2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Ralliart Review & Godzilla got back | Car Reviews and news at CarReview.com

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Gravel-mode AWD

tight steering


Tight luggage room rear seat in use

Slower-than for off-the-line acceleration

Less-than-ideal MPG

First of all, let me preface review with a disclaimer this will not be an unbiased that you have come to from me (?). Oh wait. will be just like all the passionate reviews you can expect me.

But this one is different. I loved Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback I loved it. I have always a fan of World Rally Championship cars. The idea of a compact car up to the nuts and powered up to crazy with oversize wide and crazy fenders and airplane-sized rushing down dirt at over 100 MPH (and very ok, sometimes, ok, ok, quite often over bystanders) just “Awesome!” to me.

Now I know the Ralliart is the cheaper and version of the Evo X MR, but it is still an awesome So when I saw the 2010 Lancer Sportback on the list of upcoming sent by my editor, I jumped at the of testing it. And I put it to really good use

Driving Impressions

The Lancer Ralliart has a 237 horsepower turbo-charged 2.0 liter inline four that pumps out 253 ft.lb. of Off-the-line acceleration was a little but once the turbo kicks in, golden. The dual clutch transmission shifts at lightening and can be set to either a Sport or Normal I recommend the Sport mode.

means higher shift and aggressive downshifts. You can redline in gear. Great for the heart. Not so on the pocket book because the MPG to the hizzle. It is a fast transmission.

It is a smooth-enough transmission. It is also an transmission. The rev-matching as you downshift the magnesium paddle shifters has to be

No more heel-toe shifting as you approaching a corner looking for a exit, it just happens.

The part about the transmission, is the acoustics. It produces this music that sounds high-tech, kind of like the movie Autobots and Decepticons But enough about acoustics. The Ralliart handles like no car I’ve tested to date. It is capable onroad as it is offroad.

I it all the way down from the San Francisco down to San Luis Obispo, up this dirt road to the top of a where a bunch of my buddies a house. So I got to use two out of the three settings on the Center Differential(ACD) married to the AWC Wheel Control) AWD system, and Gravel but unfortunately not Snow. I like Sebastien Loeb down the dirt roads of

No complaints here. The Lancer Ralliart felt very as I cruised down the 101 freeway no body creaks and even driving up and down the hill on the road at over 30 MPH (I know, not Loeb-like), the Lancer produced no panels and felt extremely The Sportback does not have a tension bar(aka rear tower brace) since the fold down completely, but the still felt very and did not exhibit any signs of body

The doors close with a and the headlight and taillight assemblies high-tech and sophisticated.

Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback

Interior and Ergonomics

The Ralliart sports Recaro in the front row for both the driver and They are very firm and good lumbar support. I was not to slide from side to as I battled the twisty dirt in SLO town. But they’re not the greatest for any trip longer than two My lower back was so sore the four-hour trip to San Luis I had to climb out of the car.

Or maybe I’m getting old. My passenger for the trip had no issues and said the seats were fairly and supportive. The touch screen unit was fairly intuitive and to reach, and the other controls fairly straight forward.

I the paddle shifters on the steering and the small steering wheel feels very sportive.

I the performance of the Lancer Sportback As I already mentioned, the acceleration off the is not the greatest, but the very capable and 6-speed transmission combined the turbo quickly gets you up and The confident handling of the car also you round corners at fast legal) speeds without you or the breaking a sweat.

I’m not really sure what the setting in AWD does actually according to literature, the Gravel is for wet or rough surfaces and the AWC computer an algorithm based on inputs as engine and wheel speed steering angle sensors and G sensors to direct the Active Differential(ACD) to change the distribution of torque between the front and wheels in response to the different conditions. Whew that’s a but it gave me great confidence as I up and down the hill on the windy road to the hilltop Sky House in Los near San Luis Obispo. The was kicking up a lot of dirt and left a of rising dust behind the car as I up the hill, my friends at the house see me approaching just like in a WRC (in slow motion).

The Lancer Sportback Ralliart great. It is smooth and straight on the and tight and responsive on the curves. It corners. It was also super on the windy dirt road up the

Hands down the Lancer is one of the best handling cars ever driven.

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