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Rankings & Research

The 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross ranked #15 in Compact SUVs. Currently the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has a score of 6.4 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 27 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

6.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 4.7
Performance: 6.1
Interior: 6.0
Safety: 9.4
Reliability:
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2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Review

The 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross finishes near the bottom of our compact SUV rankings. It rides smoothly and can hold its own on a mild dirt trail, but it doesn't handle as well as many rivals, and it comes up short in some practical measures, such as cargo capacity.

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable ride
  • Light off-roading ability
  • Minimal cargo space
  • Body lean around corners
  • Numb steering

Is the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross a Good SUV?

No, the 2019 Eclipse Cross is not a good compact SUV. It has a couple of things going for it, such as a comfortable ride and a lengthy warranty. However, it has its share of shortcomings, like a frustrating infotainment system, an engine that feels weak at highway speeds, and a subpar cargo capacity.

Should I Buy the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross?

You shouldn't seriously consider the Eclipse Cross if you're looking for a small crossover. Anything you like about this SUV, you can find in a rival, and that rival will almost certainly have fewer flaws than this Mitsubishi. The Eclipse Cross does have a below-average starting price, but even then, it's not a great value.

Instead, you should look at one this Mitsubishi's more highly rated competitors – a list that includes basically every other compact SUV. The Honda CR-V boasts much more cargo room than the Eclipse Cross. The Mazda CX-5 has athletic handling and precise steering, making it more fun to drive. If you wish to remain loyal to the Mitsubishi brand, the Outlander is also worth considering. Not only does this 3-row SUV have more passenger space, but it also has a more powerful V6 engine option. Plus, all of these alternatives cost only a little more than the Eclipse Cross.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross?

The 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is part of a generation that debuted for the 2018 model year. Since there are few changes for 2019, we recommend the less expensive and practically identical 2018 Eclipse Cross.

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We Did the Research for You: 27 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 27 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross reviews, as well as fuel economy estimates, reliability ratings, crash test results, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

Why You Can Trust Us

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How Much Does the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Cost?

Starting at $23,595, the 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has a below-average base price in the class. You can add all-wheel drive to the base model for $600 and it comes standard on all other trims. The top-of-the-line SEL trim starts at $28,195.

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Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross or Mitsubishi Outlander?

Both Mitsubishis finish near the bottom of our compact SUV rankings, but the Mitsubishi Outlander is a slightly better vehicle. It features seating for seven people (compared to five in the Eclipse Cross) and offers a stronger V6 engine, which you can’t get in the Eclipse Cross.

Which Is Better: Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross or Honda CR-V?

The Honda CR-V ranks very well in the class and is superior to the Mitsubishi in nearly every way. It delivers a comfortable ride, composed handling, and plenty of power from its optional turbo engine. It also comes with more passenger and cargo space and a higher-quality cabin than the Eclipse Cross. A lengthier warranty and a longer standard features list are the only real advantages the Mitsubishi has over its Honda rival.

Which Is Better: Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross or Mazda CX-5?

The Mazda CX-5 is one of the most athletic SUVs in the class. It boasts dynamic handling and precise steering while still maintaining a comfortable ride. Additionally, it features a roomier, more upscale interior than the Eclipse. You'll get a longer warranty with the Eclipse Cross, but the CX-5 is a better compact crossover overall.

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Eclipse Cross Interior

How Many People Does the Eclipse Cross Seat?

The Eclipse Cross has seating for five, with good support and comfort all around. The cabin has a decent amount of space throughout. The back row slides and reclines, which can create additional space for rear-seat passengers. Thick rear pillars, large headrests, and a sloped window with a horizontal bar hinder visibility, however.

Eclipse Cross and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the Eclipse Cross’ rear outboard seats, as well as an upper tether for the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this setup the top rating of Good for ease of use. The tether anchors are easy to find and can’t be confused for other hardware.

Eclipse Cross Interior Quality

Though the use of hard plastics on the Eclipse Cross’ center console detracts from its overall look and feel, the well-designed cabin features mostly high-quality materials throughout. There’s a good amount of soft-touch surfaces, and higher-end models offer leather upholstery.

Eclipse Cross Cargo Space

The Eclipse Cross has 22.6 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 48.9 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded down, which isn't a lot of space for the class. A slight saving grace is the Mitsubishi's rear seats, which slide and recline to help make the most of the provided space.

