2014 Mitsubishi Lancer vs. Its Competition

2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ-440 MR special edition
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The closest rival to the Lancer is probably the Subaru Impreza; a couple of years ago Subaru added a SVT and boosted its highway mileage up to 36 mpg in those versions.

At the same time its design, interior, and refinement were all improved upon, frankly leaving the more basic Lancers in the dust.

The performance-oriented WRX and WRX STI, which compared to the Ralliart and Evolution, have remain a bit stronger in straight-line acceleration compared to the Evo, although many enthusiasts prefer the sharper feel of the Evo.

The 2014 WRX gets all-new styling that should jump solidly ahead of the Evo in styling and design.

The Impreza offers all-wheel drive, even in its base form, while the Lancer only offers it in the SE, and in the performance models.

The Honda Civic got a surprising refresh for 2013 that improved on some of the inadequacies of the 2012; its quieter, more refined interior and improved feature set are hard to beat.

Meanwhile the new Nissan Sentra that was introduced this past year is bland, but a strong value in most respects.

Another alternative is the Volkswagen Jetta, which goes in a different direction with its torquey five-cylinder engine; in GLI trim, the Jetta package is more appealing than that of the Ralliart, and while it's not as crisp perhaps, it's far more refined and daily-driver usable.

And while the standard versions of the Ford Focus are a class above the Lancer in many ways, the Focus ST is a strong rival for the Ralliart--better in most respects, although some will like the Mitsubishi's excellent automated manual gearbox.

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Driving enthusiasts will find that the Ralliart and Evo deliver thrilling performance; but a drab interior and general lack of refinement limit the appeal of other models in the 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer lineup.
Even without considering the top-performance ST, the 2014 Ford Focus is one of the best-driving small cars on the market--with the impression of being an accessible premium car, not a spruced-up econobox.
The 2014 Honda Civic brings better refinement back to the lineup, but there's more to come, we're told.
The 2014 Nissan Sentra focuses on comfort, spaciousness and style over driving dynamics in an attempt to push this economy car up-market.
The 2014 Subaru Impreza remains the only option in its class to come equipped with standard all-wheel-drive, where many don't offer it all. It's tough, practical, and looks good, too.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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