2013 Mitsubishi Lancer GT AWC – Looks good either way!

For 2013, the Mitsubishi Lancer continues as a fine, good looking, and four-door sedan with sporting pretensions. This compact car comes as a well-equipped basic model and as you move through the range you gains equipment such as air conditioning, remote keyless entry, split-folding rear seat backs, and cruise control. Engines also get more powerful and you get more performance enhancing features such 4-wheel disc brakes and all-wheel drive.

More upmarket features such as automatic climate control, keyless entry with pushbutton engine start, USB port, Bluetooth wireless cell-phone link, and a sport suspension also add to the mix.
Depending on trim level, options can include Mitsubishi’s Fuse infotainment system, a sunroof, leather upholstery, heated front seats, high-power audio system, navigation system, rearview camera, and rear-obstacle detection.

The ultimate Lancer is the almost race-car spec of the high performance Ralliart version with a high-output turbocharged engine, specific transmission, all-wheel drive, limited-slip differential, and satellite radio.

Our tester was the GT AWC version with its hungry aggressive grille, front and rear air dams, big shouldered stance and big rear wing trunk spoiler. The GT AWC also adds color-keyed folding power side-view mirrors, color-keyed outer door handles, lower side air dams and 16-inch alloy wheels for that extra cool and performance factor. Updates include a more powerful engine in two versions, a 2.0 and 2.4 liter four cylinder featuring the innovative Valve-timing Electronic Control system (MIVEC) uprating the 2.4 liters output to 168 horsepower and 167 lb-ft of torque, Transmission is either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic CVT Transmission with Sportronic Paddle Shifters.” As standard on our GT model was ‘4 wheel disc brakes with ABS, brake distribution and brake assist safety systems, front MacPherson struts, ­front & rear stabilizer bar and electronically controlled 4wd system.

Comfort and convenience features included automatic climate control ,l heated front seats, steering wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls, leather-wrapped steering wheel, color multi-information display, Rockford Fosgate stereo with 9 speakers including rear trunk mounted 10″ subwoofer , am/fm/-disc in-dash changer, digital signal processing, speed, Sirius satellite radio months complimentary service, Bluetooth@ 2.0 USB input, ­tilt/height adjust. steering wheel and 6-way adjustable driver seat.

Also in the mix was fast-key keyless entry & ignition , power central door locks with keyless entry, power windows, a height-adjustable steering column, a 60/40 split folding high-back rear bench, rear centre armrest with cup holders, auto-off halogen headlights, fog lights, If you like plush…the Sun and Sound Leather Package” offers a leather interior. powered sunroof and uprates the audio system to a 650-watt Rockford-Fosgate Punch system boasting nine speakers including a 10-inch subwoofer, One also gains in this package the cool and handy FAST-key (Free-hand Advanced Security Transmitter key fob that allows you to keep your keys in your purse or pocket upon entry and one doesn’t need a key to start the ignition. Interior ergonomics are good with everything where it should be. The dash is a bit stark however with dull looking interior plastics that could be of a more upmarket design.

On the road the GT AWD is a very pleasant, fast, superb handling car. The Lancers sport-tuned front Macpherson strut and rear multi-link setup provides excellent handling and a comfortable ride with just enough sport to keep you entertained.

The rally derived dour wheel drive system is excellent providing superb traction and lots of confidence in adverse weather on rough roads. The steering is firm direct and allows for copious amounts of road feel. The brakes are also good with well- modulated stopping through the ABS-equipped four-wheel disc setup. Gear shifts are also precise and fast enough for all drivers if you opt for the manual transmission. The Canadian EnerGuide fuel economy ratings allows the 2.0-litre engine- 9.7 L/100 km in the city and 7.0 on the highway while Mitsubishi rates the 2.4-litre engine with the auto box at 9.2 L/100 km in the city and 6.9 on the highway I like the firm, sporty body hugging front seats and the usable fairly spacious back seat cabin and rear trunk.

Dislikes? Not too many- the harsh interior plastics could be higher grade and that is about it. Buying the Lancer almost becomes a no-brainer with its distinctive looks, a great engine and that amazing ten-year power train warranty.

To sum up the Lancer GT has more charm, style and presence that its rivals from Toyota and Honda and is worth looking into if you seek a more stylish, individual fast, fun to drive, fuel efficient sporty family car .Add the class leading 10 -year powertrain warrantee and the 5-year new vehicle warrantee and it is hard to overlook. This is in fact one of my favourite cars to drive. Auto review by Veeno Dewan

2013 Mitsu bishi Lancer GT AWC Base price: $27,998/$27,998