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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. Features include Mitsubishi Connect, 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 bolster the reasons to look at this compact crossover.

Below Average: Despite coming up in the ranks of CUVs, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is not equipped with all the features that you have come to expect in vehicles like the Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4. Power comes in at 152 horsepower and rear legroom can be tight for some with the Eclipse Cross. Unfortunately, the Eclipse Cross may struggle when it comes to resale values. 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 some of the features of the others in the segment, the Eclipse Cross with its 5-year/60,000-mile bumper to bumper warranty and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain protection will still offer reliability and protection for the road ahead.
 

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2019 Toyota RAV4

Starting Price: $26,545 | Price Yours

Above Average: Remade for 2019, the Toyota RAV4 gets new looks, more upscale features, added value, better fuel efficiency, a better driving experience, and advanced safety features. Then there’s the Toyota reliability, resale value and worry-free owner’s experience. The new looks, inspired by off-road-truck styling, gives way to a variety of upscale interiors and fairly decent power from the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and 8-speed automatic transmission. Power will be adequate for most buyers. If not, there’s always the RAV4 XSE HV, which is -- wait for it -- a hybrid. Higher trim levels, like the RAV4 Adventure model, includes 19-inch tires as well as specific body cladding and a higher stance. Ordering the Adventure model also provides torque vectoring, which can send up to 50 percent of the torque to the rear wheels for increased traction and stability.

Below Average: You get reliability from the get-go with a Toyota RAV4. But it comes at a price, and top-shelf RAV4 models can top out north of $35,000. Order the hybrid trim level and that number can exceed $40,000 when going all-in.

Consensus: Bulletproof reliability and drivability in a traditional package. More than adequate power as it is, but if you need still more oomph, check out the RAV4 XSE HV. Just be aware that such reliability and performance comes with a price that could top $40,000.

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 Toyota RAV4 offers an available all-wheel-drive option as well as more powerful Hybrid versions. Value pricing, although higher than the Mitsubishi, is prevalent here, but you end up with more features for less money than some versions that were in the 2018 RAV4 lineup.

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.

Toyota RAV4 Advantages

Slightly sportier driving characteristics with more high-end features and an envious reliability record make the Toyota RAV4 easier to buy into. Not as driver-centric as the Mazda CX-5, it has made a big leap in road feel and driving satisfaction. Although some option packages are pricier than those found on the Mitsubishi, some RAV4 models offer more features for less money than in prior years.

Similarities

Both vehicles are four-door crossovers with hatchback access that can carry up to five passengers. The RAV4 is a more capable off-roader than the Eclipse Cross. Both can tow up to 1,500 pounds. Neither are really suited to compete in the Baja 1,000 off-road race, but they are well-suited for family hauling and trips to the local big box wholesale stores.

Final Recommendation

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and the Toyota RAV4 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 worth a look. If refined safety, creature features, and reliability, along with increased resale value are more important, the Toyota is your clear choice.

  2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 2019 Toyota RAV4
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 1.5-liter I4 2.5-liter I4 
Horsepower 152 hp @ 6,000 rpm 203 hp @ 6,600 rpm
Torque 184 lb-ft 184 lb-ft
Transmission Automatic CVT Automatic, CVT
Fuel Economy 26 mpg (29 city, 27 hwy) 30 mpg (26 city, 35 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 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 passengers 5 passengers
Wheelbase 105.1 inches 105.9 inches
Overall Length 173.4 inches 180.9 inches
Width 71.1 inches 73.0 inches
Height 66.3 inches 67.0 inches
Turning Diameter 35.0 feet 36.1 feet
Headroom, Front 39.5 inches 39.5 inches
Headroom, Rear 37.3 inches 39.5 inches
Legroom, Front 40.9 inches 41.0 inches
Legroom, Rear 35.3 inches 37.8 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 56.2 inches 57.8 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 55.1 inches 56.4 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 94.6 cu. ft. 98.9 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 48.9 cu. ft. 73.4 cu. ft.
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