Power? Check. Handling? Check. Styling? Check. Versatility? Well... Functionality that matches the competition? Define what you mean by "functionality." As evidenced by the proliferation of people- and cargo-toting crossovers of all shapes and sizes, today's car buyers favor models that sacrifice little on the ride and comfort front while delivering big on usability. The hot-rodding import set is no different, a point that has necessitated Mitsubishi's move to create the five-door Lancer Sportback. Built to satisfy a broader array of owners' needs - and compete directly with popular models already on the market - the 2010 Sportback offers buyers the kind of engineering blend that gets your boy-racer palms sweating while satiating that inner need to haul home-improvement supplies on Saturday mornings.
Love it. Use it. Flog it. Just don't call it a wagon.
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