This is the Evo to buy. With the current-generation Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution in its fourth year on the market, it’s become fairly predictable what reviews will say. The interior is crude. The price is high. The build quality is questionable. And, hallelujah, it drives like a dream. With the 2010 SE trim, Mitsubishi mashed the entry-level GSR and top-end MR trims into the perfect balance of equipment and price. The SE plucks Bilstein dampers, Eibach springs, and the excellent dual-clutch transmission from the MR, but passes on the BBS wheels, and aluminum hood and fenders. The result is a car that’s just as crisp and agile as we’ve come to expect of the Evo, but about $1500 less than a no-options Evo MR. Would I rather have a manual transmission? Maybe, but I have never driven a manual-transmission Evo and I still lust after this car.
Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor