Mitsubishi is selecting up pace. Not dramatically—suppose a brisk stroll in comparison with its prior shamble—however the Japanese automaker is on a little bit of a roll with its new merchandise. We have been duly impressed with the all-new, ground-up redesign of the 2022 Outlander, a three-row SUV that bodes nicely for the corporate’s route. Conversely, the Outlander drive program additionally slotted us behind the wheel of the refreshed 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, a compact SUV that reminds us the model nonetheless has work to do.
That is to not say the 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a nasty compact crossover. However the outdated—and new—Eclipse Cross is not on the prime of our checklist of favourite small SUVs. The refreshed mannequin considerably relegates the outdated model to reminiscence, however it’s nonetheless anchored by a dated inside and lackluster powertrain.
There’s some good, too. After skipping the 2021 mannequin 12 months, the Eclipse Cross returns with Mitsubishi having mounted the prior mannequin’s most obtrusive visible wart: The rear tailgate ditches the controversial mounted gentle bar that ran throughout the rear window and gave the outdated SUV’s again finish a moderately ungainly stepped look. The brand new standard tailgate is less complicated on the eyes and simpler to see out of, a smoothed design complimenting the marginally revised entrance fascia that includes new darkened trim.
Extra butt, extra space. Mitsubishi added 5.5 inches to the Eclipse Cross’s whole size through the brand new entrance and rear bumpers, equating to a 0.Eight cubic-foot bump in cargo capability behind the second row, and a 1.2-cube increase with the row folded, for totals of 23.Four and 50.1, respectively. Curiously, Mitsubishi says cumbersome and unwieldy gadgets ought to match higher due to an 11-percent improve in ground space.
Consumers now have the selection of latest contrasting grey upholstery, versus the outdated mannequin’s black-only cabin. The usual 7.0-inch and elective 8.0-inch infotainment screens aren’t new however are positioned nearer to the motive force. They ditch the cumbersome touchpad controls on the middle console for full touchscreen operation and a set of conventional quantity and tuning knobs.
Mechanically, every part is untouched other than a reasonably reworked suspension setup. Bigger shock shafts are current, and bounce/rebound settings are modified to work along side a extra inflexible rear cross-member piece. That is all little stuff, however a wallowy, uncontrolled trip was one of many older Eclipse Cross’s largest letdowns.
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Energy nonetheless comes from a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, good for 152 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque despatched by way of a CVT in both front- or all-wheel-drive configurations. Not dangerous for a section that’s nearly solely populated by low-output naturally aspirated engines, particularly concerning the Toyota CH-R and the Honda HR-V. Across the extensive, flat streets of city Orange County, California, this was greater than sufficient to buzz round with. Our derriere dyno pegs the 0-60-mph run someplace within the mid-8-second vary; it is nothing particular however sufficient for at-speed freeway merges and cautious passes.
The Eclipse Cross did not wheeze and keel over when confronted with vital hills; engine thrash was the largest downside. As we talked about in our 2022 Outlander drive, the mix of a CVT and a small, loud engine is a recipe for ear-thrumming noise, vibration, and harshness whenever you put your foot down.
Dealing with wasn’t excellent, both. There is a distinct lack of trip composure even when taking sharper corners at low speeds, however not a lot to make it considerably worse than the competitors; vehicles just like the Toyota CH-R and Subaru CrossTrek aren’t precisely hot-hatches, however their impartial dealing with retains a minimum of a few of the good dynamic traits from their compact automotive supply materials. Conversely, trip high quality within the Mitsubishi is comparatively comfortable and well-isolated, admirably absorbing crags and crevasses on floor streets.
Our loaded SEL mannequin (with range-topping Touring bundle) was a pleasing sufficient place to spend time in, although Mitsubishi can be clever to verify its future ground-up redesigns comply with the identical path as the brand new Outlander. There’s nothing manifestly unsuitable with the Eclipse Cross’s inside, however nothing stands out. Our top-of-the-line mannequin featured requisite niceties like heated seats, dual-zone local weather management, and Android Auto/Apple CarPlay. For essentially the most half, it is a no-fuss get-the-job-done cabin to commute in, with loads of plastic trim in a wide range of piano black, textured, and faux-metal appliques.
Nothing has modified within the backseat accoutrements or the number of accessible lively security programs, both. Other than awkward ingress and egress because of the new Eclipse Cross’s aggressive roofline, there is a stunning quantity of legroom, even behind my seating place adjusted for my 5-foot, 11-inch top. Whereas rear passengers stretch their legs, their rumps can be toasty with accessible heated seats. As for security programs, Mitsubishi provides a comparatively complete bundle with blind-spot monitoring, lane-change help, rear cross-traffic alert, automated excessive beams, and ahead collision mitigation.
Total, there’s nothing particular or particularly notable concerning the Eclipse Cross, however it’s a compact crossover that begins at a low $24,590 and maxes out on the $34,670 waterline. In case you appreciated the outgoing Eclipse Cross, the brand new model must be proper up your alley, and if not, it is price testing for its new options and comparatively price range pricing. With the brand new Outlander being the true story proper now on the subject of Mitsubishi merchandise, we’re to see how and if the corporate continues to enhance throughout the board because it strikes deeper into the brand new decade.
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2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Professionals:
- A lot improved rear-end styling
- Stays essentially the most visually dramatic automotive in its class
- Nice passenger legroom
- Competitively priced
2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Cons:
- Loud, lackluster powertrain
- Low cost inside supplies
- So-so gas financial system
|2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross||Specs|
|LAYOUT||Entrance-engine, FWD/AWD, 5-pass, 4-door SUV|
|ENGINE||1.5L/152-hp/184-lb-ft DOHC 16-valve I-4|
|TRANSMISSION||Cont variable auto|
|CURB WEIGHT||3,300-3,500 lb (mfr)|
|L x W x H||179.Zero x 71.1 x 66.3-66.5 in|
|0-60 MPH||8.5 sec (MT est)|
|EPA FUEL ECON||25/26-28/25-26mpg|
|ENERGY CONSUMPTION, CITY/HWY||135/102-120 kW-hrs/100 miles (est)|
|CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB||0.69-0.74 lb/mile (est)|