The Mitsubishi Lancer is the car on which the Mitsubishi Evo rally car is based.

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New for the 2008 model year, the Lancer gives a good indication on what the next Evo will look like.

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In its Lancer GTS form, it's a sporty little front-wheel-drive commute car.

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Trunk space is reasonable, and there is a pass-through into the cabin for skis or other long cargo.

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The rear deck spoiler is one of the cues suggesting that this car is a performer, although our testing didn't confirm that.

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Big air intakes and a front spoiler are more for show in this car than real practicality.

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The Lancer really shines in its cabin tech options, which are the most complete we've seen in this price range.

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The navigation screen is bright and useful, and a phone icon shows when a Bluetooth phone is connected.

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The stereo offers many music sources, the most interesting of which is the hard drive-based music server.

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CD track navigation is good, and the system can automatically rip any CDs inserted to the hard drive.

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The Sirius satellite radio screen shows loads of information.

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This 650 watt Rockford Fosgate system offers some serious fine-tuning.

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The single CD slot is accessed by flipping down the screen.

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Phone controls live between the spokes of the steering wheel.

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The Lancer GTS handles well, even in its non-rally, front-wheel-drive form.

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The gauges have a performance look, giving the driver information at a glance.

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The 143 horsepower four cylinder under the hood of the Lancer GTS didn't really excite us.

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