For years, Mitsubishi has barely made a dent in the automotive world. The rise of competition and the general ambivalence towards automotive progress have played their part in that.
But if there’s one model that Mitsubishi can still rely on these days, it’s the Lancer .
Tried, tested and proven to the hilt, the Lancer has become the standard-bearer for everything that Mitsubishi has represented in the auto industry. That’s all well and good, especially for a brand that relies on the model so much.
One particular trim for the Lancer that Mitsubishi has high hopes for is the Lancer Sportback. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a lot of people are high on this model, proudly carrying the Lancer badge all while coming in a space-saving hatchback trim that’s far removed from the mighty Lancer Evolution models.
Even though it’s not as powerful as its Evolution brother, the Lancer Sportback has plenty of endearing qualities about it. And again, for Mitsubishi, that’s a win in its own right.
Click past the jump to read about the Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
In some ways, the Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback doesn’t deviate too much from what we’ve come to know about the car. Don’t get us wrong; there are some pretty interesting details about the car that’ll get your juices flowing.
For one, it adheres to its "Sportback" name by taking on its shape. That’s always a good thing; plus, Mitsubishi really worked extra hard to give the Lancer Sportback an edgy and aggressive look, no more evident than the presence of an aggressive front grille, angled headlamps, chrome-tipped exhaust and a raised rear spoiler. Mitsubishi says that all these added components make the Lancer Sportback stand out in a crowd. On that note, you won’t hear any complaints from us.
Another particularly interesting feature of the ride is the presence of Thule sport rack sockets that transform your roof into one that’s capable of carrying just about anything. Be it a snowboard, a bike, a kayak or skiing items, these sockets will give you easy storage at any given point and time.
We would’ve liked it if Mitsubishi gave the exterior a refreshed look, but we’re not complaining about what it’s got right now. Touches of sporty aggression go hand in hand with its improved performance credentials. That, in itself, is a point on the plus side.
|Track, front (in./mm)||60.2/1,530||60.2/1,530|
|Track, rear (in./mm)||60.2/1,530||60.2/1,530|
|Min. ground clearance (in./mm)||5.5/140||5.8/147|
|Curb weight (lbs.) CVT||3,021||3,120|
|Weight distribution (% f/r) CVT||59/41||58/42|
Standard Exterior Features
- Auto-off halogen headlamps with welcome light and coming home light
- Variable intermittent windshield wipers and washers with Intelligent washer
- Fog lights (GT)
- Front upper grille (chrome accent) (ES)
- Front lower grille (chrome accent) (ES)
- Sport front grille and bumper (GT)
- Short pole antenna
- Roof plug-in Thule sport rack accommodation
- Green laminated windshield
- Exhaust finisher (GT)
You won’t be able to tell that the Lancer Sportback is an affordable compact car by looking at what it has inside its cabin. On the contrary, the details and features Mitsubishi put into the interior are enough for even a car of higher esteem.
Leather is prevalent everywhere, which is something you wouldn’t normally see in a Lancer. But the Lancer Sportback has it, including heated leather seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. The VIP treatment beckons with the Lancer Sportback.
In addition, the Lancer Sportback has enough cargo space in its boot to provide plenty of space for you to stow your belongings. All in all, the maximum cargo capacity is 52.7 cubic feet and on top of that, you also get 60/40 split-fold rear seats, a dual-level cargo floor, and a wide rear hatch, proving that space isn’t a problem when it comes to this little maven.
