2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

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Key Specs

of the 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Performance potential
  • Handling
  • Recaro seats

The Bad

  • Pending further review

Notable Features of the 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

  • 271-hp engine
  • Rally-racing heritage
  • AWD
  • Brembo brakes
  • New lightened RS edition

2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Overview

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Vehicle Overview
When the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII racecar was revealed at the 2001 New York International Auto Show, it was fitted with a 280-horsepower engine and all-wheel drive. Two years later, a street version emerged.

Sometimes dubbed "Evo," the rally sports-inspired model is the eighth Evolution car since 1992. The first one competed in the 1993 World Rally Championship in Monte Carlo, France. Each prior version has been available in Japan, but the Evolution VIII is the first one offered at U.S. dealerships. Mitsubishi says, "This entire family of highly developed sedans exists for the sole purpose of domination in competition."

Breathing through an intercooled turbocharger, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine has four valves per cylinder and makes 271 hp. The engine works with a five-speed-manual transmission and full-time all-wheel drive. The automaker claims the Lancer Evolution can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 5 seconds. A set of large Brembo brakes are used to bring the car to a swift halt.

Recaro leather seats and a 315-watt eight-speaker Infinity CD stereo are optional. Mitsubishi also introduced a Lancer Evolution RS "for racing purists, compact car tuners and hard-core driving enthusiasts." Weight-saving measures cut nearly 150 pounds from the RS. A rear crossbar and front limited-slip differential are intended to help with handling. Deleted items include the wing spoiler, rear wiper, air conditioner, audio system, power accessories and ABS. An Urban J...
Vehicle Overview
When the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII racecar was revealed at the 2001 New York International Auto Show, it was fitted with a 280-horsepower engine and all-wheel drive. Two years later, a street version emerged.

Sometimes dubbed "Evo," the rally sports-inspired model is the eighth Evolution car since 1992. The first one competed in the 1993 World Rally Championship in Monte Carlo, France. Each prior version has been available in Japan, but the Evolution VIII is the first one offered at U.S. dealerships. Mitsubishi says, "This entire family of highly developed sedans exists for the sole purpose of domination in competition."

Breathing through an intercooled turbocharger, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine has four valves per cylinder and makes 271 hp. The engine works with a five-speed-manual transmission and full-time all-wheel drive. The automaker claims the Lancer Evolution can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 5 seconds. A set of large Brembo brakes are used to bring the car to a swift halt.

Recaro leather seats and a 315-watt eight-speaker Infinity CD stereo are optional. Mitsubishi also introduced a Lancer Evolution RS "for racing purists, compact car tuners and hard-core driving enthusiasts." Weight-saving measures cut nearly 150 pounds from the RS. A rear crossbar and front limited-slip differential are intended to help with handling. Deleted items include the wing spoiler, rear wiper, air conditioner, audio system, power accessories and ABS. An Urban Jungle Package restores such comforts as air conditioning and power windows, locks and mirrors.


Exterior
The styling and split grille are similar in both the regular Lancer sedan and the Evolution, but the Evo adds many noticeable extras that befit its performance orientation. Widened, blistered-aluminum front fenders and unique headlight assemblies project a stronger appearance and improve aerodynamics. A lightweight aluminum hood with a large vent opening helps dissipate engine heat.

The horizontal and vertical wings of the rear spoiler are made entirely of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic to help keep its weight down. The Evo's torsional rigidity is said to be double that of a regular Lancer. Enkei alloy wheels hold V-rated 17-inch tires. High-intensity-discharge headlights have an auto-off feature. A sunroof is optional.


Interior
The Evolution's interior looks similar to other Lancer sedans. Seating for five occupants includes Recaro front bucket seats. The three-spoke Momo steering wheel, gearshift knob and boot, and parking brake lever feature leather trim with black stitching. Round performance gauges are illuminated full-time with a red hue, and a 9,000-rpm tachometer sits in the center of the instrument panel.

Standard equipment includes a 140-watt Infinity CD stereo, air conditioning, keyless entry, and power windows and locks.


Under the Hood
Equipped with an intercooled turbocharger, Mitsubishi's 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine generates 271 hp at 6,500 rpm and 273 pounds-feet of torque at 3,500 rpm; it connects to a five-speed-manual gearbox. Full-time all-wheel drive is standard, and a single 4-inch-diameter tailpipe is visible at the rear.

Safety
Four-channel antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution are standard on all models but the RS. Side-impact airbags are not available.


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(4.3)
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(4.3)
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(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Great sports car for the money!

by Mike from Washington DC on August 12, 2012

For the money you cant get a better sports car. Its reliable even with modifications. Capable of big power and can run with exotics that are 3x the cost. Best car to come out of Mitsubishi Motors in a ... Read full review

(5.0)

A MUST HAVE SPORT CAR!!!

by Evo from columbia, sc on December 27, 2010

Okay im 26yrs old, and i basically been saving up for my dream car (toyota supra). Its now Dec 04, 2010 and honestly... i have gotten tired of waiting around for a good one to come on the market for ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution currently has 1 recall

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Lancer Evolution received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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