I did some quite a research on both of these cars.
and they are identical car, its all matter of opinion.
Mr is coming to US, however only 800 of them. Good luck finding it, most of them are already preordered. not to mention they are starting at 33,000 and sticker price is going to be around 40,000$.
Here are some comparsons..
Evo- 271hp 5speed, LSD, 27,000base
-world class handling, 2nd best handling in JDM supercars.
-light weight car
-stock internal engine can hold up to 600hp to crank.
-lots of aftermarket parts, high potential.
-cheap as in price for what you are getting
-crappy interior and exterior. very weak body(they don't sell evo in canada, since they fail the crash test, it breaks the front intercooler going 25mph, and its about 5000$ damages
-"Lancer with better engine and suspension."
-clutch wears out very quick and some tranny problem.
-mitsu is going down, from bankrupt! and their warranty sucks
-turbo kicks in too harsh for daily driven car.
Sti - 32,000 base 300hp, 300tq, DCCD, 6speed
-instant power right away. without harsh Turbo kick in
-all around car, handling, power, comfort.
-best handling in the dirt(offroad)
-Best car of the year
-great looks exterior and interior.
-it comes with everything you need.
-lot of understeer in tarmac.
-price is little high(but for what you are getting this is ok)
-2.5 boxer engine is very hard to work on. no room for anything under the Hood
i think that's about it.
there isn't really anything bad about these cars. matter of personal opinion.
TOPGEAR tested these cars and the conclusion was that
"evo is a stealth fight, with very technical driving"
"sti is a total bombshell"
But evo's track time was way higher than sti. EVo actually got 2nd place in over all track time. sti came 5th.
however the mr is suppose to be the answer to sti. they are fast running 12.9 in1/4 and 291hp us/345hp jp. it comes with AYC and VCD controller, 6 speed, minor exterior changes for aerodynamic, BBS rims, and much more.