Take the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution for a spin and you'll quickly realize it's aimed at a very specific audience: car enthusiasts. Known in such circles as the Evo, this compact sedan is purpose-built for those who love to drive hard and fast.
The 2015 Lancer Evo MR is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out 291 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. It features Mitsubishi's excellent six-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission with shift paddles on the steering column. Power is sent to all four wheels through an advanced all-wheel-drive system. Acceleration is impressive, requiring only 5 seconds to sprint from zero to 60.
The Evo is a sports car in compact-sedan clothing. The advanced all-wheel-drive system helps gives the Evo tenacious traction in a variety of conditions. The MR-only automated transmission is the clear choice for drivers with a traffic-dense commute, and its super quick shifts are a delight.
Standard equipment on the MR include BBS forged alloy wheels, automatic climate control, cruise control, a leather-wrapped tilt-only steering wheel, Mitsubishi's Fuse electronics interface with voice controls, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 6.1-inch touchscreen display, HD radio, an auxiliary audio jack, an iPod/USB audio interface and satellite radio. Also included are two-piece front brake rotors, upgraded suspension dampers and springs, xenon headlights, automatic windshield wipers, keyless entry and ignition, a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate sound system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and an upgraded center console.
Standard safety features include antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and a driver knee airbag. In government crash testing, the Evo received four out of five stars overall, with four stars for total frontal-impact safety and four stars for total side-impact safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Lancer its top score of "Good" in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength crash tests.