2020 Lemon Aid New Car Reviews - Small

Small cars represent a big chunk of the car market in Canada and carmakers work hard for every sale by offering impressive products and tremendous value. Cars in this segment are often little more expensive than they were 20 years ago and are faster, smoother, more economical and safer than ever before. Other than a need for greater cabin space, there is now no compelling reason to move beyond this class.

There are only two new cars in this segment for 2020. The Toyota Corolla sedan went on sale last summer and the new-generation Nissan Sentra went on sale early in March. The next-generation Volkswagen Golf is already on sale in Europe but Canada won't have that model until the 2022 model year, with the Golf lineup sharply reduced for 2020. Not returning for 2020 is the Chevrolet Cruze, which fell victim of GM's gradual withdrawal from the passenger car market, and the end of production for the modern version of the Volkswagen Beetle.

The highest-rated cars are often very competitive on a monthly finance payment basis, but only some cars have leasing arrangements worth considering. Please refer to the pricing section of each car review to determine whether that car is a good lease value.

Honda Civic  Kia Forte  Subaru Impreza  Toyota Corolla Hatchback 
Hyundai Elantra  Mazda 3  Subaru Crosstrek  Volkswagen Golf 
Hyundai Elantra GT  Mitsubishi RVR  Toyota CH-R  Volkswagen Jetta 
Hyundai IONIQ  Nissan Sentra  Toyota Corolla   

2020 Honda Civic

 


 

 

What’s new
Mild exterior styling update and cabin revisions for the hatchback in what should be the last year for the current generation of the Civic. 2020 is the last year for the coupe body style. 

Performance
The 1.5L turbocharged Civic is quick and cruises with great serenity. However, some drivers find the direct injection system to be noisy and when hooked up to a CVT, the engine drones annoyingly on gentle acceleration and makes the car feel lethargic around town. The engine is transformed into an enthusiastic, fizzy delight when mated to Honda's slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission. The Civic's steering is quick, accurate and beautifully weighted. With crisp handling and a firmly resilient ride, the Civic displays suspension prowess that belies its modest price. The Civic's good brake feel is the entry into solid stopping. Overall, the Civic's solidity, performance and cabin space make it a very tough car to beat in this segment.
Inside, the gauge package is dominated by a tachometer flanked by fuel and temperature gauges. A digital speed display is mounted within the corona of the tachometer. The centre of the dashboard is dominated by the Honda Link touchscreen which eliminates all knobs for audio functions and for the climate control fan speed. This system is not that user friendly and the backlash from customers has led Honda to improve its infotainment interface on subsequent models. The rest of the cabin is very Honda-like in design. The Civic displays levels of design, fit and finish that exceed those of a number of compact luxury sedans from revered manufacturers. The Civic's roofline and seating position may be too low for less agile buyers, but once in, the car is very comfortable with supportive seats and good legroom for a car in this class.

Comments
Mainstream Civics are be powered by a normally-aspirated 2L four previously seen in the Acura ILX, with high-end Touring and Si sedans, and all hatchbacks, having a 1.5L turbo four under the hood. Both engines can be teamed with either a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT. The Si trim ekes out 205 horsepower out of the 1.5L turbo four but is cursed by needing premium fuel. The 2L turbo four in the Type R cranks out a spectacular 306 horsepower. The Honda Sensing safety system includes collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation and adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow is standard on all trims.   

Pricing

The manual transmission-only DX sedan does have a full suite of active safety features but without air conditioning, it exists solely to allow Honda to advertise the lowest possible MSRP. The LX sedan with CVT is essentially the base model for most buyers. Migrating from the LX to the EX is very good value and includes Lane Watch, a passenger side view camera. In contrast, moving from the EX to the Sport lacks values for the money asked. The range-topping Touring trim, with the more powerful 1.5 L turbo, leather seating, an upgraded audio system and navigation, is excellent value is you like its luxury equipment. The manual-only Si sedan does have 205 (but requires premium fuel, a burden for owners) but is very expensive for what you are getting. However, the Touring and the Si are powered by the 1.5L turbo engine that has exhibited unresolved performance and durability issues compared with the sturdy 2L four and might best be avoided. Overall, the coupe, which is in its last year for 2020, is priced the same as a sedan of the same trim level. The turbo-exclusive hatchback lineups don't really match up to the trim lines of the sedan and Honda doesn't offer direct hatch equivalents like Mazda does with the 3 and Subaru does with the Impreza. The Civic Type R is expensive but delivers astounding performance. The Civic is a very good lease value for 2020. 

