Mitsubishi Lancer GT 2013 Review
The new Mitsubishi Lancer 2013 has been launched and one of the main attractions of this newer model are its trim levels amongst which can be found the new Lancer SE and of course the GT. This year's Lancer received a pretty large number of updates including new materials and an even higher attention to details.
Alongside the Lancer SE, DE, ES and Ralliart, the GT is probably the most popular trim level of them all. The GT is the previously known GTS and this particular trim level combines both a large number of luxury features, sporty features and a more affordable price than the Ralliart.
The new GT is equipped with a 2.4 liter MIVEC engine developing 168 horsepower. The engine is mated with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard but there's always the possibility of choosing a continuous variable transmission featuring INVEC-III and Sportronic shifting as an optional extras.
Performance-wise this particular trim level is able to go from 0 to 60 in 7.5 seconds and offers better handling in the corners thanks to the GT-tuned suspension system.
On the exterior the GT 2013 offers a set of fog lamps, side turn indicators, dual power side view mirrors, roof-mounted antenna, clear and black tail lights, a new chrome exhaust tip, color-keyed outside door handles, side mirrors and rear spoilers, a new set of 18 inch alloy wheels with P215/45R 18 tires and the black slotted-mesh grille with chrome surround.
As before the new Lancer comes with great performance figures and great handling that makes driving this particular sedan a true joy. Nevertheless, as with the previous models safety has not been overlooked and the new model comes with loads of safety features including the 4-wheel disc ABS system with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Active Stability Control, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution unibody construction with front and rear crumple zones, antitheft alarm with theft-deterrent engine immobilizer, LATCH system for child-safety seats and 7 airbags that come as a standard.
Other features offered both as a standard and optional extras include power locks, mirrors and windows, fast-key electronic entry and start system, leather-wrapped shift knob and tilt-adjustable steering wheel, cruise control, sport front 6-way adjustable bucket seats, chrome instrument panel accents, a 140-watt CD/MP3 audio system featuring DSP and six speakers, Fuse Hands-free Link System with USB port and Variable-intermittent windshield wipers just to name a few.
Year in and year out, the Mitsubishi Lancer mid-size sports sedan is consistently one of the Japanese auto manufacturer''s best-selling vehicles. But this should come as no surprise as the good-looking, affordably-priced, fuel-efficient and content-laden Lancer model has long provided consumers with a lot of car for their hard-earned money.
Numerous changes have been made to Mitsubishi Motors'' popular Lancer SE AWC 4-door for the 2013 model year. These include:
Convenient new Thule® plug-in roof carrier accommodationSharp-looking new 16-inch 5-spoke alloy wheel designAn available Premium Package that consists of power glass sunroof; Rockford Fosgate® premium audio system with SiriusXM satellite radio; leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob; high contrast meter with color LCD MID; and soft-touch door trim with chrome leverIntroduced just last year, the Mitsubishi Lancer SE AWC is an affordably-priced model that is specifically designed for the Snowbelt states and includes a fuel-efficient 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine/continuously-variable transmission (CVT) along with the company''s highly capable All-Wheel Control (AWC) all-wheel drive system. Standard features on the Lancer SE include heated front seats and side view mirrors, 16-inch alloy wheels and stylish appointments including a chrome lower grille, upgrade dark silver instrument panel trim and unique black and beige trim seating fabric. Placed atop the wide-ranging 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer model lineup is the Lancer Ralliart, offering pulse-pounding performance in opulent surroundings. This 4-door sports sedan owes its excellent performance to high-tech equipment "borrowed" from its hyper-athletic cousin – the world-famous Lancer Evolution. These include a 237 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged and intercooled MIVEC-equipped inline-4 engine and rapid-shifting 6-speed automated manual Twin-Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission (TC-SST) – essentially a more subtly tuned version of the incredible Lancer Evolution''s exceptional drivetrain.
The handling of the 2013 Lancer Ralliart model also benefits from full-time All-Wheel Control (AWC) with Active Center Differential (ACD) and front helical limited-slip differential, rear limited-slip differential and Hill Start Assist (HSA).