Eclipse Cross Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, HD Radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, and four speakers. The system is easy to use, but it has buttons instead of knobs for volume and tuning, which can make the system tricky to use for some. Luckily, all models come with audio controls on the steering wheel.

Available features include a touchpad controller, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite radio, and a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate premium audio system. For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? 

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Eclipse Cross Performance

Eclipse Cross Engine: Pretty Eager

The Eclipse Cross comes with a 152-horsepower, turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable automatic transmission. The powertrain struggles a bit at highway speeds, and it’s plagued by loud droning noises when pushed hard. However, it has no turbo lag.

Eclipse Cross Gas Mileage: Respectable Estimates

The Eclipse Cross delivers 26 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, which are decent estimates among non-hybrid rivals. Adding all-wheel drive (known as all-wheel control by Mitsubishi) to the base trim decreases fuel economy to 25/28 mpg city/highway. All other models come standard with all-wheel drive and see a drop in highway mileage to 26 mpg.

Eclipse Cross Ride and Handling: Relaxed Ride

With a stable ride and responsive handling, the Eclipse Cross makes for a fairly comfortable cruiser. It also has good ground clearance, which comes in handy for light off-roading. On the downside, this Mitsubishi has poor steering feedback and a good amount of body roll through turns.

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Eclipse Cross Reliability

Is the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Reliable?

The 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross earns a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power, which is about average.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Warranty

A major highlight of the Eclipse Cross is its five-year/60,000-mile warranty and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Most other manufacturers offer shorter warranties.

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Eclipse Cross Safety

Eclipse Cross Crash Test Results

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has crash tested the 2019 Eclipse Cross. The similar 2018 model earned the highest rating of Good in two crash safety tests from the IIHS.

Eclipse Cross Safety Features

A rearview camera is standard in the Eclipse Cross. Available advanced safety features include a multiview camera, a head-up display, blind spot monitoring, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high beams, forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

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Which Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Model Is Right for Me?

The Eclipse Cross has four trims levels: ES, LE, SE, and SEL. The base Eclipse Cross has a decent number of features, but the SE trim is worth the extra expense. The SE trim adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, standard all-wheel drive, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. The high-end SEL trim is a good option for those interested in a significant suite of advanced safety features, but you'll have to add an optional package to get them.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross ES

Starting at $23,595, the base ES trim comes standard with cloth seats, a rearview camera, fog lights, remote keyless entry, heated sideview mirrors, a 7-inch touch screen, steering wheel-mounted phone and audio controls, HD Radio, a four-speaker stereo system, Bluetooth, and a USB port. You can add all-wheel drive for $600.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross LE

The LE trim ($25,195) features all-wheel drive, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, and a touchpad controller.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SE

The SE trim starts at $26,695 and comes with high-grade cloth seats, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a six-speaker stereo system, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, rain-sensing windshield wipers, blind spot monitoring, lane change assist, and rear cross traffic alert.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL

With a starting price of $28,195, the range-topping SEL trim includes a multiview camera, a head-up display, leather upholstery, and a power-adjustable driver's seat. An optional Touring package ($2,500) is also available and adds lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation, automatic high beams, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, roof rails, a panoramic sunroof, a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate premium audio system, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross brings up the rear in our compact SUV rankings. While not everything about the Eclipse Cross is subpar, there are too many areas where the majority of competitors are superior. If you're shopping for a small SUV, there are better ones that you should consider first.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • It seems as though the Eclipse Cross is meant to project unusual styling and exclusivity, but in terms of functionality, driving dynamics, feature content, and price, it doesn't shine brightly enough to be a compelling choice in this competitive segment." -- Consumer Reports (2018)
  • We're glad to see signs of life at Mitsubishi, and the Eclipse Cross is undoubtedly a better market proposition-if not as exciting-than would be an Eclipse coupe. Although this crossover is a decent step on the path back to relevance, we hope the brand's plan includes models that have more of the ingenuity and driving pleasure for which Mitsubishi was once known." -- Car and Driver (2018)
  • If there is a problem here, it's that aside from the styling, the Eclipse Cross lacks the truly distinguishing characteristics that have, historically, set Mitsubishi apart and made it worthy of fandom." -- New York Daily News (2018)
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