Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 10th Generation 2008-2015 Review

Everything You Need To Know Before Buying Used Lancer Evolution 10th Gen

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10th Gen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo: What Owners Say

  • Handling is a high point, and owners report being very pleased with the road holding and sharp steering
  • The potent turbocharged engine offers excellent performance
  • The level of standard equipment is commendable
  • The interior is low-rent and the quality of materials is out of step with the price
  • Driver comfort is compromised by a seat that does not adjust for height, a steering column that does not telescope, and harsh suspension
  • The minuscule 6.9-cube trunk and non-folding rear seats severely hurt practicality

Tenth Generation Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Facelift

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X never received a meaningful facelift and was only given minor updates through the years.

Lancer 10th Gen Front Changes CarBuzz
Lancer 10th Gen Front Changes

The Evo 2015 receives new side mirrors that contain integrated turn signals1.

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Lancer 10th Gen Rear Changes

The old antenna on the rear center roof of the Lancer Evolution X 2010 has been replaced with a shorter one1.

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Lancer 10th Gen Interior Changes

The 2010 Evo X gets leather trim on its parking-brake grip1 and the monochrome red multi-function display in the gauge cluster is exchanged for a full-color display2.

The only change to the 2012 Evo's interior is the addition of soft-touch trim on the door panels.

The 2014 Evo receives a 6.1-inch touchscreen display on the center stack between the air vents.

The Recaro sports front seats are no longer fitted to the 2015 Evo and the front cup holders are redesigned.

Engine, Transmission and Drivetrain

The tenth-generation Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution loses the famous, long-running belt-driven 4G63T turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with its cast-iron block used since the '80s. This motor's origins go back to the '70s Sirius engine. In its place is a 2.0-liter turbocharged derivative of the joint-venture GEMA world engine shared by Mitsubishi, Chrysler, and Hyundai. It is the only engine offered in the Evo X. Two transmissions are available - either a five-speed manual or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic.

2.0L Inline-4 Gas Turbocharged DOHC 4B11T
237/291 hp | 253/300 lb-ft
237/291 hp
253/300 lb-ft
Five-speed manual / six-speed dual-clutch automatic

Unlike the old 4G63T, the 4B11T has an aluminum engine block with iron cylinder liners and chain-driven camshafts. It is 26 pounds lighter than the 4G63T. With the help of an MHI TD05H-152G6-12T turbocharger supplying 22 psi of boost, it develops 291 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque, delivered to all four wheels via a Super All-Wheel Control AWD system with Active Yaw Control and an active center differential to provide a rear-wheel-drive bias. The combination enables the Evo to offer limpet-like grip around corners and sprint to 60 mph in around five seconds. A lower-powered version of this engine with a smaller turbocharger is used in the Lancer Ralliart, a model bridging the gap between the normal Lancer and the Evo X, where it's tuned for 237 hp and 253 lb-ft. The semi-closed deck of the cylinder block has allowed aftermarket tuners to extract 500 hp from it, so it's strongly built, even if the old 4G63T's closed-deck iron block could take even more punishment. The 4B11T is generally reliable but can suffer from piston-ring and catalytic-converter failure and a few other issues. The GSR's standard transmission is a five-speed manual, while the Ralliart and MR come exclusively with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic.

2008-2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo Real MPG

Both manual and automatic Lancer Evos produce figures of 19 mpg on the combined cycle and should be able to travel around 275 miles on the small 14.5-gallon tank. While this short range is not ideal, it worsens significantly when maximum performance is extracted from the engine and fuel economy figures naturally plummet. Frequent gas-station visits will be part of life for the average Evo X driver. Not enough Evo X owners submitted their real-world consumption figures to the EPA but other online owners' forums suggest that the six-speed automatic's figures do broadly agree with the EPA's with most owners' results dotted from 17-20 mpg. Hard driving can reduce that to 15 mpg and highway cruising can squeeze as much as 23-24 mpg out of the Evo.

EPA mpg (city/highway/combined)Real-world combined mpg*
2.0 turbocharged five-speed manual17/23/19N/A
2.0 turbocharged six-speed dual-clutch automatic17/22/19N/A

* Real-world mpg and MPGe figures are provided by the EPA. Once a car has been on sale for a significant period of time, the EPA gets real-world figures directly from the customer base. These figures are then provided on the EPA website. Real-world figures are not available for certain models due to a lack of sales, or not enough people partaking in this after-sales survey.


