This Memorial Day weekend was a great time to hit the Southern California interstate freeways with a test drive of the Mitsubishi Lancer ES 2011. Now, when I think of the word “Lancer”, an image from the movie “A Knight’s Tale” comes to mind. Heath Leger’s character is courageously charging at his opponent on his horse with his lance in hand. Like a knight, the Lancer ES is bold, fearless, and ready to take on its challenger.
Why drive a Mitsubishi Lancer ES 2011?
The Lancer is a great long distance vehicle for the open road. In the city it gets 24 cty/ 33 fwy miles per gallon. Now it is a manual transmission vehicle, so for those of you who don’t drive using a clutch, it would be a great time to learn because they are great on gas and light on the roads when driving. It is a great car to get you from point A to point B especially for a consumer who is looking for just that reason. The MSRP for the Lancer ES is $17,155.00.
What’s good in the hood?
The engine in the Lancer ES is equipped with 2.0 Liter, 4-cylinder double overhead cam (DOHC) 14 Valve, MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control system). This 5-speed manual transmission gives us 148 horsepower at 6000 rpm (rotation speed) and the torque is 146 ft-lbs at 4200 rpm. While driving this car up the hill, I was able to test out the horsepower and torque on the Lancer and it felt strong and easy to shift, which was definitely a plus. For a light weight muscle car, the engine is mellow and smooth. When I say mellow, I mean its not noisy like most manual transmission vehicles.
How’s the interior?
On the inside, the Lancer has: air conditioning with micron filter, assist electric power steering, steering wheel mounted cruise control and audio switches, and comes equipped with a multinformation display and AM/FM Radio, CD/MP3 player and an Auxillary input jack to hook your IPOD, IPHONE, or any gadget that works with this feature. Definitely Whatitdo! The audio bump in the Lancer Es is pretty standard but I did enjoy listening to Lupe Fiasco bumping “The Show Goes On.” Not bad for a standard system. This 4-door sedan can seat up to 5 passengers or 4 if your family members tend to have a slightly larger stature like mine.
How’s the Safety?
One thing you don’t have to worry about is safety! The Mitsubishi Lancer was named a 2011 “Top Safety Pick” by the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). It has advanced dual front air bags, front seat mounted side air bags and side curtain airbags for your protection. It also comes equipped with a latch system for child rear seats. Passengers whether children or adults are reassured with the safety features loaded in this car. It also comes with a tire pressure monitoring system, engine immobilizer, and anti theft alarm system. Let’s not forget that it has an active stability and traction control.
So, when you are looking to buy a vehicle that’s cheap, reliable, and has great gas consumption, think Mitsubishi Lancer ES because the answers to your practical needs lie within this particular model.
Review by: Elizabeth Lavulo
*photos courtesy of Mitsubishicars.com
*YouTube video courtesy of Lupe Fiasco
*YouTube video courtesy of 2663kinkycyborg