Comparison: 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross vs 2019 Subaru Crosstrek
This week we look at two models that manage to stray a little off the well-trodden path that most small utility models tend to follow. Many buyers include on their wish-list some distinctiveness, some element that ensures a unique presence on the road – and these are two good examples. But, beyond the style, which is the most interesting model for consumers?
2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Sport
Before being taken over by the Renault-Nissan Alliance, Mitsubishi was like a candle burning down, slowly but surely. Models like the EVO, Eclipse, i-MIEV and Lancer, once good sellers all, have all disappeared. Mitsubishi promised to come back strong using familiar names. The first offspring of that strategy was the Eclipse Cross, which debuted in 2018. It was an event worth noting, because new products are rare commodities at Mitsubishi.
This urban utility vehicle looks from some angles like more conventional models like the Honda CR-V, but from the back you might think you’re staring at the ghost of the defunct Pontiac Aztek, mainly because of the two-section rear window. This is not necessarily a compliment. It must be said, however, that the general style does stand out a bit from the crowd, and the model’s lines are more upscale than the average model in this segment. And for that, we salute Mitsubishi's initiative.
A hit-and-miss interior
You have the choice of three versions of the Eclipse Cross: the ES, SE and GT. The first includes heated side mirrors, rear spoiler, 18-inch wheels, full-colour driver data screen, Bluetooth connection, 7.0-inch multimedia display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and automatic climate control.