The body has been re-styled, with a more aggressive fascia and a wedgier profile. The result, sadly, is mixed. It looks really sharp head on, a little dull going away. Overall proportions are balanced, though, so the final result is a plus.
The engine is new, albeit the same displacement as before, but now with a double overhead cam in place of the previous models single, and updated electronics. Horsepower is up by 32, torque by 16 pound-feet of torque (22 and 12, respectively, in states with California emission rules). A Continuously Variable Transmission replaces the predecessors automatic, with a five-speed manual still the standard gearbox.
The 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer has gained weight over the previous model, between 200 and 400 pounds, depending on model and trim. This, together with the more powerful engine, no doubt accounts at least in part to the lower fuel economy ratings for the 2008 model. Lower, also, than most of the competition, some of which better the Lancer by 5 miles per gallon or more in EPA City and Highway estimates.
The JB car pages provide engine and transmission specs, as well as gas mileage and dimensions for all 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer versions. In addition, please find information on the various trims of the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer and their standard equipment and their prices below.