Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2006 Mitsubishi LANCER VS 2006 Subaru Impreza Near Phoenix, AZ

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2006 Mitsubishi LANCER

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2006 Subaru Impreza

Safety Comparison

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Both the Lancer and the Impreza have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, available front seat side-impact airbags and four wheel antilock brakes.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new cars. In this test, results indicate that the Mitsubishi Lancer is safer than the Impreza:

Lancer

Impreza

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Head Injury Index

418

479

Chest forces

41 g’s

44 g’s

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Head Injury Index

273

553

More stars indicate a better overall result. Lower numbers indicate better individual test results.

Warranty Comparison

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The Lancer comes with a full 5 year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Impreza’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Mitsubishi’s powertrain warranty covers the Lancer 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Subaru covers the Impreza. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years and 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Impreza ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Lancer’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Impreza’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability Comparison

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The Mitsubishi Lancer’s engines use a cast iron block for durability, while the Impreza’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2005 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mitsubishi vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mitsubishi 21st in initial quality. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 28th.

Engine Comparison

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As tested in Motor Trend the Lancer Ralliart 2.4 4 cyl. (Ralliart) is faster than the Subaru Impreza (manual transmissions tested):

Lancer

Impreza

Zero to 30 MPH

1.9 sec

2.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.9 sec

8.3 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

12.1 sec

14.1 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.4 MPH

84.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Lancer gets better fuel mileage than the Impreza:

Lancer

Impreza

4 cyl./Manual

27 city/34 hwy

22 city/29 hwy

4 cyl. (Ralliart)/Manual

23 city/29 hwy

n/a

4 cyl./Auto

25 city/31 hwy

23 city/28 hwy

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The Lancer with optional antilock brakes stops shorter than the Impreza with antilock brakes:

Lancer

Impreza

70 to 0 MPH

184 feet

189 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The Lancer Ralliart’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) which provides a stiffer sidewall than the Impreza’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Lancer’s wheelbase is 3 inches longer than on the Impreza (102.4 vs. 99.4 inches).

The Lancer Ralliart handles at .82 G’s, while the Impreza 2.5i Sedan pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Lancer Ralliart goes through Motor Trend’s slalom 3.1 MPH faster than the Impreza 2.5i Sedan (65 vs. 61.9 MPH).

Chassis Comparison

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The Mitsubishi Lancer may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 250 pounds less than the Subaru Impreza.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Lancer has liquid-filled engine mounts. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Impreza uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Lancer O-Z Rally is quieter than the Impreza 2.5i Sedan:

Lancer

Impreza

At idle

39 dB

45 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

72 dB

70 MPH Coasting

68 dB

72 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Lancer is rated a Compact car by the EPA, while the Impreza Sedan is rated a Subcompact.

The Lancer has 6.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Impreza Sedan (93.9 vs. 87.6).

The Lancer has .2 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom, 1.4 inches more front shoulder room, 3.6 inches more rear legroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Impreza Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Lancer has a larger trunk than the Impreza Sedan (11.3 vs. 11 cubic feet).

The Lancer’s optional rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Impreza Sedan doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Lancer has standard lighted power window switches so that they are easily found at night. The Impreza doesn’t have lighted switches.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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The Lancer is less expensive to operate than the Impreza because it costs $185 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Lancer than the Impreza, including $180 less for an alternator, $6 less for front brake pads, $98 less for a starter, $56 less for fuel injection and $12 less for front struts.

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