2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Review

The Eclipse Cross' value proposition lies in its extensive features list.
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by Will Kaufman
Edmunds Editor

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Fans of Japanese performance cars will likely be disappointed to learn that the2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is not, in fact, a rebirth of the brand's well-known Eclipse coupe from the 1990s. Instead it's a new pint-size crossover SUV that joins the Outlander and Outlander Sport in Mitsubishi's stable of SUVs. But this new model's turbocharged power and distinctive styling are two good reasons to pull the Eclipse name out of retirement.

You can read our First Drive article about the Eclipse Cross for an in-depth look, but the short take is that we like its clean interior design, which is a big improvement over some of Mitsubishi's recent offerings. We also like the Eclipse Cross' peppy acceleration and many standard technology and safety features.

Unfortunately, its ride quality is a little uncomfortable, and its handling isn't sporty, as you might expect. Also, Mitsubishi has priced it in such a way that the more expensive trim levels are similar to what you might pay for more versatile and polished crossovers such as the Honda CR-V and the Mazda CX-5. Overall, though, there's enough good that the 'Clipse Cross might make you want to jump at the chance to own a Mitsubishi.



What's new for 2018

The Eclipse Cross is an all-new model for 2018.

We recommend

The SE S-AWC is the trim level that makes the most sense to us. It packs a good amount of technology and active safety features, plus a handful of minor but useful interior upgrades such as illuminated vanity mirrors and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.



Trim levels & features

The 2018 Eclipse Cross is a small SUV with seating for five that comes in five trim levels, starting with the bare-bones ES and moving up to the well-equipped SEL S-AWC. Only one engine is available: a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder (152 horsepower, 184 pound-feet of torque) that's connected to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). All-wheel drive is standard on all but the base ES trim, which is front-wheel-drive.

Standard equipment on the ES trim includes 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, foglights, and heated side mirrors. Inside, you'll find a height-adjustable driver's seat, 60/40-split folding rear seats that slide and recline, a rearview camera, cruise control, automatic climate control, a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a four-speaker sound system. Stepping up to the ES S-AWC adds all-wheel drive.

Next up is the LE S-AWC. It adds black exterior trim pieces with black 18-inch alloy wheels. The infotainment system is upgraded to a 7-inch screen with a remote touchpad controller mounted near the shift lever. This system also gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite radio, a second USB port and voice controls.

Our favorite of the mix is the SE S-AWC. It gets a bunch of upgrades such as proximity entry with push-button start, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, illuminated vanity mirrors, heated front seats, upgraded fabric upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a six-speaker stereo system, dual-zone climate control and a rear-seat center armrest. The SE also comes with Mitsubishi Connect, a subscription that adds an SOS and emergency roadside assistance button and a remote tracker. It also provides the ability to remotely control climate settings, door locks, horn, lights, vehicle settings, and parental controls from a cellphone.

The range-topping SEL S-AWC adds full LED headlights, leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat, a head-up display, and a surround-view parking camera system. The Touring package, exclusively available for the SEL trim, includes a panoramic sunroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a premium Rockford Fosgate nine-speaker stereo system, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats,automatic high beams, and extra safety features such as lane departure warning, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control.

A towing package is available for all trim levels, which adds a tow hitch and a wiring harness.



Driving

The turbocharged 1.5-liter engine provides a good amount of grunt for this small SUV. It works well with the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), too. However, the Eclipse Cross isn't very sporty when you're driving around turns. It leans a lot, sapping driver confidence.

Comfort

The ride quality can be surprisingly harsh, and road noise is prominent at highway speeds. We haven't had enough seat time to make a judgment on their comfort, but we do appreciate the back seats' ability to recline.

Interior

In higher trims, extensive leather and faux leather make for a more upscale feel than most Mitsubishis. Of course, there's also extensive hard plastic, a lot of which comes in glare-inducing piano black. Legroom is good all around, but rear headroom is insufficient for taller passengers.

Utility

With 22.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat and 48.9 cubic feet with the rear seat folded down, the Eclipse Cross straddles classes in terms of practicality. It can hold a little more than most subcompact SUVs but less than bigger models such as the CR-V and the RAV4.

Technology

The new infotainment system's remote touchpad is intuitive and easy to use. The central display also works as a touchscreen. A full suite of driver aids and active safety features is available, but only if you opt for a pricey package on top of the highest trim level.

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