The new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross isn’t a sports coupe like its namesake, but it’s an important part of Mitsubishi’s modern lineup. Rivals like the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 are formidable, but the Eclipse Cross is still a decent package of practicality and value.
What's New for 2018
The Eclipse Cross is an all-new model for 2018.
Choosing Your Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
The Eclipse Cross makes a priority of design, which Mitsubishi says was inspired by a runner at the starting gate. Unfortunately, the sloping roof makes for a slightly underwhelming cargo capacity of 22.6 cubic feet. The rear seats do fold down, which allows up to 48.9 cubic feet of space.
Under the hood of the Eclipse Cross is a 1.5-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder producing 152 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission. In front-wheel-drive form, the EPA estimates mileage at 25 mpg city, 28 highway, and 26 combined. All-wheel drive is standard on all except the most basic trim, where it’s available for an extra $600.
Mitsubishi is all about adding value in the options, and all Eclipse Crosses come with modern features like a touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control, and a rearview camera. The rest of the features are divided by trim, of which there are four: ES, LE, SE, and SEL.
The selling point for the Eclipse Cross is the features that Mitsubishi packs in for the price. The SE trim is probably the sweet spot, although if you don’t need the features, the ES is a cheap way to get a capable all-wheel-drive crossover at a low price.