Meet Your 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

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  • 2.0L I-4 291hp engine intercooled turbo
  • 5-speed manual transmission with overdrive
  • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS)
  • side seat mounted airbags
  • curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags
  • driver knee airbag
  • airbag occupancy sensor
  • automatic air conditioning
  • 18" Enkei aluminum wheels
  • cruise control
  • ABS and driveline traction control
  • all-wheel drive.

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is a modified version of the Lancer, built for the compact sports sedan enthusiast. It showcases dynamic handling, performance-oriented technologies and more aggressive styling.

The all-wheel drive Lancer Evolution is offered in two trim levels: GSR and MR. Both are powered by a muscular 291-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine; the GSR gets a five-speed manual transmission, while the MR is paired to a six-speed Twin-Clutch Sportronic Shift transmission (TC-SST) with manual mode and paddle shifters. The GSR's performance credentials are characterized by a large rear wing spoiler, sport-tuned suspension, Brembo disc brakes and 18-inch aluminum wheels with performance tires, while the MR is further outfitted with Eibach springs, Bilstein shocks and exclusive forged aluminum wheels. Additional standard equipment on both trims includes sport seats, automatic climate control, cruise control, CD player with MP3 capability and the FUSE hands-free communication system, with USB port and voice-activated audio streaming. The MR also gets projector-type HID headlamps and a more discreet rear lip spoiler. Standard safety features on every Lancer Evolution include stability and traction control systems, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes and a tire pressure monitor, along with front, front side-impact, overhead curtain and driver knee airbags.

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution carries over with minimal changes for 2012. Interior revisions include gloss-black trim for the instrument panel and redesigned soft-touch door panel material.

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The 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is a serious, focused performance car...
- The Car Connection, CarsDirect
Gott in Himmel, the seats! I haven't been ensconced so comfortably and comprehensively since I was in utero. There's no height adjustment, and certainly no power functions, but they are possibly the best thrones ever. Why? Because race car.
- The Truth About Cars, CarsDirect
We still have bruises on our right butt cheek from the first time we hopped in and didn't quite clear the structurally reinforced lower bolster.
- Car and Driver, CarsDirect
The 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is one of those rare cars that inspires fanaticism so fierce, its loyalists would rather drink used motor oil than drive the chief rival...
- Edmunds.com, CarsDirect
So do all these upgrades make Mister MR Touring (1) worth the price and (2) a legitimate competitor to, say, an Infiniti G37 or BMW 3 Series? Well, prices are surprisingly close but clearly favor the Evo; a fully loaded MR Touring ends just about where the 335i begins - a hair over $40,000. ...If Mitsubishi's claim is to be believed, the smaller Evo is quicker than both the 335i and G37. The fancy torque-splitting Super-All Wheel Control system means stellar handling in all conditions too. Opt for that in either the BMW or Infiniti and you're looking at thousands more.
- Motor Trend, CarsDirect
EVOs and STis are like cats and dogs. The Subaru has the feel of a big friendly golden retriever, always happy to see you and go out for a nice long muddy run, preferentially mostly sideways. The EVO, on the other hand, grips with catlike precision as though equipped with retractable claws, and has a not-quite-bred-out killer-instinct on the track.
- The Truth About Cars, CarsDirect

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Apex Silver Metallic
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Rally Red Metallic
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Phantom Black Pearl
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Titanium Grey Metallic
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Full Review

Lineup of sport compacts from sensible to sensational.

Introduction

The Mitsubishi Lancer offers an enticing range of compact cars from practical economy to sensible all-wheel-drive sedan to sporty liftback to rally rocket.The Lancer sports a tidy, sleekish shape with a bold and distinctive shark mouth.Its interior is clean, seating is comfortable, instrumentation is blessedly simple.

Good engines give it good value, with its base model bringing 26/34 miles per gallon City/Highway, according to the EPA.Seven airbags, including one for the driver's knee, help make it safe, in addition to anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, and the mandated tire pressure monitor.Lancer was last redesigned for the 2008 model year.

The 2012 Lancer SE is a new model.It uses Mitsubishi's all-wheel drive system called AWC (all-wheel control), with the proven 2.4-liter engine making 168 horsepower.Ready for the Snow Belt, the Lancer SE comes with heated seats and mirrors.