And finally, touches of technology can also be found inside the Lancer Sportback. It’s got a premium Rockford Fosgate Punch premium sound system that pumps up to 710 watts through nine speakers (including a 10-inch subwoofer) to deliver deep, rich bass and crystal-clear highs. Together with a Digital Signal Processor (DSP), the kick ass sound system allows you to incorporate a sound compensation feature that automatically adjusts both volume and equalizer levels based on vehicle speed.
|Passenger seating capacity||5|
|Interior volume (cu. ft.) [w/sunroof]||108.3 [106.9]|
|Passenger volume (cu. ft.) [w/sunroof]||94.5 [93.1]|
|Cargo volume (cu. ft.), floor up [cargo floor down]||13.8 [15.3]|
|Cargo volume w/ 2nd-row seats down (cu. ft.) [cargo floor down]||46.6 [52.7]|
|Front head room (in./mm) [w/sunroof]||39.6 / 1,005 [38.5 / 980]|
|Front shoulder room (in./mm)||54.7 / 1,390|
|Front hip room (in./mm)||53.3 / 1,355|
|Front leg room (in./mm)||42.3 / 1,075|
|Rear head room (in./mm) [w/sunroof]||36.8 / 935 [36.8 / 935]|
|Rear shoulder room (in./mm)||54.3 / 1,380|
|Rear hip room (in./mm)||54.1 / 1,375|
|Rear leg room (in./mm)||35.9 / 915|
With two available trims, the Lancer Sportback comes with a choice of two engines: a 2.0-liter in-line-four and a bigger 2.4-liter in-line-four. The former a develops 148 horsepower at 6,000 rpm to go along with 145 pound-feet of torque at 4,200 rpm, while the latter produces 168 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 167 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm. No performance numbers were disclosed but we expect the Lancer Sportback to be able to spring from 0 to 60 mph in a little over 10 seconds with a 115 mph top speed to go with it.
|Engine Type||2.0L I4||2.4L I4|
|Valve Train||DOHC, 16-valve, Mitsubishi Innovative Valve-timing Electronic Control system (MIVEC)||DOHC, 16-valve, Mitsubishi Innovative Valve-timing Electronic Control system (MIVEC)|
|Displacement (cu in./cc)||122 / 1998||144 / 2360|
|Bore x Stroke (in./mm)||3.4 x 3.4 / 86.0 x 86.0||3.5 x 3.8 / 88 x 97|
|Horsepower @ RPM||148 @ 6,000||168 @ 6,000|
|Torque @ RPM (lb.-ft.)||145 @ 4,200||167 @ 4,100|
All Lancer Sportback models come with a multitude of standard equipment, including with dual front, front side and full-length side curtain airbags in addition to a driver’s knee airbag, traction and stability control systems and a tire-pressure monitoring system, among others.
- Front-Wheel Drive (FWD)
- Advanced dual-stage front airbags³ with seat position sensors
- Side-impact head protection curtain airbags³ (front and rear)
- Front seat-mounted side airbags³
- Driver’s side knee airbag³
- Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)⁴ with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
- Brake Assist
- Active Stability Control (ASC)⁴ with Traction Control (TCL)
- 5-mph front bumper
- Front seat structure to reduce whiplash injury
- Interior head impact protection
- Tire pressure monitoring system
- Three-point seatbelts and head restraints for all occupants
- Height-adjustable front shoulder belts with pretensioner
- Theft-deterrent security alarm system and engine immobilizer
- Child safety locks (rear doors)
- RISE body construction (64 km/h OBD)
- LATCH system (Lower Anchor and Tethers for Children) for CRS
- Front pedestrian impact crumple zones
The base price for the Mitsubishi Lancer ES is $18,495 while the GT model retails at a base price of $21,495.
|Lancer Sportback ES||DOHC MIVEC 2.0L w/ CVT||$18,595.00|
|Lancer Sportback GT||DOHC MIVEC 2.4L w/ CVT||$21,945.00|
|Alloy Wheel Package|
|GT Touring Package|
Unfortunately for the Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback, it is part of a market with many competitors. And not just competitors, but rivals that offer more things to the customer than the Lancer Sportback.
Mazda introduced the new-generation 3 hatch and it has many advantages over the Lancer Sportback. The most noticeable is in the powertrain where the Mazda3 has more powerful engine choices, to put it simply. The bigger of the two engine offerings from Mazda is a 2.5-liter that produces a total of 184 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 185 pound-feet of torque at 3,250 rpm. That is good enough to hit a top speed of 130 mph.
