2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross first drive overview: Subtly higher

Say what you’ll about Mitsubishi, however this firm is slowly however certainly making enhancements throughout the board. Nonetheless, most of the automaker’s merchandise nonetheless have room for enchancment and — regardless of its streamlined appears to be like, easier-to-use tech and zippy engine — the 2022 Eclipse Cross continues to fall behind extra well-rounded compact SUVs.

The 2022 Eclipse Cross is 5.5 inches longer than earlier than with a extra aggressively styled entrance fascia. The higher LEDs operate as daytime working lights and the dimples under home the headlights and fog lights. The stable lightbar that spanned the rear of the previous model is gone, changed by two separate taillights. I truly most popular the older design, however the brand new taillights are fairly distinctive and provides the compact crossover some presence on the street.

The Eclipse Cross retains the identical 1.5-liter turbocharged I4 engine as earlier than, pushing out 152 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The low-end torque makes the Eclipse Cross really feel fairly peppy off the road and there’s a shocking quantity of mid-range punch. A repeatedly variable transmission would not essentially do that engine any favors, nonetheless — it is a bit loud below strain, although I suppose that is par for the course with most CVTs.

New suspension elements are fitted for 2022, partly to accommodate the Eclipse Cross’ longer general size, but additionally to enhance upon the earlier mannequin’s predilection for physique roll. The retuned shocks and comes do a greater job, positive, however the Eclipse Cross continues to be a bit too roly-poly for my style. This factor actually leans in turns, which does not encourage a lot in the best way of driver confidence. Weirdly, the Eclipse Cross’ steering manages to be each fast and sloppy on the similar time, making it a bit tough to maintain the crossover centered throughout a flip. Mixed with the physique roll, this Mitsubishi is not actually enjoyable to drive.

Probably the most fuel-efficient Eclipse Cross is EPA-estimated to return 26 miles per gallon within the metropolis, 29 mpg freeway and 27 mpg mixed. My loaded SEL AWD tester knocks these numbers all the way down to 25, 26 and 25, respectively. That is higher than an equal Hyundai Tucson however nonetheless falls under different compact CUVs.

The Eclipse Cross’ inside has higher tech than earlier than.


Inside, the Eclipse Cross’ expertise will get a bump with a newly accessible 8-inch display screen with embedded navigation. Frankly, I feel Mitsubishi might have left a local nav system on the desk since all however the lowest trims get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for straightforward entry to Google Maps and Waze. Mitsubishi not less than makes its navigation a bit extra particular by incorporating What3words tech, which divides the complete world into 3-meter squares and assigns three phrases to every sq.. Certainly one of my favourite locations to eat is at “steepest, baffled, witless.”

The multimedia display screen is positioned two inches nearer to the motive force and is now operated solely by contact. Earlier fashions had a touchpad that was a complete ache within the neck to make use of, so I am all about this improved performance. The display screen responds fairly rapidly to inputs and the icons are good and huge. Mitsubishi’s flimsy little head-up show display screen carries over, nonetheless, which is one thing I would most likely simply forgo.

Ahead-collision mitigation with pedestrian detection and lane-departure warning are normal on all 2022 Eclipse Cross trims. LE fashions and above get automated excessive beams and rain-sensing wipers, whereas the higher two trims get blind-spot warning, lane-change help and rear-cross site visitors alert. Adaptive cruise management is reserved for the very best SEL trim solely. These are nice options, positive, however the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 supply many of those as normal throughout the board. Mitsubishi actually must do the identical.

The revised rear appears to be like good.

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Inside, the SEL trim’s new gray leather-based goes a good distance towards making this cabin extra inviting. Even so, the Eclipse Cross’ inside is nothing to write down residence about, however there are just a few good facilities sprinkled all through. Heck, the highest SEL trim even has heated rear seats.

Cargo area is improved for the 2022 mannequin due to its bigger footprint. There’s now 50.1 cubic ft of area, or 23.four cubes with the second row upright. Sadly, that is nonetheless far under what you get from Honda, Mazda and Toyota.

The Eclipse Cross begins under $25,000, however my SEL tester is optioned to the hilt — with $1,600 for all-wheel drive — and involves $34,075 together with $1,195 for vacation spot. Whereas I may give the awful steering, floaty suspension and lackluster a move for $25Ok, it is robust to justify this mid-$30Ok value after I might get a lot nicer choices like a Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5 or Toyota RAV4.

The refreshed Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross takes a step ahead for 2022, but it nonetheless performs behind a extremely aggressive class of crossovers. It is a good worth, do not get me improper, however as they are saying: You get what you pay for.

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