Should I Buy a 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer?

Gabriela is considering buying a new 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer.

Should I Buy a 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer? We reckon Gabriela should check out the Volkswagen Golf before buying a Lancer.

Hi Behind the Wheel, I am in the market for a small car. My dad loves Mitsubishi cars and wants me to get a new Lancer.

I went and checked it out and it seems really well optioned and affordable, but the Lancer feels really old and I don’t like the styling.

What else could/should I look at?

Hi Gabriela, thanks for your email via our Contact page. Yes, the Mitsubishi Lancer, despite getting a cosmetic and features update/upgrade for 2016, is anything but a fresh new model.

The current Lancer platform has proven to be a very good car for Mitsubishi, though it is well and truly at the end of its life.

Fortunately, if you decide to go against Dad there’s an array of quality small cars available that are more modern, potentially safer and a whole lot more stylish.

We recommend, in no particular order, that you test-drive these small car models before making your decision (click for our most recent review of each):

All of those models are around the same size as the Lancer and come with five-star safety ratings. You also get, in the case of the Kia and Hyundai, longer warranties too.

We would love to know which way you end up going.

Got a question or comment for us? Get us via our Contact page or email [email protected].

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Kate Richards

Kate has always had an interest in writing and cars and now as a key member of the Behind the Wheel website team she gets to spend her days consumed by both. Aside from being a contributor and an editor at Behind the Wheel, Kate enjoys driving her Lancer EVO and walking her beloved dog, Max!