The compact crossover segment is arguably the most competitive battlefield in the automotive industry right now. A new entrant like the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross must stand out, but when it comes to price, fuel economy, cargo capacity and standard features, the Mitsu gets lost in the crowd. It's true, most of the Eclipse Cross' competition offers more of what you want within the same low-$20,000 to low-$30,000 price range.
But you shouldn't write it off. If you're willing to look beyond the numbers, the Eclipse Cross could charm you with its quirky styling, responsive powertrain, playful driving dynamics.
The Eclipse Cross's design language borders on busy, but that helps it stand out in a segment that's as vanilla as the men's clothing section at Target. Admittedly, the front looks Lexus RX-inspired and the rear end screams Pontiac Aztek, but even so, the Eclipse Cross has its own charm. The light bar across the rear is particularly distinctive, even though it slightly obscures rear visibility.
The Good The Eclipse Cross's turbocharged four-cylinder engine feels more eager than its numbers suggest.
The Bad This SUV feels like it’s trying to be sporty, but the harsh ride delivers little confidence.
The Bottom Line The Eclipse Cross stands out with quirky looks and a zippy engine, but it still needs more.
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