As you know, I spent a week with the Lancer Evolution as part of my car buying process. It was suggested by our Facebook Fans that I give the car a shot. It has plenty of power AND it has room in the back seat to fit two of my kids. I was lucky enough to get a car from Mitsubishi to use as my daily driver for a week. Here are my final thoughts and impressions of this car after using it for a week as I would if I owned it.
- Enough power to get yourself in trouble. In fact, it was frustrating to drive because you always wanted to go faster…
- The handling is amazing. You can take corners at speeds that are beyond the limits of most other cars. That being said I think that can be one of the downfalls of this car. This is exactly what happened to my co-founder Erik Landerholm in his Evo when he crashed on the race-track at Infineon.
- Room-a-plenty. With four doors and room for 5 passengers, you can easily take the whole crew with you wherever you’re going. The most interesting thing to note with a full load is power in the car isn’t sacrificed as much as you would think. While the extra weight does slow you down a bit, there is still plenty of punch in the 291 HP 2.0L 4 cylinder Turbo engine to carry even the heftiest of your friends to the Greasy Spoon.
- There are only two things I can say about this car that weren’t ideal. First, I averaged about 10 MPG for the duration of the week. This is largely due to the fact that I was constantly testing its acceleration. However, when you own an Evo, it would be hard not to want to drive it the way it was meant to be driven. You will likely have a hard time reaching the stated 22 Highway MPG rating. Lastly the car’s interior leaves a little to be desired. It’s obvious that the car was built for performance and not luxury. It’s not a terrible interior, it just lacks the WOW (or should I say Woo!) factor the rest of the car instills in you when you’re driving it.
All in all, the Lancer Evolution is now on my list of cars I’d like to purchase. At CarWoo! right now there are now five people considering buying the Evo now that we’ve had a chance to play with it. I think Mitsubishi just needs to get this car in the line of sight for buyers looking for a fun car with room for the family. Unfortunately it looks like 2011 is the last year they’re going to make the car so get one while you still can.
Take a look at our Lancer Evo Video. Woo! – If you’re ready to buy an Evo of your own, configure one on CarWoo! today.