2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer - Road Test Specs

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Sedan

(2.0L 4-cyl. CVT Automatic)


Model year2008
StyleGTS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
Base MSRP$19,115
As-tested MSRP$22,615


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeInline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1998cc (122 cu-in)
Valvetraindouble overhead camshaft, variable intake/exhaust timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.0
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)152 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)146 @ 4,250
Transmission typeContinuously variable automatic


Suspension, frontIndependent, MacPherson struts, coil springs, and stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent, multilink, coil springs, and stabilizer bar
Steering typeHydraulic-assist power steering
Tire brandDunlop
Tire modelSP Sport 5000M (M+S)
Tire typeall season
Tire size, frontP215/45R18 89V
Tire size, rearP215/45R18 89V
Wheel materialalloy
Brakes, frontFront ventilated disc - rear disc
Brakes, reardisc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5.9
0-60 mph (sec.)9.1
0-75 mph (sec.)13.5
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.9 @ 83.8
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)28
60-0 mph (ft.)118
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)65.5
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.86
Sound level @ idle (dB)43.3
@ Full throttle (dB)78.6
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)67.2

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsWe learned to manipulate the CVT to extract what little power the engine offers by first engaging the manual mode until the engine reached redline (at about 45 mph), then popped it over into "Drive" to take advantage of the CVT's ability to maintain near-redline for the remainder of the acceleration run. This is because the CVT's manual mode uses more advantageous gearing (from a standstill) than Drive does. Left in Drive, the engine doesn't reach redline until almost 75 mph, and all acceleration times increase by at least one second across the board. We "gamed" it in a way most people never would. This engine revs smoothly, but sounds positively horrible and all the racket comes through the firewall.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsThe ABS makes a noticeable buzz, but the pedal stays firm and the body motions are well controlled. Virtually no brake fade even after five consecutive stops from 60 mph.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsSkid pad: Initially, the GTS exhibits good cornering balance, but as the front tires heat up, it begins to drift into relentless understeer. Slalom: On the other hand, in the slalom, as the rear tires heat up, the car begins to oversteer. Combined, these two traits reveal how fundamentally well-balanced the car is. Better (not all-season) tires would help a bunch here. There's quite a lot of suspension travel, but it's controlled reasonably well to soak up irregularities in the pavement. The steering is neither too quick nor too slow, but lacks tactile communication/feedback.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1121
Temperature (°F)65.3
Wind (mph, direction)1

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)22 City / 29 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)24 combined (28 best / 18 worst)
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)15.3

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,109 mfr (3,126 as tested)
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3126
Length (in.)180.0
Width (in.)69.4
Height (in.)58.7
Wheelbase (in.)103.7
Track, front (in.)60.2
Track, rear (in.)60.2
Turning circle (ft.)32.8
Legroom, front (in.)42.2
Legroom, rear (in.)36.1
Headroom, front (in.)38.5
Headroom, rear (in.)36.9
Shoulder room, front (in.)54.7
Shoulder room, rear (in.)54.3
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)11.6
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)Rear seats do fold down, but volume is not specified.


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 dual front, driver's knee
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsdriver only
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlNot available
Stability controlNot available
Rollover protectionNot available
Tire-pressure monitoring systemtire pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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