2021 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.

Hyundai introduced a new Elantra sedan for 2021 but discontinued the Elantra GT hatchback. This year is the last for the mainstream Volkswagen Golf in Canada, with only the high-performance GTI returning last year. A new Honda Civic was expected in the fall of 2020, but has been delayed until the spring or summer of 2021.  

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 CH-R 
2022 Honda Civic  Mazda 3  Subaru Crosstrek  Volkswagen Golf 
Hyundai Elantra  Mitsubishi RVR  Toyota Corolla  Volkswagen Jetta 
Hyundai IONIQ  Nissan Sentra  Toyota Corolla Hatchback   

2021 Honda Civic

 


 

 

What’s new
A new Civic was expected in the fall of 2020 but has been delayed until the spring or summer of 2021. The coupe body style has been discontinued, as has a manual transmission for the mainstream 2L engine. Hatchback trim variants have been reduced to just the Sport and Sport Touring. The high-performance Type R Special Edition was announced but promptly sold out.   

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 now has more physical buttons which has transformed its use. 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, with a 1.5L turbo powering the Touring sedan and the hatchbacks. The turbo in the hatchback produces six more horsepower than the same engine in the sedan but the extra power comes with the curse of 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

Sedan: The base LX, with automatic transmission, air conditioning and the Honda Sensing active safety suite, is nicely equipped. Upgrading to the EX adds a sunroof, alloy wheels, a power driver's seat and remote starting, and is a bargain. The Sport trim is priced to reflect its content and the Touring, with leather seating, navigation, wireless cellphone charging and any upgraded audio system, is tremendous value if you like its equipment. The Civic sedan is a reasonable lease value for 2021. The hatchback is only offered in Sport and Sport Touring trims. The Sport Touring upgrade is good value. but at $4418 more than a Touring sedan, the hatchback looks spectacularly overpriced. The high-performance Type R and its Special Edition, were sold out by early 2021. The Civic is a good lease value for 2021.  

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:  4HB, 4SD*
Occupants: 2/3
Engine: 1.5L T (174 HP, 180 HP Sport) , 306 HP Type R), 2L-4 (158 HP)*

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

City Fuel Economy:  8.2L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy: 6.5L/100 km


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


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

Headlight: P

 

NHTSA Rating:


2022 Honda Civic

 

NEW

 

 

 

What’s new
Expected in the fall of 2020, the 11th-generation Honda Civic finally went on sale in the summer of 2021. The sedan debuted first but a hatchback, built in North America this time, is expected.



Comments
Built on a 35 mm (1.4 inch) longer wheelbase, the 2022 Civic is 33 mm (1.3 iches) longer than its predecessor and is essentially the same width and height. Two familiar engines, a 158 horsepower, normally-aspirated 2L, and a 1.5L turbo with 180 horsepower, return for the new car. An idle-stop system has been added for 2022. So far, the only a CVT transmission will be available. Honda notes that the new body employs more aluminum, including the hood, and the body is stiffer than before. New for 2022 is a brake-hold system Honda calls Traffic Jam Assist. The Honda Sensing system returns, with a forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow as well as blind spot and lane departure warnings. Rear cross traffic is included on the Touring trim. The new Civic is equipped with 10 airbags.

The lines of the new car are much cleaner than its predecessor, resembling the very elegant Honda Accord that debuted for 2018. About the same size as before, cabin space should be quite good, like the Civic it replaces. All models are equipped with L.E.D. headlamps. Except tor the Touring, which boasts an LCD gauge cluster, Civic drivers face crisply-marked conventional instrumentation. Except for the Touring, which includes a nine inch, dash-mounted inforscreen, Civics feature a seven inch screen. The dashboard is very horizontally oriented and is adorned with a perforated mesh grille that disguises the dash vents. The climate is controlled via three dials, and infotainment functions can be manipulated via knobs for volume and tuning and hard buttons for other functions. The interior looks tastefully conservative and, in photos anyway, appears to be constructed from attractive materials. The iOS-Android infotainment is standard on all trims; with the connection being wireless on the Touring trim, which also includes wireless cellphone charging.

