The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross isn’t the best CUV on the market, it isn’t even in the top 10, but it is an okay crossover SUV with a very reasonable price tag. Its appearance is a bit ho-hum, although it can be dressed up in a very appealing shade of red for a little extra money. It gets decent mileage with its adequate engine and has a moderate amount of cargo space. You get the idea. If you’re not dead-set on getting an exceptional CUV and are on a tight new-car budget, you should definitely take a closer look at the Eclipse Cross. Here are the answers to questions you might have about the 2018 Eclipse Cross.
Is there anything new about the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross this year?
The Eclipse Cross is actually a brand new CUV that Mitsubishi just introduced in 2018. This is Mitsubishi’s contribution to the increasingly popular compact crossover SUV class.
Is the new Eclipse Cross available with all-wheel drive?
The Eclipse Cross comes with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The FWD model is the most sensible. It’s the least expensive trim, and it gets better gas mileage than the AWD model. You will appreciate AWD, though, if you live where the climate gets cold and the roads get snowy or icy. It offers much better traction for just a little more money.
Does the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross come in multiple trims or models?
Yes, there are four trims available for the Eclipse Cross. They are the ES, LE, SE, and SEL. The ES is a good, basic CUV with a low MSRP. The top-of-the-line SEL is the best trim for people who can afford to spend a little more and want lots of active-assist safety features. The SE is the best trim for most buyers, though. It’s only $3,290 more, and you get some very nice upgrades like dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, AWD and automatic headlights.
Is the new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross big enough for five people to ride in comfortably?
Yes, this is one of the new Eclipse Cross’ best features. There is plenty of room in the front seat for the driver and passenger to stretch their legs and sit comfortably. The rear seats can be slid forward and back just like the front seats, making this a great CUV for people who often carry full-size adult passengers. The back seats also recline.
Does the new Eclipse Cross have lots of cargo space?
It isn’t one of the leaders in its class when it comes to cargo space. With the rear seats in place, it has 22.6 cubic feet of room. When you fold the back seat down, there is a total of 48.9 cubic feet of cargo space. Just for comparison’s sake, the Ford Escape has a total of 70 cubic feet of cargo space. The sliding rear seats in the Eclipse Cross do make it easier to fit more stuff in the back when you have back-seat passengers and can’t fold the seats down, though. If you have a couple of kids in the back seat, you can simply slide the seats forward for a little more space.
Is the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross a reasonably priced SUV?
It is actually one of the most affordable crossover SUVs on the market. Starting MSRP for the ES with FWD is just $23,295. You can add AWD to the ES for another $600. The LE starts out at just $24,895, the SE costs $26,395, and the SEL has a base price of $27,895.
How fuel efficient is the new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross?
It isn’t especially fuel-efficient, but it isn’t exactly a gas guzzler either. If you get a FWD ES, you can expect to get 26 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. AWD models get 25 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.
Does the new Eclipse Cross come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay?
Not the base trim. It does come with Bluetooth connectivity, though. It also has a four-speaker audio system and HD Radio as well as steering wheel phone and audio controls. A seven-inch touchscreen and USB port also come standard. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard in the LE and higher trims. Dual USB ports, Satellite radio, steering wheel voice controls, and a touchpad controller are also standard in the higher trims.
What safety features are standard in the Eclipse Cross?
The lower trims only come with a rearview camera. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert are standard in the SE trim but, if you want a full suite of active-assist safety features, you’ll have to step up to the SEL trim with the Touring package. Head-up display and a multi-view camera are standard on the SEL. Adding the Touring package for another $2,500 will get you lane departure warning, forward collision warning with automatic braking, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control.
Are there better compact SUVs than the Eclipse Cross that cost less?
Yes, there actually is a compact SUV that is cheaper and better. The 2018 Jeep Compass is actually almost $2,000 cheaper for the base trim and is a slightly better CUV. The Compass is a five-passenger crossover SUV that is also available with FWD and AWD. It gets slightly better mileage on the highway but is less efficient in the city. A FWD Jeep Compass gets 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. If you go with the AWD model, you can expect to get 22 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway.