Even if you've been brought up to revere the Evo's dynamic reputation, from racing games and the like, it's hard not to be a little disappointed with the cabin of the Ralliart or Evolution. With a proliferation of hollow, hard plastics—and some of the same pieces and panels from the $15,000 Lancer—it's a letdown in a $28,000 Ralliart, let alone in a $44,000 loaded Evolution.
Seats are the exception in the Evolution; the heavily bolstered, grippy Recaros are superb, and we recommend the option package that includes these seats in the Ralliart. Purely from a functionality standpoint there's decent backseat space, a big trunk, and 60/40-split rear seatbacks that fold forward for more cargo space.
Road noise is an issue in either of these models, with coarse surfaces sounding into the cabin and adding to fatigue on long hauls. The ride can also be a bit jarring on pothole-ridden Rust Belt roads.
In all fairness, for 2012, Mitsubishi has added a few more soft-touch surfaces inside, as well as gloss-black instrument-panel trim; we're basing some of these impressions on previous model-year vehicles and will update this as soon as we get some time with the 2012 models.