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Pros: The 2015 Mitsubishi RVR comes with a remarkable 5-year/100,000km comprehensive warranty and 10-year/160,000km powertrain warranty, so you can expect typical Japanese reliability. Also, styling is rather attractive (both inside and out), pricing is cheap, and a good AWD system will back you up on the road.

Cons: The RVR feels underpowered, and the optional CVT is far from the best in the biz. The interior, particularly the dashboard, looks like it's several years old. Rearward visibility is not so great, while fuel consumption can get relatively high.

2015 Mitsubishi RVR Price: Start with the base ES 2WD model at $19,998, or move up to the SE 2WD ($22,298), SE AWC ($25,698), SE AWC Limited ($26,498), or GT 4WC ($28,898).

2015 Mitsubishi RVR Fuel Economy: FWD models achieve 7.6L/100km on the highway and 9.9L/100km in the city with the manual transmission or 7.3/9.3L/100km with the CVT. AWD models are rated at 7.7/9.6L/100km.

Improvements and Changes: The GT AWC gets LED daytime running lights. 

Powertrain: The 2.0L DOHC 4-cylinder engine under the hood of the Mitsubishi RVR produces a modest 148 horsepower along with 145 lb-ft of torque via a 5-speed manual transmission or the available CVT. The latter comes with paddle shifters in top trim. 

Cargo Capacity: You'll find 614 litres of cargo space behind the rear seats, and 1,402 litres behind the front seats.

Safety: The 2015 Mitsubishi RVR comes standard with ABS, brake assist, electronic brake force distribution, stability and traction control, as well as hill-start assist.

Comparing the 2015 Mitsubishi RVR: Small SUVs and crossovers like the RVR include the Nissan Juke, Jeep Compass, Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson, and Subaru XV Crosstrek. Don't forget the upcoming Honda HR-V!