2015 Mitsubishi Lancer vs. Its Competition

2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

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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Quick Specs
A lack of refinement and a poor interior will limit shoppers' interest in lower-trim Lancer models, but the Ralliart and Evolution cars both offer thrilling performance for any climate.
The 2015 Ford Focus lineup gets a clean new look for 2015, as well as a high-mileage three-cylinder engine option and revamped cabin comforts. From efficiency-minded models to the high-performance ST, it remains one of the best-driving small cars on the market.
The 2015 Honda Civic is refined, comfortable, and offers top-notch safety ratings and features.
The 2015 Nissan Sentra isn't at all the performer of the segment, but it's certainly a comfortable, spacious car for the money.
The 2015 Subaru Impreza is tough, practical, and relatively attractive, offering a small all-wheel-drive package for those who need it without the big fuel-economy penalty it used to bring.
The 2015 Volkswagen Jetta has a nicer interior, more fuel-efficient engines, and should be safer, while retaining its huge interior and trunk, plus the response and roadholding that make it fun to drive.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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