2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    19-20 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    291-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    All-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Performance
  • 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

Notable Features of the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

  • 291-hp turbocharged engine
  • Manual or automated-manual transmission
  • Standard AWD
  • New Fuse multimedia system
  • Standard USB port for MP3 players

2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 driving conditions. Its main competitor is Subaru's WRX STI.

New for 2011
For 2011, the Evolution features a retuned exhaust note and enhanced electronics. Much like Ford's Sync system, Mitsubishi's new Fuse system enables drivers to call up music from a docked MP3 player. The optional navigation system adds real-time traffic, and a USB port for MP3 players is now standard. Reshuffled trim levels leave last year's SE and MR Touring trims by the wayside. The features on both, however, are available optionally in the remaining Evolution GSR and MR. Both trims now include standard rear spoilers.

Exterior
Mitsubishi says the Evolution's 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. Exterior features include:

  • Standard grille with dark mesh insert
  • Standard 18-inch wheels
  • Large spoiler on GSR; smaller lip spoiler on MR
  • 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. Interior features i...

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 driving conditions. Its main competitor is Subaru's WRX STI.

New for 2011
For 2011, the Evolution features a retuned exhaust note and enhanced electronics. Much like Ford's Sync system, Mitsubishi's new Fuse system enables drivers to call up music from a docked MP3 player. The optional navigation system adds real-time traffic, and a USB port for MP3 players is now standard. Reshuffled trim levels leave last year's SE and MR Touring trims by the wayside. The features on both, however, are available optionally in the remaining Evolution GSR and MR. Both trims now include standard rear spoilers.

Exterior
Mitsubishi says the Evolution's 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. Exterior features include:

  • Standard grille with dark mesh insert
  • Standard 18-inch wheels
  • Large spoiler on GSR; smaller lip spoiler on MR
  • 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. Interior features include:

  • Standard automatic climate control, power windows and locks, a six-speaker CD stereo and cruise control
  • Standard Fuse multimedia system
  • Standard USB port for iPods or other MP3 players
  • Standard steering-wheel audio controls
  • Optional Rockford Fosgate audio system
  • Optional navigation system
  • Optional heated leather seats

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. Mechanical features include:

  • 291-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder makes 300 pounds-feet of torque
  • GSR has five-speed manual transmission
  • MR has six-speed twin-clutch automated manual
  • Standard all-wheel-drive system can split power 50/50 (front/rear)

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Driver's knee airbag
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags for both rows of seats
  • High-performance Brembo antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system



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What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.9)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Best all around car

by bdiau from Williamsburg,VA on March 9, 2018

Great family sports sedan, with the ability to handle serious track days. Its been very reliable, just the basic maintenance. I love this car so much, its my 2nd Evo X Read full review

(5.0)

excellant

by Brwa88 from Slaimanyiah Iraq on August 6, 2017

monster,beast,crazy Car makes me feel like I am flying I can't tell who I feel I'm just saying it is Amaizing Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Mitsubishi

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, 10-years/100,000 mile Powertrain Limited Warranty, Carfax vehicle history report, fresh oil and filter, and toll-free assistance line.

  • Limited Warranty

    Certified Pre-Owned Mitsubishi’s get a 10-year/100,000 mile Powertrain Limited Warranty, up to ten years from the vehicle’s original in-service date or date of first use, or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. Zero deductible for covered repairs completed by a Mitsubishi dealer in the USA.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 123 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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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