Compact crossovers like the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and the Honda HR-V are becoming increasingly popular, so let's see how these two Japanese models shape up against each other in this important class of today's market.
If you like the sharp, modern Japanese SUV styling of the luxury models out there at the moment you'll like the way the Eclipse Cross looks. For some it could be a little busy in places, but most potential buyers will see it as attractive, modern and stylish.
Plenty of people seem to like the more bulbous, rounded shape of the Honda, but even though it's still a relatively recent addition to the market it looks a little old-fashioned at the side of the more stylish Eclipse Cross.
The interior of the Mitsubishi delivers everything buyers in this segment would expect. There's a decent amount on interior space for passengers, but four adults wouldn't want to ride for long with a fifth onboard. The quality of materials and the fit is good for the price. But despite being a longer, taller vehicle with a greater wheelbase, the Mitsubishi falls short of the interior space offered by the HR-V.
Honda has done such a spectacular job with packaging the HR-V that those inside could mistake it for a mid-size. Honda interiors are also starting to rivals those of models a class above for quality and comfort, so this is solid round for the HR-V.
A good range of trim levels are available for the Mitsubishi, and all but the entry model are standard all-wheel drive. That's quite a thing at this level as some rivals are starting to focus more on front-wheel drive these days with all-wheel drive being a costly option at best, and in some cases not even offered at all.
Although the HR-V comes well-equipped as standard, only having three trim levels to the five of the Mitsubishi does represent a lack of choice and hands the win to the Eclipse Cross.
Features and Equipment
At the entry level you'll get a little more in the Eclipse Cross, such as a standard 7-inch infotainment touchscreen while the HR-V offers a rather small 5-inch screen. To be fair, the Mitsubishi is more expensive than the Honda so it's probably to be expected, and this round is, therefore, a tie.
It wouldn't be too hard to build a case for the Honda HR-V over the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross if price and value are taken into consideration, especially as the Honda is particularly fuel efficient. However, it's hard to get over the shabby styling of the HR-V seeing how looks are so important in this class.