At the opposite end of the spectrum, the entry-level Lancer DE model packs a great deal of welcome amenities into a handsome 4-door at a very sensible price point. Standard equipment includes a melodious 4 speaker, 140-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 player with digital signal processor, speed-compensated volume and equalization control; remote keyless entry; auto-off halogen headlamps; anti-theft engine immobilizer; power door locks and windows with driver-side auto down; and stylish touches including sculpted side air dams, a blacked-out front grille and unique interior accents.
Providing the 2013 Lancer DE with its motive force is the tried and true 2.0-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine with Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Timing Electronic Control (MIVEC) that makes a full 152 horsepower. The Lancer DE is only available with a robust 5-speed manual transmission as the standard unit. One notch above the base Lancer DE in the 2013 model lineup is the Lancer ES. This version includes all of the features on the Lancer DE but adds additional content and available amenities.
Both the Lancer DE and ES models achieve a lofty EPA rating of 34 mpg on the highway when equipped with the continuously-variable transmission (CVT).
Positioned above the Lancer ES and below the Lancer Ralliart is a model that combines that best attributes of both: the value-priced, sporty2013 Lancer GT. This model includes the eye-catching front fascia from the Lancer Ralliart, along with sport front bucket seats; 18-inch alloy wheels; automatic climate control; a rear spoiler; upscale gloss-black instrument panel trim; and a responsive168 horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a crisp-shifting 5-speed manual transmission (or a high-tech continuously variable transmission (CVT) with INVECS-III and Sportronic® shifting with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters is also available).
Every 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer model comes with a wide array of advanced safety technologies as part of the standard equipment package. These include advanced dual-stage front air bags with occupant seat position sensor; side-impact head protection curtain air bags (front and rear); front seat-mounted side air bags; driver's side knee air bag; anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD); Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL); and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
Key SpecificationsWheelbase: 103.7 in.Length: 180.0 in. Height: 58.7 in.Width: 69.4 in.Engine: 2.0-liter aluminum DOHC MIVEC 4-cylinder engineHorsepower: 148 @ 6,000 rpmTorque: 145 lb.-ft. @ 4,250 rpmTransmission: 5-speed manual transmission or continuously-variable transmission (CVT)
Major Standard Features (2.0L DE)
140-Watt AM/FM/CD audio system with digital signal processing, MP3 playback capability and four speakersElectric assist power steeringAdjustable rear head restraints (x3)Anti-theft engine immobilizerAuto-off halogen headlampsDual-stage front air bag SRS with front passenger occupant sensors, curtain side air bags, driver's knee air bag, and front seat mounted side-impact air bagsPower windows and folding side view mirrorsSide air damRISE chassis constructionTilt-adjustable steering columnTrunk lid inner trimRemote keyless entryAnti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)Active Stability Control (ASC)Front map lightsFloormats2.0L ES model adds over DE:
16-inch steel wheels w/ wheel covers60:40 split folding rear seat with folding armrest and cupholdersAir conditioning with micron cabin air filtrationAnti-theft security alarm systemCenter floor console box with armrestChrome grille, color-keyed outer door handles and side view mirrorsRear seat heater floor ductsMP3/auxiliary stereo input jackSteering switch for Bluetooth™ capability" (requires dealer installation of V/R microphone and Bluetooth™ HFP system)Steering wheel-mounted illuminated cruise and audio control switchesSE AWC model adds over ES:
