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2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross review

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Pros

  • Extroverted exterior design
  • Peppy turbocharged four-cylinder
  • User-friendly controls

Cons

  • Vague steering
  • Smallish cargo area
  • Uneven ride quality

Mileage (EPA estimate)

25 city, 26 highway, 25 combined

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The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a stylish and value-packed compact SUV

The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a compact SUV with head-turning looks, available all-wheel drive, and a peppy turbocharged engine that’s easy on a fuel budget. This turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder works in cooperation with a continuously variable automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard in the base ES trim, while the rest of the Eclipse Cross lineup gets all-wheel drive.

In terms of size and price, the new Eclipse Cross is positioned between Mitsubishi’s subcompact Outlander Sport and the larger and more expensive Outlander. Rivals include the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Volkswagen Taos, and Chevrolet Equinox. There is plenty of stretch-out space in the Eclipse Cross and about 22 cubic feet of cargo room behind the folding rear seatback. Keep in mind that the Eclipse Cross is on the smaller side for its class, important to note if hauling lots of stuff is a daily driving routine for you.

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2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross trims

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ES:

  • 152-hp, 184-lb-ft of torque 1.5L
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Mirrors
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control

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5 reasons to buy the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

What We Like  

  • Turbo four-cylinder: The 152-hp turbo four-cylinder does a fine job of getting the Eclipse Cross down the road. It’s also reasonable in terms of fuel economy, with the base model posting an EPA-estimated 27 mpg combined in a mix of city and highway driving.

    Adding all-wheel drive knocks this down by only 1 mpg, and it’s worth noting the Eclipse Cross is happily running on regular-grade gasoline. 

  • Sporty design: Mitsubishi has done a great job of giving the Eclipse Cross a shape that stands out among small SUVs. This could appeal to younger car shoppers who want something practical that doesn’t fade into the background.  

  • Cabin quality: We’ll be the first to admit interior quality has not always been a strong suit of Mitsubishi vehicles. Credit is due for the improvement seen in the Eclipse Cross, however. The materials used throughout the interior are attractive and feel robust.   

What Needs Improvement 

  • Wayward steering: When puttering around at city speeds, the Eclipse Cross has light steering that makes it agile and easy to place. But at higher speeds, the handling feels increasingly vague and the uneven ride quality doesn’t help matters. Unfortunately, the racy shape of the Eclipse Cross promises more than the driving dynamics offer.

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Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross features and specs

ES 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Parking Sensors
  • Running Boards
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size

1.5L

Horsepower

152

Torque (ft-lbs)

184

Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity

16.6

Wheelbase

105.1"

Overall length

173.4"

Width

71.1"

Height

66.3"

Leg room

F 40.9"/R 35.3"

Head room

F 39.5"/R 37.3"

Front tires

P215/70HR16

Rear tires

P215/70HR16

Seating capacity

5

Max towing capacity

150/1500 lbs.

Transmission

Automatic

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