Purchased my Certified Pre-Owned Lancer GTS Sportback Ralliart iin 2013 with 28,000 miles. So far, great car to drive. 4WD is amazing. Drove this winter in Indianapolis with 8+ inches of snow and past countless SUV's and trucks. Turbo is great so far and no issues.
A few problems: The car has a sport pack option which includes an aluminum gas tank cover. If you live in a colder region, avoid this option. The gas tank cover does freeze under 25F. The Rockford navigation system is a bit awkward and takes some time to adjust. Voice command inside the car is hopeless. Also the rear window in the sport back has poor visibility.
The performance in this car is excellent. I will say the maintenance will be more with turbocharged engines, but are fun to drive. 4WD option is brilliant, comes with a tarmac, gravel and snow settings. The Recaro bucket seats are not particularly comfortable, but do keep you rigid through aggressive corners. Bi-xenon headlamps are a plus, but are available in many different cars. The sport exhaust system is fun, but can be tiring on longer journeys.
Voice command system is rubbish as with most cars. The rear window is difficult to see out of. The battery is completely inaccessible. You must disconnect a portion of the air intake to reach the battery. Not fun in the winter. The aluminum gas tank cover freezes in the winter and the Navigation system could use some fine tuning. However, still a great car. I would recommend to a friend. Probably will go for the sedan next time and avoid the back window.
I was looking to replace my 2004 Mazda RX8 which was no small task especially considering I didn't want a dedicated sports car. I tried a lot of cars and kept coming back to this car. It is not the fastest but the AWD, the dual clutch transmission, and the look really sold me. It is fun to drive and handles fairly well and does not beat you up with an overly stiff ride like most sporty cars. I regret not opting for the Recaro package as I have a bad back and the standard seats cause discomfort on long drives (seat upgrade is in the works). I wish it had telescoping wheel, the turn signal is ridiculously quiet, and the horn is the weakest I have ever heard. Great car for the money. Love it.
Fun to drive, handles well, the AWD system, The dual clutch transmission, gets a lot of looks,the power and torque, turbo sounds,
Car is nice and looks great but it bounces all over the road. Feels like the struts are weak and its really hard to keep the car going straight down the road. I'm taking it to the dealer lets see if they do anything.
sound system is awesome and seats and great. power and handling is fun.
Got the car a few weeks ago, fell in love with this Turbo-Hatch! No doubt about the performance, it's all from Mitsu rally gene: Never felt turbo- lag; Reaction is lighting fast (in sport mode with the twin-clutch); AWD lets the beast stick on the road all the time no matter how terrible the weather/condition is; Plus the brilliant Rockford stereo and Recaro bucket seats making the ride as such a pleasure... Well, there are tons of good things making you forget about the tough riding though. Besides, if you were enjoying the sporty driving, the engine "noise" would double the fun then. Since it's a Turbo+AWD, you need to save some pennies for the Premium gas and maintenance for sure. Good luck!
Fast, flexible and smart performance and handling; Aggressive unique looking; Brilliant twin-clutch tranny performs like a Pro.; Reputation from WRC; And the most important: An "EVO" with the extra space for daily use...OMG!
Imperfect riding comfort; Barely acceptable fuel economy; High maintenance cost