The Lancer is available in three front-wheel drive trim levels - DE, ES and GTS - and one all-wheel drive Ralliart trim. The DE and ES are equipped with a 152-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, while the GTS gets a more powerful 168-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine; a five-speed manual transmission is standard, and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional. The Ralliart boasts a 237-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, paired to a six-speed Twin-Clutch Sportronic Shift transmission (TC-SST) with paddle shifters. Building on the value-oriented DE trim, the ES is equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels, a 60/40 split folding rear seat, air conditioning, cruise control and an auxiliary audio input jack; GTS trims are further outfitted with a rear wing spoiler, fog lights, sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control and Bluetooth wireless connectivity. The Ralliart gets an even more exclusive treatment, showcasing unique exterior and interior trim elements, as well as a FAST-key passive entry system. Standard safety features on every Lancer include stability and traction control systems, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes and a tire pressure monitor, along with front, front side-impact, overhead curtain and driver's side knee airbags.
For 2010, the Mitsubishi Lancer gets refreshed exterior and interior styling, as well as enhanced standard equipment, with all trim levels now featuring anti-lock brakes and stability and traction control systems. Additionally, the ES-Sport has been dropped from the lineup.