Electronically controlled All-Wheel Control (AWC) system.2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine (c/o from GT)Continuously variable transmission (CVT)16-in. alloy wheelsHeated front seats and side mirrorsChrome lower grille and rear badgeKey Specifications - Lancer GT
Engine: 2.4-liter aluminum DOHC MIVEC 4-cylinder engineHorsepower: 168 bhp @ 6,000 rpm Torque: 167 lb.-ft. @ 4,100 rpmTransmission: 5-speed manual or CVT with 6-step Sportronic ® mode using steering wheel paddle shifters
2.4L GT model adds over ES:
18-in. alloy wheelsFUSE HandsFree Link System™6-speaker audio systemAutomatic climate control systemFAST-key with panic featureChrome exhaust finisherFog lightsFront air damsLeather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knobHigh-contrast multi-color LCD instrument displayFront fascia from Lancer Ralliart sedanRear spoilerSport bucket seats (front)Sportronic steering wheel-mounted shifter paddles (with optional continuously-variable transmission)Sport-tuned suspensionKey specifications - Lancer Ralliart
Engine: 2.0-liter inline 4 DOHC MIVEC; intercooled/turbochargedHorsepower: 237 bhp @ 6,000 rpmTorque: 253 lb.-ft. @ 2500~4750rpmTransmission: TC-SST automated manual with steering wheel paddle shifters. Wheels: 18 x 7.5 in. cast alloyTires: 215/45R18 Yokohama ADVAN asymmetrical performance tires
Turbo Ralliart model adds over GT:
Full-time All-Wheel Control (AWC) with Active Center Differential (ACD)Front helical and rear mechanical limited-slip differentialsHill Start Assist (HSA)Premium sport fabric seating surfacesLeather-wrapped sport type steering wheelLeather-wrapped shift knob with shift bootDual exhaust with finisherAluminum hood with heat extractor ventChrome side lower door moldingSIRIUSXM Satellite Radio w/ 3mo serviceLancer Options:
Alloy Wheel Package (ES model) adds: 16-inch alloy wheels and Rear disc brakes.
Deluxe Package (must combine Alloy Wheel Package) adds: FUSE HandsFree Link System™ with USB port; Power glass sunroof; FAST-key entry system; Leather-wrapped steering wheel; 6 speaker audio system; SiriusXM™ satellite radio with 3-month paid service; chrome lower grille surround; soft touch door trim (front); chrome inner door lever; high contrast meter with color LCD.
GT Touring Package adds: Leather seating surfaces; heated front seats; 710-Watt Rockford-Fosgate® Premium Sound System including 10-in. subwoofer; SiriusXM™ satellite radio with 3-month paid service; 6 CD/MP3 in-dash head unit; HID headlamps; Rain-sensing wipers; Auto on/off headlamp control; Power glass sunroof; Auto dimming rearview mirror; Rear camera system; Rear lip spoiler (replaces rear wing spoiler).
Premium Package (SE AWC model) adds: Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob; High contrast meter with color LCD MID; Soft-touch door trim (front); Chrome inner door lever; 710-watt Rockford Fosgate® premium audio system including 10-in. subwoofer; SiriusXM™ satellite radio with 3-month paid service; 6 CD/MP3 in-dash head unit; Power glass sunroof.
Ralliart Touring Package adds: Leather seating surfaces; Heated front seats; 710-Watt Rockford-Fosgate® Premium Sound System including 10-in. subwoofer; 6 CD/MP3 in-dash head unit; HID headlamps; Rain-sensing wipers; Auto on/off headlamp control; Power glass sunroof; Auto dimming rearview mirror; Rear camera system; Rear lip spoiler (replaces rear wing spoiler).
Navigation Package (GT and Ralliart models) adds: 40GB HDD navigation system with Music Server, Real Time Traffic (lifetime at no cost) and a 7-in. touch-screen display that replaces the standard audio head unit; rear camera monitor.
Exterior Package adds: Rear wing spoiler; Front air dam; Exhaust finisher; Fog lights; Rear diffuser garnish.
LED Illumination Package adds: Front floor illumination (Blue LED); Interior lamps.
Popular Equipment Package I adds: Alloy fuel door; Aluminum scuff plates; Trunk mat
All Weather Package adds: Remote engine start; all weather floor mats (front); Mudguards (rear).
Chrome Package adds: Chrome mirror covers; Chrome door handle covers.
Interior Package adds: Aluminum shift knob; Aluminum brake grip.
Rear Park Assist Sensors
Chrome Lower Grille Garnish
FUSE Hands Free Link System
Rear Lip Spoiler
Roof Rack Cross Bars