Test Drive: 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback GTS

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Test Drive: 2011 Lancer Sportback GTS

Mitsubishi announced that over the three years, they to axe three of their models: the the Galant, and the Endeavor. Luckily, the was spared. And I couldn#8217;t be happier. The is a brilliant little car.

The Lancer Sportback GTS is different. like a hatch but with a rear end. Clearly, the spent countless hours sculpting the sedan version, massaging its lines; perfecting its

Strangely, the Sportback doesn#8217;t so carefully crafted. It appears to been lazily thrown It looks as if the designer simply a line from the end of the roofline to the tip of the and called it a day#8217;s work. this kind of laziness me up the wall.

But this time, it#8217;s how worked.

The Lancer Sportback is enough looking to make me It#8217;s not pretty, that#8217;s for but it#8217;s unabashedly Japanese. I being able to intuit a country of origin and its heritage by looking at it.

To my surprise, I found the Sportback tester unit was the model with absolutely no Typically automakers want to journalists with bells and Mitsubishi didn#8217;t, I guess.

A manual transmission, cloth power windows, and for whatever hands-free Bluetooth with audio capabilities #8211;all features#8211;were all it had.

At first, I wasn#8217;t a fan. The end wasn#8217;t big enough for my dog, the seemed anemic and whiney, and its is a dreaded front-wheel-drive layout. But by the day, I warmed to the Lancer.

The GTS I drove has the 2.4-liter inline MIVEC motor putting out and 167-footpounds of torque. I found below 3,200-RPM the motor like an average four-cylinder. But 3,500-RPM it came alive. It was quick.

It was as peppy as turbo-charged of the early 2000s. Goose it and it it was very responsive. It was so much I found myself chuckling and it out loud by myself in the car.

I a lot about Bluetooth in my reviews at first, it was a novelty. But now every includes Bluetooth. And once it has become a topic of interest for me.

What fascinates me about technology is that it should be But every automaker has decided to reinvent the wheel. Push-button and voice command that. Few smoothly and some not at all.

It my mind.

To my delight, Mitsubishi has it right. Without a big, satnav screen and without a buttons, Mitsubishi has implemented the phone pairing system on the

Push the voice command on the steering wheel, and a soothing voice calmly outlines options. Push the button speak your command, and the you#8217;ve stopped speaking, the voice recognition system on. Almost instantly the female delivers the next option. It perfectly and the way it ought to work. every time I jumped the car, within a few seconds, it and reconnected with my iPhone4.

It began streaming my iTunes again from where I off without provocation. I was in hog heaven.

I first drive a car, I like to look at the monroni window sticker). I assess a worth or value based its performance, not from what the says it#8217;s worth.

a few days behind the wheel of the Sportback, I pulled the monroni out of the box and gave it a glance. To my shock, the Lancer Sportback has a total of $20,455. #8220;That#8217;s silly I thought. Then I looked at the 60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper, and 100,000-mile

That#8217;s one hell of a value.

The Sportback is so good, so cheap, and a bang for your buck, I can say that it is the only vehicle on the market under $24-thousand for I would actually plunk my hard-earned dollars. It really is I want in a car.

It has distinctive it#8217;s sturdy, its hatch it useful for hauling stuff, and it all that neat-o iPhone stuff that we#8217;re all dependent upon. Plus, got X-factor up the yin-yang and that#8217;s to find under $40-thousand. I am now awaiting the next few years of products. Remember those Mitsubishi models that are sent out to pasture?

New, Lancer-based models replace a couple of those, will make for some fun indeed.

I am now eagerly awaiting the few years of Mitsubishi products. those three Mitsubishi that are being sent out to New, Lancer-based models replace a couple of those, will make for some fun indeed.

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