The Mitsubishi Lancer is a strong compact sedan that offers a good value. But the big news for 2003 is the Evolution, a four-wheel-drive turbocharged homologation special. It's even faster than it sounds. The Lancer was introduced to North America as an all-new car for 2002. The Lancer replaces the old Mirage, but it's bigger and more powerful. Lancer comes with a substantial unibody structure and sophisticated mechanical gear. Lancer features a comfortable, well-equipped cabin, even on the base ES model. For 2003, North America gets the high-performance Lancer Evolution, based on the car Mitsubishi used to rack up victories in World Rally Championship events. Evolution boasts a 271-horsepower engine and all-wheel drive.