2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

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2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Performance
  • Sporty seats
  • Heavy-duty brakes
  • Lots of safety features

The bad:

  • Styling not all that different from regular Lancer
  • Ride may not be sporty enough for some
  • Manual transmission lacks sixth gear

2 trims

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Notable features

  • 291-hp turbocharged engine
  • Manual or automated-manual transmission
  • Standard AWD
  • New Fuse multimedia system
  • Standard USB port for MP3 players

2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

Mitsubishi’s Lancer Evolution performance sedan uses a 291-horsepower turbocharged engine and features a standard all-wheel-drive system that features three selectable modes for various driving conditions. Its main competitor is Subaru’s WRX STI.

New for 2011
For 2011, the Evolution features a retuned exhaust note and enhanced electronics. Much like Ford’s Sync system, Mitsubishi’s new Fuse system enables drivers to call up music from a docked MP3 player. The optional navigation system adds real-time traffic, and a USB port for MP3 players is now standard. Reshuffled trim levels leave last year’s SE and MR Touring trims by the wayside. The features on both, however, are available optionally in the remaining Evolution GSR and MR. Both trims now include standard rear spoilers.

Exterior
Mitsubishi says the Evolution’s nose was inspired by the air intakes on fighter jets. The current Lancer’s forward-leaning stance is already one of the more aggressive shapes among compact cars, and the Evolution looks even more so. Exterior features include:

  • Standard grille with dark mesh insert
  • Standard 18-inch wheels
  • Large spoiler on GSR; smaller lip spoiler on MR
  • Aluminum hood, fenders, bumpers and roof
  • Optional xenon headlights
  • MR model with Bilstein shocks, Eibach springs, enhanced brakes and BBS wheels

Interior
The interior looks similar to the regular Lancer’s, except it has heavily bolstered Recaro racing seats. Interior features include:

  • Standard automatic climate control, power windows and locks, a six-speaker CD stereo and cruise control
  • Standard Fuse multimedia system
  • Standard USB port for iPods or other MP3 players
  • Standard steering-wheel audio controls
  • Optional Rockford Fosgate audio system
  • Optional navigation system
  • Optional heated leather seats

Under the Hood
The Lancer Evolution’s optional twin-clutch automated manual works much like Volkswagen’s DSG gearbox, with the next gear at hand as soon as the previous gear is released. This is designed to produce lightning-fast shifts, which are performed automatically or with paddle shifters on the steering wheel. The transmission offers three shift programs: Normal, Sport and S-Sport. Sport holds lower gears longer and shifts more quickly than Normal, while S-Sport optimizes performance for the racetrack. Mechanical features include:

  • 291-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder makes 300 pounds-feet of torque
  • GSR has five-speed manual transmission
  • MR has six-speed twin-clutch automated manual
  • Standard all-wheel-drive system can split power 50/50 (front/rear)

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Driver’s knee airbag
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags for both rows of seats
  • High-performance Brembo antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system


Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior design 4.2
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.9

Most recent consumer reviews

4.4

Fastest car I’ve owned so far

I love it. Besides the turning radius. loud on the highway. Very fast car. Takes a while to get used to in the beginning. Otherwise I’ll get another one if I had the money.

4.9

Life is Good, with this car

I got this car because I was craving something more fun than a Passat TDI or Infiniti G37. What I got was an ongoing joyful experience. It turned my daily commute drive into a joy, whenever traffic was moving. The ride is spartan in terms of acceleration, and with low-profile tires pumped up solid, the suspension was compliant enough to help retrain traction, but usually evoked gripes from certain passengers who hold more of a comfort aesthetic. For those who like g-forces, it was a squeal-invoking experience.

5.0

Best all around car

Great family sports sedan, with the ability to handle serious track days. Its been very reliable, just the basic maintenance. I love this car so much, its my 2nd Evo X

See all 13 consumer reviews

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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