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Mitsubishi RVR 2024: Young at Heart

2024-02-12

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The market has evolved significantly over the last decade, and the price of vehicles has increased considerably to the point where some people wonder if they can still afford a new vehicle. Fortunately, there are still affordable options on the market, such as the Mitsubishi RVR. Moreover, don't think you'll have to compromise, as the small SUV from the Japanese manufacturer offers complete standard equipment and lacks nothing.

 

Apart from the Noir version, there isn't much novelty on the menu for the Mitsubishi RVR 2024. At the same time, this is normal since the model has been around for nearly 14 years. As for this Noir version, it offers a particularly interesting finish that never fails to turn heads as it passes by.

 

Category and Competition

 

The Mitsubishi RVR operates in a rapidly expanding category, namely that of subcompact SUVs. Competition wasn't very fierce just a few years ago, but the new generation of models has changed the game. Indeed, this is where Mitsubishi has a slight disadvantage since the RVR hasn't undergone a generational change since its arrival on the market nearly 14 years ago.

 

Rivals: Buick Encore GX, Chevrolet Trailblazer, Honda HR-V, Hyundai Kona, Jeep Renegade, Kia Niro, Kia Seltos, Mazda CX-30, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, Subaru Crosstrek, Toyota Corolla Cross, Volkswagen Taos.

 

Range and Price

 

Mitsubishi has removed some versions from the RVR lineup for 2024, leaving us with six choices in total. It all starts with the ES front-wheel-drive version, which is the only one to offer this option. Here, we're talking about a starting price of $24,598. The price goes up to $26,598 when adding all-wheel drive. Next up is the SE version with a starting price of $28,598. The SEL version follows with significantly enhanced equipment for $31,098. Then there's the Noir version for $32,598 with a darker look. Finally, it's the GT version that tops the range at $35,598, which remains quite reasonable for a new vehicle, especially today.

 

Design and Technologies

 

Mitsubishi has done an excellent job of keeping the RVR youthful despite its age. It must be said that the small SUV from the Japanese manufacturer has undergone several aesthetic redesigns over the past 14 years. Nevertheless, I believe its exterior design is still relevant today.

 

Unfortunately, where things get a bit disappointing is inside the cabin as there's a significant step backward. The RVR's dashboard clearly dates from another era. Fortunately, the ergonomics are well thought out, and the model's infotainment system has improved significantly over the years.

 

Performance

 

As has been the case for many years, the small SUV from the Japanese manufacturer offers two options in terms of mechanics, starting with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. Power is rather modest at 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. However, this is what allows the RVR to achieve an average consumption of 9.7 L/100 km in the city and 7.8 L/100 km on the highway with front-wheel drive. Moreover, the model is barely more fuel-thirsty with all-wheel drive.

 

If you want more power, there's another option with the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. This one develops 168 horsepower and 167 pound-feet of torque. This engine also benefits from the standard CVT gearbox. However, unlike the 2.0-liter engine, there's no front-wheel drive option here. This engine now achieves an average consumption of 10.3 L/100 km in the city and 8.3 L/100 km on the highway.

 

Weaknesses

 

The assembly quality is rather disappointing in some areas. The model has remained unchanged since its arrival in Canada nearly 14 years ago. Sales have been declining sharply for a few years.

 

Strengths

 

The Mitsubishi RVR is one of the most affordable and fuel-efficient vehicles in its category. It's a rather spacious and agile model. Its all-wheel drive is very effective. Its CVT gearbox remains one of the most pleasant in the industry.

 

Signature Element

 

The Mitsubishi RVR may be an outdated model on several levels, but it remains one of the most reliable and versatile vehicles in its category.

 

Closing Thoughts

 

There was a time when the RVR was one of the most popular vehicles from the brand and even in its category. Its price and level of equipment have always given it an edge over the competition. Finally, this may be less the case today, but the model remains very interesting. It's important not to forget that Mitsubishi offers one of the best warranties in the industry. The model is clearly at the end of its life, and has been for many years. Some markets have seen a new generation, but we are still waiting here.

 

Jean-Sébastien Poudrier

 
 
 
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