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.
|2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution / RalliartBrowse Used Listings||2010 Mazda MAZDASPEED3Browse Used Listings||2009 Volkswagen GTIBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas Turbocharged I4|
|4-Door Sedan Ralliart||5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Sport||2-Door HB Manual|
|All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||5 Door Wagon||2 Door HB|
|Automatic w/manual shift||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|