The 2020 Mitsubishi Lancer is a compact car produced by the Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi. In past, the 2020 Mitsubishi Lancer marketed as the Colt Lancer, Dodge Colt, Plymouth Colt, Chrysler Valiant Lancer, Chrysler Lancer, Eagle Summit, Hindustan Lancer, Soueast Lioncel, and Mitsubishi Mirage in various countries at different times, and has been sold as the Mitsubishi Galant Fortis in Japan. It has also been sold as Mitsubishi Lancer Fortis in Taiwan with a different facelift than the Galant Fortis. In Japan, it was sold at a specific retail chain called Car Plaza.
The cabin clearly shows its age, despite a new center console last year, with its hard and hollow plastic surfaces. The glossy black trim is okay, and the cloth upholstery is nice, but refinement is sorely lacking compared to the competition; the design, materials, and fit and finish are beneath the level of Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, and Honda Civic.
Many rivals offer more standard features than the Lancer, which only has a basic audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, and automatic climate control. A touch-screen infotainment system, a Rockford Fosgate audio system, and a voice command system are available. The infotainment system is mostly easy to use, and the voice command system recognizes speech commands well. Still, the lack of physical buttons and knobs for frequently used settings can be tiresome.
2020 Mitsubishi Lancer Interior
The 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 2020 Lancer’s infotainment and voice-command systems are both frustrating to use due to their slow response to user inputs. The five-seater Mitsubishi Lancer comes with 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 Mitsubishi Lancer’s cabin looks and feels dated, with hard plastics and other cheap materials covering most surfaces.
2020 Mitsubishi Lancer Engine
The 2020 Lancer ES 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. 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.
2020 Mitsubishi Lancer Safety
The NHTSA gives the Lancer four overall stars for safety, including four stars in front crash, side crash, and rollover. The IIHS gave it the top rating of Good in frontal-offset, side-impact, rear impact, and rollover. Impressively, the Lancer earns Acceptable in the new and challenging small-overlap front-crash test, a test that didn’t even exist when the 2020 Mitsubishi Lancer was designed.