Gallery Mazda3 Hatchback
Hailing from the U.S., the new-generation Ford Focus was unveiled at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. The new Focus was moved on a new global C-segment platform and comes with a redesigned exterior and interior language.
Under the hood, the model also gets a competitive engine to the Lancer Sportback, thanks in part to a fuel efficient 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 155 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque.
Gallery Ford Focus
Truth be told, the Lancer Sportback is a solid car with some pretty solid features to it. The interior is spanking nice; the exterior is relatively aggressive; and it’s got a versatile choice of fuel efficient engines.
It faces some stiff competition from a lot of other brands, but it holds up against them quite nicely, which for Mitsubishi is a victory in its own right.
- Awesome interior
- Solid exterior
- Versatile engine options
- Lots of competitors
- While nice, refresh on the body still would’ve been better
2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback At-A-Glance
Mon, Jul 22, 2013
The distinctively styled 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback is a breath of fresh air in the 5-door sport hatchback segment.
Possessing all of the benefits of the affordable, reliable and fun-to-drive Lancer sedan, the Lancer Sportback 5-door boasts a very handy 52.7 cubic feet of available cargo space when the rear 60/40 split seat is folded flat (rear seat can be folded flat via an easy-to-use rear seat release lever in the cargo area).
Featuring the sport-tuned suspension and well-engineered chassis, the Lancer Sportback provides refined accommodations for five and is available in two trim levels – a well-equipped ES and a more richly-appointed GT.
For the 2014 model year, the Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback receives the following upgrades:
- New audio system (Sportback ES)
- New 6.1-in. touchscreen display audio system (Sportback GT)
- New 7-in. MMCS touchscreen navigation system with high-definition touch panel, voice command, 3D mapping, point-of-interest information, real-time traffic, and Mapcare® including two map updates (available on Sportback GT)
- New HD Radio® (Sportback GT)
- New SIRIUSXM® satellite radio (Sportback GT)
- New Rearview camera (Sportback GT)
The overall exterior proportions of the spacious Lancer Sportback are very similar to its 4-door cousin, save for being slightly longer (180.4 in. versus 180.0 in.) and taller (59.3 in. versus 58.3 in.).
Packed with a long list of standard amenities, the 2014 Lancer Sportback ES model features fuel-efficient Electric Power Steering (EPS); air conditioning with micron filter; 6-way adjustable driver’s seat; remote keyless entry; anti-theft security alarm and engine immobilizer; auto-off halogen headlights; and convenient steering wheel-mounted controls for both the audio system and cruise control functions.
An especially welcome no-cost feature are handy plug-in Thule® roof rack sockets that can accommodate racks to hold skis, snowboards, bicycles, luggage, watersport-related equipment or other specialized racks – perfect for active individuals, couples or families.
Under the hood of the Sportback ES resides a capable yet refined normally-aspirated 2.0-liter DOHC MIVEC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine that packs a workhorse 148 horsepower along with a technologically-advanced, smooth-operating continuously-variable transmission (CVT). This efficient engine/transmission combination delivers an impressive EPA-rated 25 mpg city/32 mpg highway.
An active driver aid that helps maximize fuel economy is an "ECO" indicator light that illuminates when the vehicle is being driven in a manner that provides optimum fuel efficiency. The "ECO" indicator light is included on every vehicle at no additional cost.
All 2014 Lancer Sportback models feature free-of-charge advanced safety features and technology. These include a comprehensive 7 air bag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) including a driver’s side knee air bag; Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL); anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD); Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS); and Mitsubishi Motors’ patented Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) body/chassis occupant safety cell technology including specially-designed front and rear crumple zones.
The 2014 Lancer Sportback GT kicks the luxury quotient up a notch with its more expansive features and amenities. These include automatic climate control; sharp-looking 18-in. alloy wheels; leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift lever; a full-color LCD multi-information display; sport front bucket seats; and Mitsubishi Motors’ high-tech FUSE Hands-Free Link System® with USB port that allows users access to their music and to place hands-free calls by utilizing simple voice commands.
