Excellent econo car with a bit of spirit to it. Shifting is excellent and a great aftermarket for those who are looking to mod. So far i've only done evo shift knob (shorter throw LOVE it) but still nice to have options. Highly recommend Road Race Motorsports (RRM) to anyone looking to go that route anybody who appreciates old school will love how this new school vehicle drives and sounds.
The Lancer Evolution MR is the best handling car I have ever driven and the dual clutch transmission with paddle shifters is a blast!
All in all, an excellent car. It does have some quirks to get used to, but as a high performance car, this is to be expected. The transmission is very notchy when cold (but a change to better fluid such as Redline or Amsoil and easily done modifications to the shifter bushings alleviates almost all of this feeling). Seats are aggressive and may be snug for larger framed drivers and front seat passengers (I wear a 38 and am 6' tall, and I fit fine). The RockfordFosgate sound system is great and highly reccomend finding a model with this option. The interior plastics are hard touch and fairly bland, and the faux carbon fiber trim is a bit tacky, but can be changed with a roll of vinyl. The brakes are firm and very confidence inspiting, and the chassis tuning is taut without any annoying spring harmonics or issues with running out of damper stroke. Very comfortable for the daily commute, long drive on the highway and the occasional brisk driving. I left mine factory stock for all of 2 weeks before the modification bug bit again, but even in factory guise, it is a great car and excellent value for the money. Comparable cars are the Subaru WRX STi, Nissan 370Z and BMW 335i. The STi is not as sharp as the Evo, the Nissan lacks the additional trunk and rear passenger space and the BMW can be a maintenance nightmare. The Evo has the speed of a sports car, amenities and space of a sedan and the dynamic performance of a car much higher up the price food chain.