2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross review: Better, but far from the best

It sure looks sharp, but the performance is anything but.


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Following a short hiatus and a midcycle refresh, the underachieving 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is back again and far better than ever. The search has been refined, the performance tweaked and there are new technologies and creature comforts, as nicely. Sad to say, “far better” even now is not superior enough to stand out in a remarkably aggressive course, and even though the Eclipse Cross feels like a fantastic compact crossover alternative, it truly is much from the most effective.

Like

  • Much more at ease trip
  • Current cabin tech for most trim degrees
  • Handsome, angular fashion

You should not Like

  • Disconnected performance
  • Sparsely geared up decreased trim degrees
  • Upper tiers deficiency advanced attributes

Sharp looks

The exterior aesthetic is the just one aspect of the Eclipse Cross that I unreservedly delight in. Apart from the marginally uncomfortable wheel-to-human body ratio which is endemic of this corner of the CUV course, this is a superior-looking vehicle, primarily in this example’s Pink Diamond tint. (My own preferred of the readily available shades is Bronze Metallic, which paints the crossover’s angular musculature in a classier light-weight.)

The front and rear bumpers are new for the 2022 Eclipse Cross, stretching the SUV both equally physically and visually even though retaining an intense grille and light-weight combo with Mitsubishi’s signature C-formed chrome wings. The sloped roofline compromises a little bit on rear headroom but creates a handsome and sharp silhouette that works nicely and stands out between a crowd of bean-formed crossovers.

The greatest exterior alter is the redesigned rear hatch, which ditches that bizarre light-weight bar that bisected the rear glass in favor of a simpler style. The resculpted rump is a touch extra generic, but overall the Eclipse Cross is a far better-looking vehicle.

Disconnected performance

Beneath the hood, you can discover Mitsubishi’s turbocharged one.5-liter MIVEC four-cylinder powering the Eclipse Cross. This is the only readily available engine, and it truly is mated to a repeatedly variable transmission with typical front-wheel push or optional Super All-Wheel Regulate all-wheel push. Output is mentioned at 152 horsepower and 184 pound-toes of torque, which appears decent for this course on paper nevertheless in some way feels like less than advertised as soon as the CVT gets into the mix.

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The Eclipse Cross’ tail looks less like a Pontiac Aztek thanks to reshaped lights and a simplified hatch.


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My greatest criticism about the Eclipse Cross’ performance is that it feels disconnected. The throttle response is robbed of its chunk by a tag team of CVT rubber-bandiness and a touch of turbo lag, which will make the complete SUV feel sluggish when passing or merging. In the meantime, I am dealt with to a wheezy, disagreeable engine seem that, because of to the mother nature of repeatedly variable ratios, under no circumstances fairly jibes with the acceleration.

Column-mounted paddle shifters are a great, sporty touch. They feel superior to the touch and flick, but the sluggish response of CVT when switching ratios would not match their tactility. At the very least they are mounted in the appropriate place.

All-around town with a light-weight foot, the Eclipse Cross feels fantastic. When you give the CVT sluggish, predictable inputs it settles into a great-enough groove. There is certainly a great deal of energy for climbing hills and the fuel economic system is midpack for this course. I averaged about twenty five mpg for the duration of a freeway-large 7 days of testing, bang-on par with the EPA’s estimated twenty five mpg town, 26 mpg freeway and twenty five mpg merged with all-wheel push. Front-push examples fare a touch far better at freeway speeds, climbing to 28 mpg in this article, as nicely as 26 mpg merged.

The steering is obscure, which will make the Eclipse feel clumsy on the freeway and tricky to hold centered in its lane. The suspension is properly composed over bumps and potholes and extremely at ease for more time rides, but you can fork out for that softness with visible human body roll, pitch and dive for the duration of spirited driving.

Driver assist and cabin tech

The Eclipse Cross’ freeway assurance could be improved with some sort of lane-centering tech, but alas you can only get a lane-departure warning system. At the really the very least, that tech is typical devices, as is collision mitigation braking with pedestrian detection. Stepping up to the LE trim stage adds automatic significant beams, even though the SE models get blind-place monitoring with lane-alter help and rear cross-traffic inform.

My leading-spec SEL design has the optional Touring bundle that rounds out the driver assist suite with total-speed adaptive cruise handle and adds significant-speed braking to the collision mitigation system. This bundle also adds a tiny head-up exhibit visor that rises out of the leading of the instrument cluster and is genuinely also small to actually be valuable.

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The pop-up plastic HUD looks low-priced and is also small to be of much true use.


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A rearview digicam is typical and you can improve to a surround-check out system on the SEL. The button to activate the front and surround digicam feeds is positioned on the steering wheel, a unique placement that will make the system extremely quick to entry when you require it. As a individual who obsesses over parking beautifully parallel among the lines, this tiny element is my preferred component of the Eclipse Cross’ tech suite.

New for the 2022 design yr is a new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system on the LE trim stage and better. Mitsubishi also ditched its aged and uncomfortable touchpad controller in favor of volume and tuning knobs suitable following to the screen. The SE design additional updates the cabin tech with onboard navigation featuring What3words destination enter.

In spite of the new components, the infotainment software is even now fairly bare-bones. On the brilliant side, simplicity means it truly is also reasonably responsive. Additionally, the addition of Android Car and Apple CarPlay means you can reasonably easily make up for most tech deficiencies with a smartphone and a significant-quality USB cable.

In the meantime, the entry-stage Eclipse Cross ES utilizes a smaller 7-inch exhibit that lacks the smartphone backlink essential for Android Car or CarPlay connectivity, which is a massive bummer for consumers lured in by the Eclipse Cross’ very low starting value.

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The improvements are great, but the 2022 Eclipse Cross is even now a tricky sell. The competition is just also superior.


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Greater, but even now not enough

The 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross commences at $24,590 — which includes the $one,195 destination demand — for the front-push SE, or $twenty five,375 with all-wheel push. I would recommend upgrading at the very least to the LE 2WD ($twenty five,940) to unlock CarPlay and Android Car. The sweet place in the lineup is the SE trim. For $27,340, this gets you most of the readily available driver assist tech, 24 months of entry to Mitsubishi Connect telematics, and distant services and keyless entry. Then yet again, the truth that passive keyless entry/get started is even now an solution in 2021 claims a great deal about the condition of the 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

My all-wheel-push SEL design costs $34,670 as tested. That is about $2,000 less than a loaded 2022 Hyundai Tucson Restricted, but then yet again, the Hyundai delivers so much extra for the dollars.

Certainly, it truly is far better than just before, but in performance, cabin tech, basic safety techniques and facilities the Eclipse Cross even now lags much guiding in this really aggressive small crossover course. It truly is fantastic, but you can absolutely do far better.