2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Review
Pros & Cons
- Provides lots of standard features
- Peppy performance from turbocharged engine
- Easy-to-use infotainment system
- Ride quality is a bit rough
- Poor handling makes twisty roads a chore
- Top trim level priced similarly to more refined competitors
List Price Range
$17,850 - $18,499
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Which Eclipse Cross does Edmunds recommend?
The SE S-AWC is our top pick. For a relatively minor price bump, you get a whole lot of upgrades over the base car, including technology and active safety features, along with some nicer touch-point materials and extra conveniences.
Edmunds' Expert Review
The Eclipse Cross is a mixed bag in terms of performance. The turbocharged engine makes it quicker than rivals, and the brakes are easy to modulate. Unfortunately, the steering is vague and handling is a mess. If you live on a mountain road with a lot of switchbacks, this car is not for you.
The goodwill earned by the supportive, nicely shaped front and rear seats is undone by the subpar ride quality. You'll hear and feel every dip, ripple, bump and crack in the road, and the Eclipse's body will be upset the entire time. Outside noise bleeds into the cabin.
The Eclipse's interior is nicer than we've seen from Mitsubishi in a long time. The materials quality is above average, the infotainment system is easy to use, and there's a ton of room. We don't like the low-mounted steering wheel, raised seats, and unusually compromised entry and exit.
The cargo hold is wide and tall, and load height is at mid-thigh, so most people won't have to bend over to load large items. Item storage is good up front but middling in the back. Car seats should fit easier than in rivals given the Eclipse's large back seat.
The Eclipse Cross comes with a long list of driver aids, but most are only available on the top trim level. Even so, the 360-degree parking camera is a rarity in this class. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, but we expect more USB ports for a modern crossover that can comfortably seat four.
|Overall||7.1 / 10|
Most helpful consumer reviews
EC in PA,12/21/2019
ES 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
First of all, this review is for the ES model. It has some very important differences from all the other models. It's the basic model with a manual hand brake and 16" wheels. All other models have the electric emergency brake and 18" wheels. This is important to remember because all of the "expert" reviews I have watched or read always test the more expensive models. Having 18" rims with tires that equal rubber bands negatively effects ride quality and all off-road capability. If you're going to use this little crossover for anything other than maintained gravel roads or just getting to work in deep snow, you should most likely get the ES. My Eclipse Cross with 215/75/16 Yokohama Geolandar A/T tires have enough sidewall to actually conform to rough terrain and soften out the bumps. Being a devoted Subaru fanboy, I really had my doubts about the AWD in this Mitsubishi. But I am truly impressed with it's capability. My wife and I have taken this thing where, in all honesty, we should have had a true 4WD with a rear locker. Even up on 3 wheels it still keeps going. Remember, I have all terrain tires that I can air down for more traction. An Eclipse Cross with 18" wheels and all weather radials would never dream of following us. You CANNOT get an Eclipse Cross with the electric E-brake and put anything smaller than 17" wheels on it! Smaller diameter wheels won't clear the E-brake mechanism. Fuel mileage: Highway mileage is not all that impressive. In Eco mode, barely touching the accelerator, I can squeeze 29.8 mpg out of it. What's nice though is back rough roads and trails where were always in a low gear ratio I still get over 26. I find the motor to be zippy and the power more than enough. It's very comparable to our 07 2.5 Automatic Impreza. You won't blow anybody's mind with speed, but it will pass the people in the slow lane safely, even up hill So, why only 4 stars? It's because of the cvt transmission. It's the same brand used in Nissan and other cars. They're definitely not known for longevity. That being said, for some reason Mitsubishi hasn't had the problems with them others have. There are many Outlanders out there approaching 200k on an original cvt which is the same one used in the Eclipse Cross. Fingers crossed! Hopefully this transmission won't turn out to be a pile of crap. I would definitely recommend this car to someone who understands what is is. It's NOT a sports car, a rock crawler, or something you want to tow with. If you want something with unique styling, more power than other compact cuvs that you can take camping and have some fun doing some mild off-roading (better known as soft roading) then get one. Just keep in mind what I mentioned about what makes the ES model unique.
SE 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
A good small SUV. The ride is actually not as bad as advertised. I drove the care on mountain highway, and it held up pretty well, no rolling. I enjoy driving this vehicle. Front seats are very comfortable, and mold well to my body. Rear seats are sort of raised, and comfy as well. Visibility is good, although split rear windsheald / window take some adjusting to. I like the design of the vehicle. Quality of the materials used is above average. Small 1.5 litre turbo engine is peppy. It is not super fast and powerful engine, but it is more than enough. Overall, a great vehicle from Mitsubishi, and definitely an upgrade from RVR.
SEL Touring 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
Not much storage space at back, but everything else is top shelf
SEL 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
Love this car we bought 1 year ago, however, there are some features that you would think would be included with its vehicle as most cars get these as standard. 1. auto-lock when your driving 5mph or more 2. light in the glove box 3. button to open tailgate 4. lights on the bottom of the doors 5. Bluetooth while on phone only comes out of 1 speaker If this SUV had the above I would have given a 5 star. We do like this SUV a lot. I would recommend buying.
Features & Specs
Our experts like the Eclipse Cross models:
- Forward Collision Mitigation
- Alerts the driver about an imminent collision and applies the brakes if necessary.
- Lane Departure Warning
- Monitors the car's position in a lane and warns the driver in the event of an unsignaled departure.
- Blind Spot Warning
- Warns the driver of approaching vehicles in adjacent lanes.