Car enthusiasts—especially those who tune or modify their vehicles—make a strong argument when they claim that the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution (EVO) and Subaru WRX STI (STI) are the world’s finest all-wheel-drive compact sports cars.
The two brands, each with a passionate group of followers, have been battling for supremacy on rally courses and public roads for more than a decade, but this year the bar was raised when Subaru introduced the all-new 2015 WRX STI, packing a potent turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-4 rated at 305 horsepower. Unfortunately, Mitsubishi would not step up to the challenge—the fellow Japanese automaker made the announcement that it would no longer play this high-octane game. The tenth-generation Evolution, or EVO X, would be the last.
Todd Deeken and Paul Schmucker, the passionate guys behind Everyday Driver, seized the opportunity to compare three variations—a Mitsubishi EVO X, a 2010 Subaru STI, and the latest 2015 Subaru STI—for a back-to-back drive through the mountains surrounding Echo, Utah. As Todd explained to AutoWeb, “With the Evo X going away, we wanted to bring these cars together to see how Subaru has refined the STI—and if it has defeated its rival or just out-lived it!”
The scenery, sound and commentary in the video is excellent as the two shake down all three models. Is the new STI better than the older STI and EVO? Watch the video to find out, and don’t forget to voice your own opinion in our comments section.