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March 25, 2010

New Car Review: 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Ralliart

By Bob Plunkett

We're flying along the twisty course in a 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback.

    Posed on a stiff platform which counterbalances the pumped-up turbo muscle with sure-stick all-wheel-drive (AWD) traction and forceful brakes, the slick new 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart Sportback scoots through the snaky section in a flat stance with sticky summer tires clawing the tarmac.

    Even when parked on the lot, the Lancer Ralliart Sportback looks like its racing at an illegal speed.

    You can drive it like an automatic, without a thought devoted to shifting gears, or you can switch to hands-on for shifting chores to maximize driver control. Lancer GTS Sportback is the entry edition equipped with a four-cylinder engine tied to a five-speed manual gearbox or optional six-speed continuously variable transaxle (CVT).

   The car exhibits awesome stick-to-the-road ability because of the all-time AWD device with a front helical limited slip differential and mechanical rear limited-slip, plus Mitsubishi's ACD (Active Center Differential) which employs an electronically controlled hydraulic multi-plate clutch to split engine torque between front and rear wheels.

    The cabin of Lancer Ralliart Sportback is an expansive space in a layout which shows two buckets up front, a back bench split 60/40 with room for three, and the rear cargo section.

    Passengers are surrounded by air bags, including multi-stage frontal air bags and side air bags for front seats along with curtain-style air bags tucked in the ceiling for all outboard seats. There's even an inflatable air bag ahead of the driver's knees. Front seatbelts employ load-limited and pretensioning apparatus, while backseat restraints include upper and lower anchors to mount a child's safety seat.

    Mitsubishi establishes a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $19,200 for the Lancer GTS Sportback. Numbers for the Lancer Ralliart Sportback begin at $27,600

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