Even on base models, sporty interior themes and a mix of darker surfaces and matte-metallic trims give it a sophisticated, upscale look from a distance from a few paces away. Unfortunately, up close the materials are rather drab.
While you might peg the sharklike snout of the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer as belonging to an Evo at first glance, the Lancer costs much less, and it's nearly as good-looking. The Lancer is chunky but low and lean, with a high beltline, a nicely proportioned small sedan or Sportback hatch. The mid-level Lancer ES gets color-keyed door handles and mirrors, but it's the larger wheels of GTS models that especially serve to fill out those proportions and help the design pop.