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2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Starting Price: $24,590 | Price Yours  

Above Average: It has good looks that you won’t see at every stoplight. Match that with excellent technology, good fuel economy and a warranty that rivals its Hyundai and Kia competition, and there are some compelling reasons to look at the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. 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. These and other options help to bolster the case of this compact crossover.

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. Cargo space is less than competitors, 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, will offer reliability and protection for the road ahead.

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2019 Nissan Rogue

Starting Price: $25,795 | Price Yours

Above Average: Nissan’s overall best seller, available in a variety of trim levels starting with the base S model and stepping up to SV, SV Hybrid, SL, and SL Hybrid, continues on as strong as ever in the compact crossover segment. With a wide variety of available accessories like Nissan ProPILOT Assist and such important features as a roomy interior, attractive pricing and an available hybrid powertrain capable of 35 mpg, it’s easy to see why it is such a popular vehicle. Power comes from a 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine or a 176-horsepower, 2.0-liter hybrid engine with better mileage (for an additional $1,500). Both are mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). There’s also standard automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and lane-keep-assist that help keep it among the most popular vehicles on the road.

Below Average: The Nissan Rogue’s off-road capabilities are somewhat lacking. If you want to tow in excess of 1,500 pounds, you may need to move up a segment. The Mazda CX-5 is more a driver’s vehicle than the Rogue, and other competitors like the Jeep Cherokee, Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester may be more capable with better resale value.

Consensus: While lacking in off-road prowess, the Nissan Rogue makes up for it with all the amazing technology inside, including Nissan ProPILOT Assist and a suite of other driver aides like lane departure warning to keep you on the straight and narrow (highway). We might even be tempted by the high-mileage hybrid drive version.

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 Nissan offers an available all-wheel-drive option as well as hybrid capability. A full technical suite, including Nissan ProPILOT Assist and other safety features like automatic braking and lane-keep-assist, is standard on SL and optional on SV grades.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Advantages

Making waves in the compact crossover segment, the Eclipse Cross is running like “The Little Engine that Could.” Eager to make up for lost time, the brand is working hard to regain market share through smart packaging at competitive prices. Its turbocharged 152-horsepower 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 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. The 1,500-pound towing capacity bests its Nissan competition.

Nissan Rogue Advantages

Sportier driving characteristics with more technical and driver assist features make the Nissan Rogue a more compelling purchase. Sure, it doesn’t possess the driver’s vibe found in the Mazda CX-5, but with the option of a regular or hybrid powertrain and available all-wheel drive, not to mention the added value that comes from an available portfolio of safety features, a roomier interior, and 70 cubic feet of cargo space, it’s easy to see why this Nissan is a fan favorite. On the downside, the Rogue’s towing ability tops out at 1,100 pounds.

Similarities

Both vehicles are compact crossover SUVs that can carry five passengers. Neither are suitable for heavy-duty off-roading, but are perfectly fine for family hauling and trips to the big box wholesale stores.

Final Recommendation

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and the Nissan Rogue 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, refined safety and creature features, along with increased resale value are more important, the Nissan is your clear choice.

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  2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 2019 Nissan Rogue
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 1.5-liter I4 2.5-liter I4 
Horsepower 152 hp @ 6,000 rpm 170 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 184 lb-ft 175 lb-ft
Transmission Automatic, CVT Automatic, CVT
Fuel Economy 26 mpg (29 city, 27 hwy) 29 mpg (26 city, 33 hwy)
Also Available AWD AWD, hybrid
Specs    
Warranty 5 years or 60,000 miles 3 years or 36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating Not Rated 4 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 passengers 5 passengers
Wheelbase 105.1 inches 106.5 inches
Overall Length 173.4inches 184.5 inches
Width 71.1 inches 72.4 inches
Height 66.3 inches 68.0 inches
Turning Diameter 35 feet 37.6 feet
Headroom, Front 39.5 inches 41.6 inches
Headroom, Rear 37.3 inches 38.5 inches
Legroom, Front 40.9 inches 41.6 inches
Legroom, Rear 35.3 inches 38.5 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 56.2 inches 56.6 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 55.1 inches 55.9 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 94.6 cu. ft. 105.8 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 48.9 cu. ft. 70 cu. ft.
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