The 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is an affordable and stylish crossover with a bit of a confusing name. You may remember there once was a Mitsubishi Eclipse, which was a sporty coupe. This vehicle takes that name and turns it into a crossover.
Slotting just beneath the Outlander, the Eclipse Cross is smaller and shows off sportier styling. It’s an attractive crossover with a coupe-like roofline and an aggressive front grille. There’s nothing boring or run-of-the-mill here, but inside, the story is a bit different.
This is an affordable crossover with a starting price of $23,595, and it feels that way when you open the door. Our test model was the SE, which comes in just below the top SEL trim. It’s priced at $26,695 with standard all-wheel drive.
That gets you fabric seats and lots of plastic trims. The fabric has an eye-catching pattern, but it doesn’t feel nice to the touch. Combined with the abundance of plastics covering every surface, and the interior is very budget-minded.
Up front, seating is comfortable with a six-way manually adjustable driver’s seat and four-way adjustable passenger seat that are both heated on the SE trim. The SEL adds leather seats and the option for a heated steering wheel.
Rear seating is snug with short headroom thanks to that sloping roofline and realistically only enough room for two adults. The rear seats include a recline function to make the trip more relaxing. They come with optional heat on the top trim.
The ride is comfortable with a well-tuned suspension system that keeps things smooth for passengers. There’s also just enough sound-deadening material to ensure a quiet cabin. You won’t hear much road or wind noise even in poor weather conditions.
Infotainment includes a 7-inch touchscreen along with a touchpad controller on the center console. The large screen size is a nice accommodation, but the touchpads are tricky to use — especially while the vehicle is moving — and they often become a distraction. On the plus side, there’s Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, AM/FM/HD Radio, and SiriusXM with a three-month trial subscription on all but the base trim.
Those looking at a crossover for its flexibility to carry cargo will find 22.6 cubic feet behind the 60/40 split-folding rear seats and 48.9 cubic feet behind the front seats. It’s not expansive but offers enough room to carry a little extra when the need arises.
Power for the Eclipse Cross comes from a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 152 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). This was something of a pleasant surprise.
Press the accelerator pedal, and the Eclipse Cross responds in kind with solid acceleration. The CVT is quiet with minimal noise intruding into the cabin. While it isn’t sporty, it doesn’t struggle to get up to speed. It is, however, slow to respond when asked for additional speed for highway passing.
Handling is also surprisingly good with tight, responsive steering that makes short work of bumpy roads. There isn’t much body roll in the turns, and it retains its composure even during quick highway maneuvers.
The Eclipse Cross gets an EPA-estimated 25 miles per gallon in the city, 28 on the highway, and 26 combined with all-wheel drive. The base model is available with front-wheel drive and sees a slight uptick to 26 miles per gallon in the city, 29 on the highway, and 27 combined. That might result in small savings on fuel costs, but come winter, all-wheel drive is the better option anyway.
The 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross adds a smaller, more stylish crossover to the lineup. It comes with good features and affordable pricing without sacrificing power or handling. The interior styling and materials are lacking, but it’s in line with the vehicle’s price. The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is now available at dealers nationwide.