The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution marks the end of the road with this year’s model. The classic sport compact car has been a favorite at rallies and on the open highway for years, yet Mitsubishi chose to make this its last year of production.
At a sticker price of only $34,495, the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is a veritable bargain, considering how its performance stacks up against cars worth twice its price. With a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo powerplant pushing out 291 horses and 300 pound-feet of torque, the Evolution can provide a lot of fun for the money.
The Evolution comes with your choice of a six-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission. All models come with an all-wheel drive standard. For thrill-seekers, the car offers the option to turn all of the electronic safety features off so the car can perform the maneuvers it is designed to handle.
Like turns at speed, for instance. As a race-bred compact, the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has won the hearts of just about every automobile journalist that has ever driven it. After hours of road testing Buicks and Chevys designed for soccer moms and grannies, the Evolution made their hearts beat passionate for the little rally car. With its catlike agility, Brembo brakes, and world-class acceleration (taking only 4.5 seconds to get to 60 mph from a standing start), it puts the fun back in driving.
It won’t disappoint your inner speed demon. Though we don’t recommend taking it up to full speed out on the open road, you may want to take it out for a spin at your local track to push it to its limits. With a top speed of 162 miles per hour, you can flat-out fly.
For long trips, Mitsubishi has loaded the Evolution with amenities to make passengers and drivers comfortable. With conveniences like fog lights, auto climate control, a leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel, drivers can cruise for miles in comfort.
Other interior amenities that come standard are a 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a six-speaker sound system with HD and satellite radio, as well as jacks for auxiliary audio and iPods or USBs.
In the higher-end MR trim, Mitsubishi adds three speakers to the audio system, an automatically-dimming rear view mirror, Xenon headlights, automatic wipers, and keyless ignition. Options include leather seating, heated front seats, a sunroof, and rear parking assistance.
It is, however, the little car’s performance that will make it memorable long after the last model rolls off the line. The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution will make your heart dance. That makes it worth the price.