The best choice for the first car the 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer is available with two engine options. Both of them can be mated to either a 5-speed manual transmission or CVT. The third engine is expected later.
nexpensive DE is a base model. Mid-level ES models add ventilated disc brakes, color-keyed door handles, 5-spoke alloy wheels, chrome grille trim, stabilizer bars, a split-folding backseat, steering-wheel audio controls, keyless entry, and air conditioning.
The GTS trim adds a chrome tailpipe tip, a sport-tuned suspension, a Bluetooth interface, rear-seat heaters, cruise control, an upgraded audio system, and automatic climate control. Both ES-Sport and GTS models have the Sun and Sound Package.
Different types of airbags are standard. Hard-drive navigation system and music station are available on all models except DE. All models (but the DE, where it's optional) have standard anti-lock brakes.
Strengths: Mitsubishi Lancer is an attractive choice for a first car buyer. It is also perfect one for students. Eye-catching exterior styling; comfortable front and rear seats; optional navigation system with music station; solid array of airbags as standard; available new upgraded 2.4L engine - all together makes it enjoyable to drive.
Changes: Buying a good first car is a big deal, and the Mitsubishi Lancer is the one of the best option for the first car. Completely redesigned for 2008 the Mitsubishi Lancer now gets available 2.4L engine and new ES-Sport trim. Later in the model year a new Ralliart model (it replaces 2008's Lancer Evolution GSR) will join the lineup
Value: First-time buyers, as well as any other driver, will highly appreciate the comfortable and fashionable Mitsubishi Lancer. Due to its impressive styling Mitsubishi's 2009 Lancer stands out sharply against other compact and subcompact sedans. Full assortment of standard airbags, optional digital music station, and well-designed interior all together make the 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer a good value for the money.
The 2008 Honda Civic is offered in six models: sedan, coupe, Si sedan, Si coupe, Hybrid sedan, and natural-gas GX sedan.
All the Civics have Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure and standard safety features.
The sedan and coupe have a 140-horsepower 1.8 liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine. Both these models are compliant with 50-state ULEV-II emissions regulations. The Si sedan and Si coupe are equipped with 197 horsepower 2.0 liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine mated to a close-ratio, six-speed manual transmission, and a helical-type limited-slip differential.
The substantial improvements of the Si models include wheels and tires, trim panels and bolstered seats, a rear wing spoiler and aerodynamic cladding.
Civic Hybrid and Civic GX are only available as sedans.
Civic GX is a gas-powered car available at Honda dealers in California and New York.
Three trim levels: the DX, the LX, the EX and EX-L provides varied features for sedans and coupes (except the Hybrid and GX)
Strengths: One of the best first-time cars. Impressive styling, safety features, reliability. Hybrid and natural gas-powered GX models present a wide range of green choices.
Changes: The 2006 redesign made some slight alterations: more elegant and sleeker body styling, revised powertrains and other components, but Honda Civic remained rather unchanged. The new EX-L model has leather seat upholstery. The Si Sedan was refined with the Mugen package: a high-performance track-tuned suspension, a revised exhaust system, 18-inch alloy wheels, sporty body style.
Value: Honda Civic Coupe is one of the best first cars for students or teens. Civic has acquired a long-term reputation as a sporty, fun-to-drive and reliable automobile. At a very competitive price you can get a car with standout styling and impressive set of safety features.