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Reliable and Utilitarian
2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Ralliart
By Alain Gayot

In short: Sport and utility at a fair price.

Mitsubishis are simply great reliable cars. If you are looking for an entry vehicle with a little something extra, or you don’t want to spend too much on an SUV due to wasted space and gas, you might want to consider this option at under $20,000. Sure it won’t get the trophy at the Concours, but some of the trim elements make this otherwise plain wagon hip and sporty.

The lines flow evenly from the aerodynamic front to the utilitarian rear door. This is the perfect car for errands, light construction work or hauling around sports equipment without breaking the bank.

This all-Japanese product comes fully loaded with an array of features not necessarily found in comparably-priced vehicles on the market. We are thinking along the lines of dual front and side air bags, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, eight-way adjustable driver seat, auto-off headlamps etc….

Warranty/Service: Four-year/50,000 mile limited warranty, four-year/50,000 mile no charge scheduled maintenance, 12-year limited warranty against corrosion perforation.

Price as tested: $19,792

Technical Specifications

Performance Data

- 2.4 liter SOHC MPI MIVEC

4-speed Electronically Controlled Automatic

Dual Front & Side Airbags; Front and Rear Crumple Zones, Impact Absorbing Foam Blocks in Doors, Reinforced Passenger Safety Cage, 3-Point Safety Belts, Front Seatbelt Pretensioners

Top Speed: 130 mph

Acceleration: 0-60 in 8.0 sec.

60-0 braking distance: 135 ft., 4-Wheel Disc Anti-Lock Braking System with EBD

Fuel Economy:
22 city / 28 highway

Sport-Tune Suspension, Front Strut Tower Brace, Front & Rear Stabilizer Bar, 16-inch Alloy Wheels, All Season Tires

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