After a brief hiatus and a midcycle refresh, the underachieving 2022Eclipse Cross is back and better than ever. The look has been refined, the performance tweaked and there are new technologies and creature comforts, as well. Unfortunately, "better" still isn't good enough to stand out in a highly competitive class, and while the Eclipse Cross feels like a fine compact crossover choice, it's far from the best.
The exterior aesthetic is the one aspect of the Eclipse Cross that I unreservedly enjoy. Aside from the slightly awkward wheel-to-body ratio that's endemic of this corner of the CUV class, this is a good-looking vehicle, especially in this example's Red Diamond tint. (My personal favorite of the available shades is Bronze Metallic, which paints the crossover's angular musculature in a classier light.)
The front and rear bumpers are new for the 2022 Eclipse Cross, stretching the SUV both physically and visually while retaining an aggressive grille and light combo with Mitsubishi's signature C-shaped chrome wings. The sloped roofline compromises a bit on rear headroom but creates a handsome and sharp silhouette that works well and stands out among a crowd of bean-shaped crossovers.
The Good ~ More comfortable ride ~ Updated cabin tech for most trim levels ~ Handsome, angular style
The Bad ~ Disconnected performance ~ Sparsely equipped lower trim levels ~ Upper tiers lack advanced features
The Bottom Line Though much improved for 2022, this underachiever still finds itself at the back of the pack.
Given that it's based on the new Nissan Rogue, we shouldn't be too surprised.
Despite its sharp style and low starting price, the Eclipse Cross falls woefully short of most competitors in value and appeal.
It's better than before, but the Eclipse Cross' performance, tech and amenities still lag far behind in this very competitive small crossover class.
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