First Drive: 2010 Mitsubishi Ralliart Sportback Page 2

August 7, 2009

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Overall, there's a lot to love in the Sportback's package, including a lot more practicality without a significant difference in the driving experience versus the sedan. We didn't notice any more road noise or ride harshness than in the Ralliart sedan, but in this respect the Subaru WRX is still the leader, offering surprisingly deft grip and body control without flustering occupants or wearing them down with road noise. The Ralliart trumps the WRX in steering feel, however.

None of the most valued safety features have been omitted from the 2010 Mitsubishi Sportback Ralliart; it includes electronic stability control, front-seat-mounted side airbags, head-curtain bags, and a driver knee airbag are all included. Top options include a 710-watt Rockford Fosgate sound system, Sirius Satellite Radio, a hard-drive-based nav system, and Recaro sport seats.

Visit's overview page on the 2009 Mitsubishi Evolution Ralliart for our definitive Bottom Line that holds true for the new 2010 Sportback Ralliart, along with highlights from other review sources.

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