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2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Review

The 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a small crossover SUV that straddles the line between subcompact and compact sizing. It visibly stands out in a crowded segment with an edgy look not quite like anything else on the road.

The Eclipse Cross gets a welcome mid-cycle refresh for the 2022 model year. Is it enough to make it more competitive with the leaders in this segment? Let’s take a closer look at the 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and find out.

What’s New for 2022?

After skipping the 2021 model year, the Eclipse Cross gets a mid-cycle refresh for 2022. This includes an update to its bold appearance, a more upscale interior with more standard and available features, and a new available 8-inch infotainment system with more user-friendly controls than the outgoing system’s touchpad. See the 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross models for sale near you

What We Like

  • Bold exterior
  • Pleasant interior
  • Good optional infotainment system
  • Long warranty

What We Don’t

  • Sloping roofline cuts into cargo space
  • Unimpressive fuel economy
  • Performance doesn’t live up to the Eclipse name
  • Limited availability of driver assistance features

How Much?

$23,395 to $31,095

Fuel Economy

Every 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is powered by a “MIVEC” 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four engine, which produces 152 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional on every trim, which Mitsubishi calls S-AWC (Super All-Wheel Control).

The base ES 2WD trim is rated at 26 city/29 highway/27 combined mpg. Every other 2WD trim is slightly less efficient at 25 city/28 highway/26 combined mpg. Like with every other SUV, upgrading to AWD comes with a slight fuel economy penalty.

Standard Features and Options

The 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is available in four trims; ES, LE, SE, and SEL. They all come standard with 2WD and are upgradable to S-AWC (AWD) for a $1,600 premium.

The base Eclipse Cross ES ($23,395) comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, power windows with auto up/down, fabric seats, 60/40 split folding back seats, a tilt/telescoping steering column, a 7-inch display audio system with Bluetooth, steering wheel audio and phone controls, a front USB port, a backup camera, an Eco Mode switch, cruise control, single-zone automatic climate control, remote keyless entry, forward collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, and lane-departure warning.

Upgrading to the midrange LE ($24,745) adds heated mirrors with turn indicators, 18-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, an 8-inch infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and SiriusXM, front USB ports, LED fog lights, rain-sensing wipers, rear bumper step protector, leather-wrapped steering wheel, sport pedals, steering wheel voice recognition, and automatic high-beams.

This crossover gets a little fancier with the SE ($26,145) trim, which has much of the same equipment as the LE while adding automatic LED headlights, chrome exterior and interior trim, synthetic suede seating surfaces, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a faux leather shift knob, Mitsubishi Connect with Safeguard and Remote Services, navigation, 6-speaker audio, dual-zone automatic climate control, passive entry, push-button start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a rear seat center armrest with cupholders, an electronic parking brake with auto hold, and blind-spot warning with lane-change assist and rear cross-traffic alert.

An available option for the SE model is a Panorama Package ($1,000) which also adds black roof rails in addition to the sunroof.

Finally, this Mitsubishi gets into luxury territory with the SEL ($27,395) model. On top of what you get in the SE, the SEL adds a  gloss black front bumper center, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, a multi-view camera system, leather seats, paddle shifters, a black headliner, a heated steering wheel, and a driver seatback pocket.

Adding the Touring Package ($2,100) to the SEL adds body-color front and rear bumpers, black roof rails, heated rear outboars seats, 8-speaker Mitsubushi premium audio, a head-up display, a power panoramic roof, an auto-dimming mirror with Homelink, forward collision mitigation with high-speed braking capability with pedestrian detection, and adaptive cruise control.

Safety

As of this writing, the 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has not been crash-tested by the NHTSA nor the IIHS. However, the 2020 model achieved the top score of “Good” from the IIHS in every crashworthiness category and it got a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA.

Standard safety features on the Eclipse Cross include a full complement of airbags, active yaw control, LED daytime running lights, anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, active stability control, hill start assist, forward collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, seatbelt reminder for all seating positions, and a backup camera.

Available safety features include rain-sensing wipers, automatic high-beams, blind-spot warning with lane-change assist and rear cross-traffic alert, a mult-view camera system, forward collision mitigation with high-speed braking capability, and adaptive cruise control.

Behind the Wheel

The performance of the 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is okay, but not what you might expect from the storied Eclipse nameplate. The small turbocharged engine is fine for a small crossover, but not as exciting as its name suggests. The so-so performance from the engine would be more forgivable if it were more efficient, but it’s surprisingly unable to achieve 30 mpg on the highway, even with 2WD.

The ride isn’t particularly comfortable and body roll is an issue, but Mitsubishi deserves credit for improving the fit, finish, and design of the interior. There are still some cheap materials on the lower trims that are commensurate with the price tag, but it’s overall a more refined and pleasant place to be than the pre-facelift Eclipse Cross.

The available S-AWC AWD system is good for when the roads get nasty, but don’t expect to do a lot of off-roading with the Eclipse Cross.

We like the bold exterior design of the Eclipse Cross, but that sloping roof line compromises cargo space. If you’re looking for a practical SUV that can carry a lot of stuff while retaining a compact size, you may want to look elsewhere. That said, this Mitsubishi is good for standing out.

Other Cars to Consider

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer — The Chevy Trailblazer is a similar size as the Eclipse Cross while having a lower starting price, better fuel economy, and more standard safety and connectivity features. It’s a better value overall, and you still get a bold aesthetic.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek — The roomy and comfortable Subaru Crosstrek is another good option in unusual-looking small crossovers. This is a bit more of an off-roader with standard AWD on every trim. The base engine is more efficient than an AWD-equipped Eclipse Cross, plus the Crosstrek just added a more lively turbocharged option.

2021 Nissan Rogue Sport — The Nissan Rogue Sport is priced and sized similarly to the Eclipse Cross, but with less visual character. It’s a small crossover with a lot of cargo space and you get the Safety Shield 360 safety tech suite as standard equipment on every trim.

2021 Jeep Compass — Another small crossover with a big personality is the Jeep Compass. This is an excellent off-roader when equipped with four-wheel drive, especially in the rugged Trailhawk trim. It has a great infotainment system and a cabin that’s comfortable for four adults.

Used Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class — The smallest Mercedes-Benz crossover has gotten pretty affordable on the used market. In the $20k range, you can get a modern subcompact luxury SUV that’s exciting to drive with strong engine options and nimble handling. It also has a better reliability rating than you might expect.

Used Mini Cooper Countryman — Another pint-size premium crossover is the charming Mini Cooper Countryman. The biggest Mini is still pretty small, but it’s roomier than you might expect thanks to its boxy shape. It also manages to retain much of Mini’s characteristic go-kart-like handling and the S model is especially fun.

Autotrader’s Advice

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has improved for 2022, but still lags behind the competition in some important areas. We’d love to see driver assistance features like adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring more widely available throughout the model range considering how generous some competitors are with standard safety tech at a similar price point.

The Eclipse Cross to get is the mid-range LE trim, which adds the improved infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay plus other niceties you don’t get in the base trim like heated front seats, bigger wheels, and automatic high-beams. If you live in a snowy climate, S-AWC is a worthwhile upgrade. Find a Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross for sale

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