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STYLING | 8 out of 10
Face doesn't look quite as mouth-agape-rocket-sled-guy
Retains its 'bad-boy racer' spirit
Road & Track
The interior no longer reeks of Play-skool technology
The proper interior 'go-fast' pieces are mostly present
In appearance, the Evolution and Ralliart look more like well-done tuner cars than sophisticated performance machines. Squint just a little bit and it's easy to see that the 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is based on the Mitsubishi Lancer, a basic compact sedan.
The 2010 Ralliart shares much with the sportiest version of the Lancer, the GTS, but it gets the Evolution's lightweight aluminum hood with integral ductwork to keep the turbo cool, along with an aggressively styled front bumper and dual exhaust. Although the Evolution has further structural differences and an aluminum roof, it looks virtually the same but with more aggressive wheels, a slightly different front fascia, and an added rear spoiler.
ConsumerGuide comments that the Lancer Evolution "is aimed at a broader, more upscale audience," which explains why Mitsubishi did away with the old Lancer Evolution's enormous rear wing and semi-circular hood scoop. The 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution does come with a more subdued spoiler on the back, and Road & Track approves of the "vents on the hood suggesting something wonderfully wicked resides underneath." The car's front end also draws comparisons to a shark's mouth from several reviewers. ConsumerGuide notes that the Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart is "meant to bridge the gap—both in price and performance—between lesser Lancer models and the line-topping Evolution," although the exterior is more likely to be confused with the top-end Evolution than the standard Lancer. Motor Trend reviewers feel that the Lancer Ralliart's "appearance is pleasantly less menacing" than the Evolution's, and the "face doesn't look quite as mouth-agape-rocket-sled-guy," while the "rear wing won't draw the FAA's attention."
New for 2010 is a five-door Sportback version of the Ralliart. Car and Driver says that the Sportback is a "steeply raked hatchback that looks swept and sporty," while Edmunds asserts that the Sportback looks better than the sedan, although it "resembles a lowered Lexus RX crossover SUV" from angles behind.
After admiring the well-modeled and aggressive exterior styling of the 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart, drivers might be slightly disappointed by the interior styling. While there are no glaring deficiencies inside, ConsumerGuide laments the "unconvincing 'aluminum' finish" and lack of "anything dressy or upscale about the interior." Automobile Magazine says, "The interior no longer reeks of Play-skool technology," though. ConsumerGuide also appreciates the inclusion of "the proper interior 'go-fast' pieces," such as a "leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob." ConsumerGuide reports that the Ralliart's "interior shares several features with the Evolution models, including upgraded cloth upholstery, aluminum foot pedals, and a sport steering wheel," although there's still an "less-legible electronic information display" than the kind found on competing models.
The 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution gives the right sporting impression outside, but less so inside.