As noted, the Lancer received some upgrades at the upper trim levels which add to the driving experience over earlier models. Some of the luxurious upgrades include leather wrapped shift knobs and steering wheels, a power sunroof, improved Bluetooth® 2.0 technology, and a soft-touch door trim make for comfortable amenities.
In terms of driving excitement, the model offers several entry points from the banal to the exciting. The fairly sedate, base 2.0 liter, four-cylinder engine is an excellent commuter car that delivers solid performance for the driver seeking to get from point A to point B, but as Motor Trend Magazine points out, “buyers should look to the higher SE and GT trims if they want to move past basic transportation needs.”
This advice is owing to the fact that the upgraded 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine is capable of delivering significant more horsepower over the tamer 2.0 model. For top level performance in a 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer, the prospective buyer would be best served by giving the Lancer Ralliart a closer look. With its turbocharged, 2.0-liter and four-cylinder engine, the Lancer Ralliart delivers 237 hp worth of excitement under the hood. Additionally, improved handling is achieved through an improved suspension system that makes driving the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer a lot of fun on or off the highway.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer earned high marks in crash test ratings for front, side, and rollover accidents with four out of five stars earned. Standard features on the 2014 Lancer include numerous airbags, stability control, and a tire pressure monitoring system that all add to the safety column of the Mitsubishi Lancer.
An antilock braking system, traction control logic, and height adjustable front shoulder belts, coupled to seven strategically placed airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag, is what affords such a high safety rating. Additional amenities include an anti-theft security alarm, anti-theft engine immobilizer, and front pedestrian impact crumble zones.
The Lancer has achieved some noteworthy distinctions on all trim levels for the impressive safety features built into all of the 2013 Lancer offerings. For higher end excitement however, the Lancer Ralliart is an exciting ride at a reasonable price. With high end amenities, a strong safety record, and impressive turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, the Lancer Ralliart is designed to deliver the goods when it comes to excitement out on the roadway. The vehicle makes for a comfortable ride at an affordable price, which depending on your budget can get you around town or get you around the corner at exciting speeds.