Head to head: 2011 Mitsubishi RVR | Driving

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Mitsubishi RVR

Head to head: 2011 RVR


RVR is a capable vehicle, but cheap and underpowered #8211; Mio

Mitsubishi has an established reputation it comes to larger sport-utility The Endeavor and Outlander have around in Canada for years, and the SUVs have been accepted here.

But with the for more compact crossovers each year, Mitsubishi was left behind. In response, have brought a compact to our shores in the form of the RVR.

It a crowded market that is now by just about every so the RVR is kind of late to the dance. It is with the likes of the Nissan and Juke, Hyundai Tucson, Kia and many more. That it has some catching up to do, and after a few with the RVR, I am not sure fully up to tango.

Granted, the RVR decent enough, is priced and offers the essential all-wheel-drive but there are some points need finessing.

With a price of just under for the base ES trim with drive, the RVR is definitely priced to

Our tester was the SE front-wheel-drive model, retails for $21,998. The SE and GT all-wheel models will run you $24,998 and respectively.

Like the competition, the RVR equipped with the essentials, but that is out of the ordinary. In the SE tester, equipment included air conditioning, control, heated front trip computer, remote entry, halogen headlights, pressure monitor, 16-inch wheels, Bluetooth hands-free halogen fog lights, leather-wrapped wheel and shift knob and audio controls.


The RVR doesn’t really out in my eye in what is a really crowded crossover market.

It’s not the RVR is an ugly model, but it’s no looking than most of its

The front fascia looks good, but might be a little too for some. A downward swoop of the might have helped the RVR look lower to the ground.

the side, there’s an upswept in the side panels, giving the RVR a sportier appearance.

From the however, one thing stands At the rear, it looks as if the RVR was simply cut off for Unlike the Outlander, which has a overhang behind the rear the RVR’s overhand is very giving it a stunted appearance.

And the feeling plastic body above the wheel wells and in the fascia do little to win over people who may be on the fence about the

I had at least one person who talked to me the RVR say he walked out of the Mitsubishi dealer he put his hand on the car and felt the plastic under his weight.

On the inside, the RVR has a standard look. Again, is not a bad thing because it is actually functional, but it did not stand out in my mind.

The climate controls are accessed via large knobs below the controls, a similar setup to the

The layout of all the gauges and radio as well as the screen in the dash displays on-board information, is all executed.


The RVR gets its from a 2.0-litre inline engine which delivers 148 and 145 foot-pounds of torque.

When with some of the competition, the Rogue, Juke and others, the power numbers are much – in some cases by about 30

That limits the RVR’s somewhat, but Mitsubishi was focused on efficiency and reducing fuel with the RVR.

The automaker the RVR, equipped with a transmission, burns only 8.7 per 100 kilometres in the city and 6.4 L/100 km on the

When equipped with the continuously variable transmission the numbers are 8.4 L/100 km city and 6.6 km highway.

My tester had the five-speed transmission and, although I prefer to drive stick, I terribly impressed by this

For starters, the clutch pedal was loose. That means there was almost no resistance pushing down on the clutch, is far from the normal experience driving a manual car.

I wasn’t too crazy about the between gears, which it easy to miss your


Once you get used to the and clutch setup, driving the RVR is not bad.

The one difference is that unlike of its competitors, the RVR does feel a underwhelming at times, most thanks to the lack of power.

being said, it is quite in the city and offers all the versatility and of its counterparts.

The RVR seats up to five in relative comfort and offers of cargo room.

There is cubic feet available the back bench in place, and cubic feet of total with the bench folded

That gives you plenty of for everything the family needs for a getaway or a trip to the store for the family reunion.

Despite a few the RVR isn’t a bad vehicle by any stretch of the It is entering a tough segment, and has to match or best the competition to get

As with any vehicle purchase, the to buy is ultimately a personal one and the RVR will its buyers. It’s priced offers the desired utility and can its own against some very competition.



shell reduces weight sacrificing performance #8211; Jim

Mitsubishi RVR

The Recreation Vehicle Runner Mitsubishi is the latest version of compact five-passenger crossover vehicle. The engineers have set goals quite high this third generation by for better fuel mileage. The RVR has a short wheelbase of 2,670 built on a unibody chassis.

In fact, it is same the platform for the longer Mitsubishi Outlander, but in length, while sharing components of the longer vehicle, a corporate decision to return to smaller, fuel efficient instead of larger, truck-based

The new RVR uses front fenders from SABIC Innovative Noryl GTX resin. By replacing with this high-performance Mitsubishi slashed the weight of the by almost 50 per cent and improved safety compliance.


Our RVR SE two-wheel-drive tester is a trim package, 345 mm shorter than the Outlander SUV, its popular and 30 mm narrower generating better

There’s no mistaking Mitsubishi’s front grille and angled headlights. It’s an aggressive one that you either like or you but that’s better than reactions in my book.

The hood suit with some ridges that narrow to meet the top of the grille opening, it additional rigidity and allowing for a gauge of steel. Clever,

The cabin is obviously smaller the Outlander but no less comfortable. The are simple but logically laid out and to use without forcing you to read a owner’s manual.

There’s no navigation system on our test but there was a simple monochrome that includes a trip maintenance reminder and ambient The top-of-the-line GT all-wheel-drive model has a display.

I really liked the in the RVR with their standard fabric upholstery. The six-way adjustable driver’s seat and passenger seat were without being hard as and we had a leather wrapped steering and shifter knob.

As you would expect, the seating for the passengers is not luxurious, but it is acceptable. The seats split fold for additional cargo space required. Cargo capacity the rear seats down the Nissan Juke and Suzuki SX4 by


The 2011 RVR is available in trim levels and two drivetrain All RVR models are powered by a updated of Mitsubishi’s 4B11 four-cylinder This fuel-efficient 2.0-litre produces 148 horsepower and 145 foot-pounds of and runs on regular unleaded

The powerband is optimized so that the curve is relatively flat 2,200 rpm all the way up to just below the rpm redline, which means the engine doesn’t have to a moment to deliver its power. said, 2200 rpm is fairly so don’t expect much when pulling away a stoplight.

New features for 2011 resin-coated pistons and smoother on the camshafts for reduced friction and fuel economy. A higher alternator and electric power also aid in this cause. mileage estimates are 8.4 L/100 km and 6.6 L/100 km highway.

Both the RVR and share the same suspension – a MacPherson strut layout in with a multilink and coil at the rear. Like the Outlander, bars are also used at the front and rear, but the RVR has some in its design that better its more compact dimensions and a more optimal degree of comfort and stability. These cross members to support the new power steering and a redesigned floor pan to accommodate a more shaped muffler.

A new electric power steering has been introduced that good road feedback as as being more energy


I have to admit I have found Mitsubishi to be hit and miss, either feeling built or not. When were not, they cheap to me, too much tinny when I close the door. The RVR has raised the standard for fit, and quality in my opinion.

The short can produce a choppy ride on of our notoriously broken roads but it helps make driving the RVR a to drive in urban traffic and in close quarters.

Admittedly the RVR SE lacks any off-road prowess, but option is available as the SE 4WD and GT 4WD.

a sticker price of $21,998 for the RVR SE 2WD the Sportronic CVT transmission ($1,200), ($1,450) and prep ($250), you can off the lot for under $25,000 (plus

A great compact CUV with styling and a comfortable interior. one Mitsu!

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