Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Chevrolet Camaro VS 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Near Phoenix, AZ

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2015 Chevrolet Camaro

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2015 Mitsubishi Lancer

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the Chevrolet Camaro’s rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution doesn’t offer comfort guides on its rear seat belts.

Compared to metal, the Camaro’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has a metal gas tank.

The Camaro has standard OnStar ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Lancer Evolution doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Camaro and the Lancer Evolution have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

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Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Camaro 40,000 miles longer than Mitsubishi covers the Lancer Evolution. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Lancer Evolution ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

Chevrolet pays for scheduled maintenance on the Camaro for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Chevrolet will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mitsubishi doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Lancer Evolution.

There are over 7 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Mitsubishi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Camaro’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Camaro has a standard 150-amp alternator. The Lancer Evolution’s 130-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Camaro second among midsize sporty cars in their 2013 Initial Quality Study. The Lancer Evolution isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 39 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 30th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 13th in reliability. With 34 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 26th.

Engine Comparison

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The Camaro LS/LT’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 32 more horsepower (323 vs. 291) than the Lancer Evolution’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Camaro SS Automatic’s standard 6.2 V8 produces 109 more horsepower (400 vs. 291) and 110 lbs.-ft. more torque (410 vs. 300) than the Lancer Evolution’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Camaro SS Manual’s standard 6.2 V8 produces 135 more horsepower (426 vs. 291) and 120 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 300) than the Lancer Evolution’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Camaro SS Manual 6.2 V8 is faster than the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution (manual transmissions tested):

Camaro

Lancer Evolution

Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

5.4 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

6.8 sec

9.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

10.2 sec

15 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2 sec

3 sec

Quarter Mile

12.7 sec

14 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

111.8 MPH

96.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Camaro gets better fuel mileage than the Lancer Evolution:

Camaro

Lancer Evolution

3.6 V6/6-spd Manual

17 city/28 hwy

17 city/23 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Manual

3.6 V6/6-spd Auto

19 city/30 hwy

17 city/22 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

3.6 V6/6-spd Auto

18 city/27 hwy

n/a

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Camaro SS Automatic’s fuel efficiency. The Lancer Evolution doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Camaro uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on Camaro SS Automatic for maximum performance). The Lancer Evolution requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Camaro has 4.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Lancer Evolution (19 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Camaro SS’ front brake rotors are larger than those on the Lancer Evolution:

Camaro SS

Lancer Evolution

Front Rotors

14 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

13 inches

The Camaro’s brakes have 9% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Lancer Evolution (659 vs. 602.2 square inches), so the Camaro has more braking power available.

The Camaro Z/28 has standard heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Lancer Evolution doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Camaro has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Lancer Evolution doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The Camaro stops much shorter than the Lancer Evolution:

Camaro

Lancer Evolution

80 to 0 MPH

191 feet

217 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

124 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Camaro SS 1LE’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Lancer Evolution (285/35R20 vs. 245/40R18).

The Camaro SS 1LE’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Lancer Evolution’s 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Camaro offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Lancer Evolution’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Camaro SS has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Lancer Evolution doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Camaro’s wheelbase is 8 inches longer than on the Lancer Evolution (112.3 inches vs. 104.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Camaro is 2.9 inches wider in the front and 3.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Lancer Evolution.

The Camaro’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (52% to 48%) than the Lancer Evolution’s (56.6% to 43.4%). This gives the Camaro more stable handling and braking.

The Camaro SS Coupe handles at .99 G’s, while the Lancer Evolution MR Touring pulls only .92 G’s of cornering force in a Road & Track skidpad test.

The Camaro SS Coupe goes through Road & Track’s slalom 2.7 MPH faster than the Lancer Evolution MR Touring (71.9 vs. 69.2 MPH).

For better maneuverability, the Camaro’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Lancer Evolution’s (37.7 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Camaro Coupe has .1 inches more front legroom and 2.2 inches more front shoulder room than the Lancer Evolution.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Camaro Coupe has a much larger trunk than the Lancer Evolution (11.3 vs. 6.9 cubic feet).

The Camaro Coupe’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Lancer Evolution doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Camaro. The Lancer Evolution doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Camaro LT/SS Automatic has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Lancer Evolution doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The engine computer on the Camaro automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The Lancer Evolution’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Camaro has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Lancer Evolution doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The Camaro’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Lancer Evolution does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Camaro LT/SS offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts onto the windshield, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Lancer Evolution doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Camaro’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Lancer Evolution’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The Lancer Evolution’s power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The Camaro’s standard power locks automatically lock the doors when a certain speed is reached. This is an important feature for occupant safety. Locked doors are proven to open less often in collisions, and they are also effective in preventing crime at traffic lights. (The power lock’s automatic feature may have to be activated by your dealer.)

The Camaro has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Lancer Evolution has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the MR.

The Camaro LT/SS offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Lancer Evolution offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Standard Chevrolet MyLink for the Camaro LT/SS allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including playing internet radio stations and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Lancer Evolution doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the Camaro owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Camaro will cost $8960 to $13465 less than the Lancer Evolution over a five-year period.

The Camaro will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Camaro will retain 47% to 53% of its original price after five years, while the Lancer Evolution only retains 45% to 46%.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Camaro will be $4652 to $20349 less than for the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Camaro was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2013. The Lancer Evolution hasn’t been picked since 2006.

The Camaro was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2010 Car of the Year. The Lancer Evolution was Car of the Year in 2004.

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