Road Test: 2011 Mitsubishi RVR

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Road Test: 2011 RVR

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By Shari Prymak

is something I find conflicting small crossover SUV#8217;s. On the one they are one of the fasting growing, car segments on the market. But on the other, make little to no logical whatsoever.

It doesn#8217;’t matter you get a CR-V, Rav4, Escape, or Essentially, what you are buying is a more expensive, more gas yet no more practical, version of the station wagon. It doesn#8217;’t though because everyone has convinced that crossover#8217;’s are safe, and rational, and the market has to that in a big way.

Certainly Mitsubishi has taken of the hype, because, despite a small to the point of non-existent car they now have two small the compact Outlander and the new, compacterer, RVR.

Being a crossover, the new RVR will compete the likes of the Hyundai Tuscan, Kia and the sales leading Ford

The base MSRP is only making it one of the cheapest Japanese on the market. Even when you add options such as all-wheel CVT automatic transmission, and comforts as Bluetooth, auxiliary/USB jack, seats, and alloy wheels, the still doesn#8217;t top 25 grand. nice touch is that come standard with a 5 comprehensive and 10 year/160,000km powertrain

I#8217;’m not much for crossovers, but I admit, the RVR does have a cool aggressive look on. It isn#8217;’t as bland as a Honda nor is it over the top like the Nissan It just looks right.

its relatively low door sills, into the RVR’#8217;s driver is an easy task. Yet, seated, you get the high ride that crossover buyer#8217;s for. The cabin is also spacious, and can easily accommodate people plus cargo in a

And despite being a five-seater, the RVR is with no less than cup holders. Yup, the RVR#8217;’s North Americans want

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The RVR uses the same 148hp, of torque, 2.0L 4-cylinder from the Lancer, mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox or, in the of my top-level GT tester, a CVT automatic. I was this modest drivetrain to be a bit and lackluster in a crossover, but that the case at all. Both the and transmission felt well to the vehicle.

And as far as I#8217;’m concerned, has nicked the common CVT complaints. transmission felt perfectly and well calibrated. It was a fine for the adequately refined and peppy

The added bonus was excellent economy. The RVR easily managed #8211;- 11.0 L/100km in driving, and around 8.0 L/100km on the According to the RVR#8217;’s trip I averaged 9.3 L/100km over my road test, terrific for a

It#8217;’s worth noting due to good weather conditions, my RVR was in the more frugal 2WD mode, than the available 4WD and 4WD lock It is nice though to see that of all-wheel drive flexibility on a crossover.

Over my one week period, I drove the RVR through all of typical driving scenarios, and were some of the most I had ever experienced in a crossover. The RVR has the of a well optimized sedan. The feels appropriately quick and

The brakes feel strong and And thanks to its relatively small and good outward visibility, the RVR to shrink around the driver, you a pleasing sense of control.

If there is any area where the RVR use improvement, it would have to be and road-holding performance. It exhibits a amount of body-roll through corners. And while it is a nice in most scenarios, it can feel a bit and jiggly at highway speeds, it feel as though the RVR lacks

I#8217;’m also not too sure the value of my $28,498 top-level GT Aside from the fantastic headlights, it seems to offer else extra of real The giant glass roof doesn’#8217;t open, the subwoofer of the Fosgate sound system on trunk space, and the large wheels stiffen what otherwise likely be considered ride quality (though it is perfectly acceptable).

In short, stick with the SE model.

These are all fairly niggles, however, because, as it turns out, I really the RVR. I like how it looks. I how it drives. I like that Japanese.

And I like the price. As a vehicle, the roomier and more Mazda 5 is a better all-around But if the compact crossover thing your lifestyle, the RVR is a great

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