Mitsubishi RVR News & Reviews

   North American-spec Mitsubishi i-MiEV revealed

Mitsubishi, a brand best known for its rally car replicating EVO, will be one of the first to market an all-electric microcar here in North
2011 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is about to change the way North Americans drive and reduce their fuel costs substantially. (Photo: Mitsubishi)
America. Microcar may not be the right term anymore though, as the i-MiEV just revealed in North American-specification is a relative limo compared to the Japanese domestic market (JDM) version.

Our i-MiEV has been stretched, widened and enhanced to appeal more to North American buyers, and while the right-hand drive JDM version is surprisingly roomy despite its abbreviated exterior dimensions, the slightly larger version will fit larger North American body-types more comfortably.

Set to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this week, the North American i-MiEV is 285 mm (11.2 inches) longer at 3,680 mm (144.9 inches), 110 mm (4.3 inches) wider at 1,585 mm (62.4 inches), and 5 mm (0.2 inches) taller at 1,615 mm (63.6 inches) than the JDM version, plus it has a 110-mm (4.3-inch) wider track at 1,420 mm <Read More>

   2011 Mitsubishi RVR GT 4WD Road Test Review

Mitsubishi is one of a number of brands that is making its new cars more appealing with every generation. Yes, you'd think that
2011 Mitsubishi RVR
The new RVR is a great looking little crossover, and picturesque Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, where it was introduced to Canadian journalists, is the ideal backdrop. (Photo: Trevor Hofmann, Canadian Auto Press)
all automakers are doing likewise, and in most respects that's true, but going after greater market share means dropping prices, plus adding new fuel efficiency technologies and all the latest safety equipment costs a lot, so therefore some nameplates have chosen to cut a few corners with their latest offerings. Not so with the RVR, an all-new crossover for Mitsubishi in Canada, slotting in between the vehicles it shares underpinnings with, the wagon-like five-door Lancer Sportback and popular Outlander crossover SUV.

The RVR targets a younger, entry-level new car buyer wanting to move up from a subcompact or compact car by offering sporty performance and a full slate of electronic features, and for the most part vehicles in this class are a bit low rent as far as interior materials go. The RVR's overall refinement, on the other hand, will appeal to a more mature market as well as those first- or second-time buyers.

Refinement? <Read More>

   2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT-P Road Test Review

Mitsubishi gave its personal coupe and convertible models an update for 2011, and while the modifications are minimal the effect
2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT-P
The Eclipse Spyder fills a low-priced, front-drive convertible market niche of one. (Photo: Trevor Hofmann, Canadian Auto Press)
has been dramatic. The brand's new corporate grille dominates the transformation, giving the sporty car a more aggressive appearance and simultaneously a new lease on life.

Based on Mitsubishi's midsize platform architecture that also underpins the Galant sedan and Endeavor crossover SUV, the 2+2-seat Eclipse can either be had as a two-door coupe with a rear hatch or as a two-door convertible with a small trunk, dubbed Spyder. Both models come in two seasonings that I like to call medium and spicy – let's leave mild for depicting the base Lancer and keep extra hot in reserve for the iconic Evolution X. With medium zest, the base GS model gets a 16-valve, SOHC, 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine that produces a maximum of 162-horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 162 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm, connecting through to the front wheels via a five-speed manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic. My tester was the spicy top-line GT-P ("P" as in picante?), also front-wheel drive but putting the energy of its 24-valve, SOHC, 3.8-litre V6 with 265-horsepower at 5,750 rpm and 262 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm, through a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic with <Read More>

   2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR Road Test Review

With Mitsubishi having dropped its base MR and added the Premium Package as standard, the GSR becomes the weekend track
2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR
The great looking 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR is also one of the best performing sport sedans on the market. (Photo: Trevor Hofmann, Canadian Auto Press)
warrior's ride of choice. The GSR, with its 5-speed manual transmission, may have been more to your liking anyway, but for some the MR's ultra-sophisticated Sportronic Shift (TC-SST) sequential manual magnesium paddle-shift actuated transmission was more suited to their driving style.