The 10th-gen Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution was never crash-tested by the NHTSA as a separate model, only the normal Lancer was. However, since, the cars are structurally essentially identical, the results for the normal AWD Lancer can be applied to the Evolution as well. According to the more lenient pre-2011 crash standards, the Lancer achieved a sound blend of four- and five-star ratings. When the stricter 2011 standards came into play, this dropped a little, but not dramatically so. Even the post-2011 Lancer achieved four stars for all disciplines, which is entirely acceptable for an old car. The first post-2011 result available is that of the 2012 Lancer; the 2011 model wasn't tested.

The standard safety specifications read well for a 2008 model and features include ABS brakes, stability control, tire-pressure monitoring, seven airbags (including a driver's knee airbag), keyless entry, and the advanced electronically controlled multi-mode Super All-Wheel Control AWD system with active yaw control and active center differential. Rear parking sensors became optionally available for the 2011 model year. An auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror was added as an optional extra for the 2012 model year and becomes standard on the MR trim for 2015.

US NHTSA Crash Test Result


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10th Generation Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Trims

Initially, there were only two tenth-gen Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution trims, namely GSR and MR. The GSR is a more hardcore rendition and the MR is slightly softer, more luxurious, and a little less sporty. For 2009, a Lancer Ralliart joins the line-up and while it's not called an Evo and should strictly not feature in this review, it has more Evo in it than the regular Lancer. It uses the same turbocharged engine and six-speed dual-clutch transmission, just with less power and equipment and less sophisticated suspension. It bridges the gap between the normal Lancer and the Evo X in the way a WRX bridges the gap between the normal Impreza and the WRX STI.

Some range-wide changes are made over the years; for 2010, a few exterior changes are made and all models get a full-color driver-information display between the main gauges to replace the old red one. The parking brake's handle on the 2010 models is trimmed in leather. For 2011, a Fuse hands-free voice-activation system was added to all models and it comes with real-time traffic updates. The range soldiered on mostly unchanged until 2014 when all models received standard satellite radio and a new 6.1-inch audio touchscreen. The optional navigation system was upgraded at the same time. For their final 2015 model, all Evos, unfortunately, lose their Recaro racing seats, but the upshot of that is that the driver's seat is now height-adjustable at last. All models gain side mirrors with integrated turn signals and redesigned front cup holders.

2008, 2010-2015
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four
5-Speed Manual

The 2008 GSR comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, halogen headlights with auto-off, fog lights, a black grille with a black surround, daytime running lights, dual exhaust finishers, and a color-coded trunk-lid spoiler. Inside, it has Recaro semi-bucket racing seats with cloth upholstery, a manually adjustable tilt-only steering column, leather trim on the steering wheel and shifter knob, cruise control, automatic climate control, keyless entry, and a six-speaker radio with an auxiliary audio jack and single-disc CD player. The optional Sight, Sound, and Spoiler Package adds some MR features like the large rear spoiler and HID headlights, as well as a ten-speaker Rockford-Fosgate audio system with a ten-inch subwoofer, so check whether this has been fitted.

The GSR gains various range-wide changes as described above, along with the other trims. Specs are reshuffled a bit for 2011 and the GSR gets the large rear spoiler, audio controls on the steering wheel, Fuse voice activation, Bluetooth streaming, and a USB/iPod audio interface. For 2011, the optional Sight and Sound Package deletes the spoiler option and adds a six-disc in-dash CD changer. A Sun and Leather Package adds heated front seats, leather upholstery, a sunroof, and better sound insulation.

2008, 2010-2015
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four
Six-speed dual-clutch automatic

The 2008 MR has the same general specification as the 2008 GSR, but differs slightly in having BBS alloy wheels (still 18 inches), while it additionally gets xenon headlights, a larger rear wing, a graphite-silver grille with a chrome surround, a chrome beltline molding, slightly softer shock-absorber settings, Bluetooth, leather-and-suede upholstery, keyless start, and audio controls on the steering wheel. The MR-only optional Technology Package adds the Rockford-Fosgate audio system, and a hard-drive-based navigation system with music storage. The MR Touring Package is launched for the 2010 model year and includes a sunroof, rain-sensing windshield wipers, additional sound insulation, leather upholstery, and heating for the front seats. For 2011, heated mirrors and automatic headlights are added to this package.

