Very fast; incredible handling thanks to sophisticated all-wheel-drive system; nicely executed dual-clutch automated manual transmission; lots of performance for the price
Noisy engine; stiff ride; cheap interior for the price; steering wheel doesn't telescope; poor fuel economy for a 4-cylinder engine; tiny trunk
Like other Lancer models, the 2014 Evo gets a standard 6.1-inch touchscreen interface and an optional 7-in screen with revised navigation software
As noted, we prefer the automatic in the Evo, so our choice would be the MR model. It doesn't hurt that the MR ditches the GSR's obnoxious (we think) rear wing.
The 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution sedan is offered in GSR and MR trim levels.
The GSR ($35,790) features a 5-speed manual transmission, 18-in Enkei alloy wheels, Brembo brakes, a large rear spoiler, Recaro front sport seats, a leather-wrapped tilt-only steering wheel, a color trip computer, cruise control, automatic climate control, Mitsubishi's FUSE voice-command system for phones and music devices and a 6-speaker audio system with a 6.1-in touchscreen, USB/Bluetooth integration and an auxiliary input.
The MR ($38,990) steps up to a 6-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission, automatic xenon headlamps, 18-in BBS alloy wheels, Eibach springs, Bilstein struts and a subtle rear lip spoiler (instead of the GSR's huge wing).
Options abound for the Evo. Highlights include a 710-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system with satellite radio, keyless entry/ignition, a sunroof, leather upholstery, heated front seats and a hard-drive-based navigation system with a 7-in touchscreen and music storage.
Like every Lancer, the Evo has an unusually accommodating back seat for a compact car. Its trunk is shockingly small, though, measuring a roadster-like 6.9 cu ft.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||7 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
Subaru WRX -- The 2014 WRX isn't that far behind the Evo in terms of power, and it's a much better value. Plus, there's a new WRX around the corner that may be worth waiting for.
Ford Mustang GT -- The V8-powered Mustang GT makes an easy 420 hp, and you can probably find one for cheaper than the Mitsubishi.
MINI Cooper John Cooper Works -- The JCW isn't often mentioned in the same breath as the Evo, but we think it belongs here. Don't be fooled by that cute face. The JCW is a focused driving tool, and we much prefer the way it sounds at full song. Look for a deal on leftover previous-generation models as the new 2015 Cooper hits dealerships.