Reliability

Above average reliability predicted for the 2L Civic. Durability of the 1.5L turbo is uncertain and there have been complaints regarding poor cold weather performance, heater output problems and that the oil supply is being contaminated by fuel, diluting its lubricating properties, leading to engine failures. An extended warranty is recommended for turbo models.     

Specifications


Body Style:  2CP, 4HB, 4SD*
Occupants: 2/3
Engine: 1.5L T (174 HP, 205 HP, 306 HP Type R), 2L-4 (158 HP)*
 

Transmissions: 6M, CVT* 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  7.9L/100 km

Highway Fuel Economy: 6.1L/100 km


Active Safety Features: Standard forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warnings a lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control. 

Additional Airbags:  None


Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000 
Current Generation Debut:  2016
Country of Origin:  Canada, the United States and England 

IIHS Ratings:

Sm. Front Driver: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Sm. Front Pass.: G

Head/Seat: G

Rear: G

Headlight: P

NHTSA Rating:


2020 Hyundai Elantra

 


 

 

What’s new
A new CVT transmission, marketed by Hyundai under the Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) label, replaces the conventional six-speed automatic used previously. The turbo model is marketed under the Sport name in 2020.  

Performance
Tested before the mid-cycle remake and the installation of the new CVT, the Elantra's 2L four was quick, flexible and smooth. The CVT in the related Kia Forte works very well. The Elantra's ride is very absorbent and while not engaging, handling is steady. The steering is nicely geared but is too light and offers no feedback to the driver. Braking is strong enough but pedal feel is too soft, pedal travel is excessive and the brakes lack initial bite. Good road and wind noise suppression. 
The front seats are not ideally shaped, especially the bottom cushion, however, they do prove comfortable enough over the long haul. Rear seat comfort is good and legroom is average for this segment. Those driving the Elantra face big, clear gauges and a horizontally-arrayed dashboard dominated by a large, centre-mounted infotainment screen. Simple, logical controls for the audio and climate systems rest underneath the big infotainment screen. Good trunk. 

Comments
Power stems from a 2L four that features an Atkinson cycle, which, according to Hyundai, reduces internal pumping losses, and is more commonly used on hybrid vehicles. Though Hyundai has moved heavily into direct injection, the new Elantra uses a multi-port injection system. Power reaches the front wheels via either a CVT or a six-speed manual transmission. The Sport model is powered by the same 1.6L turbo that is linked to either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual clutch automated manual. Available active safety equipment includes a forward collision warning with pedestrian and vehicle detection system, autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, blind spot and rear cross traffic warnings.

Pricing

At just over $17,000 with air conditioning, the base, manual transmission Essential model is a lot of car for the money. Unlike the base Honda Civic, buyers can opt for an automatic transmission on the base Elantra. The Preferred, trim, the most popular Elantra, is very good value and adds features such as alloy wheels, the iOS/Android cellphone interface, a heated steering wheel, cruise control and blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors. The Preferred with the Sunroof and Safety package adds a sunroof as well as autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keep assist and lane departure warning, at a very good price. The Luxury trim boasts leather seating, Keyless Go, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, a sunroof, a foot-gesture opening trunk and dual zone climate control, and can be considered a bargain. The range-topping Ultimate model adds luxuries such as a name brand audio system, power driver's seat, wireless cellphone charging and navigation, along with safety gear like adaptive cruise control, L.E.D. headlamps and pedestrian detection for the autonomous empergency braking feature, for a price much less than the value of the content. Compared with the Ultimate trim, the Sport model is priced about the same but lacks a lot of the Ultimate's luxury features, leaving the value of the turbocharged engine and fully-independent rear suspension at around $3500. Reasonable value leasing for 2020 and a good way to avoid an engine or transmission failure.  
Reliability

Average to above average reliability is predicted for the first five years. Engine failures on a variety of Hyundai engines engines have reduced long-term reliability prospects for the car. Using the "Severe Service" maintenance schedule exclusively at a Hyundai dealer is recommended to prevent any service history gaps as is keeping all service receipts, which will leave no gaps in the event of engine failure. The new CVT transmission is unproven. If the car is going to be kept past the five year/100,00 kilometre warranty, an extended warranty is recommended.  

