People like Clay (Warrtalon) are always going to tell you that the best Evo is the IX SE because he's all about road racing and autox.......which honestly only a few on this forum take part in...... If you're going to drive around town and occasionally drag it, or ocasionally track it, a IX SE is not needed at all. Most of us enjoy the advantages of the other models...... For instance, a six speed found in the IX MR is better if you're highway driving a lot, as it keeps the revs down, better gas mileage, as well as less vibration from the engine to the entire tin can we call an evo
In my case, there's no way I'd go without the enjoyment of a sunroof and sound system, so I went with the SSL.... It all depends on what you want to do with it, as an extra 100lbs on the heaviest evo (the SSL), and don't quote me on the exact weight, is not going to make a whole lot of difference unless it's you're track car specifically. For me, if I can get a little luxury with the speed, I'm happy.