The 2011 MR gets the small rear deck-lid spoiler. At the same time, the Premium Package is launched, consisting of chrome exterior highlights, leather-and-suede upholstery, the Rockford-Fosgate audio system, an upgraded center console, and keyless start. For its final model year, the 2015 MR gains as standard the previously optional Rockford-Fosgate audio system, keyless start, and an auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror.

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four
Six-speed dual-clutch automatic

For 2009, the Lancer Ralliart launched as a midway mark between the normal Lancer and the hardcore Evo X. It's the only performance Lancer in the line-up for 2009, as the Evo X GSR and MR went on a one-year vacation and only returned for the 2010 model year. The Ralliart uses a lot of Evo X hardware, including the S-AWC all-wheel-drive system with Tarmac, Gravel, and Snow modes, trick Active Yaw Control rear differential, and with the six-speed dual-clutch automatic as the only transmission option. It loses the Evo's wide-body fender flares and body bracing behind the rear seat, so its rear seat splits 60/40 and folds, unlike the Evo's. It rides on more mundane 18-inch wheels and non-performance-oriented rubber. It also loses the Evo's aluminum suspension components and although the suspension settings are stiff, its handling and road-holding are a clear step below the Evo's. It accelerates to 60 mph in around 5.5 seconds. Standard specifications include a blend of GSR and MR features and it has the cloth Recaros, the steering-wheel-sited audio control, and the big rear wing. This trim was sold as new for three model years, until 2012.

Tenth Gen Lancer Evolution Features

GSRSEFinal EditionMRMR Touring
Auxiliary Audio InputOSSOS
Bluetooth ConnectionSSSSS
Climate ControlSSSSS
Cruise ControlSSSSS
Driver Air BagSSSSS
Front Head Air BagSSSSS
Front Side Air BagSSSSS
Hard Disk Drive Media StorageN/AN/AN/AON/A
Heated Front Seat(s)OSN/AOS
Keyless EntryOSSOS
Keyless StartON/ASOS
Knee Air BagSSSSS
Navigation SystemON/AOON/A
Passenger Air BagSSSSS
Power Mirror(s)SSSOS
Premium Sound SystemON/AN/AOS
Rear Head Air BagSSSSS
Remote Engine StartON/AN/AN/AN/A
Remote Trunk ReleaseSSSSS
Satellite RadioON/ASOS
Smart Device IntegrationSN/ASSN/A
Stability ControlSSSSS
Steering Wheel Audio ControlsSSSSS
Tire Pressure MonitorSSSSS
Traction ControlSSSSS

Interior, Trim And Practicality

Lancer Evolution 10th Gen Interior Overview Mitsubishi
Lancer Evolution 10th Gen Interior Overview

The Evo doesn't look its price inside, where the workmanlike materials and somewhat bland design are lifted mostly from the standard Lancer. The ambiance is lifted substantially by aluminum pedals, a unique steering wheel, and sporty gauges, but the Recaro racing seats probably make the most difference. Sadly, they rob the rear-seat passengers of nearly three inches of legroom and they're not height-adjustable. Still, they set the interior apart and really hug you around corners. The 2015 models lose these seats and although it liberates more space and brings height adjustment for the driver, most will see this as a loss. The trunk is laughably small at a tiny 6.9 cubic feet, thanks to the under-floor AWD gubbins and the trunk-mounted battery. It shrinks even further with the Rockford-Fosgate audio system's massive subwoofer mounted there. This is even smaller than that of most small convertibles. The Ralliart has ten cubes and regular Lancers around 12.

