2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR 4-door Sedan – Final Edition (1136)

Overview:

This is the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR 4-Door Sedan. It’s always sad when a brand is gone, but models are sold at the pleasure of the consumer. Sometimes the market isn’t broad enough to justify the model. A lot of devoted hearts will be crying because those who loved this high performance sports sedan and latched onto it won’t see it after this 2015 year model. The market segment, in my opinion, appealed to youthful drivers probably more than middle to late year adults. It was the youth who would ooh and aah over the Evo’s I have tested over the years.

The first generation was in 1992 and it was intended to be marketed only in Japan originally. Mitsubishi decided, however, to export the eighth generation Evolution to the United States in 2003 after witnessing the success Subaru had in that market with their long-time direct rival, the Subaru WRX.

When GM dropped the Oldsmobile and the Pontiac it was a heart breaker for many. I’m sure the reason that it was a difficult business decision for GM, and it ended a brand that was a century old. I’m sure when I’m 100 folks will want to get rid of me too.

Although the Evo, as a high performance car that is ‘fast and furious’, it isn’t as comfy as most would prefer. How else can you explain how smooth and quiet sells so well!

General Information: It is assembled in Kurishiki, Japan Parts – US/Canadian 0%, Japan 96%; Engine and transmission – Japan; Classification is Compact Cars. Cars from Mitsubishi: iMiEV, Lancer, Mirage, Outlander and Outlander Sport.

Handling & Performance:

All Evo’s use two litre, turbocharged engines and all-wheel drive systems. That spells performance in my book. No question they have provided a thrill a minute for drivers who have a need for speed.

Styling:

It has matured over the years and this Evo has become more sophisticated and pretty.

Fit and Finish:

Good.

Cost:

It is expensive but not so much if performance is your goal.

Conveniences and comfort:

It is well appointed with most of the safety driving features but is not as comfortable as I look for in a car. The features I missed on this car was Blind Spot Warning and Adaptive or smart cruise control.

Consumer Recommendations:

This may be a good investment if it becomes a classic in 25 years and if you have the time and patience to wait that long.

Recognized Competition:

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR $35,000, Subaru WRX $35,000, Audi A3 $36,000, Acura ILX $33,000, Cadillac ATS $42,000, Mercedes Benz C-Class $39,000, Volvo S60 $36,000. Averageprice of all is $36,571.

Good News:

Special high performance sport sedan and that’s one reason why pricing is as high as it is.

Bad News:

High road and engine noise level, stiff suspension may be a problem for some, touchy steering, runs at high rpm’s ( 3500 at 72 mph in 5th gear).

Standard Equipment:

2.0 liter Turbo 4-cylinder engine, all wheel control, active Yaw Control, fog lights, aluminum fenders and roof panel,large rear spoiler, heated mirrors, intermittent wipers and washers, 18” alloy wheels with performance tires, 6-way driver & 4-way passenger manual adjustable seats, climate control, tilt leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, aluminum sport pedals,  remote fuel door and trunk release, 6.1″ AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with 6 speakers, SiriusXM satellite radio, FUSE Hands free link system with Bluetooth, USB port and steering wheel controls for cruise and audio, keyless entry system with panic feature, power windows and locks,12 volt accessory outlet, center console box with armrest, rear armrest with cupholders, sport ABS Brembo high performance brake system with brakeforce distribution, stabiltiy control, traction control, tire pressure monitor, front and rear side curtain airbags, front seat mounted side airbags, driver knee airbag, dual front airbags, LATCH child safety seat anchors and upper tethers, child safety rear door locks, anti-theft security alarm system and engine immobilizer.

Gas Stats:

$2.79 Gal avg. April 9, 2016

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17 City and 23 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $34,495.

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