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2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Starting Price: $24,590 | Price Yours  

Above Average: It has good looks that won’t have you seeing yourself in every third car on the road. Match that with excellent technology, good fuel economy and a warranty that rivals its Hyundai and Kia competition, and you’ll see there are many reasons to look at the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. This SUV also includes Mitsubishi Connect, 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 the Mitsubishi lead the field in resale values. Cargo space is less than others, at 48.9 cubic feet.

Consensus: Practical, efficient and somewhat comfortable are all good adjectives to describe the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. Although lacking in some of the features of the 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, offers reliability and protection for the road ahead. 

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2019 Hyundai Tucson

Starting Price: $24,245 | Price Yours

Above Average: A popular compact crossover with a stellar warranty that offers 5-year/60,000-mile bumper to bumper and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain protection, the 2019 Hyundai Tucson has been refreshed at front and rear and ready to vie with competitors like the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, and Toyota RAV4. The Tucson offers advanced driver assists as standard, plus there are new available features including wireless charging. A standard 164-horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine powers SE and Value trim levels, while a 181-horsepower, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder powers the SEL, Sport and Limited models. Both engines are matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. For an additional $1,400, all-wheel drive is available on all models.

Below Average: If there are shortcomings in the Hyundai Tucson, they would be cargo space, and the 2.0-liter engine’s power. There’s also a somewhat pesky engine noise when it’s pressed to show up. We say if you like the Tucson, like the 2.4-liter engine along with it.

Consensus: The Hyundai brand has basically made a 10-year/100,000-mile warranty the norm rather than the exception. And along the way, improved quality and design has almost made it unnecessary. We think the 181-hp, 2.4-liter engine should arrive as the standard offering in the Tucson, which would truly make it a class-above vehicle.
 

 

The Mitsubishi, while lacking in the power department, tries harder and matches the Hyundai with an equally 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 Hyundai also lacks a bit with the base engine but steps forth with the larger, more refined 2.4-liter mill and 61.9 cubic feet of cargo space. The best options are available on higher trim levels. They include pedestrian detection, forward-collision mitigation, rain-sensing wipers, panoramic sunroof, heated seats and a driver-attention monitor system.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Advantages

Making waves in the compact crossover segment, the Eclipse Cross finds itself where the Hyundai brand was a few years ago. Eager to make up for lost time, Mitsubishi is working hard to regain market share through smart packaging at competitive prices. Its turbocharged 152-horsepower 4-cylinder, while not the most powerful in the segment, won’t embarrass itself but will take longer to do the job. Sliding/reclining/folding rear seats help 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.

Hyundai Tucson Advantages

The Tucson has somewhat sportier driving characteristics than the Eclipse Cross. In addition, the value-minded Hyundai comes equipped with more technical and driver assist features that help make the Tucson a better buy for your money. Also, the Tucson has a well-crafted interior that is one of the nicest in the segment.

Similarities

Both 5-passenger vehicles are four-door crossovers with room for gear. Despite available all-wheel-drive powertrains, neither are really suited for heavy-duty off-roading. Instead, they hit their stride while hauling the family around town and to your local big box wholesale stores.

Final Recommendation

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and the Hyundai Tucson both offer reliable transportation and cargo-carrying capabilities. And they both come complete with top-tier 5-year/60,000-mile bumper to bumper, and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage. The up-and-coming Mitsubishi is worth a look, but if reputation, refined safety and creature features, along with increased resale value are more important, the Hyundai will likely carry the day.

  2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 2019 Hyundai Tucson
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 1.5-liter I4 2.0-liter I4 
Horsepower 152 hp @ 6,000 rpm 161 hp @ 6,200 rpm
Torque 184 lb-ft 151 lb-ft
Transmission Automatic, CVT Automatic, 6-Spd
Fuel Economy 26 mpg (29 city, 27 hwy) 26 mpg (23 city, 30 hwy)
Also Available    2.4-liter I4 engine
Specs    
Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating N/A 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 105.1 inches 105.1 inches
Overall Length 173.4 inches 176.4 inches
Width 71.1 inches 72.8 inches
Height 66.3 inches 64.8 inches
Turning Diameter 35 feet 34.9 feet
Headroom, Front 39.5 inches 39.6 inches
Headroom, Rear 37.3 inches 39.2 inches
Legroom, Front 40.9 inches 41.5 inches
Legroom, Rear 35.3 inches 38.2 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 56.2 inches 57.1 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 55.1 inches 55.5 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 94.6 cu. ft. 102.2 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 48.9 cu. ft. 61.9 cu. ft.
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