Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2011 Ford Fiesta VS 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Near Peoria, AZ

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2011 Ford Fiesta

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2011 Mitsubishi Lancer

Safety Comparison

To prevent wheelspin and loss of control under poor traction conditions, full range traction control is standard on the Ford Fiesta. The Mitsubishi Lancer doesn’t offer traction control.

Compared to metal, the Fiesta’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Mitsubishi Lancer has a metal gas tank.

The Fiesta offers optional 911 Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Lancer doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies.

Both the Fiesta and the Lancer have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four wheel antilock brakes and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

For its top level performance in frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard AdvanceTrac™, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Fiesta Sedan as a “Top Pick” for 2010, a rating only granted to 55 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Lancer was not a “Top Pick.”

Warranty Comparison

The Fiesta’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Lancer’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

There are almost 7 times as many Ford dealers as there are Mitsubishi dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Fiesta’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2010 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 53 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 32nd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of the owners of three-year-old cars provide the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 61 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 31st.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fiesta gets better fuel mileage than the Lancer:



1.6 4 cyl./Manual

28 city/37 hwy

24 city/33 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Manual


24 city/32 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Manual


22 city/31 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Manual

1.6 4 cyl./6-spd Auto

29 city/40 hwy

25 city/33 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./CVT


25 city/32 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./CVT


23 city/30 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./CVT


23 city/29 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./CVT

The Fiesta has a standard capless fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation which causes pollution. The Lancer doesn’t offer a capless fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Fiesta stops much shorter than the Lancer:



80 to 0 MPH

138 feet

226 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

177 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

126 feet

Road & Track

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Fiesta has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Lancer doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Fiesta’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Lancer doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Fiesta may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 550 pounds less than the Mitsubishi Lancer.

The Fiesta Sedan is 6.4 inches shorter than the Lancer Sedan, making the Fiesta easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

For excellent aerodynamics, the Fiesta has standard flush composite headlights. The Lancer has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Fiesta Sedan has a larger trunk than the Lancer Sedan (12.8 vs. 12.3 cubic feet).

The Fiesta’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Lancer DE doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

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