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Road Test: The 2010 Lancer Sportback Ralliart

The brain is the least understood in nature. It is a never ending of memories and feelings that echo through your It is the part of your body makes you fall in love and is the one tells you to be sensible.

Now, does this have to do the 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart? More than you think.

Well, besides the that it has a ridiculously long this 237 horsepower all-wheel performance hatchback somehow to bring me back to the feeling I got driving my very first You remember your first don’t you? The car that you a feeling of freedom and that was an endless, open road of infinite possibilities.

Back your car was just what you to get to work every morning.

My car was a 1977 BMW 320i which even have power and was borderline dangerous in wet weather to some very slippery tendencies. The Lancer Sportback all-wheel drive system lets any such nonsense and its power steering system is the best I have ever So where is the connection?

The point is this little Mitsubishi me look past any of its flaws (as I did my BMW) and turned me into a giddy … every I drove it. It was exactly how I felt I got into that old BMW when I was 16. I never felt that way in any car I have owned or tested but the Sportback Ralliart took me to that age when driving new.

Back when I had a head of hair.

Now I am not sure a Lancer Sportback Ralliart have the same effect on you but frankly I wasn’t expecting to this car as much as I did. often surprises me, however, as I enjoyed a previous week driving a more humble GTS sedan.

But I will break down the the bad and the ugly for you in this review so you can up your own mind. Just that some things are not the sum total of their parts. things have a character and that cannot be defined in analytical terms.

Kind of the human brain or the 2010 Lancer Sportback Ralliart.


The first thing I about the 2010 Mitsubishi Sportback Ralliart is that it like nothing else on the The deliciously bulbous posterior of five door hatchback for a nice visual contrast to the and somewhat evil looking end design. It isn’t cohesive by any but somehow it works.

One aspect of my Lancer Sportback that me for a loop was its very, um, expressive color. It is called Rotor by Mitsubishi but you would know it by its commonly known name-Orange.

It was of orange that ensured I was at by other drivers at stoplights, gas and all of the mini-mall parking lots fill the suburban landscape my home in Orange County. and Bentleys are a common sight in my so a car has to really be something to get such a from the from the usually Botox loving local

I do admit that the orange did make the Sportback Ralliart a bit like a pumpkin. Okay, a lot a pumpkin. But I really grew to the very extroverted color shouted, I’m here, orange, get used to it!

Some may the more traditional look of the sedan (which is also in Ralliart form) but I have a a soft spot for five hatchbacks. I also have a spot for any design that is utterly unique and separate the norm. Mitsubishi’s Lancer marches to the beat of its own drummer and the is a better place for it.

Honestly, do we another Corolla clone?

Interior Design and Build

Mitsubishi has taken a lot of guff for not their interiors with touch plastics and shiny trim. The dashboard design of the Lancer Sportback Ralliart is honest and straightforward. There are no gimmicks on display here and as it out, Mitsubishi’s hard plastic is quite resistant to

It is also very easy to

My test model came with two large Recaro seats for the driver and passenger were extremely comfortable you got down into them. It can be a bit to squeeze into if you are large me but the payoff is that you never across the seat even ridiculously fast cornering These large seats do, eat into the rear legroom a

Other than the fact it lacks soft touch the interior of the Lancer Sportback is very well built and was squeaking or rattling in my rather mileage tester. That is something as auto journalists abuse test cars.

It may not an inspiring interior design but the Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback is very comfortable, roomy and it the job done. Besides, if the interior was and over the top it just might you from the driving experience. And is what really makes the Sportback Ralliart stand out the crowd.

Pricing, Features and Economy

The 2010 Mitsubishi Sportback Ralliart starts at and comes well equipped automatic climate control, windows, keyless entry, a go system, a sport steering with audio/cruise controls, all wheel drive, Bluetooth, headlamps, floormats, 18-inch wheels, sticky Yokohama tires and much more.

I recommend, however, that you the option box for the $2,750 Recaro Package. My tester was so equipped and it two body hugging Recaro seats, HID (High Intensity headlamps with height Sirius and a powerful 710-watt Fosgate audio system nine speakers and a very subwoofer.

The only thing was USB/iPod integration but Mitsubishi apparently be offering it with Lancer models. An in-dash unit with 40 Gigabytes of storage capacity is also for $1,999. The only drawback to navigation system is that it a knob for adjusting the volume.

Instead, it has a difficult to reach that adjusts volume speed akin to molasses down the side of a pine

Although the 2010 Mitsubishi Sportback Ralliart has EPA fuel estimates of 17 city/25 highway I managed 11 miles per gallon the course of my testing. Although is a pretty bad number, I am sure economy would improve for who don’t feel compelled to the go pedal at every opportunity.

the prolific thrust afforded by the Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback a person should really into consideration whether a orange car is a good idea. Can you say magnet? (Note: All normally Lancer models come a 10 year/100,000 mile powertrain but vehicles like the EVO and Ralliart come with 5 years/60,000 of coverage. Take that however you’d like.)


