Now with two available engines
Date Posted: June 11, 2016
By Zack Spencer
Mitsubishi was early to the subcompact SUV space with the introduction of the RVR. Just as other brands are entering this smaller crossover segment, Mitsubishi is already established. This 5-passenger small utility is sold with two engines and available all wheel drive (AWD).
There have been several new entries into the subcompact crossover space recently but one brand was head of the curve when they introduced the RVR. Mitsubishi represent value and fuel economy in its small utility, plus an aggressive design that looks larger than it is. Mitsubishi also has a long warranty that brings people to the brand.
The RVR used to be sold with just one 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, now Mitsubishi has provided a larger 2.4L on select trims, which is a good idea because this small crossover can lack enough power in certain circumstances. The base 2.0L engine has 148hp and can put that power to the front wheels or AWD. It is available with a 5-speed manual or CVT. AWD versions only come with a CVT. The larger 2.4L engine has 168hp but more importantly 167lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is only available with (AWD) and a CVT.
The base RVR is rated at 9.6L/100km (25 MPG) in the city and 7.7L/100km (32 MPG) on the HWY.
Even though this is part of a new bread of subcompact crossovers the back seat and cargo rear are very versatile and roomy. The rest of the interior is simple and clean with some nice features. They include and available 6.1-inch display audio system or an available 7-inch navigation screen. There is also an available Rockford Fosgate stereo system that includes a sub in the cargo area. Leather heated seats are also available and most of these features are kept for the top models.
Safety comes from standard front, side and curtain airbags and standard stability and traction control. But advanced safety features like lane departure warning and forward collision warning with auto braking are not offered.
The RVR is a value vehicle with a starting price of roughly $20,000 and the most expensive AWD model is just under $30,000. (only US $25,000)
This utility is all about value and a big part of the story is the 5-year 100,000km warranty (US, 5-year 60,000mile warranty). This sets this vehicle apart from the crowd. It is a simple vehicle with rugged good looks.
It is good that there is now a 2.4L engine available because the base version is lackluster to drive. Not because of power but the tuning of the CVT. The larger engine will help in this regard. There are no advanced safety systems and the vehicle can be rather simple but that might be appealing to someone looking for a budget minder utility.
a big part of the story is the 5-year 100,000km warranty