2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution / Ralliart vs. Its Competition

2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart

The 2009 Mitsubishi Ralliart takes on a very capable and fun-to-drive group of small sedans and hatchbacks.

Its most direct rival is the Subaru WRX; for 2009 Subaru revised the WRX to get more power and a more aggressive driving feel than last year, though it still has a much smoother and quieter ride than the Ralliart.

The Subaru is also tops in its class for safety and one of the few smaller cars named a Top Safety Pick.

The Dodge Caliber SRT4 sits at the other end of the spectrum; it's a brute, with a peaky turbocharged engine and very firm suspension tuning that becomes hoppy on rough pavement.

Its interior allows plenty of road noise, though the Caliber has some nifty features and spacious seating.

In between is the Mazdaspeed3, which feels like a tuner car, with sharp reflexes and a powerful turbo engine, but it manages impressive interior comfort and refinement.

VW's GTI isn't as overtly sporty; it's a daily driver with good performance and handling, compromised slightly for ride.

At the top of the price range, but not all that much higher than a fully optioned Ralliart, is the BMW 135i; it's one of TCC's favorites for those who want a well-rounded performance coupe that offers good comfort.

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Quick Specs
8.0
The 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart is essentially the daily-driving Evo, with every bit the racy look but not the jarring ride and peaky powertrain.
7.8
The 2009 Volkswagen GTI is the most conservative-looking of sporty hatches—and a bit pricey for a dressed-up Rabbit—but it redeems itself with the driving experience.
7.0
The Caliber has a very practical layout and quite a few innovative features to get excited about, but it's lacking in driving enjoyment or refinement--even compared to its low-priced competition.
MSRP From  
N/A$23,230$14,965
Gas Mileage  
21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Engine  
N/AGas Turbocharged I4Gas I4
EPA Class  
N/ACompactMid-size
Style Name  
N/A2-Door HB Manual4-Door HB SE FWD
Drivetrain  
N/AFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
N/A55
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
N/A2 Door HBHatchback
Transmission  
N/AManual w/ODManual