Reader Question: WRX vs. EVO?

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Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!

Christopher asks: I am debating whether to buy either a Subaru WRX or a Mitsubishi EVO and was hoping to get some feedback from you about the merits (and not) of each car. Thanks in advance!

My reply: This one’s right in front of your eyes. Literally. Have a look around the next time you’re out and about. How many WRXs – including older ones – do you see? How many EVOs?

I can’t remember the last time I saw an EVO.

Granted, they haven’t been available new for several years so that naturally reduces the number of EVOs on the road today. But the key thing to see is how many older WRXs are running around. I see one practically every time I head out somewhere. They are the Corollas of high performance.

They last – even when run hard.

EVOs don’t seem to hold up as well. Trust the judgment of your eyes. Plus, there are fewer to choose from which means harder to find a not-thrashed one. Also, Subaru supports the car better – and will be here tomorrow.

Mitsubishi may not be.

I like Mitsu vehicles, I hasten to add. But that isn’t relevant to the question. Mitsu – the company – isn’t doing very well in the U.S. and it is very possible the company will leave the U.S. market, leaving Mitsu cars orphaned.

So, unless you come across a really good deal on an EVO, I’d steer toward the WRX.

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  1. The fact that Subaru corp lists enthusiast clubs on their website means the network of aftermarket support is probably much greater than the Evo. I also recall that when the Evo was new that Mitsu was allegedly checking SCCA websites for owners that were autocrossing their cars and holding it against them should there be warranty claims. Subaru, on the other hand, supported the competitive owners.

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