The 2010 Mitsubishi Sportback Ralliart is a true hot but it offers up technology and performance that could lead you to this was created for the race Although I love the supremely rounded GTI, the Lancer Ralliart can do things that the VW can’t.

To combat torque and give driver’s tenacious wet grip, the car comes equipped full time all-wheel with settings for tarmac, and snow. I am not really sure how people will actually need the gravel setting they decide to go rally car But it’s good to know there.

Further adding to the Ralliart’s handling composure is a limited slip differential up and mechanical limited slip at the rear. Not only do these systems improve traction and but they also completely all torque steer.

The purely front wheel MazdaSpeed3 is one similarly powerful for example, that needs sort of set-up thanks to its tendency to pull to the side in low ( note: that’s torque if you were wondering) . But this of technology is why the 2010 Mitsubishi Sportback Ralliart is more The MazdaSpeed3 is built more to a but it’s true what say-you get what you pay for.

All Lancer Sportback Ralliart come equipped with a powerful 2.0 liter turbocharged and 237 horsepower/253 lb. feet of torque engine. A six-speed double automatic is standard and there are shaped paddle shifters behind the sport steering

Now, before you start about the lack of a manual option with Ralliart let me talk about the double automatic. While some have mentioned the fact this transmission is sometimes with shifts at low speeds, problem goes away a couple of hours of acclimation the wheel. You just have to how to drive this performance car

If you do drive a vehicle with a transmission, you know that car has its own unique shift action and feel. It takes a few hours to to how that manual transmission and this double clutch is no For instance, sometimes the DSG causes the car to a bit at parking lot speeds but I got around by putting it in manual mode and into second gear.


But those minor are nothing once you leave it in manual mode and switch on the setting. This is the very paddle-shifter equipped automobile I rarely left in automatic Shifts are instantaneous when you gun it all the way to and the transmission never decides to change gears no matter how you are.

The engine, oh, the deliciousness of the As the thrust and revs build the takes on a down and dirty that can only be described as It sounds a bit like Lauren after smoking two packs of cigarettes.

The engine may not be quiet or possess refinement but it has a character that the car.

At cruising speeds is some noticeable tire but even the engine settles into a quiet hum in sixth on the freeway. So, yes, you can still in the 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart.

If you really think too much noise either you are too old for car or you should just crank up the Fosgate audio system and with it. That 710 watt system is so powerful it might drown out the noise of police behind you. I am just it’s possible.

But the most part of the 2010 Mitsubishi Sportback Ralliart package is the system which is more linear and quick than any I ever experienced. Yes, BMW steering racks feel compared to Mitsubishi’s set-up. may find the instantaneous response to be a bit too but to me it serves as the cherry on top of a very automotive sundae.

The Ralliart is the top of the Lancer Sportback as Mitsubishi offers the EVO as a four door But given all of the Ralliart’s many and the added utility of the five hatchback body style, I this is the pick of the performance line-up. And the EVO, at least in my would only land me in the ending hell known as school.

Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback

How Dog and Kid Friendly is It?

Although it not look like it, the racy Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback is surprisingly family and dog friendly. it is probably best if you only one large dog or one human child of any If you have 3 kids you are pretty stuck with a minivan or SUV you decide to have a total crisis.

The 13.8 cubic cargo hold is nicely to afford maximum grocery ability and when the rear are folded flat you are left an SUV rivaling 46.6 cubic of space. To fold down the row of seats there are two clever louvers built into the of the cargo area.

Usually you have to open the doors in a hatchback to fold the row of perches but Mitsubishi wisely control of that function the top of the rear seatback to the cargo That one feature could be a when you are loading in bulky and cargo. Or a 120 pound bag of kibble.


Although the 2010 Lancer Sportback Ralliart has noticeable flaws, they are to overlook because it is just so charming. It is sort of like the Downey Jr. of the automotive world but all of the rehab.

With ferocious of power, tenacious grip and sharp steering feel, it is to understand why anyone really to buy the more powerful EVO model. it is a shame that Mitsubishi offer an EVO version of the Lancer in the body style. That be one fast pumpkin.

Vehicle 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart

Base Price .

Price as Tested . $31,210 destination)

Options on Tester . Glow Metallic Paint. Recaro Sport Package. Recaro racing seats for and passenger, HID (High Intensity headlamps, 710 watt Rockford 6-disc/MP3 audio system 9-speakers and a subwoofer, Sirius radio.)

Engine . 2.4 liter 4-cylinder

Power . 237 horsepower/253 lb. of torque

Transmission . 6-speed dual-clutch automatic

0-60 . 5.4 (estimated)

Fuel Economy 17 city/25 highway

Fuel during Testing . 12 miles per

Runs on . Premium Unleaded

Tank Size . 14.5

Cargo Volume (rear in place): 13.8 cubic

Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
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