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    2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Ralliart takes aim at the competition

    There has always been a glaringly obvious gap in Mitsubishi's current Lancer lineup. On the bottom is the... Lancer, a biggish-for-its-class economy car that no one particularly likes at least that's what the sales charts would indicate. It's slow, filled with cheap plastics and dull. It hasn't even proven to be all that reliable by Japanese small-car standards, but at least it looks good. At the top of the heap and on a wholly different plane sits the Lancer Evolution. It's the giant-slayer, David, the little car that humbles supercars. It's also the hottest of the rally-inspired all-wheel-drive turbocharged pocket rockets. The Evo's only real competition is the Subaru WRX STI and, let's be honest, the Evo has been the better car for years now (Subaru has just updated its warrior for 2011, so a new comparison is in order). Its handling is more precise, yet at the same time more insane. The Mitsu is rawer, rougher, tougher and most importantly faster, even though it's down half a liter on the WRX STI in terms of displacement. Don't read this wrong, the STI is a fine backroad killer. But the EVO is more homicidal.



    Back to that gap. In the middle of its arch rival's portfolio has long lived the WRX, Subaru's Goldie Loxian sportster, which is very fast, very nimble, but very well priced (it still starts at under $25,000). The WRX has long threaded the needle between excellent all-around performance and the customer not being able to afford a higher monthly payment. Subaru, therefore, has sold a ton of them, for not only does the WRX offer all that power and rally-bred oomph at a low price, it can be had as a wagon. Mitsubishi had nothing until this year, when the Japanese industrial powerhouse brought over two new flavors of its hopped-up Lancer, the Ralliart and the Ralliart Sportback.



    Today we're taking a look at the supposedly more practical of those two additions, the five-door Sportback. When the pictures of the Lancer Sportback Ralliart started spilling onto this here internet, Yours Truly was especially excited. The main reason being that for the past eight years, I've owned a WRX wagon in one form or another. Biased? You could say that, but at that same time, I've been driving Evos against STIs and have remained aware (perhaps painfully aware) that the Evo is the sharper blade. Perhaps, then, the Sportback Ralliart could be my next fast and furious wagon, or at least go wheel-to-wheel with its competition from Fuji Heavy Industries? Hop the jump to find out.

    Read Article: autoblog.com/Mitsu Lancer Sportback Review


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    I'd like to like this car. My next car will probably be an Evo. And of course this Lancer would be a decent car and everything but the design work is just horrible.

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    I love the new Evo but I find every other model repugnant, especially the sportback.
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    It's nice to see them trying to fill that vacant spot in their offering. But they definitely have a way to go. Can't beat a WRX's price that's for sure...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudferret View Post
    I love the new Evo but I find every other model repugnant, especially the sportback.
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    when i was first thinking about a 2010 rex hatch, i found so many articles and reviews that felt the car is ugly. the ralliart sportback is waaaaay uglier. not to mention the fact that i would never buy a vehicle that has a motor called mivec. the mitsu is an overpriced econobox with a turbo. after owning my first subaru, i definetly dont feel that is the case with the WRX

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    Noticeably missing from the comparison at the end (with MS3 and the WRX) was the Genesis coupe. It should come in priced below any of these with all the aftermarket potential, and RWD is not a bad thing.

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    Speaking of tacked-on, just imagine how strange the Sportback would look if you were to unbolt its rear wing somewhere between the old Mazda 626 Touring and the Sterling 827?
    I LOL'ed when I read this

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    i don't like it. only like the sedan. I will take a mazdaspeed 3 tho!
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    That thing looks like a volvo cross country to me... its all boxey and they are heavy too at about 3600lbs...

    The 08 and up evos and sti's got slower and uglier imo... why do they have to go and ruin their best cars?
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    I chose the Impreza 2.5GT over this. I needed an automatic (for the wife...), and spent a lot less for the Impreza. In stock form, it was slower than the ralliart, but a DP and Cobbs stage 2 changed all that. It ran 13.7 @ 99 mph, and does 0-60 in the low/mid 5's. I am happy with my choice. Besides spending less (even w/ the mods), I got a more reliable car. It pulls hard right from idle, making it a fun DD and hard to beat from a standstill (launches perfect every time w/ the auto).

    Honestly, it was a tough choice, but the "newness" of the SST had me concerned about long term reliability (in spite of its coolness). I know the 4eat tranny of the Impreza is reliable, based on my last 4eat wrx (which I had for 175k trouble-free miles).
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