This week we’re looking at the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR. I gotta tell you the industry is changing for the better, in my opinion. Notice the transmission comes from Slovakia. That is the good part of globalization as every country is able to help their economy with jobs while retaining their sovereignty and national identity.
I found this Lancer reminds me of riding a ‘Stallion’ that by their nature are antsy and can’t wait to go especially when they have a rider in the saddle. That is NOT a bad thing in and of itself, but I was a bit annoyed with a very touchy accelerator pedal at idle and generally it has a very touchy steering feel as well. Further I must also bitch about the steering wheel control design. I don’t like the flush mounted buttons that are irritating on the fingers. I prefer either ‘toggle’ or ‘wheel’ type controls that are easier to use. But that’s just me, you may like it the way they are.
General Information: Parts – US/Canadian %, Japan 75%; Slovakia 19%; Engine – Japan and transmission – Slovakia. Assembly – Korashiki, Japan Class – Compact Cars, Cars from Mitsubishi – i-MiEV, Lancer, Mirage, Outlander.
Handling & Performance:
Well what can I say about getting behind the wheel of a rocket powered vehicle for the road. It is really very hard ‘not’ to drive too fast. It is a fun driving experience. It handles the curves with ease and is really fast. The AWD (all-wheel drive) provides that extra edge of confidence with super grip in the turns.
I didn’t like the turning radius, however, that is longer than I prefer but not a big deal.
Its looks consider the demographic it is appealing to which I believe is the younger driver and mostly the male driver who usually have a need for speed and performance.
Fit and Finish:
Mitsubishi is always a quality machine and is well assembled.
It is a little pricey, but you get what you pay for and this sports car includes a lot of high cost higher quality performance attributes. But for younger drivers it is especially a cost challenge to the budget.
Conveniences and comfort:
Huge number of features that make the car highly technical and thus capable. On the flip side of performance is comfort characteristics are sacrificed. It tends to have a lot of road noise and not built for a super comfortable ride. High performance cars don’t allow for both super performance and also a quiet plush ride as I’m sure you know.
Although I suggest this is a ‘Kids’ (youthful driver) car I guess some older drivers want to be associated with the younger set and this will be attractive to them as well. I just don’t see a guy with a hairpiece wanting to sport a Mitsubishi EVO.
Some feel that you’d need to upgrade to the Ralliart to get the performance and a much more entertaining and lively driving experience. Some feel it falls short of sporty compact cars like the Ford Focus ST, Subaru WRX and Volkswagen GTI. I appreciate their opinion but don’t agree.
The competition is noted below but I’ve also included some cars that are ‘similar’ and more economical sedans but the real performance cars are closer in price and features.
Mitsubishi Lancer $17-38,000, Volkswagen Jetta $17-33,000, Audi A3 $39,000, Subaru WRX $32,000, Volvo S60 $35,000, – Similar but not is the same league: Nissan Versa Sedan $12-18,000, Kia Rio $14-18,000, Chevrolet Sonic $14-21,000, Ford Fiesta $15-19,000, Hyundai Accent $15-16,000.
Quality Company, high performance fun driving that is fast enough in class.
Only average fuel economy in class, touchy steering wheel and accelerator pedal at idle, arguably behind others in performance.
2.0 liter turbo inline 4-cylinder engine, hydraulic assist power steering, front MacPherson inverted strut and rear multi-link supension with stabilizer bars and forged control arms, Elbach springs and Bilstein shock absorbers, twin clutch sportronic shift transmission, super all wheel control (S-AWC), front Helical limited slip differential, active center differential, active Yaw control, steering wheel paddle shifters, center console mounted AWC switch (for tarmac, gravel or snow settings), auto headlights, fog lights, aluminum roof panel, front fenders and hood, rear lip spoiler, heated power mirrors with turn indicators, rain sensing wipers, 18” forged alloy wheels, high performance tires, climate control, tilt leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, aluminum sport pedals, 710 watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 Rockford Fosgate sound system with 9-speakers and Sirius XM Satellite radio, FUSE hands free ling system with Bluetooth technology and USB port, steering wheel mounted cruise and audio controls, sport antilock braking system with brakeforce distribution, Brembo high performance braking, active stability control, traction control, front side and side curtain airbags, LATCH and rear child safety door locks and anti-theft and engine immobilizer system.
$3.59/ Gal avg. June 14, 2015
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17 City and 22 Highway MPG
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