Mitsubishi's biggest rival is the Subaru Impreza, which also comes with a CVT and decent fuel economy for an all-wheel-drive economy car.
However, the Impreza's design and interior have surpassed Mitsubishi's, and even the performance-oriented WRX and STI models feel better-engineered than the Lancer Ralliart or Evo models.
Some may prefer the Evo's sharper drive feel over the STI's, though.
The Honda Civic offers better interior comfort and a more impressive set of features and options.
The Nissan Sentra is a comparatively strong value, albeit a pretty bland one.
The VW Jetta replaced its five-cylinder engine with a peppy 1.8T last year, and offers diesel, hybrid, and performance GLI trims, too.
All models come with front-wheel drive, though.
The Ford Focus feels like a step above the Lancer in just about every way–and the ST model rivals the Ralliart for driving enjoyment–but there isn't an Evo competitor here, and some may prefer Mitsubishi's automated manual, too.
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|2015 Mitsubishi LancerBrowse Used Listings||2015 Ford FocusBrowse Used Listings||2015 Honda CivicBrowse Used Listings||2015 Nissan SentraBrowse Used Listings||2015 Subaru ImprezaBrowse Used Listings||2015 Volkswagen JettaBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 47 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 48 MPG Hwy|
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|4-Door Sedan Manual ES FWD||4-Door Sedan S||2-Door Manual LX||4-Door Sedan I4 Manual S||4-Door Manual 2.0i||4-Door Manual 2.0L Base|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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