What Is It?
The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a revival of the Eclipse brand name — in a compact crossover. The Eclipse was formerly a liftback sports car, and it was manufactured for more than 20 years — from 1990 to 2012 — but as consumer tastes have shifted to SUVs, Mitsubishi has decided to shift the name, too.
Already announced for foreign markets, the Eclipse Cross makes news here in LA because Mitsubishi has finally confirmed it will go on sale in the United States. Mitsubishi suggests the Eclipse Cross is a crossover SUV with a coupe-like design, and indeed the sloping rear end distinguishes it from rival crossovers from other popular automakers.
Under the hood, the Eclipse Cross will use a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with 152 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, mated exclusively to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Like many rivals, the Eclipse Cross will include a wide array of high-tech safety features, including forward-collision prevention, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, lane-change assist and blind spot monitoring.
The Eclipse Cross will start from $23,295, making it roughly $500 cheaper than a base-level Ford Escape and $800 cheaper than a base-level Honda CR-V.
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Although Mitsubishi has failed with recent models to capture strong sales, the Eclipse Cross could spell a reawakening for the brand, as it brings a freshly styled crossover with desirable new features to the automaker’s lineup. Assuming the Eclipse Cross’s reasonable pricing stays affordable as you progress through the crossover’s trim levels — and assuming you like its unusual but standout styling — you may find the Eclispe Cross a worthy addition to your shopping list when it goes on sale in March.
Other Cars to Consider
Ford Escape — The Ford Escape is a compact crossover that boasts a lot of modern technology, largely thanks to a recent update. Like all rivals, it offers more power than the Eclipse Cross.
Honda CR-V — The Honda CR-V is considered by many to be the gold standard in the compact crossover segment, as it boasts lots of equipment, excellent dependability and good fuel economy. It’ll be more expensive than the Eclipse Cross, but it may be worth it.
Jeep Renegade — If budget is a major concern, you may want to consider a cheaper model than the Eclipse Cross — such as a subcompact SUV like the Jeep Renegade. The Renegade is smaller than the Eclipse Cross, but it’s also cheaper, and it offers similarly bold styling.
Used Toyota Highlander — The larger Toyota Highlander is a good choice for shoppers interested in greater dependability and more interior space than the Eclipse Cross can provide. Of course, with its larger size comes higher prices, meaning you may have to consider a used model.