2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Performance


#17 out of 18 in Compact SUVs

$23,595 MSRP
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2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 6.9

Overall, the Eclipse Cross is a comfortable little SUV with a composed ride. However, it has body roll through turns, unrefined brakes, and an engine that struggles at high speeds.

  • "A turbocharged engine is standard for the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, but it doesn't make enough power relative to the competition." -- New York Daily News (2018)
  • "Slowing things down and driving the way most buyers will, I see it's clear the Eclipse Cross is better-suited to around-town everyday activities. The powertrain is much happier when it's left to its own devices, with the CVT placing the engine into its sweet spot quickly for passing, and providing decent power to handle everyday duties adequately. " -- Autoweek (2018)
  • The steering wheel feels good in the driver's hands and offers an appreciable amount of heft, but little in the way of feedback. The suspension supplies a good balance between compliance and stiffness, but allows too much body roll and weight transition when pitching the vehicle through a set of S-curves. The brake pedal is nicely calibrated in terms of response, and the components resist but are not impervious to fade under duress." -- New York Daily News (2018)

Acceleration and Power

The Eclipse Cross features a 152-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It delivers good pep at low to moderate speeds, though heavy-footed drivers will be disappointed in the strained acceleration at higher speeds. All models come with a continuously variable automatic transmission that tends to drone under hard acceleration.

The Eclipse Cross gets fair fuel economy estimates for the segment. It delivers 26 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Opting for all-wheel drive drops both figures by 1 mpg. Selecting any model besides the base trim will get you standard all-wheel drive and a lower highway mileage of 26 mpg.

  • At higher speeds, road noise intrudes into the cabin. That may not be much [of] a problem, though, because this modestly powered engine runs out of motivation in the upper reaches of its rev range." -- Autotrader
  • This little SUV moves, but without a sense of urgency. The continuously variable transmission (CVT) mimics a traditional automatic transmission's steps through gears, thanks to eight predetermined ratios. The driver can override simulated gear selection through steering wheel paddles. In normal use, combined with readily available torque from the turbo, most drivers will hardly notice the CVT, either through how it feels or how the engine sounds. However, the engine groans unpleasantly when climbing a hill or trying to merge with a heavy foot on the throttle." -- Consumer Reports (2018)
  • "The 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four is simply not powerful enough for spirited driving. Furthermore, the engine doesn't like to rev, running out of steam toward the top end of the range, and it emits an irritating droning hum as it tries. While using the CVTs preselected eight gears, up and downshifts are slow. " -- Autoweek (2018)

Handling and Braking

The Eclipse Cross has stable handling and a relaxed ride, but there's little in the way of driver engagement. The steering doesn’t provide enough feedback, and despite the brakes being strong, they don’t feel as refined as those in rival SUVs. The Eclipse Cross also has a fair amount of body roll through corners.

  • A tight turning circle contributes to easy maneuvering, even if steering feel from the electric system is virtually non-existent. Ride quality is on the unrefined side, and the Eclipse Cross leans when going through quick corners." -- Autotrader
  • "Steering feel is as vague as assembly instructions from Ikea. Even the brakes, while strong, don't provide satisfying pedal feel." -- Autoweek (2018)
  • "From behind the wheel, it felt more like driving a competent compact hatchback than a 67.3-in. tall SUV. That combination of responsive handling and affordability with the looks and high seating position of a small SUV should attract young buyers." -- The Detroit Free Press (2018)

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