Say the word ‘Eclipse’ to a Mitsubishi fan and they will automatically think about the sporty compact model that was discontinued in 2011.
Well, the Eclipse moniker is back. Only now it’s used on a compact crossover and adds the Cross suffix to highlight its high-driving design. Despite being in production since 2017, the Eclipse Cross has only recently landed in Consumer Reports’ yard – and they weren’t really satisfied with it.
Among its weak points are the cheap interior, hard-to-read infotainment screen, front seats that are not so comfortable on long journeys, body lean in hard cornering, light steering and CVT that tries a bit too much to emulate a regular auto gearbox, which results in a jolting ride.
So, the interior has ergonomic issues, the ride and handling aren’t going to win you over, and the boot is small. Also, if you’re looking for AWD, you must upgrade from the base models, and for a well-equipped SE grade, like the test car, you’re going to pay over $28,000. That’s not even the range-topping model, yet it costs about the same as a mid-spec Outlander.
However, the new Eclipse Sport must have some strong points, right? Well, the chrome trim and standard climate control are said to be a nice touch to the interior, and the rear seat that slides forward and backward can either free up some rear legroom or extra boot space. The rest of the reviewer’s observations can be seen in the video below.