North Georgia Ford Compares 2017 Ford Fiesta VS 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer Near Ellijay, GA

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2017 Ford Fiesta

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2017 Mitsubishi Lancer

Safety Comparison

The Fiesta’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver’s blind spots. The Lancer doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

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 (except S) offers optional SYNC, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn 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, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

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

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Fiesta is safer than the Mitsubishi Lancer:







5 Stars

5 Stars




Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

246 lbs.

349 lbs.

Neck Compression

45 lbs.

77 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

415/349 lbs.

422/426 lbs.




4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

156 lbs.

210 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Fiesta is safer than the Mitsubishi Lancer:





5 Stars

4 Stars


Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars





Rear Seat


5 Stars

3 Stars




Hip Force

900 lbs.

947 lbs.


Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

15 inches




Hip Force

717 lbs.

788 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

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

There are almost 11 times as many Ford dealers as there are Mitsubishi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Fiesta’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fiesta SFE 3 cyl. Manual gets better fuel mileage than the Lancer Manual with its standard engine FWD (31 city/41 hwy vs. 24 city/33 hwy).

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







1.6 4 cyl./5-spd. Manual

27 city/35 hwy

24 city/33 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Manual


1.6 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

27 city/37 hwy

27 city/34 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

The Fiesta has a standard cap-less 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 cap-less fueling system.

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 500 pounds less than the Mitsubishi Lancer.

The Fiesta Sedan is 8.6 inches shorter than the Lancer, 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.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Fiesta Sedan has 1.3 inches more front legroom and .2 inches more rear headroom than the Lancer.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

The Fiesta Five-Door Hatchback has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Lancer (14.9 vs. 12.3 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The engine computer on the Fiesta automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The Lancer’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Fiesta has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Lancer doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The power windows standard on both the Fiesta and the Lancer have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Fiesta is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Lancer prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Fiesta’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Lancer doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Lancer’s power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The Fiesta’s standard power locks automatically lock the doors when a certain speed is reached. This is an important feature for occupant safety. Locked doors are proven to open less often in collisions, and they are also effective in preventing crime at traffic lights. (The power lock’s automatic feature may have to be activated by your dealer.)

Intelligent Access Key standard on the Fiesta Titanium allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Mitsubishi Lancer’s available FAST-Key doesn’t unlock the trunk.

Standard SYNC AppLink for the Fiesta allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, searching the internet, following twitter accounts and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Lancer doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Fiesta owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Fiesta will cost $1500 to $2810 less than the Lancer over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fiesta is less expensive to operate than the Lancer because typical repairs cost much less on the Fiesta than the Lancer, including $248 less for a water pump, $57 less for front brake pads, $416 less for a starter, $249 less for fuel injection, $114 less for a fuel pump, $174 less for front struts, $236 less for a timing belt/chain and $657 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Fiesta will be $4312 to $4819 less than for the Mitsubishi Lancer.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Fiesta third among small cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Lancer isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Ford Fiesta outsold the Mitsubishi Lancer by over three to one during the 2016 model year.

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