2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2002 Mitsubishi Lancer - Road Test Specs

2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Sedan

(2.0L 4-cyl. 4-speed Automatic)


Model year2002
StyleLS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)
Base MSRP$16,442
As-tested MSRP$17,242


Drive typeFWD
Engine typeinline 4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)120 @ 5500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)130 @ 4250
Transmission type4-speed automatic


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearmulti-link
Steering typepower steering
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelEagle RS
Tire size, frontP195/60R15
Tire size, rearP195/60R15
Brakes, frontventilated front disc / rear drum

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)6.4
0-60 mph (sec.)10.5
0-75 mph (sec.)16.3
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)17.8 @ 77.4
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31
60-0 mph (ft.)127
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)62.3
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)33.5
@ Full throttle (dB)75
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)76

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsWith only 120 horsepower and 2,734 pounds to move around, we didn't expect super-quick performance out of the Lancer. Mitsubishi is saving that for the day it imports the Lancer Evolution VII, the rival to Subaru's impressive Impreza WRX. For the LS version of the Lancer that we tested, we generated some rather surprising numbers, but acceleration wasn't one of them. Zero to 60 took more than 10 seconds, and the quarter-mile came closer to 18 seconds than 17. The engine feels peppier than it is. Our best effort was on the fourth run with a brake-torque start and manual shifting of the automatic. With a stall speed of 2,600 rpm and the redline at 6,000, we shifted as close to the 6,300 rpm rev limiter as possible.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsBraking performance was an area that did impress, with little nose dive and short stopping distances from the front disc/rear drum combo. We achieved maximus brakingness on the first run and only added about 5 feet over the next two attempts. Stability was good and our only complaint with the ABS system was the noise it produced while in operation. A high level of buzzing is generated while in ABS mode, something not entirely unexpected in this price range of vehicle, but something we'd rather not have to listen to. Luckily, most of us don't go around engaging the ABS system at every stop, so for many owners, this will not be a major concern.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsThis is one area where we had no idea what to expect. Our LS came equipped with some rather small (by today's standards) 15-inch wheels and tires. And interestingly, the Lancer O-Z Rally edition wheels are the same 15-by-6 size as our LS tester with the exact same-size tires. Despite all-season Goodyear Eagle LS rubber, we turned some very good numbers through the cones. The handling is tight and precise with a solid chassis supporting a well-sorted suspension. You can feel the years of rallying coming through with each turn of the steering wheel. — Neil G. Chirico

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)85
Temperature (°F)71
Wind (mph, direction)0

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)Auto 24/30 Manual /
Edmunds observed (mpg)26
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)13.2

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2734
Length (in.)177.6
Width (in.)66.7
Height (in.)54.9
Wheelbase (in.)102.4
Legroom, front (in.)43.2
Legroom, rear (in.)36.6
Headroom, front (in.)38.8
Headroom, rear (in.)36.7
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)11.3


Bumper-to-bumper3 years / 36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years / 60,000 miles
Corrosion7 years / 100,000 miles
Roadside assistance3 years / 36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNo


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsOptional
Head airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakesOptional
Traction controlN
Stability controlN
NHTSA crash test, driverGood
NHTSA crash test, passengerGood
NHTSA crash test, side frontPoor
NHTSA crash test, side rearGood
NHTSA rollover resistanceGood

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