Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
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Brutally stiff suspension

A long straight highway drive on America’s crumbling infrastructure is the exact opposite of what an Evo should be used for. And yet that’s just the situation I found myself in, flying to Milwaukee and then driving an hour and a half to Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. for the annual Midwest Automotive Media Association Spring Rally.

Not a half-hour in and I was thinking this awesome present left for me at the airport was more of a cruel trick. With racecar-like handling going unused on the long and straight highway, I43 North certainly made it feel like a race car’s suspension. The constant jolts didn’t just rattle the rearview mirror, on particularly poor stretches of road it actually became hard to focus.

  • Rob Man

    Yet another anti-Evo-ite.

    For shame

  • Hajime Kishi

    so at the autoguide track the evo s already 1.5 sec ahead of the focus? calculate how much the gap will be at the FSW or nurburgring. at the rally track evo will eat focus for breakfast.

  • Honest Abe

    Except it will run out of gas in a lap. Lol.

  • Alberto Galindo

    I think Evo rules , if you buy it for what it was meant to be done with it!! Unless you want a stupid garage queen that pampers your wimpy ass! Yes , interior sucks , no denial, and fuel economy could be better, but if you are carng for both treats, get another car!

  • ColumWood

    For the record, I LOVE the Evo. I just thought it was worthwhile to give this viewpoint. Who really wants to read another article describing at length how the car’s AWD system turned them into a professional race car driver?
    Do a quick search for the Evo vs Boss 302 review (with video) we did and you’ll hear me gush over the Evo.

  • DaveM

    The guy who wrote this should be driving a Prius.

  • Bryan Hader

    Needs a Hollywood_x tune. ;)

  • Cleudson

    If this guy thought it about driving the EVO in the USA roads, imagine my situation driving here in Brazil? kkkk. But…I’m still happy with my EVO.

  • Souji

    Wow. I was averaging 22mpg on a tuned 350awhp MR Touring. It was what was expected by the car. I do agree some of the internals were a bit cheap but nothing that would affect the overall quality and performance. Based on these gripes, get a luxury sports car where these so called inspection would have a more solid ground.