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2018 1.5 ES 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $23,295
2018 1.5 ES 4dr AWC Price:   -  From $23,895
2018 1.5 LE 4dr AWC Price:   -  From $24,895
2018 1.5 SE 4dr AWC Price:   -  From $26,395
2018 1.5 SEL 4dr AWC Price:   -  From $27,895


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.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

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.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross


The cheapest of the litter, the Eclipse Cross ES starts at $24,290 ($24,890 with AWD) after a $995 destination fee. With the ES you get the basics, plus a few goodies like heated side mirrors, a USB port, and Mitsubishi’s new seven-inch infotainment touchscreen. Wheels are 16-inch alloys, and the sound system is a basic four-speaker setup.

Available accessories are spartan, limited to cosmetic upgrades, lighting additions, and basic amenities like wheel locks. The one significant tech option is a rear parking assist sensor, which is available for $510.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross


Starting with the LE trim, all Eclipse Crosses come with all-wheel drive. For $25,890, the LE upgrades to 18-inch alloy rims and adds a few standard technology features. The system includes a touchpad controller near the shifter, along with an extra USB port, Apple and Android compatibility, and a trial subscription to satellite radio. This trim is mostly a cosmetic upgrade, and it opens up a couple exterior details like black lug nuts and wheel locks. Otherwise, options remain the same.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross


At $27,390, the Eclipse Cross SE starts to push into the price terrain of more established rivals. To sweeten the deal, it comes standard with comforts like a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, an upgraded sound system, a two-year subscription to Mitsubishi’s Connect telematics system, and heated front seats. Push-button start, dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, and automatic on/off headlights add more convenience. The seats get a surface upgrade, and the center rear seat folds down into an armrest with cupholders. The LE also includes a few modern safety features like blind-spot warnings, rear traffic alerts, and lane-change assist. Standalone options remain the same as the cheaper trims.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross


For $28,890, buyers get the most luxurious Eclipse Cross Mitsubishi can manage. It includes leather seats, LED headlights, a driver heads-up display, and a multi-view camera system, in addition to all the features of the SE trim.

The big addition of the SEL trim is the option to add a Touring Package. For $2,500, the package adds a sunroof, Rockford Fosgate speakers, automatic high beams, roof rails, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. A few safety features come packaged as well, including forward collision warnings, lane-departure warnings, and adaptive cruise control.

CarsDirect Tip

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.

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Aces up the sleeve of the all-new 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross include its handsome good looks, a competent engine, and a strong value proposition. But these attributes are offset by a lackluster interior, finicky infotainment system, and the limited availability of advanced safety features.

Best Value

Pricing for 2018 Eclipse Cross starts at $24,425 for a front-wheel-drive base ES model and travels up from there to $32,310 for an all-wheel-drive SEL equipped with the optional Touring Package and outfitted with Red Diamond paint, floor mats, and a cargo cover.

Standard fare includes the usual power features plus a rearview camera, fog lights, LED running lights and taillights, heated outside mirrors, and 16-inch alloy wheels. With a single engine and transmission, we'd skip the base ES and the slightly better LE and opt for the SE with standard all-wheel drive, exterior chrome touches, better seat fabric, a seven-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless push-button start, heated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, 18-inch alloy wheels, an electronic parking brake, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and lane change assist.

Adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning are only offered as an option on the top SEL model.

  • Model: 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SE
  • Engine: 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Output: 152 hp / 184 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Continuously variable transmission (CVT)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
  • Fuel Economy: 25 City / 26 Hwy
  • Options: Carpeted Floor Mats and Portfolio ($135, mandatory), Tonneau Cover ($190, mandatory)
  • Base Price: $27,715 (including a $995 destination fee)
  • Best Value Price: $27,715


Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

The Eclipse Cross features a smooth and controlled ride and predictable handling. There's enough suspension compliance that irregular pavement and large bumps are absorbed with ease. The engine – a 1.5-liter turbo-four new to Mitsubishi – is equally impressive, at least on the low end, with peak twist available at just 1,800 rpm and continuing to 4,500 rpm. The steering is also sharp, nicely weighted, and quick without being jumpy, with weight building nicely and a decent amount of feedback through the wheel. Fuel economy, at an EPA-estimated 25 miles per gallon city, 26 mpg highway, and 25 combined for the all-wheel-drive model, is decent for the class, although hardly spectacular.

The Eclipse Cross steps off the line smartly thanks to plenty of low-end torque from the turbo-four. But the initial acceleration quickly tapers off, resulting in a zero-to-60 mph time of nearly 10 seconds. The blame falls squarely on a CVT transmission programmed for fuel efficiency rather than performance. The CVT also hesitates at passing speeds, cancelling out any advantage the turbo gives to the engine's overall lack of power. Likewise, the brake pedal requires a delicate touch as the brakes show a tendency to grab, and grab early.


Based in part on the Outlander and Outlander Sport, the Eclipse Cross looks like neither, but aims to bring a sophisticated look to the mass-market small crossover class. Its shape largely accomplishes this mission with a handsome design and coupe-like roofline – making a number of competitors look boring and drab by comparison.

It's wrapped around an interior that, for cost considerations, is less daring. The dashboard is dominated by a seven-inch display – a simple touch panel display audio system on the base ES and thin display audio system with touchpad controller for the rest of the lineup. First row seating is comfortable, while the cargo area boasts 22.6 cubic feet behind the back row and 48.9 cubic feet with the back row folded – both above average for the class. The sliding second row can slip fore and aft up to eight inches for more cargo space or better rear seat leg room, while the rear seatback reclines up to 16 degrees for more comfort.

On the flip side, the Eclipse Cross is really a four-seater; three adults will find accommodations extremely tight in the thinly-padded second row seats – a situation that's exacerbated for tall riders on models equipped with the panoramic sunroof. Another confounding feature is the choice of both a touchscreen and touchpad on most models, which is an unnecessary and unintuitive redundancy for a system that's already saddled with confusing menus and a finicky multi-touch gesture interface.

Topping things off is an interior rife with hard plastics and dour upholstery, that – outside of models equipped with a sunroof – feels more like a cave and features poor sightlines out of the rear quarter (courtesy of a steeply-raked C-pillar) and in back (where the rear spoiler neatly splits the rear window in half).

The Best and Worst Things

Kudos to Mitsubishi for offering a small crossover with handsome looks and a compelling value proposition.

A lackluster interior is no surprise in this segment, but a finicky infotainment system and narrow availability of advanced safety features will limit the Eclipse Cross's appeal.

Right For? Wrong For?

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Slick styling, a turbo-four, and a strong value proposition should attract value-oriented buyers.

The 152 horsepower and fun-sucking CVT will have enthusiast crossover buyers looking elsewhere.

The Bottom Line

The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross offers handsome looks, decent fuel economy, and a strong value proposition, but a plebian interior, finicky infotainment system, and limited availability of advanced safety features keep it from being a top contender in its class.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.5L I-4 / 152 HP / 184 ft.lbs.
8-spd sequential shift control CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
26 / 29 / 27 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.5L I-4 / 152 HP / 184 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
26 / 29 / 27 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
16.6 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
48.9 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
95 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
173.4 "
Exterior Width
71.1 "
Exterior Height
66.3 "
Front Headroom
39.5 "
Rear Headroom
37.3 "
Front Legroom
40.9 "
Rear Legroom
35.3 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.2 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.1 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,307 Lbs.
Wheel Base
105 "
Turning Radius
17.5 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
16.0 " Silver Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Body-colored With Metal-look Insert
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm/hd, Clock, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
120 Months / 100,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
84 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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