The 2020 Mitsubishi RVR got some serious updates to face the competition. We answer 5 questions about this popular SUV.
The subcompact SUV was introduced in 2010, for the 2011 model year, right in the heart of the smaller SUV boom. Its styling, pricing and overall performance made it an instant hit with Canadian SUV buyers and our appreciation for it continues to grow.
Following a few updates over the years, the 2020 iteration of the Mitsubishi RVR returns with a heavily revised outlook on its job within the Japanese company’s lineup of vehicles. As the best-selling Mitsubishi nameplate in Canada, it is better equipped than ever to face the competition.
Let’s answer 5 questions on the new 2020 Mitsubishi RVR.
What’s New About The 2020 Mitsubishi RVR?
From a styling perspective, Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Shield design language is at the forefront of the RVR’s new face. Both front and rear bumpers are fully redesigned and, in a word, bold. LED headlights are standard and are matched with a new bonnet and front fenders. There are also three new colours to select from: Red Diamond, Sunshine Orange and Oak Brown.
On board, the equipment level rises to meet the demands of the ever-more difficult-to-please buyer. The 2020 Mitsubishi RVR now contains a standard 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and alloy wheels. Depending on selected trim and features, a heated steering wheel, suede-like seat material and much more is also included.
The big news comes from the upgraded pricing strategy. Specifically, the base 2020 RVR ES FWD is priced identically to the 2019 but includes far more kit and the new styling. As well, the ES can now be equipped with Mitsubishi’s AWC all-wheel-drive system at a lower price point than in 2019. Likewise, the 2.4-litre 4-cylinder engine is offered as of the SE AWC trim.
What’s The 2020 Mitsubishi RVR’s Price?
The base 2020 Mitsubishi RVR ES FWD starts at $22,998. AWC adds $2,500 to the ES FWD for a total of $25,498.
The SE FWD, at $25,298, now includes Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert technology.
The SE AWC, with the standard 168-horsepower 2.4-litre engine, goes for $27,998.
The volume in the RVR’s lineup comes from the SEL AWC which starts at $29,798. It features new 18-inch wheels and the tasteful-looking suede-like seat material.
The Limited Edition AWC, formerly known as the Black Edition, goes for $30,798. It continues to offer a slew of black accents for a stealthier look.
At the very top of the pyramid sits the GT AWC at $33,998. This is where you will find the heated steering wheel, a black headliner and a lovely. chrome beltline moulding.
When Will It Be Released?
The 2020 Mitsubishi RVR is available for sale now. You can build one online at Mitsubishi motors Canada. There are still some 2019s available as well.
Who Will It Compete With?
Its main competition comes from the Hyundai Kona, the current best-seller in the segment. Others include the extremely popular Honda HR-V, the Toyota C-HR, the Mazda CX-3, the Jeep Renegade, the Kia Niro, the Nissan Kicks, to name a few.
What Do We Think About the 2020 Mitsubishi RVR?
This is where the situation gets a little complex… The fact is that since its arrival, the Mitsubishi RVR has been a good small crossover, or SUV. Every time we got behind the RVR’s wheel, we enjoyed the experience but whenever we measured it against its main competition, it turned out to be ok, nothing more. This is a testament to how fierce the game has become.
The updated 2020 Mitsubishi RVR now has distinctive styling, provides more value than ever and these two elements will be enough to secure many more new buyers. If anything, it’ll help keep existing RVR or other Mitsubishi product owners within the family.
If we were shopping in this segment, we’d shop the Honda HR-V and Nissan Kicks first. The RVR would be part of the second round along with the Hyundai Kona.