GSRSEFinal EditionMRMR Touring
Bucket SeatsOSSOS
Cloth SeatsSSSSN/A
Leather SeatsON/AN/AOS
Leather Steering WheelSSSSS
Black, Cloth seat trimSSN/ASN/A
Black, Leather seat trimON/AN/AOS
Black, RECARO leather seat trimSN/AN/ASN/A
Black, Sport Fabric Seat TrimSN/AN/ASN/A
Black, RECARO Leather Seating SurfacesSN/AN/ASN/A
Black, Cloth Seat TrimSN/ASSN/A
Black, Leather Seating SurfacesSN/AN/ASN/A
Black, Suede/leather seat trimN/AN/AN/ASN/A
Black, Leather/suede seat trimN/AN/AN/AON/A
Black, RECARO leather/suede seat trimN/AN/AN/ASN/A
Black, RECARO Suede/Leather Seating SurfacesN/AN/AN/ASN/A

2008-2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo Maintenance and Cost

The engine's air filter, the manual transaxle oil, and the transfer-case oil all have to be replaced at 15,000-mile intervals. The SST dual-clutch transmission's oil and filter must be replaced at 30,000-mile intervals, along with the auxiliary drive belt. Despite being iridium-tipped, spark plugs only last 60,000 miles and cost around $104 a set; at the same time, the coolant (and coolant hoses!) must be replaced too. Add up all the parts, fluids, and hours of labor, plus the frequency of the maintenance, and the Evo X is not a cheap car to run.

Strangely, Mitsubishi says that the factory-filled coolant only has to be changed at 90,000 miles and subsequent coolant changes must happen at 60,000-mile intervals, but it says the coolant hoses must be replaced at 60,000 miles, before the coolant is due. How they reckon a mechanic is going to replace coolant hoses without having to drain the coolant we don't know, and even if the coolant is collected and can be refilled, we would opt for new coolant anyway.

10th Gen Lancer Evolution Basic Service

We usually recommend replacing the engine oil frequently on performance cars and cars used in harsh conditions, but even according to these standards, the Evo X's oil-change intervals are unusually short. The manufacturer recommends changing the oil every 3,000 miles and the oil filter every 6,000 miles, so maintenance is frequent and quite a hassle for people piling on the miles. The engine takes 5.4 quarts of fully synthetic oil and you'll pay around $60 for six quarts, plus anything between $12 and $25 for an oil filter, depending on the brand. The dealership's labor charge may amount to around $150 per hour, so these lube services shouldn't cost much more than $200-$250.

Check Before You Buy

The first thing you should do is familiarize yourself with the Lancer Evo's recalls and make sure that all recall work has been done, so here are all the 2008-2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution recalls.

The 2008-2011 Evo was recalled for the auxiliary drive belt that may detach, which will interrupt electrical power and possibly cause an engine stall. 2008-2011 models were recalled for a potential clutch master cylinder failure that could cause the manual transmission to remain stuck in a gear. 2008-2009 models were recalled for the airbag front impact sensors that may corrode in salt-belt states and fail to work properly and for an under-hood fuel return pipe that may crack, leak fuel, and cause a fire. 2009-2010 Evos were recalled for the sunroof glass panel that may detach while driving. The 2010 model was recalled for a front-suspension lower control arm that may corrode and detach, leading to a loss of vehicle control, for a blower motor that may fail and prevent the windscreen from being defogged, and for failing headlights and windshield wipers.

The second thing you should do is check the service history very carefully. As outlined earlier, the Evo X has a very strict service schedule and it has to be serviced very frequently. Big-ticket items that need clean oil far more often than other cars and can cost you dearly when they fail include the engine, AWD drivetrain, and automatic transmission. Skipping these services can not only compromise the vehicle's reliability, but also affect its resale value. You buy an Evo X without a complete Mitsubishi service history at your peril.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X Common Problems

4B11T 2.0-liter Turbocharged Engine Problems

In theory, the 4B11T engine should require less maintenance than the old 4G63T thanks to its cam chain and deletion of the 4G63's balance shafts. However, a few problems conspire against this. This very cam chain is prone to elongation; it was worst in the first two model years until 2009 and it is exacerbated by lax maintenance and low oil levels. Being a highly strung and hard-driven turbocharged engine in a performance car, the maintenance record should be flawless and the oil should be checked frequently and topped up when necessary. Even when there's nothing wrong with it, the 4B11T is known to be a noisy engine when cold with an almost diesel-like din until it's warmed up.

