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Lancers all use the same basic body, with a big grille in front and a sporty, go-forward look down the sides, accentuated by a sharp belt-line crease and rear lip.
While the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer's chiseled exterior lends an air of aggression, its interior design and materials tend to drag down the vehicle's overall appeal.
The car looks great too, in this faux Evo get up.
Same aggressive snout, same racer-boy wing, same cheap interior, but no rally car suspension or hopped up turbo.
Not much else has changed for the Lancer lineup, which still manages to be one of the most distinctive compact cars, especially from the outside.
The aggressive, sharklike snout might call out 'Evo' to some--certainly not a bad thing here--and otherwise the chunky proportions, low-and-lean stance, and high beltline give both the sedan and Sportback a nice look. The mid-level Lancer ES gets color-keyed door handles and mirrors, but it's the larger wheels of the sportier GT models that especially serve to fill out those proportions and help the design pop.
Inside, the Lancers aren't nearly as alluring; although the layout is sporty, and the mix of darker surfaces and matte-metallic trims tends to look upscale from a few paces away, materials tend to be on the drab side up close.
The 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer could be mistaken for the iconic Evo or high-performance Ralliart--and that's a good thing.