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IMO, it's no contest - the Lancer is a good enough basis to build the world-renowned Evo - in Europe the Cruze flopped because it's down in the budget sector but priced as mainstream.

But this is GMI so all the fanboys will tell you just how fantastic Cruze is.
 

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You definitely test drive both, but from my experience the Cruze is a better choice. I had the opportunity to rent a Lancer when the truck I used to own was in the shop. I was shocked at how cheap the car was. I actually own a Cruze now and it's been great. No issues at all. I have keyless entry/start, so my car wasn't involved in the recall mess.
 

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Having driven both, I can tell you the Cruze is a lot quieter and gets better gas mileage by far( if that matters to you). When talking performance upgrades, it all depends on how much you want to spend, but the cruze has a turbo that can be easily upgraded and the Lancer will require some type of bolt on(more expensive).
 

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If you don't need AWD, the Cruze is the better choice. It feels solid, stable, quiet inside, and more refined. It actually feels like a class above the other compacts(not counting Focus or new Mazda 3).

Also, the Lancer has a CVT if you are going with the auto and the reliability on those is a bit murky.

In the end is all about personal preference. Drive both(make sure the Cruze is the 1.4 Turbo) and the one that's speaks to you is the winner.

The 2.0 Diesel in the Cruze sound like fun for Mods too.
 

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IMO, it's no contest - the Lancer is a good enough basis to build the world-renowned Evo - in Europe the Cruze flopped because it's down in the budget sector but priced as mainstream.

But this is GMI so all the fanboys will tell you just how fantastic Cruze is.
Dude seriously, what are you doing here?
 

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Don't know about where you are, but in America you should never buy a new Mitsubishi. Used ones are dirt cheap.
I've owned a couple. The car will probably fall apart around the powertrain.
 

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Trying to remind you that GM is a global company and GMI is an international forum.

I've been hearing for years how "good" these Chevrolets are - then they send us some to try - and we find they aren't!
Yes and Yes.

Still confused why are you in GMI. To troll? I don't like Hondas so you won't see me at a Honda forum. You clearly don't like anything GM, so why are you here? Wouldn't you be better at a VW forum or Hyundai Forum? I know I can speak for a lot of us that you would be doing this Forum a great favor. Think about it, champ.
 

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Yes and Yes.

Still confused why are you in GMI. To troll? I don't like Hondas so you won't see me at a Honda forum. You clearly don't like anything GM, so why are you here? Wouldn't you be better at a VW forum or Hyundai Forum? I know I can speak for a lot of us that you would be doing this Forum a great favor. Think about it, champ.
Having owned GM cars (Vauxhalls) for half a long lifetime, I still have some allegiance to the brand - and if they build the right car for me, I'd be back.

My apologies if my stating the "perfectly bleedin' obvious" about GM's international lack of ability it hitting some raw nerves.

Pretending life is all rosey won't keep GM in business.
 

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Having owned GM cars (Vauxhalls) for half a long lifetime, I still have some allegiance to the brand - and if they build the right car for me, I'd be back.

My apologies if my stating the "perfectly bleedin' obvious" about GM's international lack of ability it hitting some raw nerves.


Pretending life is all rosey won't keep GM in business.
Last time a saw news about Opel/ Vauxhall, they were doing quite well and improving their image. US and China sales are excellent so yes, GM will be here for a long long time. They might not be perfect, but GM makes great cars. And apparently a lot of people agree.

Like I said, think about it.
 

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By all accounts the Cruze is at the very least a comfortable, roomy, well-built and reliable car. Someone shopping a Cruze is probably looking for at least a few of those factors. I don't know much about the Lancer, but you really can't go wrong with a Cruze as a daily driver.

Do you like the Focus? The one pretty constant thing I hear is about how excellent the Focus' handling is and has been since the day it was introduced. It's certainly not as roomy as the Cruze, but if you're looking for an entertaining drive, might be an option?
 

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You guys are being too harsh on Rupert

Yes he can be annoying and I don't agree that the Lancer is a better car than the Cruze available in Australia , not sure about the one available in the U.S but it shares more with the Aussie version than the Korean built cars they sell in Europe , which is where the OP is incidentally

He cant buy a 1.4 turbo or the 1.6 turbo available in Aus so only gets the Diesel (not the one sold in the U.S either) or the weazy 1.hate

Think about other options and the price you are willing to pay for a car and ask yourself if you'd rather have the 2.o litre in the Lancer
 
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