2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Misses Out On Highest Safety Rating

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, Automotive Editor - July 16, 2019

In a push to become more of a household name in the U.S., Mitsubishi has gone all-in on crossovers and SUVs. The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is one of the newer vehicles from the brand and competes in the highly-competitive compact segment. The Eclipse Cross has a lot going for it, as it’s affordable, filled with standard features, and has a versatile body style. Now, it has another upside, as it's one of the safer options on the market.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) put the 2019 Eclipse Cross through its tests and the compact crossover did well. The CUV earned the institute’s second-highest rating of being named a Top Safety Pick. If the Eclipse Cross’ headlights earned a better score, the vehicle would’ve been named a Top Safety Pick Plus.

As far as the IIHS’ crash tests go, the Eclipse Cross did extremely well, earning the organization’s highest score possible of Good in all six tests. With the available Touring Package ($2,500) on the range-topping SEL, the CUV’s front-crash-prevention system was found to be Superior, the best score possible.

2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Headlights were to blame for the Eclipse Cross' missing out on the IIHS' highest designation. Mitsubishi offers two different headlights on the CUV. The base halogen projector units earned the worst score possible of Poor. The LED projector headlights on the SEL trim earned an Acceptable rating.

While missing out on the Plus designation is unfortunate, the Eclipse Cross’ Top Safety Pick rating is actually really good for Mitsubishi. The compact crossover joins the Outlander, which was also named a Top Safety Pick, for Mitsubishi vehicles that did well in the institute's tests. The Honda CR-V is the only other compact SUV to earn a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS. The Subaru Forester, Mazda CX-5, and Hyundai Tucson are Top Safety Pick Plus vehicles.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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