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2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is quirky and zippy

Mitsubishi's new compact crossover has some winning qualities, but they aren't substantive enough for us to recommend it.

manuel-carrillo
Manuel Carrillo III
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The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has a winning personality, but overall, it's a case of "'nice' doesn't pay the bills."

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We like the Eclipse Cross for its quirky looks, which could speak to buyers seeking something different.

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The Eclipse Cross is powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine producing 152 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. 

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Mitsubishi's new compact crossover feels peppier than its power figures suggest. 

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The front-end looks Lexus RX-inspired ...

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... and the rear looks Pontiac Aztec-inspired, but in total, the Eclipse Cross blends all its design inspiration into a package that looks unique and stands out among the competition. 

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Interior materials and comfort are fine for the segment, but the Eclipse Cross' cabin offers less cargo space than most of the competition. 

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Our tester's Apple CarPlay/Android Auto-compatible seven-inch infotainment interface was sharp and easy to use. 

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It also came with an around-view monitor which simplified parking.

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With an as-tested price of $30,720 plus $995 for destination, we'd expect auto up/down for all four windows instead of just for the driver. 

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The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross starts at $23,295. Our fully loaded tester returns an EPA-estimated 25 miles per gallon city and 26 mpg highway. That city figure is fine, but the highway figure is low for the class.

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