Pricing

With an active safety suite (including blind spot monitors) and abundant standard equipment, the base LX lacks nothing to meet the needs of most users. That said, 2022 LX is priced over $1000 higher than the previous-generation 2021 model. Carmakers have held the line on pricing for modest cars for a very long time as many buyers moved upmarket into crossovers, but that time may be over now. The EX upgrade adds alloy wheels and a sunroof, but looks overpriced. The Sport trim offers little of value except for the "go-faster" accents, and also looks expensive for what you get. In contrast, the Touring range topper, with leather seating, navigation, Bose-branded audio, power front seats, rear cross traffic monitors, a larger 10.25 inch infoscreen and a plethora of minor comfort and convenience features, is a standout bargain. Unfortunately, the Touring forces you into the 1.5 turbo engine, which has not been a success, with some engine failures and complaints about no heating in the winter. Engine aside, the Civic Touring could be a viable alternative to luxury-brand vehicles such as the Mercedes A-Class

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. 

Specifications


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants: 2/3
Engine: 1.5L T (180 HP) , 2L-4 (158 HP)

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

City Fuel Economy:  8.2L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy: 6.5L/100 km


Active Safety Features: Forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow as well as blind spot and lane departure warnings. Rear cross traffic is optional  


Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000 
Current Generation Debut:  2022
Country of Origin:  Canada

IIHS Ratings:

Sm. Front Driver: n/r

Mod. Front: n/r

Side: n/r

Roof: n/r

Sm. Front Pass.: n/r

Head/Seat: n/r

Headlight: n/r

 

NHTSA Rating:


2021 Hyundai Elantra

 

NEW

 

 

What’s new
An all-new generation of Elantra sedan, including a hybrid and a new "N' performance model, went on sale late in 2020.

Comments
After a conservative design period exemplified by the previous-generation Sonata and Elantra, Hyundai has returned to flamboyance with the current Sonata and this next-generation Elantra. The redesigned Elantra is fronted by a massive air intake in Hyundai's signature six-cornered shape. Slim-line headlamps emerge like winglets off the upper extremities of the air intake. There is a prominent lip spoiler moulded in at the bottom of the front fascia as well as very au courant sharp-edged triangular elements at its lower extremities. The side profile is coupe-like, with a steeply raked roofline. The dramatic side profile features a prominent double arrowhead motif that some will find compelling and others superfluous. This design will get noticed but may be polarizing. Rear styling is clean, with a sleek integration of the taillights.
The new Elantra is dimensionally similar to the outgoing car, but Hyundai claims class-leading space. On premium trims, Hyundai has opted to replace conventional gauges with a long, narrow computer tablet, like the one Mercedes-Benz debuted in the A-Class, containing a digital gauge package as well as the infotainment screen. The dash centre stack contains the audio and climate controls which look straightforward and easy to use, a Hyundai hallmark. The rest of the cabin is attractive and some two-tone finishes are available. A wireless version of the iOS-Android cellphone interface is offered.
The previous-generation powertrain, a 147 horsepower Atkinson-cycle 2L four hooked up to a CVT, returns for 2021. Hybrid power is new for the Elantra this year. It combines the efforts of an Atkinson-cycle 1.6L gas four and a 32 kW electric motor to create 139 total system horsepower. Power reaches the wheels via a six-speed dual clutch automated manual transmission.
The 1.6L turbo four, marketed as the "N" model, is now available. 
Hyundai has joined many other mainstream brands in adding active safety equipment as standard equipment to its compact cars. Forward collision warning, including pedestrian detection, is standard, as are autonomous emergency braking, a lane keep assist system, and a driver alert monitor. Lane Follow Assist will help to maintain the car centered in its lane. New options for 2021 include adaptive cruise control, blind spot, rear cross traffic and safe exit warnings, as well as autonomous emergency braking while in reverse.

Pricing

The base Essential trim, with air conditioning and heated seats, is a nicely-equipped car for the price, but the 2L is hooked up to a six-speed manual transmission. At $1900, the CVT option adds a forward collision warning, including pedestrians, autonomous emergency braking, a lane keep assist system and a driver awareness warning, rendering it good value. However, in a trick like Mazda used to pull, cruise control, an important feature for many people, is not included. Moving up from the Essential CVT to the Preferred CVT, adds alloy wheels, cruise control, blind spot and rear cross traffic warnings, a heated steering wheel, leather wraps for the steering wheel and shift knob and touch entry, at a price that reflects its additional content. The Ultimate, with a sunroof, leather upholstery, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, a Bose-branded audio system, dual zone auto temperature control, a 60/40 split-fold rear seatback (not offered on other trims), a heated rear seat bottom cushion, but no navigation, is very good value. The Ultimate Tech Package adds the navigation, a TFT gauge package, L.E.D. headlamps and rear parking sensors, at a price that is reasonable considering the equipmment it includes. The hybrid variants are priced form $1400 (Ultimate) to $2800 (Preferred) higher than a 2L Elantra of the same level. The Elantra is a reasonable lease value for 2021.  

