Review: 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution – San Jose Mercury News

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Review: 2012 Mitsubishi Evolution

Don’t let its four fool you: The 2012 Lancer Evolution is a sports car anything else, with of performance fun in a small package but not without compromises.

Standard drive maintains some for snow-goers, who can outfit the Evolution winter tires when drop. I drove an Evo GSR with a manual transmission and winter the more-expensive Evo MR has a six-speed, dual-clutch transmission.


The Evo’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is a engine that feels powerful than its specification The engine is at its strongest in the middle of the rev a very usable spot for normal and performance driving. The doesn’t have to be revved to its for drivers to experience brute

At lower speeds, annoying lag restricts acceleration for the first few until engine speed At one point, I turned a corner and had to the car as a fast-approaching SUV barreled down on me. I then waited some until finally the engine up and caught me off guard with a of power that kicked the end out into a slide.

The lag is an issue when you want to hastily from a stop, you ride the clutch and give throttle for a quick start. right, it’s a rewarding with acceleration that you to the back of your seat.

Do it wrong, and the car falls flat on its – or worse, burns off the clutch or breaks parts.


I had my hopes up for testing the Evo winter tires in the snow. Nature had other plans, and Chicago’s January brought temperatures and dry roads.

Even so, our winter tires didn’t up the Evo’s fun factor in the warmer despite not having as much as the standard summer tires. The GSR I tested on a racetrack with tires felt sure-footed. that grip gave up, the Evo was to oversteer more than

With winter tires, the car pushed the front tires a corner before the rear end out.

With its Super-All Control (S-AWC) system, the Evo much like a rear-drive The all-wheel drive works to distribute power to the wheels the most traction by monitoring speed, steering-wheel angle, and the vehicle’s yaw angles.

The Evo’s and handling match up perfectly to dart the car one way or the other at the slightest of the steering wheel. This was even with the winter though the Evo’s true potential can be experienced only in the on proper tires.

One more please

The closely geared transmission really, really an additional gear; this five gears aren’t for daily driving. That’s because, at 70 mph, the engine loudly running at more 3,000 rpm. I tried to into a nonexistent 6th gear times than I’d to admit.

The gearing keeps the engine in the speed for optimal performance, but it needs a 6th gear for 60-mph-and-above The GSR’s mileage is rated mpg city/highway. That’s roughly the as the Chevrolet Traverse – a seven-seat crossover.

The GSR isn’t however, because its main the Subaru Impreza WRX STI, is the same.

The similarly fun-to-drive BMW with rear-wheel drive is 20/28 mpg with a manual An Evolution MR with a six-speed, automatic transmission is rated 1 mpg than the manual, at 17/22

A few editors noted how difficult it was to the shifter into each I agree. I found that the I shifted, the smoother the action

It’s almost as if the car was begging to be hard.


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The Evo’s Recaro seats are among the aggressively bolstered I’ve sat in of purpose-built racing seats. I felt the sides encroaching on my truthfully, I don’t really where my spleen is, but I felt it was encroached upon.

Not everybody will find a position in the Evo, as there’s no adjustment with the optional nor is there a telescoping steering I’m a slender 170 pounds, and I felt jammed into the seat. The front seats are a attribute on the track, where kept me from sliding

For everyday driving, though, the is a little much.

The rear are typical for a compact sedan, enough comfort for short and decent legroom and headroom, but you want to be stuck back for too long.

The Evolution’s beginnings as a Lancer are hidden well, unique trimmings and colorful between the main gauges. The height-adjustable headlights and multiple modes are commonly found in expensive cars and SUVs. our $38,395 tester has its value in the Evo’s performance rather in luxury features.

It’s too bad the Evo’s monstrosity of a on the trunk completely obstructs the of cars and people through the mirror. I like the look of the wing, which is standard on GSR but even though it’s an Evo and looks good, I would go it – or even the smaller offered on the MR – because of issues.

Under that is a tiny trunk with 6.9 feet of cargo space, from the regular Lancer’s cubic feet. The space is and the rear seats don’t down because of additional bracing, as well as relocation of the fluid reservoir and battery to the for weight distribution.


The Evolution misses the Insurance for Highway Safety’s Top Safety designation because of its roof test’s Acceptable score. frontal, side impact and crash test ratings the agency’s highest rating of All ratings require the agency’s mark of Good to be a Top Safety which the Evolution misses of the additional weight added by the system.

The agency’s roof strength are a measure of roof strength to weight.

Standard safety include federally mandated airbags, tire pressure antilock brakes and an electronic system. There are side airbags for front and rear and front seat-mounted side-impact

Evolution in the market

The Evolution performance appeal is huge. a sports car that’s not so subtly – see the big wing – as a sedan. Its all-wheel drive may be a to enlist this car for daily-driver to handle all weather conditions, but it doesn’t offer much beyond its sedan configuration.

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