Daily Driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Sounds Like a Terrible Idea

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution was discontinued back in 2015 and has since become a cult classic. Thanks to movies like The Fast and The Furious, in addition to many video games that featured the powerful sedan, the Lancer Evo has stolen the hearts of many enthusiasts over the years. After all, it’s basically a street-worthy rally car that has a powerful engine and all-wheel drive. But does it also make for a good daily driver?

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is not the most comfortable car to drive

a red Mitsubishi lancer evolution on display
Japan’s auto giant Mitsubishi Motors president Osamu Masuko introduces the new high-performance 4WD sedan “Lancer Evolution X”, equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and high-tech 4WD and transmission system, at a Tokyo hotel 01 October 2007. | (YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP via Getty Images)

From the outside, any Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution looks like a solid sedan that can provide a quality ride for up to five people. However, you would only be partially correct. According to Lavender Magazine’s review of the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition, “the suspension is firm and you feel everything – bumps, expansion joints, cracks, and all other road imperfections encountered every day.”

Additionally, a YouTuber that goes by the name “ALLDAYANTHONY,” mentioned in his video about daily driving an Evo, “I’m just going to be straight-up, this car is uncomfortable as all hell. The stock springs are extremely and you’ll feel every single bump, crack, or line in the road.”

I have also driven an Evo IX and Evo X and I can say that both cars were quite the kidney-buster. I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone that’s looking for a smooth-riding daily driver. Edmunds even echoed my thoughts in its review of the 2015 Lancer EVO:

“For daily commutes, the Evo is less inspiring, mostly because the ride is rather stiff.”

Gas mileage isn’t the car’s strong suit

According to fueleconomy.gov, the 2015 Lancer Evolution was rated at an EPA-estimated 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. Of course, no one buys an EVO for gas mileage, and technically, that rating isn’t terrible. But when it comes to daily driving duties, a combined estimate of 19 mpg isn’t that great.

Keep in mind that you need to pump 91-octane fuel into the tank. Also, if you get addicted to revving out the tach to feel the rush of boost, don’t be surprised when you end up spending a lot of time at the pump, not to mention money.

The Lancer Evo doesn’t offer much tech for the money

 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. | (Photo by Fairfax Media via Getty Images/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

This one goes without saying, but the Lancer Evo didn’t have much in terms of technology. Sure, it was fast and it had an amazing all-wheel drive system, but it didn’t have the safety and tech features that today’s cars have. The point is, if you’re going to spend $20,000 to $40,000 (on average) for a sports sedan, there are plenty of new options – with more tech – for the same price. But if the Lancer Evolution is what you want, you’ll still get a lot of upsides.

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution isn’t a great daily driver, but it’s still fun

French Gilles Panizzi and his co-pilot Herve Panizzi take a turn in their Mitsubishi Lancer WRC04 during their practice session, before the 72nd Monte Carlo Rally.
French Gilles Panizzi and his co-pilot Herve Panizzi take a turn in their Mitsubishi Lancer WRC04 during their practice session, before the 72nd Monte Carlo Rally. | (PASCAL GUYOT/AFP via Getty Images)

If you can get over all of the aforementioned drawbacks of basically any iteration of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, then the good news is that you’ll have quite the precision-driving machine. No matter what anyone says (including me), it’s hard to argue with a car that has a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that puts out 291 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque under the hood.

That engine is paired with either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission that routes power to all four wheels. In Edmunds’ testing, the 2015 Lancer Evolution GSR was able to get from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds, which rival many higher-end sports cars.

Additionally, the Evo is well-suited for winter driving since it’s all-wheel-drive and if you put snow tires on it, it’ll get you almost anywhere in the snow, some owners say. Either way, the Lancer Evolution is an amazing sport sedan that’s on its way to being legendary status.

However, it just might not make the best daily driver.

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