2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

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MSRP: $23,295 - 27,895

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Review

The brand-new 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross marks the return of the Eclipse name to the market. Unfortunately, its run-of-the-mill performance, small cargo hold, and hard-to-use infotainment system place it near the bottom of our compact SUV rankings.

6.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 6.5
Performance: 7.0
Interior: 7.1
Safety: N/A
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Peppy engine
  • Good ground clearance
  • Quality interior
  • Noticeable body roll in corners
  • Vague steering
  • Frustrating infotainment system
  • Small cargo area

Is the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross a Good SUV?

In short, there are many better compact SUVs than the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. While the Eclipse Cross has some appealing attributes – a quality interior, substantial ground clearance for light off-roading, a somewhat peppy engine – they aren’t enough to set it apart from its competition. The Eclipse Cross also suffers from vague steering and noticeable body roll.

Should I Buy the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross?

If you're looking for a reasonably priced compact SUV with a relatively nice interior, decent power, and a long warranty length, the Eclipse Cross might appeal to you. Otherwise, this vehicle is nothing to write home about. The Honda CR-V has a much larger cargo area and additional passenger space. The Mazda CX-5 boasts outstanding performance, highlighted by great handling. The Outlander – another member of the Mitsubishi family – offers an additional row of seating for roughly the same price.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross?

The Eclipse Cross is brand-new for 2018, so there are no previous model years to choose from.

We Did the Research for You: 15 Reviews Analyzed

To give you a complete overview of the 2018 Eclipse Cross – and make your car-shopping experience easier – we analyzed 15 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross reviews alongside reliability ratings, safety scores, and more.

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How Much Does the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Cost?

The front-wheel-drive 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross starts at $23,295, which is a below-average price in the compact SUV class. You can add all-wheel drive to the base trim for $600; all other trims come with it standard. A fully loaded Eclipse Cross SEL costs around $35,000. Comparatively, the Mitsubishi Outlander starts at $23,945, and the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 start at $24,250 and $24,150, respectively. 

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Versus the Competition

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

A major upside of the Honda CR-V is its spacious passenger and cargo area. It can easily accommodate adults no matter where they sit, and it has 26.9 cubic feet more overall cargo space than the Eclipse Cross. Beyond that, the CR-V also has a smoother ride and more horsepower from both of its available engines. Besides the Mitsubishi's slightly lower price point, there isn't much of a reason to choose the Eclipse Cross over the CR-V. Go with the Honda.

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

If you're looking for a compact crossover with agile handling and sharp steering, look no further than the Mazda CX-5. It also has additional cargo space and more standard safety features than the Mitsubishi, including blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. Both vehicles have somewhat fussy infotainment systems, but the Mazda has better interior quality. Though the CX-5 costs a bit more and has a slightly lower predicted reliability score, it is the better option.

Which Is Better: Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross or Mitsubishi Outlander?

The Mitsubishi Outlander is another compact SUV, but unlike the Eclipse Cross, it can seat up to seven people. That's a rarity in this class. The Outlander's interior quality falls short of the Eclipse Cross' quieter, more upscale cabin. In addition to extra seating space, the Outlander's more powerful optional V6 engine beats out the Eclipse Cross' lone available engine. If you value interior quality over performance and seating space, the Outlander is a slightly better vehicle.

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Eclipse Cross Interior

How Many People Does the Eclipse Cross Seat?

The Eclipse Cross seats five in two rows of seats. The front row has a good amount of space for the driver and the passenger. There's a decent amount of space for passengers in the back seat, especially when passengers use the SUV's slide and recline function to move the seats all the way back.

Eclipse Cross and Car Seats

The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has two complete LATCH car-seat systems in the rear outboard seats. The middle seat has a tether with the ability to borrow an anchor from the other seats. You can only fit two car seats in the rear at a time. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has yet to rate this system for its ease of use.

Eclipse Cross Interior Quality

The Eclipse Cross has a well-built cabin with mostly quality materials. It's not as nice as the top cabins in the class, and there are some hard plastics on the center console. Still, it is the best cabin of any Mitsubishi SUV, and it’s also very quiet.

Eclipse Cross Cargo Space

The Eclipse Cross has 22.6 cubic feet of space behind the second row of seats and 48.9 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded. This is one the smallest cargo capacities in the class. However, the second row has slide and recline functions that help make the most of the provided space. When the rear seats are in use, you can slide them forward a bit for a little more cargo space.

