Mitsubishi introduced the Eclipse Cross in 2018, reviving an old name (Eclipse) last used on a sporty car in 2012. This crossover is less exciting than the car from which it takes its name, but it competes in a more lucrative segment of the marketplace and fills in Mitsu’s utility-focused lineup.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
After skipping the 2021 model year, the Eclipse Cross returns for 2022 with refreshed styling inside and out.
Mitsubishi offers the Eclipse Cross in ES, SE, SEL and GT trim levels. All come standard with a 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, AWD (which Mitsu calls all-wheel control, or AWC), and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).
Eclipse Cross ES trim’s exterior comes dressed in 18-inch tires on alloy wheels, black skid plate trim, auto on/off headlights, heated/power-adjustable side mirrors, and LED taillights. Inside, ES boasts heated front seats, automatic climate control, an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, satellite radio, and a four-speaker stereo.
Safety features included across the range are forward collision detection with automatic braking, rain-sensing wipers, and tire pressure monitoring.
SE trim brings steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, blind spot warning with rear cross traffic alert, silver skid plates with black inserts, automatic high beams, LED fog lights, power-folding side mirrors, a heated steering wheel, lighted vanity mirrors, leather steering wheel trim, an electric parking brake, chrome-plated interior door handles, dual-zone automatic A/C, passive keyless entry, and a six-speaker stereo.
SEL models gain lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, black 18-inch wheels, gloss black skid plates with a body-colour insert, a gloss black grille, LED headlights, black roof rails, heated rear seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, faux suede upholstery, head-up display, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, integrated garage door remote, and a multi-view camera system.
GT’s additions are a panoramic sunroof, a power front passenger seat, leather seating, navigation, and an eight-speaker sound system.
Mitsubishi’s fuel consumption estimates for the Eclipse Cross are 9.6/8.9 L/100 km (city/highway).
There’s some overlap between the Eclipse Cross’s entry point and high-end versions of Mitsubishi’s other small crossover, the RVR. Otherwise, the Eclipse Cross is priced to compete with other Japanese compact utilities, like the Honda CR-V, the Toyota RAV4, the Mazda CX-5, Subaru’s Forester, and the Nissan Rogue.
South Korea’s competitors are the Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson.
Domestic comers include the Ford Escape, Chevrolet Equinox, and GMC Terrain.