2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is the last vehicle to come from Mitsubishi Motors as an in-house production, and so far, it’s doing well for itself. Moving into the 2019 model year, the Eclipse Cross is a sporty remembrance of the sports car it’s named after, and brings it all into the new year. Made up of four trims, the lineup is just expansive enough to offer upscale options to consumers who can spare a couple extra grand, with the highest trim starting at $28,195 (plus destination fee).
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All four trims of the 2019 Eclipse Cross (ES, LE, SE, and SEL) come with the suffix 1.5T because all of them are powered by the same powertrain, a turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, able to generate up to 152 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. This engine has been optimized with Mitsubishi’s brand name of variable valve timing (VVT) technology, the MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control) system, and gasoline direct injection (GDI) for faster, more efficient fuel delivery. The base, ES, comes with two-wheel drive (2WD) but can upgrade to Mitsubishi Motors Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) drivetrain system, standard on the rest of the lineup.
Driving and Handling
The transmission hasn’t changed from 2018. An eight-speed continuously variable transmission (CVT) with a Sport Mode is still the lineup standard. Since the base comes with 2WD or S-AWC, with 2WD, it has a fuel economy of 26/29 mpg city/highway, and 25/28 mpg city/highway with S-AWC. All other trims have a combined fuel economy of 25 mpg.
The 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross retains the same style as its predecessor and comes with plenty of standard features. These include halogen headlights, LED running lights and rear combination tail lights, an LED high mount stop light, fog lights, rear privacy glass, heated exterior mirrors, a roof spoiler, and rear window wipers. If looking for upscale amenities, consumers will find LED headlights, automatic on/off headlights, a chrome upper grille for increased aesthetic appeal, power folding side-view mirrors, the option to opt-in for a dual-pane power panoramic sunroof, and black roof rails further into the lineup. The base trim rides on 16-inch wheels, whereas the rest of the lineup is equipped with 18-inch wheels.
Like the style, the cabin of the new Eclipse Cross retains all the standard features of 2018, including extendable sun-visors, an LCD colored multi-information display, an ECO indicator and drive mode switch, S-AWC drive mode (for trims with it), automatic climate control (single zone in ES and LE, dual in SE and SEL), and rear heater floor ducts. A few other amenities to look for consist of a 6-way adjustable driver’s seat and 4-way adjustable front-passenger seat, cloth upholstery, a 60/40 split-fold bench seat, rear seat slide and recline functions, a day/night rearview mirror, and a urethane-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Consumers can increase their comfort with an 8-way adjustable powered driver’s seat, heated front and rear seats, leather upholstery, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a leather-wrapped shift knob found in select trims.
The first vehicle from Mitsubishi to get its own infotainment system, the 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross offers Mitsubishi Connect Telematics with safeguard and remote services on the SE and SEL trim. A 7-inch touchscreen with AM/FM stereo and Digital HD Radio on a four-speaker system, Bluetooth wireless technology steering wheel audio and phone controls, and a rearview camera all come standard. Available upgrades for the LE and found on the SE and SEL contain a 7-inch smartphone link display with the touchpad controller and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities, SiriusXM Satellite Radio for three months, a six-speaker system, steering-wheel voice controls, a multi-view camera system, a heads-up display, FAST-key passive entry with panic button. Only the SEL has the option to upgrade the sound system to a Rockford-Fosgate nine-speaker premium audio system.
Safety Features and Warranty
Consumers will find many standard and advanced features in the 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. Standard safety features consist of advanced dual-stage SRS front airbags, a driver’s knee and front seat-mounted side airbags, side-curtain airbags, LATCH child seat restraint anchor system, active stability and traction control systems, anti-lock braking, and an anti-theft engine immobilizer. The available automatic safety features consist of blind spot warning with rear cross traffic alert and lane change assist, automatic high beams, forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and an electronic parking brake.
Mitsubishi Motors backs its vehicles with an industry leading powertrain warranty. All Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross models have a 10-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, a 5-year or 60,000-mile new vehicle warranty, and 7-year or 100,000-mile anti-corrosion and perforation limited warranty, and roadside assistance come standard.