Eclipse Cross Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Eclipse Cross comes with a decent amount of features in its base trim. There's a standard 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, HD Radio, and a four-speaker audio system. The standard infotainment system is intuitive, but a lack of control knobs can make it hard to operate. Standard steering wheel audio and phone controls make things a bit easier.

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

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Eclipse Cross Performance

Eclipse Cross Engine: Surprisingly Capable

The Eclipse Cross comes with a turbocharged, 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 152 horsepower. This engine delivers a fair amount of power and decent acceleration. However, the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) fails to deliver much beyond adequate performance.

The CVT eliminates any turbo lag, but it emits a loud droning sound when pushed hard. It is also slow to shift when the driver uses the paddle shifters. Though the SUV has little issue scooting along in the city, it struggles to pass vehicles at high speeds. If you want better performance, consider the Honda CR-V and its more powerful engine lineup, or the Mazda CX-5 and its superior acceleration.

Eclipse Cross Gas Mileage: Below Average

EPA fuel economy estimates for the Eclipse Cross are not yet available, but Mitsubishi claims the SUV will get 26 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway in the base ES trim with front-wheel drive. Adding all-wheel control (Mitsubishi's all-wheel-drive system) to this trim decreases fuel economy by 1 mpg in the city and on the highway. Higher trims only come with AWD; their highway mileage drops to 26 mpg. These are low averages for the class.

Eclipse Cross Ride and Handling: Somewhat Compliant

For the most part, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross delivers a composed ride. It has responsive handling, but steering is vague and the brakes are a bit mushy. There's also not a lot of feedback from the road, and there's a decent amount of body roll when cornering.

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Outlander Reliability

Is the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Reliable?

The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power. This is average among all vehicles.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Warranty

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross comes with a fantastic five-year/60,000-mile warranty and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. These warranties are longer than what many other manufacturers offer.

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Eclipse Cross Safety

Eclipse Cross Crash Test Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross the highest rating of Good in two crash tests.

Eclipse Cross Safety Features

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross comes standard with a rearview camera. Other available safety technology includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane change assist, forward collision warning with automatic braking, automatic high beams, 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 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross comes in four trims: ES, LE, SE, and SEL. The Eclipse Cross SE gives you the most bang for your buck. It costs $3,100 more than the base trim, but it adds features like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a six-speaker audio system, heated front seats, push-button start, standard all-wheel drive, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot monitoring. If you're looking for more safety features, you'll have to opt for the top-of-the-line SEL trim and add an optional package.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross ES

The Eclipse Cross ES starts at $23,295 and comes with cloth seats, a rearview camera, a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, automatic climate control, heated power sideview mirrors, HD Radio, a four-speaker audio system, steering wheel audio and phone controls, a USB port, and remote keyless entry. You can add all-wheel drive to the base trim for $600.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross LE

The Eclipse Cross LE ($24,895) adds all-wheel drive, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, dual USB ports, a touchpad controller, satellite radio, and steering wheel voice controls.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SE

The Eclipse Cross SE has a $26,395 ticket price and includes upgraded cloth seats, automatic headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, heated front seats, a six-speaker audio system, dual-zone automatic climate control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and push-button start.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL

The Eclipse Cross SEL ($27,895) adds a head-up display and a multiview camera. The optional Touring package ($2,500) includes a panoramic sunroof, a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate premium audio system, forward collision warning with automatic braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and roof rails.

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The Final Call

The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross' pleasant cabin, sufficient engine power, and excellent warranty are appealing attributes, but numerous compact SUVs rank higher. For better performance, check out the Mazda CX-5. For a plethora of passenger and cargo space, consider the Honda CR-V. If you're shopping within the Mitsubishi brand, take a look at the Mitsubishi Outlander. It offers an additional row of seats and more power at practically the same price point.  

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

  • "The new 2018 Eclipse Cross faces some tough, established competition as Mitsubishi tries to tap into U.S. consumers' love for SUVs. But it could be difficult with this offering, which we found to be lacking in driving performance and to have poor visibility, among other issues." -- Consumer Reports
  • "As they say, the devil is in the details, and Mitsubishi has a few to address with regard to the new 2018 Eclipse Cross." -- New York Daily News
  • "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
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