The Lancer Sportback GT is also more powerful with its larger displacement 2.4-liter DOHC MIVEC engine delivering a full 20 additional horsepower over the Lancer Sportback ES (168 bhp). Like the ES model, this engine is mated to the highly efficient continuously-variable transmission (CVT), but adds an additional element of excitement and control to the driver, thanks to the addition of steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters that allow the driver to simulate gear changes with the CVT.
All 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback models come with a fully transferable 5-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty; a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty (applicable to the original vehicle purchaser); and a 7-year/100,000 mile anti-corrosion perforation limited warranty. Additionally, the Lancer Sportback comes with 5-years/unlimited mile roadside assistance.
Key Specifications – Lancer Sportback ES
Length: 180.4 in.
Height: 59.3 in.
Width: 69.4 in.
Engine: 148 bhp 2.0-liter MIVEC 4-cylinder engine
Transmission: Continuously-variable transmission (CVT)
Major Standard Features
- 140-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with MP3 CD playback capability and 4 speakers
- Air conditioning with micron air filtration
- Electric Power Steering (EPS)
- Adjustable head restraints (x3)
- Anti-theft security alarm
- Anti-theft engine immobilizer
- Remote keyless entry
- Steering wheel illuminated cruise control and audio controls
- RISE body construction
- 2-position height-adjustable cargo floor
- Active Stability Control (ASC)
- Auto off halogen headlights
- Power windows and folding side mirrors
- Steering switch for Bluetooth® capability" (requires dealer installation of V/R microphone and Bluetooth® HFP system)
- Tilt-adjustable steering column
- Dual-stage front air bag SRS with front passenger occupant sensors, side curtain air bags, driver’s knee air bag and front seat-mounted side air bags
Key Specifications – Lancer Sportback GT
2.4-liter MIVEC inline-4
Horsepower: 168 bhp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 167 lb.-ft. @ 4,100 rpm
Transmission: CVT with INVECS-III and steering column-mounted paddle shifters
Dynamics: Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL)
GT adds over ES:
- 6.1-in. touchscreen display audio system
- HD Radio®
- SIRIUSXM® satellite radio with 3-month subscription
- Rearview camera
- Front fascia from Lancer Ralliart sedan
- FUSE Hands-Free Link System®
- Full color LCD multi-information display
- FAST-key entry and starting system
- 6-speaker audio system
- Automatic climate control
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
- Fog lights
- 18-in. alloy wheels
- Sport bucket seats (front)
- Sport-tuned suspension
Lancer Sportback Options:
Alloy Wheel Package adds: 16-in. alloy wheels and Rear disc brakes.
Deluxe Package (must combine Alloy Wheel Package) adds: 6 speaker audio system, SIRIUSXM® satellite radio with 3-month paid service; chrome lower grille surround; soft touch door trim (front); power glass sunroof; FAST-key entry system; leather-wrapped steering wheel; chrome inner door lever; high contrast meter with color LCD display.
Touring Package (GT model) Leather seating surfaces; heated front seats; 710-watt Rockford Fosgate® premium sound system with 9 speakers including 10-in. dual-voice coil subwoofer with Punch Control®, DTS® Neural Surround, PremiDIA-WIDE surround, and Dolby® Volume ; High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights; rain-sensing wipers; auto on/off headlight control; power glass sunroof; auto dimming rearview mirror.
Navigation Package (GT model) adds: MMCS navigation system with 7-in. high-definition touch panel, voice command, 3D mapping, point-of-interest information, real-time traffic, and Mapcare® including two map updates.
Exterior Package adds: front air dam, exhaust finisher, and fog lights.
Interior Package adds: aluminum shift knob and brake grip.
Popular Equipment adds: alloy fuel door, scuff plates, trunk mat, and rear bumper protector.
LED Illumination Package adds: floor illumination (blue LED), interior lights.
Chrome Package adds: mirror covers, and outer door handle covers.
All Weather Package adds: remote engine start, all-weather floormats (front), rear mudguards.
FUSE Hands-Free Link System® with USB Port
Roof Rack Cross
All Weather Floormats
Chrome Lower Grille Garnish