This car has a very positive feel to it. The 2.4 litre engine is strong through the revs with excellent acceleration; the five speed manual gearbox is efficient and the steering and brakes responsive. The suspension is also quite impressive and the exterior styling is great for a small car and fits well into the Mitsubishi portfolio.
Driving the Mitsubishi-Lancer is fun and the slightly sporty exterior, which is helped along by the Evo-inspired grill, keeps the car looking up to date. However the interior is rather basic as it lacks today's essentials such as GPS and satellite radio; there is also no MP3 plug. While this keeps the overall cost of the car down and these items can always be added later, it is a shame that Mitsubishi do not offer an Options Package. But considering the price of just $20,790, there really is nothing to complain about.
The materials used internally are very basic, but the seats give good support and the driving position is comfortable. There is no telescoping steering column, but as the seats are fully adjustable this should not pose a problem, except perhaps for a very large person.
Overall, this is a great car for the money. Don't expect any luxuries and you will not be disappointed, however with a fuel economy range for both town and motorway driving of 31 to 26 mpg, it is a bit thirsty; but none-the-less, the Mitsubishi Lancer is a very good car to drive.