Watch out, competition. The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross may, well, eclipse its average SUV competition.
What is the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross?
If you're thinking about the vintage Eclipse sports car, think again. Comparing those two is like comparing apples and oranges--both great, but too different to truly compare. The 2018 Eclipse Cross is a very different vehicle than its namesake. Today's Eclipse Cross is a 21st-century sport utility vehicle with continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Eclipse Cross has precise steering, but we're not sure sporty is a fair description. In fact, modest horsepower and average acceleration shows that this new Eclipse is for an entirely different kind of driver.
The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is for those who, first and foremost, want a beautiful SUV. Coming in White Solid, Starlight, Sterling Silver, Red Diamond, Lightning Blue, Titanium, or Black, the Eclipse boasts a stunning exterior. It's the look of a quintessential sport utility vehicle, with aerodynamic lines and swooping roofline.
Why Buy the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross?
Step inside and you'll find cloth or leather seats for five. There is plenty of space for four people, but adding a fifth adult might crowd the back seat. We love the ingenious approach to leg room in the Eclipse Cross, because it's ahead of the game for many crossovers. With everything adjustable, the Eclipse Cross can cater to people of all different heights. There's also plenty of cargo space, especially with 60-40 seats that quickly fold down for more room. You won't have to sacrifice for comfort or utility.
What Features Come with the Eclipse Cross?
Mitsubishi has a different approach to infotainment, with an up-front heads up display, that tucks away when not in use on upper trims. The 7-inch display looks like a tablet, but is controlled with a touchpad on the center console. Your brain may need to do some rewiring because this system feels different and it's easy to select the wrong thing when your eyes are elsewhere, like on the road where they should be. Mitsubishi also elected to take out all the knobs, so there's no quick adjustments to volume. You have to use the trackpad.
How Much is the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross?
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross starts at just under $24,000 and comes in four trims. The price jump between trims can be steep but tops out at $31,000 for the fully-loaded SEL Touring. If you're looking to save money, there's also fuel economy to consider. There's no official numbers yet for this new vehicle, but Car and Driver estimates 25 city/30 highway miles, a decent showing.