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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|2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution / RalliartBrowse Used Listings||2009 Volkswagen GTIBrowse Used Listings||2008 Dodge CaliberBrowse Used Listings|
|21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy|
|N/A||Gas Turbocharged I4||Gas I4|
|N/A||2-Door HB Manual||4-Door HB SE FWD|
|N/A||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|N/A||2 Door HB||Hatchback|