The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is taking the compact crossover segment by storm, and no other vehicle—not even the Toyota C-HR—can match it in terms of key metrics like performance, capabilities, safety, and spaciousness. If you’re on the fence about whether the new Eclipse Cross is the right choice for you, consider these advantages.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross bears a standard 1.5-liter direct-injection turbo engine, which puts out 152 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The C-HR, on the other hand, only gets 144 horsepower and 139 lb-ft of torque from its standard 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder. What’s more, the Eclipse Cross offers peak horsepower at 5,500 rpm and peak torque at 3,500 rpm, better in both cases than the C-HR.
With the Toyota C-HR XLE and XLE Premium (FWD), you get a 13.2-gallon gas tank, which enables a maximum driving distance of 382.8 miles. The Eclipse Cross ES and ES S-AWC have a 16.6-gallon tank and every other trim has a 15.8-gallon tank, providing respective max driving distances of 410.8 miles and 395 miles. This means you and your family can travel longer distances without needing to stop for gas.
The Eclipse Cross S-AWC lineup is heavier than the C-HR FWD by upwards of 200 pounds. While a heavier weight may put more stress on fuel economy, it serves to make the Eclipse Cross a safer bet: the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advises that heavier vehicles are safer in collisions. Its 2.2-inch advantage in length also makes it safer according to an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety report that says longer vehicles are better at absorbing impact and reducing damage.
Whether you plan to carry the occasional friend or co-worker or routinely seat your family in the Eclipse Cross, you’ll have more passenger space to work with. The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross offers 56.2 inches of front shoulder room, 55.1 inches of rear shoulder room, 52 inches of rear hip room, 35.3 inches of rear leg room, and 39.5 inches of front head room. That’s better in every respect than the C-HR XLE and C-HR XLR Premium.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the advantages the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross holds over the Toyota C-HR. From its winning style to its exceptional 10-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty, the upsides are seemingly endless. The best way to know for sure that the new Eclipse Cross is right for you? Stop into Mountaineer Mitsubishi and take one for a test drive.