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 (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
Base MSRP$27,665 (est.)
Options on test vehicleRecaro Sport Package ($1,750 est. -- includes Recaro sport bucket front seats, 650-watt (max) Rockford Fosgate Punch premium-sound system with 9 speakers including 10-inch dual-voice coil subwoofer, custom 20-liter sub-enclosure, digital signal processor, speed-compensated volume and equalization, Sirius Satellite Radio with six months prepaid subscription, six-CD/MP3 in-dash changer, and xenon HID headlamps)
As-tested MSRP$29,415 (est.)


Drive typeAll-wheel drive
Engine typeTurbocharged inline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,998/122.4
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC 4 valves per cylinder with variable intake and exhaust valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)9.0:1
Redline (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)237 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)253 @ 3,000
Transmission type6-speed double-clutch automated manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I = 3.665; II = 2.368; III = 1.754; IV = 1.322; V = 0.983; VI = 0.731; R = 4.011; FD = 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 7.0 inches front and rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum alloy
Brakes, front11.6-inch vented discs with two-piston calipers
Brakes, rear11.9-inch discs with single-piston calipers

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.4
0-60 mph (sec.)6.6
0-75 mph (sec.)9.6
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.8 @ 94.6
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.2
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)33
60-0 mph (ft.)128
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)65
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g).81
Sound level @ idle (dB)45
@ Full throttle (dB)76
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)69

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThe Ralliart gives up all its time on the lazy launch. It's probably just as fast as MS3 or WRX from 30-75 mph. In Drive-sport mode, the transmission's auto upshifts are quick and clean without head toss. In Manual-sport, it'll hold gears and run into the rev limiter.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsUnimpressive stopping distances (likely due to unimpressive tires), but pedal feel is very good with easy modulation and impressive fade resistance.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsOn the skid pad, it's easy to drive past the tires' limits where understeer sets in. The Ralliart lacks the Evo's AYC on-throttle steady oversteer attitude here. Good balance, but it doesn't respond as readily to throttle input (tucking the nose in with lift-throttle is delayed) as the Evo. In the slalom, the Ralliart is prone to oversteer in fast transitions. While it doesn't rotate as eagerly as an Evo, the torque distribution to the rear wheels is more obvious with speed. Good balance and controllability here, but the car's limits are determined by low-grip tires. Tarmac mode was more nimble than Gravel that would drift wider past cones.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)88
Wind (mph, direction)2.5W

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)17 city/25 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)18 combined avg. (18.3 best, 15.9 worst)
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)14.5

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,462
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3512
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)59.6/40.4
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 (with opt. subwoofer)
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)60/40 split-fold rear seats std (no volume specified)


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion7 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance5 years/Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard dual front
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsStandard driver side
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsEmergency brake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionNot available
Tire-pressure monitoring systemStandard
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot available
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot available
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot available
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot available
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot available

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