• (4.5) 28 reviews
  • Available Prices: $14,541–$26,885
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 19
  • Engine: 291-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual w/OD
2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

Our Take on the Latest Model 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

What We Don't Like

  • Styling not all that different from regular Lancer
  • Ride may not be sporty enough for some
  • Manual transmission lacks sixth gear

Notable Features

  • 291-hp turbocharged engine
  • Manual or automated-manual transmission
  • Standard AWD
  • Competes with Subaru WRX STI

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Mitsubishi's latest Lancer Evolution marks the pocket-rocket's 10th generation. It shares the current Lancer's body, which was introduced for 2008, and uses a 291-horsepower turbocharged engine. Public enemy No. 1 is Subaru's WRX STI.

Mitsubishi bills the new Lancer as a better car for everyday driving, with extra sound-deadening materials and better torque distribution from the four-cylinder engine. Should you want to, you can tune the suspension for a more compliant ride.

The all-wheel-drive system integrates an electronic stability system with an active center differential. The differential can split power between the front and rear wheels based on how much the steering wheel is turned, whether the car is skidding and how hard the driver is stomping on the gas. Drivers can switch between Tarmac, Gravel and Snow modes.

Mitsubishi offers two trim levels: The Evolution GSR, with a five-speed manual transmission, and the Evolution MR, with a six-speed, twin-clutch automated manual.

Mitsubishi says the Evolution's shark-like nose was inspired by the air intakes on fighter jets. The current Lancer's forward-leaning stance is already one of the more aggressive shapes among compact cars, and the Evolution looks even more so. The grille has a dark mesh insert, while 18-inch wheels frame four-piston Brembo front brakes. A rear spoiler is standard, and the optional extra-large spoiler is tall enough to hang shirts on to dry.

The Evolution's hood, fenders, bumpers and roof are made of aluminum, which theoretically would lower the car's center of gravity. The MR includes an even more hunkered-down suspension, enhanced brakes for better cooling, unique 18-inch wheels and xenon headlights.

Heavily bolstered Recaro racing seats have leather/fabric upholstery, but otherwise the interior looks much like the regular Lancer's. Automatic climate control, power windows and locks, a six-speaker CD stereo and cruise control are standard. The Evolution MR adds audio controls on the steering wheel. Options include a 650-watt Rockford Fosgate stereo, navigation system and keyless access.

Under the Hood
Though output is up just 5 hp over the ninth-generation Evolution, Mitsubishi says the latest 2.0-liter four-cylinder has a host of other improvements, like an aluminum engine block — the old one was iron — and intake and exhaust valve timing, versus the previous intake-only timing. The 300 pounds-feet of torque now peaks at 4,400 rpm versus the old version's 289 pounds-feet at 3,500 rpm, but Mitsubishi says the torque curve is wider than before, with revised turbocharger dynamics yielding as much as 20 percent quicker response.

The MR's twin-clutch automated manual works much like Audi's DSG gearbox, with the next gear at hand as soon as the previous gear is released. That should make for lightning-fast shifts, which can be performed automatically or with paddle shifters on the steering wheel. The transmission offers three shift programs: Normal, Sport and S-Sport. Sport holds lower gears longer and shifts more quickly than Normal, while S-Sport optimizes performance for the racetrack.

Seven standard airbags include the required frontal devices, as well as a driver's knee airbag, side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags for both rows. Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes and an electronic stability system are also standard.

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Most fun car I?ve owned!

by TurboTony from on September 29, 2017

I?ve had a lot of cars but my 2008 Evo GSR was one of my favorites. It?s ride is harsh and interior is lacking by today?s standards but the driving dynamics are incredible. The evo acts as a direct co... Read Full Review

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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.


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.

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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).

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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.

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