The GSR is 35 kilos (77 pounds) lighter at 1,595 kg (3,517 lbs) compared to 1,630 kg (3,594 lbs), and when it comes to speed on the track or the autocross course, getting the lead out is critical. While I'm absolutely in love with the MR's gearbox, as well as its 18-inch BBS forged alloy rims, lighter two-piece front Brembo rotors, Bilstein shocks and Eibach coil springs, its regular Brembos are identical in size and come standard while the two-piece units, the Bilsteins, Eibach springs, and the BBS wheels can be added if you opt for the optional Handling Package, new for 2010. Oh, and last year's ultra-large rear wing comes with the package too.

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   2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS Road Test Review

Let's cut to the chase: Sport coupes are about style and performance, not practicality. If you want practical, get something with four
2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS
The Eclipse is hardly short on style. (Photo: Simon Hill, Canadian Auto Press)
doors and an economical drivetrain. On the other hand, if you want a car that reflects your personality, turns a few heads, and offers a sporty driving experience, consider the Mitsubishi Eclipse.

The current generation of Eclipse was introduced in 2006 and given a facelift in 2009, and you could reasonably argue that it sits in a niche of its own. Technically it's a mid-size coupe, which puts it in with the Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Ford Mustang, Nissan Altima Coupe and Honda Accord Coupe, among others. But those are apples and oranges. The Eclipse is ... a pomegranate.

Mitsubishi calls the Eclipse GS an "attainable exotic." Certainly its style is out there. With its mix of sharp creases and molten-metal curves, and details like blacked out fascias and clear taillight lenses, this is a car with plenty of visual personality. For 2011, the GS gets several key upgrades that bring it closer in character to the more <Read More>

   2010 Mitsubishi Outlander XLS Road Test Review

To merely glance at the 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander you might pass off the changes as simply cosmetic. After all, while the face is
2010 Mitsubishi Outlander XLS V6
Stylishly updated, the Outlander now sports the Lancer's shark-like front end design. (Photo: Trevor Hofmann, Canadian Auto Press)
completely new, pulling its overall design from the very popular Lancer, from the front clip rearward it looks pretty much like last year's Outlander. Certainly it includes revisions to the mirror housings, headlamps, hood, fenders, and rear fascia, but likely only owners of the second-generation Outlander will notice these subtle changes. To everyone else, it'll look totally new up front and just as attractive as it's always been from the rear. Under that eye-catching bodywork, however, is a significantly updated compact crossover.

The first thing I noticed was a revised interior of the XLS model I was driving. The styling is mostly the same as last year's Outlander, other than a new instrument cluster, upgraded to full colour in the XLS, plus new sun visors and new seat fabric, but Mitsubishi really upped the ante in an area that is near and dear to me, plastics quality. The softer touch door panels of the XLS, plus its leather-like dash with contrasting stitching <Read More>

   2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback GT Road Test Review

In the compact car market, it generally pays to play it safe. Compacts are bread-and-butter models for car manufacturers, big sellers
2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback GT
Mitsubishi's Lancer Sportback is big on style. (Photo: Simon Hill, Canadian Auto Press)
designed and built to suit the widest possible range of potential buyers. So while the market is well-served with an abundance of excellent choices - think Mazda3, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, VW Jetta, Hyundai Elantra, Suzuki SX4, and the list goes on - it sometimes seems that they are all a bit ... conformist. With the Lancer, Mitsubishi offers something a little different. Amongst its buttoned-down compact peers, the Lancer is the one rocking a faux-hawk.

