Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Editors' Review

After a brief hiatus and a midcycle refresh, the underachieving 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse 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.

Sharp looks

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.

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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.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 6
  • Features 6.5
  • Design 7
  • Media 7

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