The base Lancer DE is not bare bones, with its power doors and windows, keyless entry and auto halogen headlamps, but it lacks air conditioning, folding rear seat, and cruise control.Lancer DE uses the good 148-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that features Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control system (MIVEC) with double overhead cams and 16 valves.

Driving gets more civilized with the Lancer ES with air conditioning and better seats, front and rear.For 2012, Lancer ES gets new interior fabric and instrument panel trim.The Lancer ES Sportback is a smooth-looking 5-door.We found the Lancer ES offers decent steering response and tracks well through corners, with no excessive body lean.

The 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer GT is last year's GTS model with a changed name.It uses Mitsubishi's excellent 2.4-liter engine, a gem of a powerplant, coupled with a sweet 5-speed gearbox or 6-step CVT (continuously variable transmission) with paddle shifters that's rated 23/30 mpg.We got good seat time in a Lancer Sportback GT 5-speed with front air dam and rear spoiler, looking sleek in Graphite Gray Pearl and 10-spoke alloy wheels.Lancer GT is compelling for its good looks, enjoyable driving characteristics and fuel economy.If you don't need all-wheel drive or turbocharged acceleration, the GT is the one, especially as a Sportback with its great cargo area.

The all-wheel-drive Lancer Ralliart moves into high-performance land with an intercooled and turbocharged 2.0-liter engine making 237 horsepower, and showcasing Mitsubishi's racy 6-speed twin-clutch automated manual transmission.The 2012 Lancer Ralliart is available only as a sedan, with flared fenders, hood scoop, vents like shark gills, optional Recaro seats.The sharkmouth gets a chrome ring that shines it up to make it look more like silver lipstick on a largemouth bass.

The Lancer Evolution, or Evo, pumps out 291 horsepower.Sedan only, with 5-speed Evolution GSR model, or with 6-speed twin-clutch Evolution MS, which adds Bilstein shocks and lighter brake rotors.Have fun at the track, your car is ready.

top Body Exterior featuresGSRMR
SpoilerY
Heated door mirrorsYY
Power door mirrorsYY
top Convenience Features featuresGSRMR
Remote keyless entryYY
Automatic temperature controlYY
Illuminated entryYY
Speed controlYY
Air conditioningYY
Passenger vanity mirrorYY
1-touch upYY
Power windowsYY
1-touch downYY
Rear door binsYY
Passenger door binYY
Front beverage holdersYY
Driver vanity mirrorYY
Rear beverage holdersYY
Tilt steering wheelYY
Driver door binYY
Power moonroofY
Navigation systemY
top Entertainment Features featuresGSRMR
AM/FM radioY
Steering wheel mounted audio controlsYY
CD playerYY
Radio data systemYY
MP3 decoderYY
top Lighting, Visibility and Instrumentation featuresGSRMR
Rear window defrosterYY
Low tire pressure warningYY
Front fog lightsYY
Trip computerYY
Front reading lightsYY
Speed sensitive wipersYY
Outside temperature displayYY
TachometerYY
Variably intermittent wipersYY
Fully automatic headlightsY
High intensity discharge headlightsY
Delay-off headlightsY
Rain sensing wipersY
top Powertrain featuresGSRMR
Variable valve controlYY
Limited slip differentialYY
Sequential multi-point fuel injectionYY
Mode select transmissionY
top Safety and Security featuresGSRMR
Dual front impact airbagsYY
Electronic stabilityYY
Occupant sensing airbagYY
Panic alarmYY
ABS brakesYY
Security systemYY
Dual front side impact airbagsYY
Knee airbagYY
Brake assistYY
Overhead airbagYY
Traction controlYY
4 wheel disc brakesYY
Ignition disableYY
top Seats and Trim featuresGSRMR
Rear seat centre armrestYY
Heated front seatsYY
Sport steering wheelYY
Leather shift knobYY
Front centre armrestYY
Leather upholsteryY
top Suspension/Handling featuresGSRMR
Sport suspensionYY
Alloy wheelsYY
Front anti-roll barYY
Power steeringYY
Four wheel independent suspensionYY
Rear anti-roll barYY
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