The engine can also be prone to piston-ring failure and when this happens, the ring fragments can wreak havoc inside the engine and require a complete rebuild. Fragments can also reach and ruin the turbocharger. Being a modern engine with emissions equipment also comes with its downsides. The catalytic converter can fail and when its innards start to disintegrate, the valve overlap can suck some of these fragments into the piston through the exhaust valve, causing similar damage to the failed piston rings. There are also various reports of mass airflow (MAF) sensors failing, which can lead to error codes and an illuminated Check Engine light.

Due to the nature of these cars and the engine's ability to handle more power, many have been modified and it would be beneficial to take an expert along to check that a car is indeed stock. Exhaust-manifold cracking is not commonplace, but more likely on modified cars. Properly cared for, which means giving it fresh oil frequently and keeping it topped up, as well as sticking to the service schedule and not abusing it when cold should see the 4B11T reach around 200,000 miles. As an interesting aside, and considering it requires fresh engine oil every 3,000 miles, your Evo X would have gone through 42 gallons of oil by the time it reaches that mileage!

Mileage: Failures are very much dependent on driving patterns, abuse, and maintenance - or the lack thereof - than mileage.

Cost: Invasive engine repairs or a replacement will run to thousands of dollars, depending on the problem.

How to spot: Never ignore rattling sounds from a catalytic converter while the engine is running or emissions-system warning lights, because if the cat fails and breaks up internally, fragments can enter the engine. Piston rings might fail without warning, so keep the oil clean and topped up, and don't skimp on maintenance to avoid problems.

Transmission And Driveline Problems

The five-speed manual gearbox is reliable and not prone to failing, so there aren't many 2008-2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR transmission recalls or problems to speak of; however, you have to be wary of sports cars with manual transmissions and all-wheel drive in general. A full service record is important and a test drive with an expert to determine whether the car was driven with the necessary mechanical sympathy. It is all too easy to put huge amounts of strain on a manual AWD car's driveline, clutch, and transmission by revving the engine and dropping the clutch. Listen and feel for clunks and signs of play in the driveline, for a shuddering or slipping clutch, or for crunching gears, which can all point to a car that had led a hard life and might even have been tracked. Diff pins and input-shaft bearings can fail too. Transmission issues are not commonplace and there weren't any 2008-2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution differential-oil recalls, but if there should be an oil leak, the differential will eventually fail.

The SST dual-clutch automatic transmission in the Ralliart and MR is built by Getrag and seems to be reliable, so it doesn't seem to be responsible for a disproportionate number of 2008-2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X MR/MR Touring transmission maintenance problems - as long as you change the oil every 30,000 miles. Some hesitancy and slow responses on kickdown have been noted, but these are characteristics, not faults. Wayward behavior like refusing to select a gear, being stuck in a gear, jerking, and limp mode may point to a failed mechatronic unit.

Mileage: Problems are caused more by abuse and neglect than mileage.

Cost: A clutch replacement on the manual transmission will be close to $2,000. A mechatronic unit on the automatic can also cost around $2,000. Apparently, the SST transmission costs around $13,000 to replace, so make sure it has been maintained and is shifting smoothly. A transmission rebuild kit apparently costs around $1,500 before any of the many hours of labor required are added.

How to spot: Stiff or crunching gears, a slipping clutch, and clunks in the system on manual cars. Erratic or harsh shifts or slipping on the SST automatic.

Rust And Corrosion

Paint quality is not a major sticking point, but premature paint deterioration and excessive chipping or peeling may cost a lot to put right, so check the paintwork, especially on cars that were used in rust-belt states. In the past, many Lancers suffered recurring problems with corrosion, such as the rusting suspension subframes in the early 2000s and the corroding airbag sensors and suspension components on this 10th-gen car (the Evo X was recalled for both - check the recalls mentioned above). It may point to insufficient rust-proofing in general, so check a used Lancer carefully, both the paintwork and the underbody, for signs of rust, especially in the case of cars used on salted roads. 2008-2010 cars seem to be affected more.

Mileage: Around 78,000 miles on average.

Cost: The price of repairs depends entirely on the extent of the rust and may run into thousands of dollars.

How to spot: Check both the paintwork and underbody for rust and evidence of rust repairs.

