2009 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS 2.4 Sedan Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2009 Mitsubishi Lancer - Road Test Specs

2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Sedan

(2.4L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)


Model year2009
StyleGTS 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
Base MSRP$17,990
Options on test vehicleSun & Sound Package ($1,750, includes power sunroof, 650-watt Rockford Fosgate sound system, Sirius satellite radio and keyless entry and ignition); Navigation Package ($1,800, includes navigation system, 30-gigabyte hard drive and auxiliary video input jack).
As-tested MSRP$22,190


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeInline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,360cc (144cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)10.5
Redline (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)168 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)167 @ 4,100
Transmission type5-speed manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I: 3.538; II: 1.913; III: 1.333; IV: 0.972; V: 0.775


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearMultilink
Steering typePower steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.21:1
Tire brandDunlop
Tire modelSP Sport 5000
Tire typeAll season
Tire size, frontP215/45R18 V
Tire size, rearP215/45R18 V
Wheel size18 front - 18 rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearDisc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5.1
0-60 mph (sec.)7.7
0-75 mph (sec.)11.7
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.8 @ 88.7
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.4
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)29
60-0 mph (ft.)115
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)65.2
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.81
Sound level @ idle (dB)44.5
@ Full throttle (dB)75.0
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)69.9

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration comments Short of the overweight, less-than-direct shifter, this is usual compact car performance: enough power to be useful, but not enough to be fun.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsGood, but no excellent pedal feel combined with shorter-than-average 60-0 distance.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsRespectable feedback through the wheel and seat of the pants. Decent yaw response (rotation) to drop throttle.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1121
Temperature (°F)68
Wind (mph, direction)1.14

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)21 City / 29 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)21.2
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)15.3

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,043
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,073
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)59/41
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.)39.6
Headroom, rear (in.)36.9
Shoulder room, front (in.)54.7
Shoulder room, rear (in.)54.3
Shoulder room, 3rd row (in.)5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)11.6


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 brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlNot Available
Stability controlNot Available
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driver5 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger4 stars
NHTSA crash test, side front5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side rear4 stars
NHTSA rollover resistance4 stars

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