Awaiting The Trickle-Down: The 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 1.5T S-AWC

Updated: Apr 1


2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 1.5T S-AWC

Mitsubishi can't be rebuilt in a day. The review of the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.5 S-AWC I wrote in July was pretty much a rave, yes---but that's the opening volley of a new product offensive from Mitsu, newly revived through a partnership with Nissan.


2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross rear 3/4 view

The smaller 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is back from its gap year of 2021 with refreshed styling inside and out, but you shouldn't mistake it for all-new, or, for that matter, a major improvement over the 2020 Eclipse Cross.


2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross hood up

2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross engine

2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross engine detail

Among the unchanged: The 1.5-liter, 152 horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a continually variable transmission. Getting to 60 from a standing start will take you about eight and a half seconds and make a fair amount of noise in the process. If you're hoping that patience in getting to five miles an hour below freeway speeds will pay off at the gas pump---well, not so much. The EPA fuel economy estimate for the 2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 1.5T is 25 miles per gallon city/26 highway.


2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross rear liftgate open

2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross rear cargo area

2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross rear seat

2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross front seats

2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross instrument panel

Changes to the front and rear styling have resulted in a vehicle that is five and a half inches longer. Cargo space is 8/10ths of a cubic foot larger and, should you fold down the second row of seats, 1.2 cubic feet more than the 2020 model.


The interior has had a freshening as well, with a finicky touchpad for the infotainment system ditched for good old-fashioned knobs. We approve.


The base price for the 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 1.5T is $28,995. And that price brings a fairly comprehensive list of standard features (see the window sticker at the end of this review).


2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 1.5T steering wheel and gauge cluster

2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 1.5T infotainment and HVAC

But to get one as nicely equipped as our tester---that costs money. An extra $4,480 in optional equipment, including $595 for the Red Diamond paint. That sends the bottom line of the window sticker, with $1,195 destination and handling, to $34,670---which is right in the zone for a fully loaded Honda Civic Touring and only a bit below a Toyota RAV4 Limited---both of which are a full size class larger compact SUVs with (slightly) better performance and much better fuel economy---especially on the highway.


2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 1.5T front view

2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 1.5T side view

2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 1.5T rear view

Cars take time and money, and Mitsubishi has only had so much time of having a bit of money (thanks again, Nissan!). The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will very likely someday be as compelling a small crossover as its sibling the Outlander is a larger one. We're just not there yet.



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