Even though many of its rivals are adopting bolder styling, the 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is still a stand out in the compact-SUV segment for its sporty looks. Unfortunately, its on-road performance is far more sedate than its extroverted appearance suggests. All models come standard with a 152-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter engine which provides merely adequate acceleration, but the Eclipse Cross’s chassis does at least deliver a calm ride for easy cruising. The Cross’s cabin is spacious for people and cargo but its interior trimmings don’t match those of segment leaders such as the Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4, and Volkswagen Tiguan.
What’s New for 2022?
After skipping over the 2021 model year, Mitsubishi has given the Eclipse Cross a styling revision for 2022 that includes modernized front- and rear-end treatments. A sleeker-looking rear liftgate eliminates the odd split-rear window design of previous model years. The Eclipse Cross’s cabin sees some updates as well in the form of a new 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, which is moved closer to the driver for easier use when driving; the old system’s annoying touchpad controller has been removed in favor of manual volume-and-tuning knobs located on the display. A new gray leather upholstery is now available as well, but Mitsubishi has not made any mechanical changes to the Eclipse Cross for 2022.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
The SE model represents the best balance of value and features here. It adds many additional features over the LE model that justify its slightly higher price tag, including keyless remote entry with push-button start, a host of driver-assistance features, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Front-wheel drive is standard on the SE model but all-wheel drive can be added for an additional fee.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Make no mistake, the Eclipse Cross’s turbocharged four-cylinder isn’t going to set anyone’s heart aflame. The last one we tested jogged to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds at our test track. Paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), the engine delivers power smoothly. Aggressive throttle applications evoke less engine noise than expected, and highway cruising is quiet and unremarkable—just what we want from crossovers in this class. The Eclipse Cross’s suspension is clearly tuned for comfort; taking corners at speed results in moderate body roll. That softness pays off in its ride quality, with the chassis remaining composed while driving over broken pavement and railroad crossings. However, small cracks in the road transmit vibrations up through the steering wheel and seats, something rival crossovers such as the Ford Escape and the Kia Sportage smooth out more thoroughly. Steering is accurate and light—which is good for parking-lot maneuverability but discourages back-road antics.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Fuel-economy results are entirely unremarkable. The EPA says the Eclipse Cross is supposed to do better in the city than many of its rivals, so consider your driving habits when making comparisons. The base ES—the only front-wheel-drive variant—gets slightly better estimates. The Eclipse Cross affirmed its EPA highway estimate in our real-world testing with a 26-mpg performance. However, many of its rivals topped the Mitsubishi as well as their own EPA estimates, even the much more powerful Kia Sportage SX Turbo.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The interior of the Eclipse Cross is a pleasant surprise given the price point. We were impressed by the absence of cheap materials—nothing feels particularly inexpensive or looks out of place. The seats are wrapped in a stylish, durable fabric, and while cushioning was more than adequate, the lack of a lumbar adjustment left our backs wishing for more support after a few hours behind the helm. The Eclipse Cross has enough cargo space for a small family, but cubby storage becomes scarce with more than three occupants on board. We fit six carry-on suitcases behind the rear seats and 17 in total with the seats folded. The rear seats fold easily, although people with shorter torsos may have trouble reaching the release levers from the cargo area. One big plus for blooming families: A stroller fits easily in the cargo area with all the seats up.
Infotainment and Connectivity
All 2022 Eclipse Cross models come standard with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and in-dash navigation will all be available, but Mitsubishi hasn’t released specifics on what infotainment features will be optional and which will be standard. When we know more we will update this story with that information.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has given the Eclipse Cross a five-star safety rating and the SUV did well in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) crash tests. A bevy of driver-assistance technology is available, but the bottom two models are excluded from the top features. Key safety equipment includes:
- Available automated emergency braking
- Available lane-departure warning
- Available adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
While Kia and Hyundai love to tout their 100,000-mile powertrain warranties, Mitsubishi equals that, offers better corrosion protection, and more generous roadside assistance.
- Limited warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 10 years or 100,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance
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