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To come in at under $14,000, the base Lancer DE forgoes some important equipment like air conditioning and antilock brakes; both are part of a $1,100 option package. The DE does come with power windows, an auto-theft engine immobilizer and a knee airbag.

The ES is the next level, starting at $15,990 with a manual transmission and adding A/C, 16-inch alloy wheels, split-folding rear seats, remote entry and ABS.

At $17,490, the GTS is the top trim. It adds a sportier suspension setup and huge, 18-inch alloy wheels. The disc brakes are also larger on the GTS, and there's a body kit and rear spoiler to add to the sports car look.

My tester had the optional Sun & Sound package, which added a sunroof and a 650-watt Rockford-Fosgate six-CD sound system with a subwoofer for $1,500. It's not an insignificant price, but the stereo isn't one of those "I could build a better one myself for the money" affairs. I tested a number of CDs on it, and the bass from the sub perfectly matched whatever I was listening to. It never distorted the sound, even during bass-heavy hip-hop selections. Rock fans will be just as happy, as the mid-ranges hold their own with the bass. Clarity was also superb. It will bring the price right up to $20,000, but it's an option that's hard to pass up if you're already thinking about the GTS.

There's also a $2,000 Navigation & Technology package that includes a 30GB hard drive navigation system that can also play digital music. The price tag is an additional $2,000. Leather seating surfaces aren't offered on any trim level.

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    The front airbags and driver’s knee airbag ARE NOT DESIGNED TO DEPLOY when…
    The front airbags and driver’s knee airbag are not designed to deploy in conditions where they cannot typically provide protection to the occupant. Such conditions are shown in the illustration. ...

    Shifting using the shift paddles
    Selecting manual shifting While the vehicle is stopped or being driven with the gearshift lever in the “D” (DRIVE) position, manual shifting can be selected by pulling one of the shift paddle ...

    Selector lever position display screen (vehicles with CVT)/ Gearshift lever position display screen (vehicles with Twin Clutch SST)
    Shows the position of the selector lever or gearshift lever. Refer to “Selector lever operation”. Refer to “Gearshift lever position display”. ...