The 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer GT is a compact sporty sedan with an aggressive style that looks so much like the Evolution MR, that you can almost forget that they are not the same.
Beginning in 2012, a new series of sporty and affordable Lancer GT Compact Sedans were introduced with a variety of exterior upgrades and luxury options, which include better interior materials,18 inch alloy wheels, and a glossy, black trimmed instrument panel.
The GT, formerly known as the GTS, comes equipped with a 2.4 liter 4-cylinder engine with 168 horsepower,167 ft. of torque, and yields 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Standard features include a 5-speed manual transmission, sport tuned suspension, rear spoiler, sport front bucket seats, steering wheel mounted audio and cruise control controls, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, high contrast meter gauges, adjustable height steering column, LCD display, 6-way manual adjustable driver seat, center console with armrest storage, 60/40 rear fold down seat, power door locks/windows, fast key entry system, and automatic climate control. A technologically advanced CVT with Sportronic shifting and a magnesium steering wheel with paddle shifters are optional.
Optional packages are available, such as the Touring Package which adds a backup camera with a monitor built into the rearview mirror, the GT Touring Package adds leather seats, a 710-Watt Rockford-Fosgate Sound System with 9 speakers and a 10-inch sub-woofer, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, AM/FM/CD/MP3, HID headlamps, rain sensing wipers, auto on/off headlamp mechanism, heated front seats, power glass sunroof, and rearview camera. The Navigation Package adds an intuitive 40 gb navigation system with real time traffic and music server for an extra $2,000.
The interior of the Lancer GT is sporty and has a spacious front cabin, providing enough head/legroom for taller passengers; however, space in the rear cabin is limited. The front and rear seats feel a little stiff and in my opinion, do not provide enough cushioning comfort for long trips. The dashboard and console areas are a bit lackluster and do not have the same pizzazz that the Lancer Evolution MR has, but with the addition of certain interior upgrades, the vehicle is greatly enhanced.
On the road, the Lancer GT has a solid performance and handles normal driving conditions with ease, but feels somewhat stiff and lacks some fluidity on curvy roads. Braking is accurate and the Lancer GT has a firm and stable feel on freeways and on rougher terrain. The engine is a bit louder than I thought it would be and does not make for a quiet on the road experience, however, this may appeal to a lot of younger drivers who like a car with a sporty sound with a lower price tag.
All in all, I am not very impressed with the Lancer GT and highly recommend the Lancer Evolution MR (EVO), which is the funnest vehicle that I have ever driven or the high performance Ralliart to anyone who is looking to purchase a Lancer. Yes, the EVO is more money that the GT, but it well worth the additional expense in terms of better road performance, superior technology, top of the line interior features, and a highly enjoyable ride.
If you are on a tight budget, then the Lancer GT is still a good choice with a starting MSRP of only $19,845 and a 10 year/100,000 mile warranty package. The GT is definitely worth looking at, because it is a well built, sporty sedan with good fuel economy, and is a great choice for daily commuting.
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