It is still used in various forms by all three companies.
In Mitsu form, it develops 168 hp at a low 6,000 rpm and 167 pounds of twist at an even lower 4,100 rpm.
Overall in varied driving the Lancer averaged between 26-29 mpg with almost no time on the highway.
But once on a level highway at 70 mph it averaged between 34 and 35 mpg, about one mpg better than the GT.
Zero-60 mph stopped the watch at 7.61 seconds, with commensurate passing times of 4.61 and 7.27 seconds in 50-70 mph simulated passing times on level ground and up a 6 percent grade.
The Lancer GT times were 7.54, 4.37 and 6.12 seconds respectively.
An original BMW 5 series sedan had an inch shorter wheelbase and was only an inch longer.
Now, the current 5 Series rides on a 117-inch wheelbase and is 193 inches long.
Fuel capacity is a large 14.5 gallons for a compact.
As with the GT, the Lancer makes enough power to induce torque steer at low speeds, but with the AWC in AWD, there is none.
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But fuel economy, which by the EPA ratings, says that the AWC model will pay a 1 mpg penalty, did not materialize.