2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2009 Mitsubishi Lancer - Road Test Specs

2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart

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


Model year2009
StyleRalliart 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
Base MSRP$26,690
Options on test vehicleRecaro Sport Package ($2,750 -- includes Recaro front seats, HID headlights, Rockford Fosgate sound, in-dash CD changer and Sirius Satellite Radio); Premium Paint Charge ($150).
As-tested MSRP$30,065


Drive typeAll-wheel drive
Engine typeTurbocharged inline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,998cc (122 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake and exhaust valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)9.0
Redline (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)237 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)253 @ 3,000
Transmission type6-speed dual-clutch 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 Drive = 4.062


Suspension, frontIndependent, MacPherson struts, coil springs, and stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent, multilink, coil springs, semi-trailing arms and stabilizer bar
Steering typeSpeed-sensitive, hydraulic-assist rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.2:1
Tire brandYokohama
Tire modelAdvan A10
Tire typeSummer
Tire size, frontP215/45R18 89W
Tire size, rearP215/45R18 89W
Wheel size18-by-7.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAluminum alloy
Brakes, front11.6-inch ventilated disc with two-piston calipers
Brakes, rear11.9-inch solid disc with single-piston calipers

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)3.6
0-60 mph (sec.)5.8
0-75 mph (sec.)8.7
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.2 @ 94.9
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)5.5
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31
60-0 mph (ft.)127
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)65.6
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.80
Sound level @ idle (dB)47.1
@ Full throttle (dB)75.7
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)69.4

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsUnlike our previous Ralliart test, we whacked both the brake and the throttle pedals, and the results were dramatically faster (and more abusive). Doing so provides a decent launch, and the transmission's Sport Drive mode takes care of the rest with quick, crisp shifts at redline. Too many brake-torque launches will cause the clutches to overheat and triggers a "Slow Down" on the display and simultaneously decouples the clutch.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsWhile pedal feel is excellent, offering good feedback and resistance, there is simply not enough tire grip to slow the car. No bite, no ABS pulse, no slowing when you stand on the pedal. I'd almost give this a "Poor" rating had it not been for the excellent pedal feel.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsSlalom: There's only one way to make a fast pass here, and the choreography that's required is difficult to repeat: Enter with "maintenance throttle," wait for understeer to set in by the fourth or fifth cone, then lift to rotate, then go to wide-open throttle to regain control at the exit. Steering feels great, but the throttle response lags and the tires give up way before the chassis does. Skid pad: Easy to find the tires' limits here with screaming understeer on the limit. The Ralliart is reluctant to tuck the nose in when the throttle is closed, too.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)62.3
Wind (mph, direction)4.0 from the south

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)17 city/25 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)18.7
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)14.5

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,462
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,508
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)60/40
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
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)10.0


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 airbagsNot available
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsDriver only
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionNot 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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