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2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: Underachievement unlocked

Despite its sharp style and low starting price, the Eclipse Cross falls woefully short of most competitors in value and appeal.

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The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a sharp and handsomely styled crossover, but that beauty is sadly only skin deep.

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Updated and improved for the 2022 model year, this underachieving SUV still lags far behind the best in its class.

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The standard 1.5-liter turbocharged engine's performance is stifled by the unsure continuously variable transmission.

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The suspension, which we previously criticized for being too harsh, has swung the other way and now feels too soft and vague.

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Front-wheel drive is standard with Super All-Wheel Control all-wheel drive available on every trim level.

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Out back, the rear hatch and taillights have been redesigned to eliminate the busy split-glass design.

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Now, at least it doesn't look like a Pontiac Aztek anymore.

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The Eclipse Cross' strongest selling point is the low starting price, but the base ES and LE models are missing features that should be standard across the board in 2021.

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Lane-departure warning and collision mitigation braking with pedestrian detection, however, are standard equipment on all models.

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Fully loaded, this SEL Touring model tickles the $35K mark -- not much less than a 2022 Hyundai Tucson Limited, which is a whole lot more car for the money.

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Check out the our full, rated review of the 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross for more details or just enjoy the rest of the photos.

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