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This review is for the Lancer Evolution X GSR. I've had my Evo X GSR for 3 years now. It's such a blast to drive. The handling is amazing, the turbo-charged engine is powerful, and it looks pretty decent as well. Why I chose the EVO. Originally, I was a Subaru guy. I was intent on getting a new Subaru WRX STi. I went on a test drive of the STi and I was impressed. It was fast, sporty, and fun. Then I was encouraged by a family member to try the Evo. I thought that it couldn't hurt - so why not. After the test drive I was converted - the Evo was sharper, more fun over all. Best of all, it was 5-6k less than the STi. And, I could use the money I saved to add mods to the Evo - win win! Interior The first thing I want to say is that this car wasn't really designed for comfort. It was designed for performance enthusiasts first. Mistubishi basically took their economy car (the base Lancer), and made a high performance version of it - the Evo. While other manufacturers put more emphasis on ride comfort, interior design, and snazzy gauges; Mitsubishi kept it simple. They focused on a power and handling first. Ride comfort, and amenities came second. To enthusiasts like myself, this was the perfect combination. Personally, I could care less about how the interior looked. And while the plastics are cheap feeling, all the important interior amenities still work just fine. The AC is good, the defroster works perfectly, and the gauges are clear and bright. I feel that more of my money should go into the engine bay, rather than the interior - and that's what Mitsubishi has done with the Evo. (The seats the Evo has are actually very good for performance driving. They are Recaro seats which hold you like a glove. The rear seats are simple, yet functional - my kid can have his booster seat installed easily back there.) Performance The base GSR can get to 60 in about 5.2 seconds - give or take a few tenths. That's in the same ballpark as a BMW 335 which costs thousands more. The All-Wheel-Drive allows you to hit corners at speeds that most other cars couldn't even attempt. Turbo lag exists, but only if you shift conservatively. If you keep the engine revving higher, you'll never experience any Turbo lag. That's because the power begins to come on around 3.5-4k RPM which is relatively lower than most sports sedans in its price range. The one downside is that the GSR is a 5-speed manual when most manuals sold today are 6-speed. This means the engine is rather loud at highway speeds (revving at 3.5k rpm when going 65mph). But since it's so near the powerband at highway speeds, I can easily add a little bit of gas for quick burst of speed. Its really exhilarating to feel the pull of that turbo - such a rush! Final Thoughts In case you were wondering, gas mileage is horrible in the Evo X. I'm lucky to get 22mpg. But again, I don't live drive that far on a daily basis so it's not a problem. The Evo X GSR is a no-frills performance sedan for under 40k. If you like to shift, if you want AWD, a powerful Turbo, and a real focus on performance-over-comfort - this is the car to get.
Cause everyone likes it
I have no cons of this car. It is great on gas, stylish, roomy, and just plain fun to drive. The interior is minimalistic while still maintaining a chic appearance. It handles wonderfully and has an amazing turn radius. Best. Car. Ever. I can't believe I got this car for such a wonderful price.