Fittingly for a car that's just a little different, the Lancer is available in a wide range of distinct variants. You can get your Lancer as a sedan or hatchback, with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. At the top of the ladder is the outrageous Lancer Evolution (Evo), which has gained world renown for its performance in World Rally Championship racing and lends street cred to the entire Lancer lineup. The front-drive Sportback we tested sits towards the practical end of the Lancer spectrum, but with our test car's GT trim it offers very well equipped practicality.

What <Read More>

   2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart Road Test Review

There are automakers that don't just build transportation, but rather infuse their vehicles with a familial DNA that makes them
2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart
The Lancer Ralliart might just redefine what you think is possible from behind the wheel of a compact sedan. (Photo: Mitsubishi)
totally unique. Some lean towards luxury and some span the middle ground, while others focus almost entirely on performance. Mitsubishi would have to be filed into the latter category.

It's not that the Japanese automaker's cars don't get their fair share of luxury features-- they do. But they don't really try to compete head to head with others that push premium creature comforts over adrenaline inducing thrills, and to the latter end Mitsubishi has few peers.

They're really an engineering company, first and foremost. Their cars nevertheless look good, finally, at least their compacts do. And it's something that hasn't gone unnoticed by consumers that seem to snap up Lancers and Outlanders before they touch ground on dealer lots. Of course styling sells, but those who get pulled into the showroom because of good looks end up grinning <Read More>

   2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X MR Road Test Review

I have a few favourite sports cars -- Porsche 911, Nissan GT-R and BMW M3. And Mitsubishi's Lancer Evolution MR is right up
2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X MR
Playtime for the Evo X MR! (Photo: Canadian Auto Press)
there at the top of the list. A sedan as a sports car? Absolutely. It just has to be there. With all due respect, until the majority of sports car makers can build a coupe or roadster that can handle anywhere near as well as the Evo, it deserves to be classified as a sports car.

First and foremost, I don't like the Evo X or its predecessors for their interiors. No, the Lancer, while a great looking car with some impressive features and superb road manners even in base trim, won't make you forget your Mazda3 or VW Jetta when stepping inside. Hard plastic surfaces and mediocre switchgear aside, the MR's Premium Package, standard for 2010, means the 710-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system is as earth shattering as the car's performance! That audio system is accessible via a seven-inch touch-screen that also interfaces with hard drive audio storage, SIRIUS satellite radio, the navigation system, and Bluetooth connectivity, much of which can be controlled with the redundant steering wheel spoke-mounted switchgear.

The now standard Premium Package also adds full-leather seating, the front seats still made by Recaro and beyond brilliant, as well as Phantom Black and silver interior accents, rain-sensing wipers, sound-insulated windshield glass, automatic xenon headlamps, proximity sensing keyless remote, power sunroof, and more, to other items already standard on the GSR, such as automatic climate control, leather-wrapped tilt sport steering wheel, full-colour multi-information display, variable intermittent wipers, power windows, cruise control, aluminum pedals, flat wiper blades, fog lamps, colour-keyed door handles and mirrors, Brembo brakes, tire pressure monitoring system, <Read More>

   2010 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS Road Test Review

By far, Lancer is Mitsubishi's most successful vehicle. There are a lot of reasons why, the first being superb styling. It's a great looking car,
2010 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS
The Lancer GTS is a great little compact... it looks good, has plenty of power and handles brilliantly. (Photo: Canadian Auto Press)
and that gets people into the showroom to learn about the competitive pricing, try out the top-level features and finally take one around the neighbourhood to experience the well sorted chassis. And what do you do if you've got a good thing going? Milk it for all it's worth, of course.

And Mitsubishi has truly milked the Lancer, now with two body styles, the regular sedan and new Sportback model, and trim levels galore. There's the base DE, the SE, the GTS, Ralliart, and Evolution, the latter in its tenth iteration, and therefore dubbed Evolution X, or as it's often called, EVO X. And if you happened to have noticed that the GT model has been nixed from the list it's because the new GT is merely an SE with the Sun & Sound Package.

The GTS, subject of this <Read More>

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