Reliability
New vehicle, not rated. Predicted reliability is average to above average during the warranty period. 

Specifications


Body Style:  4SD
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
1.6L-4 T H (139 HP), 1.6L 4 T  (201 HP), 2L-4 (147 HP)

Transmissions: 6M, CVT, 6 DSG (Hybrid), 7 DSG (N)

Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  7.5L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  5.7L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Standard forward collision warning, including pedestrian detection, as well as autonomous emergency braking, a lane keep assist system, and a driver alert monitor. Lane Follow Assist will help to maintain the car centered in its lane. New options for 2021 include adaptive cruise control, blind spot, rear cross traffic and safe exit warnings, as well as autonomous emergency braking while in reverse.
Warranty: 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2017
Country of Origin:  Unknown

IIHS Ratings:

Sm. Front Driver: n/r

Mod. Front: n/r

Side: n/r

Roof: n/r

Sm. Front Pass.: n/r

Head/Seat: n/r

Headlight: n/r

 

NHTSA Rating:


2021 Hyundai IONIQ

 

What’s new
Very late entry 2021 model with a number of minor trim and packaging updates. 2021 is the last year for the current Ioniq. 

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: 
Comparative trim value. Very late entry precludes more detailed value judgements. 
Hybrid and PHEV: The base Essential trims are, with a forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking a a lane keeping system, is well equipped. Upgrading to the Preferred trim adds L.E.D. headlamps, keyless go, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a sunroof and blind spot and rear cross traffic warnings. The Ultimate trim includes leather seating, a power driver's seat and a Harmon-Kardon audio system. The full-electri Ioniq is only offered in the Preferred and Ultimate trim. The Ultimate trim adds L.E.D. headlamps, a power driver's seat, navigation, leather seating and a Harmon-Kardon audio system, a $5000 value. Big rebates are available from Quebec and B.C., as well as the Federal government. No leasing value possible as of early February. 

Reliability
Predicted reliability is average to above average during the warranty period. 

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: 4.3L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  4.1L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Unknown

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

Headlight: n/r

 

NHTSA Rating:


2021 Kia Forte

 

 

 

What’s new
The sedan loses its EX Limited trim but gains a GT Limited range topper.  the hatchback gains a Limited version of the GT turbo.

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
Sedan: The base sedan, the LX, with a manual transmission, air conditioning, heated seats, cruise control and the iOS/Android cellphone interface, is good value if you like to shift your own gears. A CVT transmission is available for $1600. The EX trim adds blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors, autonomous emergency braking, a lane keeping system, alloy wheels, a driver awareness warning, wireless cellphone charging, vents for the rear passengers, heated steering wheel, offers excellent value. La EX Premium includes active cruise control, a more sophisticated autonomous emergency braking, dual-zone climate control and a rear USB port, at a price which reflects the value of the extra content. The GT  loses the active cruise control but adds sports seats and a few other features at a reasonable price. The new GT Limited trim, which brings back the active cruise control, a power drivers seat, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, navigation and a Harmon-Kardon audio system, is an outstanding bargain.
Hatchback: The hatchback body style is priced from $800 to $1050 higher than a sedan of the same trim level. Moving up from the EX to the GT adds the turbo engine, sports seats, L.E.D. headlamps, dual-zone climate control and a number of minor features worth about $2500, with the turbo engine accounting for the rest of the $5150 price bump. The GT Limited upgrade adds a power driver's seat, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, navigation and active cruise control, and is good value. The Forte is an acceptable lease value for 2021. 
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:  7.8L/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

Headlight: P

 

NHTSA Rating:


2021 Mazda 3

 


 

 

What’s new
Numerous trim walk tinkering for 2021 as well as the addition of a turbocharged engine for the 3. The base 3 sedan has been upgraded with air conditioning, alloy wheels, heated front seats, cruise control, blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors and rain-sense wipers, aligning its equipment with that of the 3 hatch (marketed as the Sport). The cylinder-deactivation system has been discontinued on the 2.5L 3s. Various equipment updates for the GS and GT trims. Like other Mazdas, there is a 100th Anniversary (of the founding of Mazda) version of the 3, this year.

