2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

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Key Specs

of the 2013 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 6th gear

Notable Features of the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

  • 291-hp turbocharged engine
  • Manual or automated-manual transmission
  • Standard AWD
  • Standard Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Standard USB port for MP3 players

2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Mitsubishi's rally-inspired Lancer Evolution performance sedan uses an aluminum 291-horsepower, turbocharged engine and features a standard all-wheel-drive system with three selectable modes for tarmac, gravel or snow driving conditions. Its main competitor is Subaru's WRX STI.
New for 2013
There are no significant changes for 2013.
Exterior
Mitsubishi says the Evolution's nose was inspired by the air intakes on fighter jets. The 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:

  • Grille with dark mesh insert
  • Standard 18-inch wheels
  • Large spoiler on GSR; smaller lip spoiler on MR
  • Aluminum hood, fenders, bumpers and roof
  • Available high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • MR model has Bilstein-brand shocks, Eibach-brand springs, enhanced brakes and BBS wheels

Interior
The interior looks similar to the regular Lancer's, except it has heavily bolstered Recaro-brand front bucket seats. Interior features include:

  • Standard automatic climate control
  • Standard CD stereo with a USB port and Bluetooth streaming audio 
  • Standard steering-wheel audio controls
  • Standard cruise control
  • Optional Rockford Fosgate stereo
  • 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 ...

Vehicle Overview

Mitsubishi's rally-inspired Lancer Evolution performance sedan uses an aluminum 291-horsepower, turbocharged engine and features a standard all-wheel-drive system with three selectable modes for tarmac, gravel or snow driving conditions. Its main competitor is Subaru's WRX STI.
New for 2013
There are no significant changes for 2013.
Exterior
Mitsubishi says the Evolution's nose was inspired by the air intakes on fighter jets. The 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:

  • Grille with dark mesh insert
  • Standard 18-inch wheels
  • Large spoiler on GSR; smaller lip spoiler on MR
  • Aluminum hood, fenders, bumpers and roof
  • Available high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • MR model has Bilstein-brand shocks, Eibach-brand springs, enhanced brakes and BBS wheels

Interior
The interior looks similar to the regular Lancer's, except it has heavily bolstered Recaro-brand front bucket seats. Interior features include:

  • Standard automatic climate control
  • Standard CD stereo with a USB port and Bluetooth streaming audio 
  • Standard steering-wheel audio controls
  • Standard cruise control
  • Optional Rockford Fosgate stereo
  • 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 initiated by 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, turbocharged 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-brand antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system

 


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(3.8)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Very sporty

by Ed from Silver spring md on May 19, 2018

Evo is very sporty car , fast and a lot room inside , I?m enjoying driving around, plus is very unique, it was discontinued in 2015 so I?m lucky to have one of those Read full review

(5.0)

Cool car

by MIchelleBurgos from Ocoee, FL on January 15, 2018

I thought it was in great condition and totally stock which was a bonus. Looked exactly like it did in the add. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

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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 warranty

    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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