2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

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$26,799

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2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Performance potential
  • Handling
  • Recaro seats

The bad:

  • Pending further review

3 trims

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Notable features

  • 271-hp engine
  • Rally-racing heritage
  • AWD
  • Brembo brakes
  • New lightened RS edition

2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
When the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII racecar was revealed at the 2001 New York International Auto Show, it was fitted with a 280-horsepower engine and all-wheel drive. Two years later, a street version emerged.

Sometimes dubbed “Evo,” the rally sports-inspired model is the eighth Evolution car since 1992. The first one competed in the 1993 World Rally Championship in Monte Carlo, France. Each prior version has been available in Japan, but the Evolution VIII is the first one offered at U.S. dealerships. Mitsubishi says, “This entire family of highly developed sedans exists for the sole purpose of domination in competition.”

Breathing through an intercooled turbocharger, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine has four valves per cylinder and makes 271 hp. The engine works with a five-speed-manual transmission and full-time all-wheel drive. The automaker claims the Lancer Evolution can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 5 seconds. A set of large Brembo brakes are used to bring the car to a swift halt.

Recaro leather seats and a 315-watt eight-speaker Infinity CD stereo are optional. Mitsubishi also introduced a Lancer Evolution RS “for racing purists, compact car tuners and hard-core driving enthusiasts.” Weight-saving measures cut nearly 150 pounds from the RS. A rear crossbar and front limited-slip differential are intended to help with handling. Deleted items include the wing spoiler, rear wiper, air conditioner, audio system, power accessories and ABS. An Urban Jungle Package restores such comforts as air conditioning and power windows, locks and mirrors.

Exterior
The styling and split grille are similar in both the regular Lancer sedan and the Evolution, but the Evo adds many noticeable extras that befit its performance orientation. Widened, blistered-aluminum front fenders and unique headlight assemblies project a stronger appearance and improve aerodynamics. A lightweight aluminum hood with a large vent opening helps dissipate engine heat.

The horizontal and vertical wings of the rear spoiler are made entirely of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic to help keep its weight down. The Evo’s torsional rigidity is said to be double that of a regular Lancer. Enkei alloy wheels hold V-rated 17-inch tires. High-intensity-discharge headlights have an auto-off feature. A sunroof is optional.

Interior
The Evolution’s interior looks similar to other Lancer sedans. Seating for five occupants includes Recaro front bucket seats. The three-spoke Momo steering wheel, gearshift knob and boot, and parking brake lever feature leather trim with black stitching. Round performance gauges are illuminated full-time with a red hue, and a 9,000-rpm tachometer sits in the center of the instrument panel.

Standard equipment includes a 140-watt Infinity CD stereo, air conditioning, keyless entry, and power windows and locks.

Under the Hood
Equipped with an intercooled turbocharger, Mitsubishi’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine generates 271 hp at 6,500 rpm and 273 pounds-feet of torque at 3,500 rpm; it connects to a five-speed-manual gearbox. Full-time all-wheel drive is standard, and a single 4-inch-diameter tailpipe is visible at the rear.

Safety
Four-channel antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution are standard on all models but the RS. Side-impact airbags are not available.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 4.3
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value for the money 4.3
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews

4.9

Great sports car for the money!

For the money you cant get a better sports car. Its reliable even with modifications. Capable of big power and can run with exotics that are 3x the cost. Best car to come out of Mitsubishi Motors in a long time!

4.7

A MUST HAVE SPORT CAR!!!

Okay im 26yrs old, and i basically been saving up for my dream car (toyota supra). Its now Dec 04, 2010 and honestly... i have gotten tired of waiting around for a good one to come on the market for that right price!!! So one day i seen a 2005 Evo ssl for sale, and to make a long story short!!! I was bored one day and decided to test drive the car. Guys!!! I fell in love with the performance, handling and how comfortable this car was!!!! The guy was very nice and he let me drove his car for hours... I have gotten alot of attention from cops and ppl in general. So far know problems. The mileage on the dash 62,251. I,ve also put an exhaust, manual boost controller and intake, and i retuned the car. I made 345whp on stock turbo and stock enginie. IT PULLS TO 165MPH EASY!!! I paid 15,600$ for the car YOU WILL FALL IN LOVE WITH THIS CAR, IF YOU TEST DRIVE IT!! THE CAR STAYS PARKED IN MY DRIVEWAY AND PPL I DONT KNOW STOP BY AND ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT IT. I STAY IN COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA.

5.0

Best bang for the buck

This is one of the greatest cars ever made by Mitsubishi. It handles like a dream and pretty much outperforms any things on the street. With a little modifications one can imagine what this thing can do :)I will be getting a Evo x very soon. I love my Evo

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Mitsubishi
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Less than 5 years/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Remainder of original 5 years/60,000 miles
Powertrain
Remainder of original 10-year/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
123-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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