Mitsubishi was one of the first brands to enter the subcompact crossover class when it introduced the RVR in 2011. Mitsu uses the RVR name only in Canada and its home country of Japan. In the U.S., this little utility is called Outlander Sport, and it's known as the ASX elsewhere in the world.
What's New / Key Changes from Last Year
For 2020, Mitsubishi has given the RVR a significant update, with refreshed styling and more standard tech features.
Mitsu offers the RVR in five distinct trims: ES (FWD or AWC), SE (FWD or AWC), SEL (AWC), Limited Edition (AWC) and GT (AWC). ES models and SE FWD share a 2.0L engine, while SE AWC and all other trims use a 2.4L motor. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is standard across the range. Note that Mitsubishi uses the term "all-wheel control," or AWC, for its all-wheel drive system.
New to the entry-level ES trim are an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and LED headlights and daytime running lights.
Standard exterior items are 16-inch steel wheels with covers, heated side mirrors, LED taillights, and a rear spoiler. Inside, all RVR models get heated front seats, six-way driver and four-way front passenger manual seat adjustments, leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift lever, automatic climate control, Bluetooth, keyless entry, power windows, cruise control, and a four-speaker stereo with satellite radio.
SE trim adds blind spot warning with rear cross traffic alert, 16-inch alloy wheels, LED fog lights, chrome exterior trim, rear privacy glass, chrome interior door handles, and a six-speaker stereo.
SEL AWC brings paddle shifters, 18-inch wheels, black roof rails, artificial suede upholstery, lighted vanity mirrors, and passive keyless entry.
Limited Edition AWC is an appearance package that builds on SEL AWC with black wheels and exterior trim.
GT AWC trim gains lane departure warning, forward collision alert with automatic braking, a grille finished in gloss black and satin chrome, automatic on/off headlights with automatic high beams, power-folding side mirrors, a panoramic sunroof, a six-way power driver's seat, a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a black headliner, a nine-speaker stereo with subwoofer, and rain-sensing wipers.
Mitsubishi's fuel consumption estimates for the RVR are 9.7/7.8 L/100 km (city/highway) with the 2.0L engine with FWD, and 10.1/8.2 for the 2.0L/AWD combo. Figures for 2.4L/AWD models are 10.3/8.3 L/100 km (city/highway).
Mitsubishi's key competition in the subcompact crossover class includes the Mazda CX-3, Honda's HR-V, the Subaru Crosstrek, Toyota's C-HR, the Nissan Kicks and Qashqai, the Ford Ecosport, the Chevrolet Trax, Fiat's 500X, the Jeep Renegade, and Hyundai's Kona.