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2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Review

(0 Stars)  All-wheel drive trickles down.

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Evo enthusiasts, fret not. Despite rumors suggesting your vaunted, street-legal rally weapon is dead after 2012, officials have confirmed that the car will live on for the 2012 and 2013 model years. That said, don't expect many changes in the next few years. Instead, Mitsubishi is focusing on tweaking its less-expensive, higher-volume Lancer variants. For 2012, it has added yet another way to purchase a Lancer with all-wheel drive, which was once the exclusive domain of the Evo line. In addition to the turbocharged Lancer Ralliart, a new Lancer SE sedan mates the company's AWC (All-Wheel Control) system to a normally aspirated, 2.4-liter four-cylinder and a continuously variable transmission. While the Evolution's razor-sharp steering rack and insane power continue to entertain, lesser Lancers aren't complete bores. Mitsubishi does a commendable job of infusing the Evo's playful spirit across the lineup; as a result, even front-wheel-drive models feel taut, sharp, and fairly tactile. We'd elect to skip the 2.0-liter I-4 in the DE and the ES; the 2.4-liter four-banger found in the SE and the GTS provides a fair amount of torque and is rather peppy. Where the Lancer line--Evo and all--lags is in refinement. Compared to other cars in this segment, the Lancer's interior is surprisingly basic, and road noise is considerable. Still, for buyers wanting a little fun at an affordable price, the Lancer remains worth considering.

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