Specifications


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
1.6L-4 T (201), 2L-4 (147 HP)*

Transmissions: 6M, CVT, 7 DSG

Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  7.8L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  5.6L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Optional forward collision warning, including pedestrians, autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, blind spot, rear cross traffic and lane departure warnings and adaptive cruise control. 
Additional Airbags: Driver's side knee airbag
Warranty: 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2017
Country of Origin:  United States (L, LE), South Korea (all others)

IIHS Ratings:

Sm. Front Driver: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Sm. Front Pass.: G

Head/Seat: G

Rear: G

Headlight: P

NHTSA Rating:


2020 Hyundai Elantra GT

 

What’s new
Hyundai has introduced a new base N model with a dual-clutch automated manual transmission.  
Performance
Hooked up to a six-speed automatic transmission, the GT's base 2L four accelerates briskly and cruises quietly. The beam axle underpinning the 2L GTs delivers good ride and handling. Driven with a manual transmission, the turbo engine in the N model is smooth, revs with gusto and delivers very linear performance. The smooth clutch allies with a crisp-shifting six-speed manual transmission. The N's steering is nicely weighted and precise. The turbo model handles with confidence and exhibits firmly supple ride characteristics.
Comments
The driver faces elegant, easily-scanned gauges located in a dashboard dominated by a large, free-standing pod that contains a touch screen flanked on both sides by conventional audio controls. Traditional climate controls reside at the top of the dash centre stack. Bins and bottle holders in all doors and copious open and closed cubbies throughout the cabin should satisfy even the most determined vehicular hoarders. Cabin materials are attractive and there are soft-touch surfaces on the dash top and upper front doors. The front and rear seats are supportive and rear seat legroom is competitive for this size of car. Spacious trunk.
A direct-injected 2L gasoline four with 162 horsepower is the base engine, but a 1.6L turbo is found under the hood of the N-branded (like BMW M or Mercedes AMG) cars. The 2L is hooked up a conventional six-speed automatic transmission, with the turbo mated to a seven speed dual clutch automated manual. The 2L features basic torsion beam rear suspension but the turbo has a fully independent multi-link rear suspension system. 

Pricing
The base Preferred trim, with alloy wheels, heated front seats and steering wheel, blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors, will suit the needs of many buyers. The Luxury trim, with a dual panel sunroof, keyless go and dual zone climate control, is a sound, if unexceptional value. Of the $6750 separating the Preferred with automatic to the automatic-equipped base N, roughly $2000 can be attributed to additional equipment, the rest for the turbo. Unimpressive lease value but leasing is a way to avoid potential engine and transmission failures.  Reliability
Average to above average reliability is predicted for the first five years. Engine failures on a variety of Hyundai engines engines have reduced long-term reliability prospects for the car. Using the "Severe Service" maintenance schedule and servicing the cars exclusively at a Hyundai dealer is recommended to prevent any service history gaps. It is essential to keep all service receipts. If the car is going to be kept past the five year/100,000 kilometre warranty, an extended warranty is recommended.

Specifications


Body Style:  4HB
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
1.6L-4T (201 HP)*, 2L-4 (161 HP)

Transmissions: 6M, 6A*, 7 DSG *
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  9.7L/100 km

Highway Fuel Economy:  7.4L/100 km


Active Safety Features: Regular model: Standard blind spot and rear cross monitors. N Line: Optional forward collision warning, including pedestrians, a lane departure warning, a lane keep assist system and adaptive cruise control  

Additional Airbags: Driver's side knee airbag
Warranty: 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2018
Country of Origin: South Korea

IIHS Ratings:

Sm. Front Driver: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Sm. Front Pass.: G

Head/Seat: G

Rear: G

Headlight: P

NHTSA Rating:


2020 Hyundai IONIQ

 

What’s new
Late entry 2020 model. Mid-cycle refresh with mildly revised exterior and cabin details as well as revised content and packaging. Electric: a new 38.3 kW battery increases horsepower from 118 to 134 and range from 200 to 274 kilometres.

