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2017 Nissan Sentra vs 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer in Joliet, IL

See How the Sentra Raises the Bar 


If you’ve been debating amongst the many compact sedan options on the market, Thomas Nissan of Joliet wants to help you decide. We’ve done the research to show you two different models and how they stack up against each other with this 2017 Nissan Sentra vs 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer in Joliet, IL comparison. Once you’ve seen what the Sentra can accomplish, you won’t want to settle for anything else!

When you are looking for a vehicle that will turn heads on the road and in your driveway, the 2017 Nissan Sentra has a modern design that the 2017 Lancer can’t quite match up to. With its sporty stance, sculpted curves, and large, geometric headlights, the Sentra has a decidedly upscale appeal. While the Lancer does feature some new exterior updates, its slanted headlights and boxy silhouette still feel a bit dated. And, as you’ll note in our next section, these first impressions are telling of what the vehicles are capable of.

Performance is key for many customers, and here you’ll see another area in our 2017 Nissan Sentra vs 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer in Joliet, IL, comparison where the winner is clear. The standard 1.8L 4-cylinder engine in the Sentra offers 130-hp and an impressive 36 MPG hwy1. It comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission, but you do have the option to upgrade to Nissan’s signature Xtronic CTV®, which allows you to get an incredible 38 MPG hwy1. The Lancer’s 2.0L 4-cylinder may be able to crank out a bit more excitement at 148-hp, but you’ll be paying for it at the gas station. It’s standard 5-speed manual transmission only gets 33 MPG hwy2, and at best only gets 34 MPG hwy2 with its CTV-automatic upgrade. 


Both of these sedans feature accommodating interior cabins, but only one offers you a range of standard features. If you opt for the highest trim level, you would expect to rewarded with a host of amenities, but that is not the case in the Lancer. It’s SEL trim doesn’t offer power-adjustable seats, 4G internet, or advanced safety features such as the Blind Spot Monitor3. All of this and more are available or standard on the Sentra SL trim level. You’ll also have superior space to pack gear or supplies from the Hillcrest Shopping Center with the Sentra’s 15.1 cubic ft. of cargo space4, whereas the Lancer only has 12.3 cubic ft.of room in the trunk. 

Now that you’ve heard the benefits, come to Thomas Nissan of Joliet and take the Sentra for a test drive! We hope that this 2017 Nissan Sentra vs 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer in Joliet, IL, comparison has helped to make your decision easier.   

1 2017 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions – use for comparison only.

2 EPA mileage estimate. Actual mileage may vary.

3 Blind Spot Warning is not a substitute for proper lane change procedures. The system will not prevent contact with other vehicles or accidents. It may not detect every vehicle or object around you.

4 Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution. Always secure all cargo.