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Auto Review: The 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer SEL

20160320_175152Looking for a stylish sports sedan that won’t break the bank? Well, the 4 cylinder Mitsubishi Lancer is the car for you! Last month, the boychild and I got a chance to spend some time in the 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer SEL. I used the Lancer to do everything from running errands to going on a quick road trip. This was my first time in a Mitsubishi Lancer so I wanted to not only test out its ability to handle the road but I also wanted to see how it handled day to day life. One of my favorite things about the Lancer is the fact that while it’s a compact car it still has enough room for the family. The boychild and I was quite impressed in how well this compact car held up to all of our abuse.

So lets talk about features:

  • Roomy: A compact car that comfortably seats 5 people is always a good thing. The Lancer has plenty of room
  • All Wheel Drive: Living in Chicago, you quickly learn the importance of having AWD. I can’t drive a car if it doesn’t have AWD.
  • Navigation: The easy to use navigation helps you navigate through these city streets effortlessly.
  • Colors: The Lancer comes in a range of cool colors from red to bright blue, you can truly make this vehicle your own.
  • Gas Mileage: The Lancer gets an estimated 23 city miles and 31 highway miles. I drove this car everywhere and didn’t have to fill the gas tank not once.
  • Heated Seats:  No explanation needed, if you are from Chicago because you already know why will need this to get through Chicago’s cold winters.
  • Sound: The six speakers will keep the music pumping no matter where you are going. You guys know I’m all about my sounds.
  • Speed Sensitive Sound Control: This is one of those features you don’t you need until you’ve had a chance to try it. I’ve noticed when driving on the highway the outside noise often drowns out the music but not with the Lancer. The car automatically adjusts the sound.
  • Satellite Radio: Comes with 3 months of complimentary satellite radio.
  • USB ports: Perfect for charging or connecting your devices to the Lancer’s radio. You will learn the importance of having a USB port when your gadgets need a quick boost.


Overall, the Lancer is a fun compact car that handles the road well. With the MSRP starting at a little over 19k, the Lancer is the perfect car for someone who is looking to get a lot of bang for their buck.



About the author

Raijean Stroud

Fashion, beauty & lifestyle blogger based in Chicago and founder of, Swa-Rai Media Group and Bleeding Heart Project. Launched in 2010, Swa-Rai discusses a range of topics including: fashion, beauty and lifestyle experiences which includes travel, tech, family, dining and so much more! When not in Chicago, Raijean can be found traveling around the country covering some of the hottest events! She can be spotted in places such as New York for covering events such as Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week, Las Vegas for CES (Consumer Electronics Show), LA for Lucky FABB and more! When she's not traveling she's in Chicago, interviewing celebrities and covering exclusive events.

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