Comments
About the same size as an Elantra, the IONIQ is built on a different platform designed to accept conventional hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full electric powertrains. The exterior is modern, crisp and tidy but doesn’t forcefully signal the car is powered by alternative powertrains. With a 0.24 co-efficient of drag, the shape is very slippery. The cabin is practical and straightforward with cabin space being more adequate than spacious.

A 106 horsepower 1.6L four is the basis for the hybrid and plug-in hybrid. Total system horsepower for the hybrid is 139 and maximum electric-only range for the plug-in is 37 kilometres. The hybrid and the plug-in send power to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. The full electric version is powered by an 38.3 kWh battery pack with a maximum possible range of 274 kilometres. 

Pricing: 
Hybrid: the base Essential model is equipped with a forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking and lane keep assist, which will equip the car to suit most buyers. The Preferred trim adds L.E.D. headlamps, Keyless Go, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, sunroof and blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors. The Ultimate trim includes leather seating, navigation, a power driver's seat, and a name brand audio system. PHEV: offered in Preferred and Ultimate trims, at supplements of $5200 and $5350 higher respectively than the conventional hybrids of the same trim. The federal government as well as the provinces of Quebec and B.C. offer rebates for the PHEV versions of the Ioniq that will help reduce the price gap between the conventional and PHEV models. No pricing is available on the full electric model. Poor value leasing. 

Reliability

Not rated. Insufficient data on these technologically complex cars. Few complaints have been received thus far. However, engine failures on a variety of conventional Hyundais have reduced long-term reliability prospects for their cars. Using the "Severe Service" maintenance schedule exclusively at a Hyundai dealer is recommended to prevent any service history gaps as is keeping all service receipts. If the car is going to be kept past the five year/100,000 kilometre warranty, an extended warranty is recommended.  

Specifications


Body Style:  4HB
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
1.6L-4 H (139 HP combined), 1.6L-4 H Plug-In (104 HP gas, 45 kW electric)*, Electric (134 HP) 

Transmissions: 6A 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy: 4.2L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  4.2L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Standard forward collision warning, including pedestrians, autonomous emergency braking, driver awareness and lane departure warnings and a lane keep assist system. Optional adaptive cruise control and blind spot and rear cross traffic warnings. 

Additional Airbags: Driver's side knee airbag 

Warranty: 5/100,000, 8/130,000 hybrid components
Current Generation Debut:  2017
Country of Origin: South Korea

IIHS Ratings:

Sm. Front Driver: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Sm. Front Pass.: G

Head/Seat: G

Rear: G

Headlight: NR

NHTSA Rating:


2020 Kia Forte

 

 

 

What’s new
A new hatchback body style, marketed as the Forte 5, is new for 2020, as is a GT version of the sedan powered by a 1.6L turbo four.  

Comments
The Forte is an elegant, comfortable and serene compact car that is an afterthought in the minds of buyers focussed on the Civic, Corolla and to a lesser extent, the Elantra. 
The new Forte 5 hatchback completed the model range that launched a year ago. Two engines, a 2L normally-aspirated four and a 1.6L turbo, are available. Driven briefly by the APA, the Forte’s 147 horsepower is ably matched to Kia's CVT to deliver smooth, brisk acceleration. The Forte's steering lacks much road feel but is nicely weighted and precise. The Forte has a well-honed ride-handling balance and the car has a well-sorted, mature feel. Forte drivers face precisely marked gauges, an easily manipulated infotainment screen and brilliantly simple climate controls. Seating is comfortable front and rear and rear seat legroom is, if not generous, at least class competitive. Good trunk space. Cabin materials are very attractive with lots of soft-touch surfaces.

