If you test drive a 'Stang or 'Maro, I wanna hear about it. Even the V6s are respectable performers that will more than hold up against your SS or yore. You might have to adapt your driving style to daily a RWD though. The differences between drivetrains are night and day.
As much as I like the Lancer (well, kind of), I think you'd be let down by the NA versions. The 2.4 is decent for what it is, but it's practically 100hp/100tq down from your SS and what you've grown used to. Nobody wants to move down the food chain. The Evo is a beast, but it's not without it's flaws. I hear fuel economy with the 5 speed is atrocious, the ratios are so short that you'll be spinning ~3.5k rpm in 5th at highway speeds.
The WRX/STI are good cars. Not big on the last and current gens styling, but that's purely subjective. To me Subaru makes the blandest cars on the road.
The ST looks like fun. I hate the mustard yellow color, but besides that, it looks good. I'm sure a suitable aftermarket will develop for that car.
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Think practical, with a Lancer GT you won't need a winter beater, you'll have way better fuel economy than an EVO,Mustang or Camaro. You can dress it up to look like an EVO. The only thing you won't have is, too much power. ( We know where that took you the last time.)
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Oh! and these cars are very, very reliable.
If you go with a Lancer, try to find a Sportback. Hatchbacks are great to have and the car looks damn good with it.