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2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Starting Price:  Base MSRP: $24,590 | Price Yours

Above Average: It has good looks that you won’t be seeing everywhere, plus excellent technology, good fuel economy and a warranty that rivals its Hyundai and Kia competition. Mitsubishi Connect is an available subscription-based telematics suite that offers remote lock/unlock, automatic collision notification a la OnStar, and a parental notification feature.

Below Average: Despite coming up in the ranks of CUVs, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is not equipped with features that you have come to expect in vehicles like the Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4. Horsepower and rear legroom are not exactly ample with the Eclipse Cross, nor will it lead the field when it comes to resale value.

Consensus: Practical, efficient and somewhat comfortable are all good adjectives to describe the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. Although lacking some features found in others in the segment, the Eclipse Cross with its 5-year/60,000-mile, bumper to bumper and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, will still offer reliability and protection for the road ahead. 

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2019 Honda CR-V

Starting Price: Base MSRP $26,340 | Price Yours

Above Average: One of the Honda’s best sellers, and a stalwart in the compact crossover segment, the Honda CR-V is a sure bet for solid, dependable, and spacious transportation. The CR-V hits most everyone’s desires and needs, but its styling doesn’t break new ground. It does, however, continue to be a benchmark amongst a rapidly improving cast of competitors including the Hyundai Santa Fe, Toyota RAV4 and the Subaru Forester. Available with a base 2.4-liter or 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, this Honda bundles its options by trim, making the buying process less complicated. EX and higher trims come standard with Honda Sensing safety feature.

Below Average: If you desire full off-road capabilities, or tow in excess of 1,500 pounds, you might look elsewhere. The Mazda CX-5 is a better handler than the Honda CR-V, and competitors like the Nissan Rogue and Subaru Forester are better equipped at lower trim levels.

Consensus: What most compact crossover SUVs want to be when they grow up. Satisfying the needs and desires for most everyone, the Honda CR-V comes with a reputation for reliability and resale, at no extra charge. But the competition may be gaining on them.
 

The Mitsubishi, while lacking in the power department, tries harder with a more extensive warranty and features like the Mitsubishi Connect suite and Super All-Wheel Control all-wheel drive on all models above the base ES trim level.

The Honda Sensing Safety Suite of driver assists are standard on the Honda CR-V EX and all higher trim levels. The CR-V’s interior space is well designed and comes with almost 40 cubic feet of cargo space.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Advantages

Eager to make up for lost time, Mitsubishi is working hard to regain market share through smart packaging at competitive prices. Its turbocharged four-cylinder, while not the most powerful in the segment, won’t embarrass itself on the job. An adaptable interior with sliding/reclining/folding rear seats help to adapt the interior to your specific needs. An available 710-watt, 9-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system, multi-view camera, head-up display and other features make the Eclipse Cross desirable in its own way.

Honda CR-V Advantages

The CR-V continues to be the crossover that others are judged by. Available in four flavors of trim (base LX, EX, EX-L and Touring), it can be configured in a variety of different ways to satisfy many types of drivers. Four-cylinder power comes from two tried and true engines. Step up to the EX, and the fun really begins with the turbo engine, power interior features, uprated audio/infotainment systems and the Honda Sensing safety suite.

Similarities

Both vehicles are four-door crossovers with hatchback access that are able to carry five passengers. They are not really suited for off-roading, but each can tow up to 1,500 pounds.

Final Recommendation

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and the Honda CR-V both offer reliable transportation and cargo-carrying capabilities. If you desire looks that you won’t see at every street corner, along with a top tier 5-year/60,000-mile bumper to bumper warranty and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage, the Mitsubishi is definitely worth a look. If reputation and resale value are more important, along with a more powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the Honda is the clear choice.

  2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 2019 Honda CR-V
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 1.5-liter I4 2.4-liter I4 
Horsepower 152 hp @ 6,000 rpm 184 hp @ 6,400 rpm
Torque 184 lb-ft 180 lb-ft
Transmission Continuously Variable Continuously Variable
Fuel Economy 26 mpg (29 city, 27 hwy) 29 mpg (26 city, 32 hwy)
Also Available AWD AWD, 1.5L turbo I4
Specs    
Warranty 5 years or 60,000 miles 3 years or 36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating Not Rated 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 105.1 inches 104.7 inches
Overall Length 173.4 inches 180.6 inches
Width 71.1 inches 73.0 inches
Height 66.3 inches 66.1 inches
Turning Diameter 35.0 feet 37.4 feet
Headroom, Front 39.5 inches 40.1 inches
Headroom, Rear 37.3 inches 39.2 inches
Legroom, Front 40.9 inches 41.3 inches
Legroom, Rear 35.3 inches 40.4 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 56.2 inches 57.9 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 55.1 inches 55.6 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 94.6 cu. ft. 105.9 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 48.9 cu. ft. 75.8 cu. ft.
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