Pricing
If you don't mind driving a car with manual transmission, the base LX sedan, with air conditioning, heated seats, cruise control and the iOS-Android cellphone interface, is a lot of car for the money. A CVT automatic transmission can be added for $1600. Upgrading to the EX, which adds blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors, autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist and alloy wheels, is exceptional value. Moving up to the EX Premium trim brings an active cruise control system as well as a more advanced autonomous emergency braking system. Upgrading from the 2L EX Limited to the turbo-powered GT model, is worth doing if you like its features. The hatchback body style, which starts at the EX trim level, includes blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors, lane keep assist, driver awareness warning and autonomous emergency braking. The GT trim, which includes the 1.6L turbo and dual clutch automated manual transmission, is reasonable value if you want the extra power. The GT Limited upgrade brings along radar cruise control, more sophisticated autonomous emergency braking and navigation, at a temping price. Unimpressive lease value but leasing is a way to avoid potential engine and transmission failures past the warranty period. 

Reliability

Not rated, new model with an unproven CVT transmission. The 2L engine in the previous Forte was unreliable causing owners a lot of grief with no support from the manufacturer. Use the "Severe Service" maintenance schedule and service the car at a Kia dealership to prevent any gaps in maintenance history that could be used by Kia to deny a warranty claim. If you plan to keep the car past the five year/100,000 km basic warranty, an extended powertrain warranty is recommended.   

Specifications


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
1.6L-4 T (201 HP), 2 L-4 (147 HP)*

Transmissions: 6M, CVT*, 7 DSG 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  7.9L/100 

Highway Fuel Economy:  5.9L/100 km


Active Safety Features: Optional forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, blind spot, rear cross traffic warnings and adaptive cruise control 
Additional Airbags
Warranty: 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2019
Country of Origin: South Korea

IIHS Ratings:

Sm. Front Driver: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Sm. Front Pass.: G

Head/Seat: G

Rear: G

Headlight: P

NHTSA Rating:


2020 Mazda 3

 


 

 

What’s new
The fourth-generation Mazda 3 went on sale in the winter of 2019. For 2020, the sedan and hatchback body styles continue as do the familiar 2L and 2.5L fours. Cylinder de-activation is standard on 2.5 L cars with automatic transmission.  
The sedan and hatchback body styles are as dissimilar from one another as two cars sharing the same structure and components can be. The sedan looks very conservative and in some ways echoes the silhouette of the second-generation 3 that debuted for 2010. The hatchback borders on the radical; displaying taut unbroken surfaces that somehow manage to impart a sense of visual tension. The hatchback shares a direct design connection with the current MX-5.

The 3's exterior dimensions are similar to those of the Honda Civic, but unlike the roomy Civic, the 3's cabin space is tight, and the lack or rear seat legroom may be a deal breaker for some buyers. Size constraints aside, the new 3's cabin is a study in tasteful, conservative design and its cabin fixtures border on sumptuous. 

Power is produced by Mazda’s familiar 2L and 2.5L fours. Two six-speed transmissions, a manual and a conventional automatic, are available. All-wheel drive is optional on the new-generation 3. Powered by a 2.5L, the 3 GT sedan is quick, quiet, and with precise steering, powerful brakes and a carefully-honed ride-handling balance, a delight to drive. The 3 is viable alternative to a small luxury-branded car like a Mercedes A-Class and one that promises with a bonus of better reliabilily and long-term durability.  

