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2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

$15,428 — $30,688 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
19 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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

What to Know

about the 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
  • 291-hp turbocharged engine
  • Manual or automated-manual transmission
  • Standard AWD

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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.

Exterior
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


Interior
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 re...
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.

Exterior
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


Interior
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


Safety
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

What drivers are saying

4.4
11 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(3.5)
Comfort
(3.8)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

Read reviews that mention:

(1.0)

fair overpriced car

by bigrob from New jersey on October 22, 2018

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. Read full review

(5.0)

Evo GSR

by Evo X owner from Norfolk, VA on April 6, 2015

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 ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution currently has 5 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Mitsubishi

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / unlimited distance

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

  • Powertrain

    Remainder of original 10-year/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    123-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

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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