HVAC Problems

The heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system is not particularly troublesome, but quite a few owners report that the temperature-control knob can be hard to turn due to a sticky air-blend door. This seems to be the most common of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR and MR AC problems. The manufacturer recommends various fixes in such cases, such as replacing the air-blend door, link, and lever, installing a new blower-motor air filter to keep out dirt and grime that can cause the door to stick, and lubricating the air-blend door's track. 2010 models' blower motor can fail, but they should all have been replaced under recall for free, so check that this has been done if you're looking at a 2010 model. Occasionally, a bad smell can emanate from the air-conditioning system and this is often little more than a blocked evaporator drain hole that has allowed bacteria to grow in the moisture.

Mileage: The mileages at which blend doors become sticky vary from 13,000 miles to over 250,000 miles, so it seems to be more a matter of dirt ingress than mileage.

Cost: The cost of an air-blend door actuator is less than $50, but the total cost would depend on what has to be replaced and the labor to get to all the parts can add up to hundreds of dollars, so test the temperature knob on your test drive.

How to spot: Check whether the temperature-control knob is easy to turn. If it is, install a new cabin filter to keep out dirt if this has not been done recently.

Less Common Problems And Problem-Free Areas

Other problems are not quite as commonplace and don't warrant their own sections, but bear a mention anyway. Stalling problems are not unknown and while some are caused by issues like the derailing auxiliary drive belt and would have been dealt with under recall, other stalling issues may be due to dirty throttle bodies and faulty MAP sensors. A hard brake pedal and reduced braking efficiency may be due to a faulty brake-booster vacuum check valve. It's very rare and never triggered a recall, but be sure to test the brakes properly on your test drive. They should also be sharp and responsive after not having been used for a while on a cruise. Up to 2010, there seems to have been a higher probability of the engine's cooling fan quitting due to a failed fan controller, so make sure the fan works, as an overheating condition can ruin the engine. The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution P0217 OBD-II error code typically accompanies engine overheating. The controller costs less than $60. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution ignition-switch problems are rare, but if you find that the car stalls, starts then dies, won't start at all, or the accessories position on the key does not energize the accessories, there is probably an issue with this item.

Wheel alignment might go out of kilter and not all shops can set it properly. Be sure to find one that can, as a car with bad alignment pulling to one side can be harder to control and will wear its tires out faster. There have also been a few isolated reports of Lancers' rear wheels contacting the wheel wells in heavily laden cars, but it might be a matter of a dislocated wheel-well liner. Also listen out for suspension creaks and groans that may point to worn components. The driveline is generally reliable, but cars that have been abused or neglected can develop a long list of problems that can cost thousands of dollars to set right, so take an expert along and make sure there are no clunks and play in the system. Whining can mean a transmission output-shaft bearing has failed. Parts for the AWD system can be very expensive; for example, an ACD pump on the Ralliart costs close to $10,000. Finally, camshaft and crankshaft position sensors can sometimes fail. A P0219 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo OBD-II error code most often accompanies a faulty crank-position sensor, although this error code could also indicate an engine over-revving condition.

Which One To Avoid

There isn't a bad model in the limited range, but enthusiasts do prefer the GSR with the manual transmission and tend to avoid the MR automatic due to the lower level of interactivity and perhaps being wary of transmission repair costs, which can be very expensive on this model if something goes wrong. In terms of problems, the first few model years up to around 2010 had the most and there were quite a few recalls up to 2011, but the latter should not be a concern if the recall work has been done. The 2015 models lost the Recaro racing seats and for many people, this is a deal-breaker. If you want practicality, the Evo is not for you at all, because you won't fit much in that tiny 6.9-cube trunk.

Which One To Buy

The manual GSR will be the enthusiast's choice, although it's unfortunate that it's only a five-speeder. Still, it distills the essence of what a traditional Lancer Evo should be. Just check it out carefully for abuse. If you want a more comfortable automatic with great performance, the MR fits the bill. If you don't mind losing out on the Recaro racing seats, the 2015 model with the normal sports seats offers height adjustment for the driver and more rear legroom.

10th Gen Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Verdict

As it becomes clear to enthusiasts that there will probably never be another Lancer Evo, the Evo X is starting to appreciate and ones with no modifications and low miles were already starting to sell for prices approaching $40,000 in 2022, with prices likely to only rise as these cars become rarer. Take an expert along to check out the car and buy very carefully, because abused, tracked, or neglected cars can cost you a ton of money to set right.

2008 - 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Tires

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