The Lancer has never been a looker, and the Sportback does not break that stereotype. At first glance, the Sportback looks awkward. The front looks aggressive enough but the rear just looks like an oversized hatchback. It certainly doesn’t look as good as the sedan. After a while, however, the Sportback grows on you. The spoiler on top of the rear window definitely helps to break the sloping line of the profile and adds some sportiness to the car. The vents on the aluminum hood also help distinguish the Ralliart from lesser Lancers.
At over $33k, the Lancer Ralliart Sportback has a lot of competition. There are quite a few worthy cars you can get for that money these days that will have more performance and more luxury than the Lancer Ralliart, but it’s hard to find one with the awesome AWC all wheel drive system with the Tarmac/Gravel/Snow settings that match what they have on the WRC cars. The Twin Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission (TC-SST) is also an awesome component that you won’t find on many cars. You also won’t find the optional Recaro seats or the vented aluminum hood offered on many other cars.
Who should buy it?
I recommend the Lancer Ralliart Sportback to anyone who ever dreamt of being a WRC driver and who doesn’t have enough money to splurge on an Evo X MR or a Subaru WRX STI. And who likes hatchbacks.
I loved the Lancer SportbackRalliart. Did I already say that? The power is very adequate for the size of the car. The lightening fast Twin-clutch SST transmission is a dream and sounds awesome. The sticky handling from the intelligent AWC all-wheel drive system makes this one of the best handling cars I’ve ever driven. The exterior styling is also an improvement over the previous generation Lancer and even the Sportback grows on you after a while. And most of all, I just love the concept of a rally car on the road. We can all dream, right?
2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Ralliart Specs
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