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2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution / Ralliart vs. Its Competition

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2011 Mitsubishi Lancer 5dr HB TC-SST Ralliart AWD Angular Front Exterior View
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The 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX and STI are direct rivals to the 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart and Evolution.

Relative to the Evo, the STI has a much smoother and quieter ride, along with a roomier, more comfortable interior.

That said, even if the STI is as fast as the Evo, its more refined feel might spoil the edgy, go-fast sensation that some are seeking in a vehicle such as these.

The Twin Clutch gearbox in the Evo remains a standout in this class—the WRX and STI don't even offer an automatic option—and makes it more fun as a track toy, thanks to its quick shifts, done so well as to not interrupt the tires' grip.

The Volkswagen GTI and MazdaSpeed3 have front-wheel drive, which limits their appeal in some respects, even though they're both a blast to drive.

The Speed3 feels more like a tuner special, with sharp reflexes and a powerful turbo engine, yet it manages impressive interior comfort and refinement; the GTI, on the other hand, is the more sophisticated choice, with an almost luxurious interior.

Another more sophisticated-feeling choice is the BMW 1-Series M (!M), which is by some accounts one of the best, most fun-to-drive track vehicles at any price.

2011 Mitsubishi Lancer 5dr HB TC-SST Ralliart AWD Angular Front Exterior View2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution / Ralliart2012 BMW 1-Series Coupe and Convertible2012 BMW 1-Series2012 Mazda MAZDA3 with SkyActiv2012 Mazda MAZDA32012 Subaru Impreza2012 Subaru Impreza2011 Volkswagen GTI2012 Volkswagen GTI
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The 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and Ralliart might not make the best daily drivers, but they're among the most athletic, track-ready performers for the money.
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If you can get past the often-confusing iDrive system, the 2012 BMW 1-Series offers a great blend of style, power, handling, and luxury at a sometimes reasonable, sometimes objectionable price.
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With its new Skyactive powertrains, the 2012 Mazda3 is the eco-conscious choice that sure doesn't drive like one.
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Crisply restyled, with higher gas mileage, more space inside, a nicer interior, and all-wheel drive standard, the 2012 Subaru Impreza is a newly compelling compact alternative.
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It isn't the fastest or flashiest sporty hatchback around, but the 2012 Volkswagen GTI may well be the most balanced, carrying forward its legacy into the 21st century.
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17 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Turbocharged Gas I4Gas I6Gas I4Gas Flat 4Turbocharged Gas I4
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4-Door Sedan Manual GSR2-Door Coupe 128i SULEV4-Door Sedan Manual i SV4-Door Manual 2.0i2-Door HB Manual
All Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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