The enduring appeal of sedan-based racers like this Mitsu and Subi is that you can take the kids to daycare, then head up to the old mining road and really bust up some dirt. But which one is better when the pavement ends?
A few pertinent statistics: Road & Track optioned up these cars to $37k (Mitsubishi) and $40k (Subaru). That’s a lot of dough, definitely, but you can get dialed-down versions of each for much less jingle-jangle. The Subaru has 15 more horsepower, but 10 fewer pound-feet of torque.
R&T picks the Evo, and I would too for looks and price. But it’s close enough that if the Subi dealer was closer, and if, as I imagine, the STi has better reliability records…well, it might tip the scales. Enjoy the rallying goodness.