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2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

177.0” x 58.3”


All-wheel drive



The good:

  • Performance potential
  • Sporty seats
  • Heavy-duty brakes
  • Lots of safety features

The bad:

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

4 trims

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Notable features

  • 291-hp turbocharged engine
  • Manual or automated-manual transmission
  • Standard AWD

2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Mitsubishi’s Lancer Evolution performance sedan uses a 291-horsepower turbocharged engine and features a standard all-wheel-drive system that features three selectable modes for various surfaces. Public enemy No. 1 is Subaru’s WRX STI.

New for 2010
A well-equipped MR Touring trim level is new for 2010 and includes a moonroof, leather upholstery, heated front seats and automatic headlights. Subtle styling changes include revised taillights and a new antenna.

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.

  • Standard grille with dark mesh insert
  • Standard 18-inch wheels
  • Large spoiler optional
  • Aluminum hood, fenders, bumpers and roof
  • Optional xenon headlights
  • MR model with Bilstein shocks, Eibach springs, enhanced brakes and BBS wheels

The interior looks similar to the regular Lancer’s, except it has heavily bolstered Recaro racing seats.

  • Standard automatic climate control, power windows and locks, a six-speaker CD stereo and cruise control
  • Standard audio controls on the steering wheel
  • Optional Rockford Fosgate audio system
  • Optional navigation system

Under the Hood
The Lancer Evolution’s optional twin-clutch automated manual works much like Volkswagen’s DSG gearbox, with the next gear at hand as soon as the previous gear is released. This is designed to produce lightning-fast shifts, which are 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.

  • 291-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 300 pounds-feet of torque
  • Standard five-speed manual transmission
  • Optional six-speed twin-clutch automated manual

Standard safety features include:

  • Driver’s knee airbag
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags for both rows of seats
  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.8
  • Interior 3.5
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value 4.2
  • Exterior 4.7
  • Reliability 4.5
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Most recent consumer reviews


fair overpriced car

transmission failed at 38k miles and the company would not help at all. fixed it and sold it. Never again will I buy any mitsubishi.

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 2.0
  • Interior 2.0
  • Performance 3.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Exterior 4.0
  • Reliability 3.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Used for Commuting
  • Does not recommend this car
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Supercar performance at a bargain price. A few modifications makes this car even better (exhaust, FMIC, intake, & tune). I have driven other AWD cars but after a test drive on the EVO X, I just had to have it. But besides speed and acceleration, it is at the corners where the Evo X really shines. It takes corners like it is on rails. Reliability is solid too! I've had the Evo for 5 years now with no problems at all. However, the Evo X does have its imperfections. First and foremost. . . gas mileage. The best you can hope for is 22 - 23 mpg. My average mpg is around 19 - 20 mpg. And with a small fuel tank, I have to gas up before hitting 290 miles. Another issue is interior noise. It doesn't really bother me but it bothers my wife and friends. But this car is not for them. It is for me and I enjoy driving it everyday! I only hope Mitsubishi decides to continue with the Evolution. If not, I'll be owning a car that is fun to drive, reliable...and soon....rare.

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.0
  • Interior 3.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Exterior 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0
  • Purchased a New car
  • Used for Commuting
  • Does recommend this car
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Best Car i have owned

Good color. Motor sounds good. Pretty good shape. Color is very unique. interior is in good shape. looks fast

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior 5.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Exterior 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Does recommend this car
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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Mitsubishi
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
84 months/100,000 miles
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Less than 5 years/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Remainder of original 5 years/60,000 miles
Remainder of original 10-year/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
123-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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