Pricing

Without air conditioning or an automatic transmission available, the base 2L GX trim is merely a loss leader. The GX Convenience sedan, with automatic transmission, air conditioning, alloy wheels, blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors, heated seats, a power driver's seat and cruise control, is very good value and is equipped to suit most buyers. The GS trim upgrade builds on the GX convenience model, adds a comprehensive active safety suite, dual zone climate control, a heated steering wheel and other comfort and convenience features, for a bargain price. If you opt for automatic transmission, the larger 2.5L four is part of the trim upgrade. The GS Luxury package includes a sunroof, power driver's seat and an auto dimming rearview mirror, at a great price. The range-topping GT is not as well equipped as the GS Luxury and seems a bit pointless. The GT Premium package has leather clad seats, navigation, a heads-up display and a myriad of other comfort and convenience items, for a bargain price. That said, if you compare a GS Luxury to a GT Premium, the GT premium looks a bit pricey for the extra equipment included. All-wheel drive, offered on 2.5L cars with automatic transmission, costs only $1700 more than a front-wheel drive variant with the same equipment. The cheapest hatchback, the GX, is equipped the same as a sedan with the convenience package. Mazda charges $1000 more for the hatchback body than it does for a sedan with the same equipment. Reasonable lease terms exist for the 3 but they are less compelling than Mazda has historically offered.  
Reliability
Predicted reliability is above average. The 3's larger capacity, non-turbo engines and a conventional automatic transmission augers well for powertrain durability. The unlimited mileage basic and powertrain warranty is a real plus for high-mileage drivers. 

Specifications


Body Style:  4HB, 4SD*
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2L‑4 (155 HP)*, 2.5L-4 (186 HP) 

Transmissions: 6M, 6A* 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  9.2L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy: 7.0L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Optional forward collision warning, including pedestrians, blind spot, rear cross traffic and lane departure warnings, a lane keep assist system and adaptive cruise control with stop and go 
Additional Airbags: Two front knee airbags
Warranty: 3/Unlimited, 5/Unlimited
Current Generation Debut:  2019
Country of Origin:  2L Mexico, 2.5L Japan

IIHS Ratings:

Sm. Front Driver: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Sm. Front Pass.: G

Head/Seat: G

Rear: G

Headlight: A

NHTSA Rating:


2020 Mitsubishi RVR

 


 

 

What’s new
For its tenth year on the market, long past the point where it should have been totally renewed, Mitsubishi is extending the life (or is it after life?) of the RVR with a suprisingly comprehensive update. Revisions include all-new styling from the windshield forward, a revised cabin with an eight inch display screen, a standard iOS/Android cellphone interface, heated seats and a new Limited Edition trim that replaces the previous Black Edition. An all-wheel drive ES trim is new for 2020.  

Performance
The RVR's 2L four lacks torque below 3000 rpm, is noisy and performs just adequately  The available CVT works well enough but employs a lot of noisy revs from the coarse engine to deliver tepid, unenthusiastic acceleration. Good control of road and wind noise combines with low-rev cruising to make the RVR a relaxing car on the highway. An absorbent ride is accompanied by noticeable lean in corners, which turns to understeer when pushed. Porpoising is evident on long undulations and the car can be deflected off its path by mid-corner bumps. The brakes have an inert pedal feel. Light, lifeless steering.
The RVR's cabin is fronted by a classically conservative dashboard housing clear instrumentation and straightforward controls. The dash and the upper door panels are padded in a material with a very upmarket appearance, and while most other surfaces are hard to the touch, their matte finishes are quite attractive. Faux alloy trim pieces brighten the cabin. The front seats are large, deeply padded, very comfortable and are swathed in appealing fabrics. The door panels have cloth inserts matching those on the seats. With good space utilization, the RVR can easily house a quartet of adults and can take three people in the back seat for short hops. The fixed, full-length glass roof panel equipped with an electrically-retracting screen that fully blocked the rays of the sun when closed. The roof was frustrating in that most drivers would prefer at least some part of it to open. That said, rear seat passengers enjoyed the panoramic views afforded by the massive glazed area. Small lights, located alongside the tracks of the sunscreen reflect onto the glass, which amused some passengers, especially at night. The RVR's regularly-shaped cargo bay is a bit shallow below its cargo cover, but expands considerably when you fold down the rear seats.

Comments

Mitsubishi offers the 2L four as well as the 2.4L, but should withdraw the 2L as it is slow and noisy. The car is marketed as an SUV or crossover, but in terms of size, versatility and price, it is in reality just a tall hatchback.  

