By Staff Contributor.
The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Sedan starts at only $15,995 and gets 26 city and 34 highway MPG and the Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback MSRP starts at $18,495 and gets on average 24 city 32 highway MPG. So with only a $2500 difference in price and the extra MPG that the Sedan gets, lets take a look and see which vehicle is the AutoComparison choice and why.
The Mitsubishi Lancer Sedan allows you to choose sporty fuel-efficient MIVEC engines, sport-tuned suspensions or the All-Wheel Control (AWC). The rear wind/lip spoiler, chrome grille, fog lights help make it look a bit more sporty, color LCD display and like the Sportback it has the power glass sunroof fast key passive entry system and heated leather seats, handsfree calling, intelligent navigation system, Rockford Fosgate audio system with nine speakers and the 7” LCD touchscreen.
The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback give you a choice of sporty MIVEC engines, with the rally-inspired suspension and up to 52.7 cubic feet cargo and also seats five.
Mitsubishi believes it has a “distinctive European styling” with its sport grille, power glass sunroof and Thule roof rack. The AutoComparison team mostly enjoyed the comfort features like the fast key system that allows you to unlock your car and drive away without having to get your key out of your purse. Along with the heated leather seats, 7” LCD touchscreen, Diamond Lane Guidance system, of course being able to use the power of Bluetooth for voice control hands free safety and most of all the cargo room of 52.7 cubit feet with 60/40 fold rear seats. Lets not forget the dual level cargo floor that can drop an extra three inches so every thing fits.
Lets talk safety they both have some of our favorite features ABS, rearview camera, seven airbag system, child safety seat LATCH system with its IIHS “Top Safety Pick” rating and it has the 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper new car warranty.
So really the difference is minimal when you talk pricing; the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Sedan does cost a little less and gets a few more MPG, but we pick the Sportback for the massive 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space as the Sedan has significantly less cargo space for all our gear or shopping bags.
(Note: All vehicles provided by manufacturers for comparison test purposes. Photos provided by Mitsubishi.)