It's a fresh Mitsubishi for the right segment at the right time; interior design; warranty
Some advanced driver aids are only available as an option in the top trim; does anyone apart from car company accountants like drone-prone, slow-reacting CVTs?
After making its debut last year, the only real difference in the Eclipse Cross for 2019 is that the window switch panels of the second-from-lowest LE trim are now gloss black.
Apologies for trotting out the well-worn "you get what you pay for" cliche, but any savings an Eclipse Cross buyer might make at the outset could well be negated come resale time, when competitors like the Honda HR-V can command higher figures. For those years in between, this could be an amenable form of personal transportation, but not necessarily a hugely enjoyable one. The SE trim has a decent amount of equipment for the price, including all-wheel drive and blind spot monitoring, so if we were set on buying an Eclipse Cross, that would be our ideal choice. However, this class is rich with alternatives.
The 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 5-seater compact crossover is available in ES, LE S-AWC, SE S-AWC and SEL S-AWC trim levels.
ES ($24,590) starts off with 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights/taillights, fog lights, heated side mirrors, 6-way adjustable driver's seat/4-way adjustable front passenger seat (manual adjustment), tilt-telescopic steering wheel adjustment, cruise control, automatic climate control, cloth upholstery, rearview camera, slide/recline rear seat with 60/40-split/fold function, 7-in infotainment touchscreen, AM/FM radio, 4-speaker audio setup, Bluetooth, USB port and two 12-volt outlets. All-wheel drive (called S-AWC) is an extra $600.
LE S-AWC ($26,190) adds 18-in alloy wheels, infotainment system touchpad controller, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, satellite radio, voice control and two USB ports.
SE S-AWC ($27,690) brings automatic on/off headlights, power-folding side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, keyless entry/ignition, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel/shift knob, illuminated vanity mirrors, 6-speaker audio setup, rear center armrest, electronic parking brake, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and a few cosmetic additions.
This trim level is also where Mitsubishi Connect kicks in. It's a subscription service for remote locking/unlocking, parent-imposed restrictions, automatic collision notification and several other features. A free 24-month trial is provided.
SEL S-AWC ($29,190) tops the range with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters for the CVT, LED headlights, 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat, leather seating surfaces, multi-view camera system and a head-up display.
This trim level is also eligible for a Touring package ($2,500) that includes a powered dual-pane panoramic sunroof, black roof rails, automatic high beams, self-dimming rearview mirror, garage door opener, heated steering wheel, heated seats, 710-watt/9-speaker Rockford-Fosgate audio system upgrade, adaptive cruise control, forward-collision mitigation and lane-departure warning.
All trim levels can be fitted with a towing package (maximum towing capability is 1,500 pounds), extra cosmetic details and LED cabin lighting.
Cargo space behind the rear seats is 22.6 cu ft. Folding them down increases volume to 48.9 cu ft. The optional panoramic sunroof and the upgraded audio system's subwoofer reduces those figures slightly to 22.1 and 48.8 cu ft. respectively.
|Basic||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||10 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||7 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
2019 Honda CR-V -- A top choice and exceptionally roomy. Its base model has a smaller infotainment screen than the Eclipse Cross, but its standard engine is much bigger.
2019 Ford Escape -- A solid player with commendable driving manners.
2019 Kia Sportage -- Becomes ever more attractive with each generation, while still offering a great equipment-to-price ratio.
2019 Mazda CX-5 -- Another top choice. Excellent interior and an engaging driving experience. And yet another Eclipse Cross rival that's been updated for 2019.
2019 Subaru Forester -- All-wheel drive is standard. An all-new generation of this perennial favorite debuts for 2019.
2019 Toyota RAV4 -- Another winner in this class. Spacious, refined and with many safety features as standard. The RAV4 has also received a substantial revision for 2019.
Used Acura RDX -- Space, luxury and impeccable build quality. A certified pre-owned (CPO) model will have a reassuring warranty.