2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Sedan

Mitsubishi discarded the previous Lancers single-cam four-cylinder engine and replaced it with a twin-cam version using the Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing and lift Electronic

Control (MIVEC) equipment. Displacement remains the same at 2.0 liters, but the new inline-four gains in power and torque. It produces 152 hp at 6000 rpm and 146 lb-ft of torque at 4250 rpm.

Fuel economy figures tally to 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway with the manual transmission, or 20/29 mpg city/highway with the CVT. Crisp new sheet metal shapes set Lancer apart from the bland sameness of other compact imports. Keep in mind that the inspiration for the body shape of Lancer is a sleek shark.

Lines look sharp and the overall style is aggressive, with wheels pinned at corners of the package to balance the stance. Body parts extend only briefly over front and back edges in the manner of racers as the pointed prow and windshield tip rearward to suggest swift movement.