As two of the quickest compact cars on the road, both the 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer and Mazda 3 attract a solid fan base. But these sedans also offer wide-ranging tech and comfort features, perfect for a long commute. Which is right for you, the Lancer of the Mazda 3? Read our comparison guide to get all your facts straight.
2017 Mitsubishi Lancer vs Mazda3
Cabin Space & Comfort: 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer
Inside a Lancer, you'll find excellent seating comfort, with abundant head and leg room in both rows. And, as you climb the Lancer trim levels, you'll find increasing luxury, with extras like leather upholstery and heated front seats to keep you cozy for the long haul.
The Mazda 3 also provides top-of-the-class front-seat comfort, transporting you in style, no matter how long the road trip. The rear seats could use a few extra inches of leg room, but most passengers will be fine back there.
Convenience & Tech: 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer
Your Lancer will keep you connected, no problem. Thanks to its standard USB port, you can even keep devices fully charged on the go. The Fuse infotainment system includes voice controls, giving you the power to operate audio and navigation technology without lifting a finger. This sedan is also big on modern convenience, with features like keyless entry and ignition to help you save time during a hectic day. The 60/40-split rear seatbacks make it easy to transport longer items - say, your IKEA haul or impulse buys from the garage sale down the street.
We like the Mazda 3's sleek touchscreen, which provides quick responses to your input. You can even use a redundant knob controller - not unlike what you'll find in a BMW or Mercedes - for easy access to infotainment features. However, the touchscreen is oddly situated atop the dash, making it a little awkward to view and operate.
Power & Performance: 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer
As one of the fastest vehicles in this segment, the 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer appeals to driving enthusiasts. This compact sedan is also one of the few to offer all-wheel drive, effectively improving performance on slick or icy roads. With the upgraded 2.4-liter engine under the hood, the Lancer zips around corners with enthusiasm and impressive stability. If you stick with the smaller base engine, you'll save money on the cost of a Lancer and earn greater fuel economy to boot, earning up to 27 city/34 highway mpg.
The Mazda 3 was also designed to appeal to drivers who crave sporty steering and sharp handling. It delivers on both fronts, making it fun to drive just about anywhere. However, the Mazda 3 doesn't offer all-wheel drive, which is a drawback for anyone who travels down wet roads on a regular basis.
Learn More about the Mitsubishi Lancer
Both of these compact sedans offer an affordable take on sporty performance and modern comfort. But, overall, the 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer is our favorite. Inside, you'll find classic style and enough legroom for a cabin full of passengers. High-tech features, including Bluetooth and a central infotainment system, keep you connected throughout your travels.