Pros: Outstanding, slot-car-like handling and tenacious all-wheel-drive grip; razor-sharp steering feel; invigorating acceleration–especially at higher rpms; unique performance character
Cons: Big-thirst for premium-grade gasoline; stiff ride; high noise levels; aggressively bolstered Recaro sport seats are confining and uncomfortable for some drivers; automated-manual transmission can be clunky in everyday around-town driving
2014 Lancer Evolution
CG Says: Mitsubishi’s rally-bred, all-wheel-drive compact sedan gets a touch-screen stereo with HD Radio and satellite radio for the 2014 model year. High sticker prices, mediocre fuel economy, and the need for premium-grade gasoline, synthetic oil, and (in northern climes) winter tires are all drawbacks of the Lancer Evolution. So too are the low-budget interior appointments, crude-sounding engine, and high insurance cost. Yet for those drivers who want an all-out performance car, the Evolution is an enticing treat. Spirited acceleration and racecar-like steering and handling make the Evo an uncompromising thrill machine.