3/4 Front Glamour 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

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For drivers who want the exhilaration of a sports car in a sedan's body, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is an excellent candidate.

Introduction

Although it is technically classified as a four-door sedan, there's a lot more to the Evolution than just ferrying people from point A to point B in relative comfort. With its turbocharged engine, optional automated manual transmission and exceptional handling, the Evolution can keep up with sports cars above its class. It's speedy, responsive, and more affordable than an actual luxury sedan. The Evo's major competition comes from sedans with better interior options, making it ideal for drivers more interested in an exciting ride than in a pampered commute.

What's New

2014 brings an enhanced navigation system and a standard satellite radio.



Interior/Exterior

The exterior of the Evo is anything but boring, and more closely emulates a sports car than a sedan when it comes to design. A bold front grille and snazzy rear wing give it an aggressive personality, and it looks poised to take on the open road, whether that road is the highway or a race track.

In contrast to its sporty build, the Evolution's interior is not particularly impressive. Since the Evo is an upgraded version of the Mitsubishi Lancer, providing higher-quality cabin materials worthy of its status -- especially considering its higher price tag -- shouldn't be too much to ask. A few items that do come in handy include keyless entry, a touchscreen display, and auxiliary iPod/USB and audio jack inputs. The Sight and Sound package tosses in features like keyless ignition and a 10-inch subwoofer, and if buyers really want to pay for things like a sunroof or leather upholstery, they can do so by adding the Sunroof and Leather package. The MR offers the Premium package for further trim details.

Under the Hood

The only engine choice for both trims is a powerful turbocharged four-cylinder that puts out 291 horsepower. The GSR gets a five-speed manual transmission, and the MR gets a six-speed automated manual transmission. Both the GSR and the MR benefit from all-wheel drive for even better road grip and acceleration. Fuel economy for the five-speed is rated at 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway for a combined 19mpg. The MR's six-speed gets 17 mpg city and 22 mpg highway for a combined 19mpg.

Performance

Since it's geared towards sports car enthusiasts and packs 300 pound-feet of torque, it should come as no surprise that the Evo has superior handling, excellent traction, and plenty of sports-car personality. It also gets up to speed in a hurry: the GSR can reach 60 mph in just under 5 seconds. Both models benefit from Mitsubishi's advanced safety technology, and both can come to a complete stop in less than 115 feet.

Which Style To Buy?

2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Starting price
$34,463
Shopper Popularity
49%

2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR

Recommended for: Drivers purely focused on the experienced.

The Evolution is all about performance, and the GSR delivers on all fronts. From standard all-wheel drive to a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 291 horsepower, driving is sure to be an exciting experience.

Inside, the Evolution is acceptably furnished, if not excessively comfortable. Entertainment features abound, including Bluetooth, a six-speaker sound system, and satellite radio. An optional Sight and Sound package adds features such as adjustable xenon headlights and a 10-inch subwoofer. Also available is the Sunroof and Leather package with more comfortable furnishings like leather upholstery, and the Exterior package with even more body style tweaks.

2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Starting price
$37,529
Shopper Popularity
51%

2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR

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Recommended for: The sports car enthusiast who has to have it all.

Upgrading to the MR provides drivers with even more performance items, including lighter wheels, a finely calibrated suspension, and a smaller spoiler design. While the GSR has a five-speed manual transmission, the MR gets a six-speed automated manual transmission with shift paddles on the steering column for enhanced control.

The Premium Package adds details like unique chrome trim, as well as keyless ignition and an enhanced audio system. The Touring package upgrades drivers to luxuries like heated mirrors and front seats, a sunroof, and leather upholstery throughout the cabin.

All in all, the MR provides a comfortable interior with a full roster of power features guaranteed to take the driving experience to the next level.

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