Apr 01, 2009
Reviewed By Paul Duchene
Price as Tested $18,915

Moderately nippy compact that looks a lot like the insane Evo pocket-rocket. New 2.4-liter, twin-cam four boasts 168 hp, 16 more than the wheezy 2-liter it replaces. Dash is simple, though info screen is clunky. 5-speed shifter quite slick, back seat OK for adults, splits and folds down. Good brakes, excellent handling, turns in quickly.


Boy racer spoiler blocks rear vision, interior feels cheap—too much hard plastic. Hard suspension bushings transmit a lot of road noise (even on snow). Much too easy to break loose the front wheels on takeoff. Lots of torque-steer—I thought the engineers figured that one out decades ago. 20.2 mpg is very disappointing


Not fast enough to share the Evo’s silhouette without embarrassment. Mitsubishi has gone too far down market; I’d rather pay another $3k and have all-wheel drive, or maybe $5k and have a turbo and all-wheel drive. Or just buy a Mazda 3, which feels more sophisticated overall.

Fun to Drive
3.0 rating
Fun to Look at
3.0 rating
Overall Experience
3.0 rating
Horsepower 168 hp
EPA Mileage 20.2 mpg