Pricing
All-wheel drive, standard on the SE AWD and GT, costs an extra $2500 on the ES and $2700 on the SE, which also adds the stronger 2.4L engine. Moving up from the ES to the SE reflects the value of its extra equipment such as alloy wheels, blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors and deep tint privacy glass. The additional equipment included when upgrading from the SE AWD to the SEL AWD justifies its price bump. Progressing from the SEL to the GT is a bargain and includes leather seating, a power driver's seat, a name brand audio system, a cargo blind, a collision prevention system with pedestrian detection and a lane departure warning system. Poor leasing terms show that Mitsubishi does not want this car back when the lease is over, which is echoed by the low resale value for the car. 

Reliability

Average to above average reliability predicted. Few complaints have been received regarding the RVR despite the fact it went on sale in 2011. Some replacement parts are expensive. The long 10 year/160,000 km powertrain warranty is compelling for some buyers.   

Specifications


Body Style:  4HB
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2L‑4 (148 HP), 2.4L-4 (168 HP) *

Transmissions: CVT*
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive*

City Fuel Economy:  10.3L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  8.3L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Optional forward collision, including pedestrians, lane departure, blind spot and rear cross traffic warnings
Additional Airbags: Driver's side knee airbag
Warranty: 5/100,000, 10/160,000
Current Generation Debut:  2011
Country of Origin:  Japan

IIHS Ratings:

Sm. Front Driver: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Sm. Front Pass.: NR

Head/Seat: G

Rear: G

Headlight: NR

NHTSA Rating:


2020 Nissan Sentra

 

NEW

 

 

What’s new
An all-new Sentra went on sale early in 2020.

Comments
Introduced for the 2013 model year, the retro-styled and wheezy-performing previous-generation Sentra was an underwhelming entry and declining sales reflected the lacklustre nature of the car. Dimensionally, the new Sentra is little changed from its predecessor. It follows the recent Altima in a return to contemporary style for Nissan, and the car is actually one of the most attractive cars in its class. While American brands have abandoned the compact car segment, Nissan and the other Asian manufacturers field strong entries in the segment, awaiting the day when the current taste for crossovers recedes. The dashboard of the new Sentra includes a large, easily-scanned gauge package in front of the driver, a big format standalone screen at the top centre of the dash and logical controls for the infotainment and climate controls. The rest of the cabin reflects a will on the part of Nissan to spend some time on design and a bit more money on cabin fittings than it has in the past. 
Power for the new Sentra is derived from a 2L four that produces 149 horsepower, 24 more than the 1.8L it replaces. Most Sentras will send power to the wheels via a CVT but a six-speed manual transmission is slated to be available on the base model, likely more to advertise a low MSRP than to quell customer demand.  
The Nissan Safety Shied 360, with intelligent emergency braking, rear intelligent emergency braking, forward collision monitor, a driver awareness monitor, a rear seat occupancy warning and 10 airbags, are all standard. 

Pricing
Even the base S trim is equipped with autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection and rear intelligent braking as well as blind spot, rear cross traffic and lane departure warnings, but does not offer automatic transmission, even as an option. The S Plus trim upgrade includes the automatic (CVT), heated front seats and heated door mirrors, at a price than reflects is value. Moving up to the SV model adds alloy wheels, the iOS-Android cellphone interface and remote starting, at a bargain price. The Sporty-themed SR model does add L.E.D. lighting, but is very epensive for what you get. The SR Premium range-topper adds luxuries such as a name-brand audio system and a power driver's seat, at a reasonable price. No leasing value comparison possible as of mid-march 2020 as Nissan was not offering payment terms on its website.   

Reliability

Reliability is predicted to be below average. 

Specifications


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
2L-4 (149 HP) 

Transmissions: 6M, CVT


Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive
City Fuel Economy:  8L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  6L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Standard forward collision warning including pedestrian detection, autonomous emergency braking including in reverse, blind spot, rear cross traffic and driver awareness warnings. Optional adaptive cruise control. 

Additional Airbags: 10 in total. Dual front knee airbags and rear door mounted airbags


Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000


Current Generation Debut: 2020
Country of Origin: Mexico

IIHS Ratings:

Sm. Front Driver: NR

Mod. Front: NR

Side: NR

Roof: NR

Sm. Front Pass.: NR

Head/Seat: NR

Rear: NR

Headlight: NR

NHTSA Rating:


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