2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Review

Bland performance, a hard-to-use infotainment system, and a small cargo area relegate the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross to the bottom of the compact SUV class.

Pros & Cons

  • Peppy engine
  • Mostly gentle ride
  • Unimpressive fuel economy estimates
  • Cramped cargo hold
  • Numb steering and excessive body lean

Rankings & Research

The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross's #17 ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Affordable Compact SUVs category. Currently the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has a score of 7.0 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 17 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 6.5
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 7.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Overview

Is the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross a Good Used SUV?

The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is not a very good compact SUV. It doesn't bring much to the table, and most rivals outshine it in nearly every area.

The 2018 Eclipse Cross manages a couple strengths:

  • Potent engine
  • Mostly comfortable ride

But it has several weaknesses:

  • No physical controls for infotainment system
  • Less tech features than competitors
  • Small cargo hold
  • Less fuel-efficient than most rivals
  • Lots of body roll in corners
  • Vague steering
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Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about this vehicle in our comprehensive Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross review. It combines concrete data (like predicted reliability ratings, crash test results, and cargo space dimensions) with professional evaluations from 17 automotive sources.

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How Much Is the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross?

Used 2018 models are beginning to appear on dealer lots. Based on listings for the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross on our site, the average price is $22,000, which is a bit below average for the class. Prices range from $18,000 to $26,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Cost to Own?

At the time of writing, we do not have enough data to project the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross’ five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Eclipse Cross?

Mitsubishi released the Eclipse Cross as an all-new vehicle for 2018 and made no major changes to it for 2019. Stick with a used 2018 Eclipse Cross to get a nearly identical vehicle for less money.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Eclipse Cross?

J.D. Power gives the 2018 Eclipse Cross a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Recalls

At the time of writing, there are two recalls for the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross:

  • Safety systems may be disabled when in use
  • The collision avoidance system may brake for longer than necessary

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Trim Is Right for Me?

The Eclipse Cross is available in four trim levels: ES, LE, SE, and SEL. Each trim has a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable automatic transmission. All-wheel drive comes standard in all but the base trim, where it’s available.

Shoppers after more tech features should look to the LE, and those after more driver aids should jump to the SEL, which is the only trim where they are available.

  • Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross ES: The base ES comes with a 7-inch touch screen, HD Radio, a four-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a USB port, a rearview camera, automatic climate control, and cloth seats. Rear parking sensors are available.
  • Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross LE: LE models adds a touchpad controller, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, and a second USB port.
  • Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SE: The SE trim gains heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a six-speaker stereo, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, proximity keyless entry, rain-sensing windshield wipers, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and lane change assist.
  • Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL: The SEL trim comes with a multiview camera, leather upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and a head-up display. It’s also the only trim available with a nine-speaker Rockford-Fosgate stereo, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, a heated steering wheel, automatic high-beam headlights, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and adaptive cruise control.

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What Does Mitsubishi's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Mitsubishi offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Mitsubishi certified pre-owned vehicles receive the balance of the original new-car 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Each CPO Mitsubishi must pass a 123-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mitsubishi warranty page carefully.

Mitsubishi has one of the best CPO programs among affordable car manufacturers. Only Mini’s, Kia’s, Buick’s, and Smart's are better, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the Eclipse Cross?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not fully test the 2018 Eclipse Cross. It earned the highest rating of Good in the moderate overlap front and side impact tests, the only two that were conducted. Properly equipped models earned the top rating of Superior for front crash prevention.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not crash tested this SUV.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera

Available advanced safety features:

  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • lane change assist
  • forward collision warning
  • lane departure warning
  • automatic high-beam headlights
  • adaptive cruise control
  • rear parking sensors

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2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross or 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander?

The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander is one of the few compact SUVs capable of seating seven people, and it has more total cargo space than the Eclipse Cross. The Outlander has more powertrain options too, including a V6 engine and a plug-in hybrid variant. Additionally, buying the Outlander costs around $4,700 less on average compared to the Eclipse Cross. Although the Eclipse Cross has nicer cabin materials, the Outlander is a better pick overall.

Which Is Better: 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross or 2018 Mazda CX-5?

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 is one of the most athletic models in the class. Compared to the Mitsubishi, the Mazda has more cargo space, more standard safety features, and higher-quality cabin materials. The Mitsubishi costs around $2,400 less than the Mazda on average, but that’s not enough for us to recommend it over the CX-5.

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2018 Eclipse Cross Performance

How Does the 2018 Eclipse Cross Drive?

The standard turbocharged engine is peppy and capable for everyday driving, though it can be loud. That noise carries over to the continuously variable automatic transmission, which can be slow to respond when more power when is needed.

Though it has a mostly comfortable ride, the Eclipse Cross leans a lot when turning. Steering feels numb, and the brakes are a tad spongy, which may take getting used to.

  • Base engine: 152-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: continuously variable automatic (CVT)
Does the 2018 Eclipse Cross Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Eclipse Cross gets below-average fuel economy estimates for the compact SUV class, though it’ll still save you money in annual gas costs compared to the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan.

  • With FWD: 26/29 mpg city/highway
  • With AWD: 25/26 mpg

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2018 Eclipse Cross Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Eclipse Cross Seat?

This compact crossover SUV seats five people in two rows. The front seats provide a decent amount of room, and sliding the rear seats all the way back reveals a good amount of space in the back row as well.

The cabin is a mix of soft-touch surfaces and hard plastics. It’s more upscale than other Mitsubishi SUVs, such as the 2018 Outlander and 2018 Outlander Sport.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth upholstery

Available seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • heated front seats
  • eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • heated rear seats
  • leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross?

This vehicle has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats, as well as a third tether anchor for the rear middle seat. A lower anchor can be borrowed from each side. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not tested this system for ease of use.

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Features

You operate the base infotainment system via the touch screen and steering wheel-mounted buttons. There are no additional physical controls. A touchpad is included in all but the base trim, but it can be distracting to use while driving.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, HD Radio, a USB port, and a four-speaker stereo
  • Available infotainment features: Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a touchpad controller, satellite radio, a second USB port, a six-speaker stereo, and a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate premium stereo
  • Additional standard features: automatic climate control
  • Other available features: proximity keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a head-up display, and a dual-pane panoramic sunroof

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2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Dimensions

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Cargo Space

This Mitsubishi has 22.6 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and a total of 48.9 cubic feet with them folded down. Those figures are subpar for a compact SUV. Even the subcompact 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has more total cargo space and almost as much space behind the rear seats.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Length and Weight
  • Length: 14 feet, 5 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,307 to 3,516 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 4,630 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Built?

Mitsubishi built the 2018 Eclipse Cross in Japan.

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