The hatchback version of Mitsubishi's compact Lancer sedan, the Sportback combines nimble handling with wagon-like cargo capacity. The current model could outperform most competition when it debuted back in 2008, but it's no longer a standout. In fact, the sedan's available turbo engine isn't offered on the Sportback, so straight-line performance is nothing special. The turbo aside, a Sportback offers everything the sedan does along with extra space and sleeker styling.
A slew of newer competitors offer handling that's just as sporty as the Sportback's along with refined interiors and greater efficiency. After taking some of those other models for a spin, it's easy to conclude that the Lancer line is due for a complete redesign.