2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

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4 reviews
Available Price Range $19,680-$33,436 Trims2 Combined MPG 19-20 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

Our Take

Mitsubishi's five-seat Lancer Evolution performance sedan uses a 291-horsepower, turbocharged engine and features a standard all-wheel-drive system with three selectable modes for various dri... Read Full Report

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
  • Standard Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Standard USB port for MP3 players


Our Expert Reviews

Don't let its four doors fool you: The 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is a sports car before anything else, with heaps of performance fun in a small package — but not without compromises.Standard all-wheel drive maintains some practicality for snow-goers, who can outfit the Evolution with winter tires when temperatures drop. I drove an Evo GSR with a five-speed manual transmission ... Read Full Review

Consumer Reviews

4.8 out of 5

Based on 4 reviews

Closer to a dedicated track car than a street car.

by WRC Fan from Atlanta,GA on October 2, 2012

If you appreciate driving a car designed for the track on the street and want to fly under the radar, you may enjoy this car. Don't expect it to be smooth, quiet nor comfortable. You probably will not... Read Full Review

2 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There is currently 1 recall for this car.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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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