2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Ralliart Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback - Road Test Specs

2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Ralliart Hatchback

(2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo AWD 6-speed Automated Manual)


Model year2010
ModelLancer Sportback
StyleRalliart 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
Base MSRP$28,310
Options on test vehicleNone.
As-tested MSRP$28,310


Drive typeAll-wheel drive
Engine typeInline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,998cc (122 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)9.0
Redline (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)237 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)253 @ 2,500
Transmission typeSix-speed automated manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I: 3.655; II: 2.368; III: 1.754; IV: 1.322; V: 0.983; VI: 0.731; R: 4.011; Final: 4.062


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearMultilink
Steering typePower steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.21
Tire brandYokohama
Tire modelAdvan A10
Tire typePerformance
Tire size, front215/45R18 W
Tire size, rear215/45R18 W
Wheel size18-by-7.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearDisc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)3.9
0-60 mph (sec.)6.1
0-75 mph (sec.)9.0
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.4 @ 95.0
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)5.8
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)33
60-0 mph (ft.)129
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)63.2
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.79
Sound level @ idle (dB)45.4
@ Full throttle (dB)78.7
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)70.9

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThere's a dramatic difference between default drive and wooding it versus raising the revs with your foot on the brake in Sport Drive (about 0.7 second to 60 mph). That said, it's a rather uneventful ride with very quick, slightly harsh shifts.
Braking ratingPoor
Braking commentsStarted mediocre and got worse from there in terms of distances. It's a shame, really, because the pedal feel is quite good. Easy to modulate with linear progression -- but 10 feet between first and second stop! Yikes!
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsSlalom: Just like the Ralliart sedan, this car feels more capable than it truly is. I kept trying to make it go faster than the tires and suspension would allow. Dropping my entry speed, then gradually feeding throttle worked. Also, the fact that the stability on and off speeds were virtually identical means it has quite low limits -- easily reined in with ASR. Skid pad: I was hoping the Ralliart would be more receptive to throttle input/output on the skid pad. Truth is, it's only slightly biased to oversteer when ASR is off and you "overdrive" it. Squealing tires are a giveaway of its less-than-Evo status.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)82.25
Wind (mph, direction)2.1

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)17 city/25 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)16.8
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)14.5

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,572
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,584
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)58.4/41.6
Length (in.)180.4
Width (in.)69.4
Height (in.)59.7
Wheelbase (in.)103.7
Track, front (in.)60.2
Track, rear (in.)60.2
Turning circle (ft.)32.8
Legroom, front (in.)42.3
Legroom, rear (in.)35.9
Headroom, front (in.)39.6
Headroom, rear (in.)36.8
Shoulder room, front (in.)54.7
Shoulder room, rear (in.)54.3
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)13.8
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)46.6


Bumper-to-bumper5 years/60,000 miles
Powertrain10 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion7 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance5 years/Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsDriver only
Antilock brakesFour-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driver5 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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