2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution / Ralliart vs. Its Competition

2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The Lancer Evolution's only direct rival remains the 2010 Subaru WRX STI.

Relative to the Evo, the STI has a much smoother and quieter ride, along with a roomier, more comfortable interior, but the more refined feel might spoil the edgy, go-fast sensation that some are seeking in a vehicle such as these.

That said, the STI is actually more powerful; however, the Twin Clutch gearbox in the Evo makes it more fun as a track toy, thanks to its quick shifts, done so well as to not interrupt the tires' grip.

The Subaru is also tops in its class for safety, with top federal scores as well as IIHS accolades.

Otherwise, if you're considering the Ralliart, the offerings are a bit limited this year.

The new Volkswagen GTI is more sophisticated than ever, with an excellent, almost luxurious interior, but it continues to feel a little too refined at times for this rowdy crowd.

There's also the new MazdaSpeed3, which feels more like a tuner special, with sharp reflexes and a powerful turbo engine, yet it manages impressive interior comfort and refinement.

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Quick Specs
7.8
The 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and Ralliart have well-honed performance capabilities but lack all the refinement to make them day-to-day enjoyable. Other Choices
8.4
Overall the 2010 MazdaSpeed3 delivers pulse-quickening thrills for the back roads—or weekend track forays—all on a tight budget, without sacrificing too much practicality for everyday commuting.
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.
MSRP From  
$27,190$23,340$23,230
Gas Mileage  
16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Gas I4Gas I4Gas Turbocharged I4
EPA Class  
CompactCompactCompact
Style Name  
4-Door Sedan Ralliart5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Sport2-Door HB Manual
Drivetrain  
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
555
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
4 Door Sedan5 Door Wagon2 Door HB
Transmission  
Automatic w/manual shiftManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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