While it’s hard to name a single Mitsubishi car, the company has found a new life in the small SUV class. The 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is the newest member of this Japanese brand, offering an attractive alternative to established models such as the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson and Nissan Rogue. The Eclipse Cross offers a unique style, an impressive set of features and one of the best new-car warranties in the business, rivaling Hyundai and Kia. While the Eclipse Cross offered similar price as its main rival, it falls short in terms of resale, and was too new to assess long-term reliability. However, there is a certain appeal about this SUV which makes it worth a try.
The 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is available in five trim levels: ES, ES S-AWC, LE S-AWC, SE S-AWC and SEL S-AWC. The bare-bones ES features alloy wheels, automatic climate control, a rearview camera, 7-inch touchscreen audio system, Bluetooth and USB connectivity. The LE brings standard all-wheel drive, 18-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. The SE adds rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot warning, lane-change assist, Mitsubishi Connect, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and heated front seats.
The only one engine for the 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder producing 152 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. It’s connected to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). While the Eclipse Cross ES base model is available in front-wheel drive (FWD), the rest of the lineup is offered exclusively with Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control all-wheel-drive (AWD) system.
The turbocharged 1.5-liter engine provides a good amount of grunt and works well with the (CVT). However, is not very sporty when you’re driving around turns. It leans a lot, sapping driver confidence. In track testing, the 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross AWD went from zero to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds. The Eclipse Cross is rated to tow up to 1,500 pounds.
1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with CVT
152 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
184 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 26/29 mpg (FWD), 25/28 mpg (ES AWD) and 25/26 mpg (LE, SE, SEL AWD)
The 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. The base ES trim has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting from $24,590 (all prices include the $995 destination fee). The LE trim costs $26,190, while the SE starts at $27,690. At the top of the lineup, the SEL trim carries a starting price of $29,190.