2011 Mitsubishi RVR GT. Click image to enlarge
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Review and photos by Peter Bleakney
2011 Mitsubishi RVR
According to the kids in my ‘hood, if you put your pajamas on backwards and do the “snow dance” (whatever that is), you’ll get a snow day. There must have been a lot of that going on here a few weeks ago, because for the first time in twelve years all the schools in Toronto and surrounding areas were closed. While the storm didn’t turn out to be quite as bad as predicted, 15 cm of snow was enough to test the winter capabilities of my 2011 Mitsubishi RVR GT 4WD and make for a bit of snowy fun.
It is in conditions such as these when owning an all-wheel-drive crossover with good ground clearance makes real sense. Equipped with snow tires, I got my wife to work in this top-trim $28,498 RVR with nary a slip, and then headed out to chew up some unploughed roads.
Mitsubishi might be late to the compact sport-ute party, but this RVR has quite a bit going for it. And gosh knows, with the competition that is out there, it had better.
Let’s start with the styling. Built on the Outlander platform, this is certainly the best looking vehicle in Mitsubishi’s line-up. It is perky, nicely proportioned and the corporate shark-nose along with crisp body lines gives it a purposeful and chunky demeanour. Although it is 37 cm shorter than the Outlander, its wheelbase is the same. Short overhangs equal increased cool factor.
This GT, in Kingfisher Blue Metallic, benefits from 18-inch alloys, chrome grille surround and chrome exhaust tip. RVR front fenders are made from recycled plastic in the interest of improved impact resistance and weight reduction. Indeed, with a 1,405 kg curb weight, the RVR is considerably lighter than the Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage or Nissan Juke.
The five-seat 2011 RVR is aggressively priced, starting at $21,998 for the base SE version that comes standard with front-wheel drive, 16-inch alloys and a five-speed manual transmission. The SE 4WD ($24,998) and my swanky GT 4WD have the Sportronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) with manual mode. This transmission is a $1,200 option on the front-drive RVR SE.
Currently there is only one engine available – the four-cylinder 2.0-litre 4B11 that puts out 148 hp and 145 lb.-ft. of torque. Mitsubishi is claiming best in class fuel economy with the CVT equipped RVRs at 7.6 L/100 km combined. My wintry week returned 10.5 L/100 km.