Mitsubishi's Lancer, offered in a wide variety of trims, is the company's bread-and-butter economy model. Over the past few years, Mitsubishi backed off from its jet-fighter grille, softening the lines and separating upper and lower intakes with a crossbar. Read full review
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Only the SE, Ralliart, and Evo Lancers come standard with all-wheel drive, different versions of Mitsubishi's All Wheel Control system. The SE sports the least capable version of this system. Read full review
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The SE gets an engine upgrade over the lesser-trim Lancers, going from 2 to 2.4 liters. This engine also uses Mitsubishi's MIVEC variable valve control system to boost efficiency, but it lacks direct injection. Read full review
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The Lancer SE's suspension is tuned more for comfort than sport, although it does boast stabilizer bars front and rear. Read full review
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The high trunk lid allows for good cargo space in the trunk. Read full review
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The cabin of the Lancer SE relies on too much plastic, putting the car behind those from Mitsubishi competitors that have made considerable strides in economy car interiors. Read full review
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The rear-seat legroom is reasonable for an economy car. Read full review
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The Lancer SE is one of the few economy cars still using hydraulic power-steering boost. Read full review
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Simple tach and speed gauges bookend a color LCD on the instrument cluster. Read full review
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This rocker switch on the console lets drivers choose between front-wheel drive, four-wheel-drive auto, and four-wheel-drive lock, the last choice locking the center differential to maintain power at all wheels. Read full review
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The center LCD shows a graphic of the current All Wheel Control mode. Read full review
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Manual transmission fans are out of luck with the Lancer SE, as it can only be had with this continuously variable transmission. Read full review
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The stereo uses a display from the previous millennium. Read full review
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Instead of a 1/8-inch audio input jack, Mitsubishi fits the Lancer SE with these RCA jacks. Read full review
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A 10-inch subwoofer rides in the trunk when the Lancer SE comes equipped with the Rockford Fosgate audio system. Read full review
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