The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is not as you might expect from its historic name, a coupe version of sporty and convertible sold from 1990 to 2012. In contrast, Eclipse Cross is a slightly smaller and more affordable subcompact crossover that stands between the Outlander Sport and three-row Outlander. The “Eclipse” name comes from its swoopy profile and “Cross” comes from the fact that this is a crossover.
It seems odd that low-volume manufacturers like Mitsubishi offer two cars that seem to compete in subcompact crossover classes, but the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and Outlander Sport are somewhat different. With prices starting at $ 21,360, the Outlander Sport is a vehicle aimed at consumers who want an SUV with reasonable monthly payments. While the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, like the Nissan Juke and Toyota C-HR, its put more emphasis on style at slightly higher prices. The result is one of the best cars produced by Mitsubishi, though not without flaws.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a five-passenger small crossover SUV available in four trim levels: ES, LE, SE, and SEL.
Standard features for the base ES include 16-inch alloy wheels, a roof spoiler, heated mirrors, automatic climate control, a height-adjustable driver seat, a rearview camera, a 7-inch touchscreen, and a four-speaker sound system with HD radio and a USB port. The LE model adding 18-inch wheels, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, the touchpad controller for the infotainment system, a second USB port and satellite radio.
The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SE adds keyless entry and ignition, exterior styling enhancements, automatic wipers, automatic headlights, blind-spot monitoring, upgraded cloth upholstery, heated front seats, a six-speaker audio system and a two-year trial of Mitsubishi Connect services, which allow a parental monitoring system, remote vehicle controls and among other features.
The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL adds LED headlights, leather upholstery, a power driver seat and a 360-degree camera system. The optional Touring package for the SEL further adding a panoramic sunroof, automatic high-beam control, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats and a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system.
Under the hood, the 2018 Eclipse Cross is powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 152 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. A continuously variable automatic (CVT) s the only transmission offered. Front-wheel drive is standard on the base ES trim, while all-wheel drive available as option and standard on the rest of trim.
Inside, you’ll find cabins that look similar to other Mitsubishis models, but with better materials than most cars in the lineup. The 2018 Eclipse Cross equipped with Touring package boast leather-wrapped steering wheel, black leather upholstery with orange stitching, and glossy black plastic trim throughout. The SEL exclusive column-mounted paddles give a sporty touch, and faux-leather-line door pockets look very luxurious for the car at this price range. Of course there are some hard touches, on the dash and center console, but fewer for a budget-oriented subcompact crossover.
The back seat are surprising, there is enough leg room so a 6-foot passenger will not feel cramped sitting behind the driver. The rear headroom may be a problem for tall passengers, as the roof slopes down behind the driver to the rear window. Although the seat backs offer nine reclining detents for passengers comfort, yet do not help the tall people near the roof. But overall, most people will find there is plenty of space in the front and back seats.
There is a decent storage space in the back. Most of these types of vehicles do not have a large cargo area, but the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is one of the largest in its class. With the rear seat in place, the cargo holds 22.6 cubic feet. It increased to 48.9 cubic feet with rear seats folded. It’s smaller than in a compact crossover like the Honda CR-V, but much more than you find in the Mazda CX-3 or Toyota C-HR.
Release Dates and Price
The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will head to dealerships in Europe this fall before eventually making its way to North America in March 2018 and will come with generous 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and five-year/60,000-miles new vehicle limited warranty.
Official price starting from $24,290 for the base ES ( including the $940 destination fee). The LE model rings in at $25,835, while the SE priced at $27,335. The range-topping SEL cost $28,835 and adding the Touring package bumping to $31,335.