model. 2019 eclipse cross

msrp. $26,695 inc destination

as tested. $28,015 ('se' version)

seating/style. 4-door/5-passenger SUV

engine. 1.5 liter direct injection turbocharged

transmission. CVT

driveline. AWD

stated fuel economy city/hwy: 25/26

available: now

Mitsubishi is the little brand that could. Almost. 

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a good looking five-passenger crossover with expressive, modern styling and standard all-wheel-drive on all but the base model. It's a little bit funky but appealing. 

That appeal outside doesn't translate inside. I found too many hard surfaces and a cheap feel to switches and knobs. The seat is not electric and requires cranking up and down using hard plastic handles. If you’re the only driver, this isn’t a big deal. If you’re sharing the Eclipse Cross, this will be annoying. 

The 1.5 liter engine is adequate around town, but it’s underpowered for highway passing. It’s also rather noisy, matching the clamoring road noise from the tires. There are several different driving modes which impacts steering and ride.

The “SE” trim I drove had heated seats (that need more support) and a nice array of driver assist and safety features standard. The infotainment supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay but voice recognition is sub-par. Changing the radio station proved laborious.  

 

The Eclipse Cross is thisclose to being a good compact crossover. But there’s better ones to choose from, such as the Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4, and Buick Encore. 

2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

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