Comments
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 turbo engine in the 3 delivers strong, linear performance with no drama, but emits unpleasant sounds to the point some buyers may swerve it to enjoy the smoothness of the normally-aspirated 2.5L.
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

The enhanced GX sedan brings equipment levels up to the same level as the hatchback, which better matches the expectations of buyers. With air conditioning, alloy wheels, heated seats and cruise control, buyers don't need to move higher in the model range unless they want more frills. Automatic transmission is a $1300 option on the GX trim. Moving up to the GS trim adds forward collision warning, lane keep assist, lane departure and driver awareness warning, dual zone climate controls and a heated steering wheel, at a price that reflects the additional content. The automatic transmission is a $1600 option on the GS model but includes the larger 2.5L engine as well as the transmission. The GS Luxury package, with a power driver's seat, sunroof and a memory system, is a bargain. The GT upgrade includes leather upholstery, adaptive headlamps, a memory system, navigation, a Bose-branded audio system and Keyless entry and go, at a very tempting price. With head up display, front and rear parking sensors, a 360 degree view camera system and auto-hold, the GT Premium package is tremendous value. AWD is a $2000 option on the GS trim and on the GT Premium model and standard on the new Turbo model. The turbocharged engine is a $2400 option on the GT Premium trim. Based on the GT turbo AWD model, the 100th Anniversary edition, finished in pearl white with a deep red leather cabin, offers little of value for the $1500 supplement demanded. The hatchback 3 is priced $1000 higher than a sedan with the same equipment.
Buyers choose the sedan and hatchback body styles in equal numbers. The GS has been the most popular trim on the sedan up to this point but some may pick the GX trim this year as it is so well equipped. The GT model is the most popular hatchback 3. The take rate for the turbo engine on the CX-5 has been very good and dealers expect the turbo 3 to do well. Leasing accounts for about 20 percent of Mazda 3 sales. The 3 sedan is an acceptable lease value for 2021. 

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).*, 2.5L-4 T (227 HP on regular gas)

Transmissions: 6M, 6A* 

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


City Fuel Economy:  8.9L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy: 6.5L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Standard blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors. Optional forward collision warning, including pedestrians, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, a lane keep assist system and active cruise control. 
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

Headlight: A

 

NHTSA Rating:


2021 Mitsubishi RVR

 


 

 

What’s new
Mitsubishi's evergreen RVR is now in its eleventh year.  

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 SEL, LE and GT trims, costs $2300 on the ES trim and $2700 on the SE. Comparing the AWD versions of the RVR, stepping up from the ES to the SE adds blind spot monitors and alloy wheels and is reasonable value. The SEL and LE are so close in terms of price and equipment that one could easily be eliminated without anyone noticing. The range-topping GT, which adds adds a fixed-glass sky-view roof, leather seating, Rockford-Fosgate audio, forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking, is good value. Leasing is not worth pursuing in 2021. 

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.: n/r

Head/Seat: G

Headlight: n/r

 

NHTSA Rating:


2021 Nissan Sentra

 

NOT RATED

 

 

What’s new
Heated front seats and heated exterior mirrors are now standard on the base, manual-transmission S trim, as is the iOS-Android cellphone interface. Manual transmission is available on more trims for 2021. 

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
The S Plus, with automatic transmission and a number of other features for about $1600, and constitutes the base model for most buyers. With alloy wheels, auto climate control,  remote start and upgraded textiles for just $1400, the SV trim is a bargain. The sport-themed SR model adds L.E.D. headlamps, a heated steering wheel, fog lights and a body kit, at a tempting price if you like the look. The range-topping SR Premium, adds luxury features such as a Bose-branded, audio system, a 360 degree camera system, an auto-dim rearview mirror and a power driver's seat for a price that reflects the value of its additional content. Nissan's website would not give monthly payments in February 2021 so it is not possible to comment on lease value. 

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. 

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


Current Generation Debut: 2020
Country of Origin: Mexico

IIHS Ratings:

Sm. Front Driver: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Sm. Front Pass.: G

Head/Seat: G

Headlight: P

 

NHTSA Rating:


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