MR. You're probably buying a Lancer for its performance, so you’re best off with the Ralliart trim. It comes with a turbocharged engine, all-wheel drive, and many of the Lancer's available features. These include heated front seats, a rearview camera, fog lights, satellite radio, a 6.1-inch touch-screen display, HD Radio, sport pedals, and a nine-speaker audio system.

Because of its low predicted reliability rating, you may want to consider a certified pre-owned Lancer. Mitsubishi certified pre-owned 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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2015 Mitsubishi Lancer and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer or 2015 Honda Civic?

The 2015 Honda Civic is one of the best overall used compact sedans. It gets great reliability and safety scores and is a solid everyday driver. High-quality cabin materials and ample passenger room set the Civic apart from competitors. The Civic even delivers better performance than the Lancer, with a supple ride, a smooth powertrain, and great fuel efficiency. With a sport suspension and zippy 205-horsepower engine, the performance-oriented Civic Si is also worth a look – especially if you're considering the Lancer's sport trims. 

Which Is Better: 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer or 2015 Toyota Corolla?

The 2015 Toyota Corolla is one of the most reliable cars in the class and an all-around better car than the Lancer. The Corolla is fuel-efficient and has a comfortable ride, but its handling is a little sloppy. The cabin features mostly quality materials, though it doesn't quite match up to class leaders that are more upscale.

Which Is Better: 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer or 2015 Subaru WRX?

With two turbocharged engine options, slick-shifting transmissions, and standard all-wheel drive, the 2015 Subaru WRX offers up excellent performance for the class. Its impressive safety ratings and roomy second row mean this sporty sedan can also pull family duty. Though its predicted cost of ownership is very high for the class, the WRX still makes a compelling case as a well-rounded and fun daily driver.   

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