Sat. Sep 18th, 2021

Exterior and Interior Upgrades for a
Reimagined Compact Crossover

What happens when a car company skips
a model year? Mitsubishi did just that as they went from the 2020 Eclipse Cross
to the highly refreshed, and improved, 2022 Eclipse Cross. With updated styling
from nose to tail, the new look is much more aggressive, but some may need a
few minutes to get a feel for the front headlight treatment. Out back, deleting
the bifurcated rear hatch was a great decision, because, does anyone really
like that design?

2022 Mistubishi Eclipse Cross
Skipping into the future

Mitsubishi introduced the Eclipse Cross in
2018 with a low entry price, hoping to attract value buyers in the hot compact crossover
segment. Mitsubishi has freshened both the exterior and interior of the 2022
Eclipse Cross, making a compelling case for consumers to add it to their
shopping list.

Clean Fleet Report spent an afternoon
recently at a Mitsubishi press drive event, where we had the chance to get some
limited seat time in a 2022 Eclipse Cross SEL Touring. We will give our
thoughts here in the Flash Drive review, and then write a longer and more
in-depth road test at a later time.

Exterior Redesign

2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
A clearer view

The reimagined 2022 Eclipse Cross is sleeker, with a completely redesigned rear hatch and window. The new styling does away with the split rear window–never a driver’s favorite. Now, the rear hatch has a single window with an integrated roof spoiler, and what Mitsubishi says are “iconic three-dimensional (LED) taillights to create a wide and stable presence.”

2018 Eclipse Cross
Not sorry to see this go away

Up front the nose and fascia
are completely new. A new bumper and the “Dynamic Shield” grille are dominated
by the stacked, recessed and separated headlamps. This design incorporates the
DRL, headlights, turn signals and fog lamps.

From a visual standpoint the
Eclipse Cross has a downward rake to it, and overall has been lengthened five
inches, with most of the increase coming behind the rear wheels.

Interior Redesign

2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
Moving the right direction

There are five trim levels for
the 2022 Eclipse Cross: ES, LE, SE, SEL and SEL Touring; Clean Fleet Report
drove the highly optioned SEL Touring. The front light gray leather seats with
black contrasting accents were heated and power adjustable. The rear outboard
seats also were heated. The heated leather steering wheel had paddle shifters
and radio and telephone controls.

New for 2022 is an 8.0-inch
color touchscreen with embedded navigation that thankfully had volume and
channel knobs, while the center touchpad controller has been removed (Yay!).
Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, USB ports and Bluetooth are standard, with the
head-up display and power panoramic sunroof part of the SEL Touring package.

The rear seat splits 60/40
with the additional five inches of length showing-up in the rear leg room, and
overall cargo area that now is 50.1-cubic inches with the rear seats folded
flat.

Power and Drivability

2022 Mistubishi Eclipse Cross
Challenging on the open road

The 1.5-liter turbocharged
four-cylinder engine is a carry-over from the 2020 Eclipse Cross. The 152
horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque was delivered through a continuously variable
transmission (CVT) with an eight-step Sport mode and paddle shifters. Front-wheel
drive is standard with all-wheel drive available on any trim level for an
additional $1,600.

The engine and transmission
combination was good around town, but a bit strained during hard acceleration
or passing on the highway. The paddle shifters helped a bit by holding the CVT
in a power band for more pull. The EPA rates fuel economy at 25 mpg city/26
highway/25 combined.

Driving Experience: On the Road

Clean Fleet Report only
drove about 40 miles in our brief time with the 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
SEL Touring. Mitsubishi says: because of the increased length, the suspension
has been changed to include retuned shocks and springs for better ride control
that addressed bounce and rebound. We felt the electric power steering was a
bit light on the road, but perfect in town for parking and maneuvering at slow
speeds. Stopping was straight and true with no fading from the four-wheel disc
ABS with electronic brake force distribution, brake assist and active stability
and traction control.

Safety

2022 Mistubishi Eclipse Cross
Signature headlight design

Either as standard or optional
equipment, active and passive advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) include
safety features of front, side, curtain and knee airbags, lane change assist,
forward collision mitigation, pedestrian detection, blind spot and lane
departure warning, rear cross traffic alert and park assist sensors.

For a two-year introductory subscription Mitsubishi Connect gives owners a telematic system that connects them to a call center for emergencies, with certain emergencies reported automatically.

Pricing and Warranties

The 2022 Eclipse Cross comes in five models
with front-wheel drive standard. Add $1,600 to these prices for all-wheel
drive. Prices are MSRP and include the $1,195 destination and handling charge.

ES                         $24,590

LE                         $25,940

SE                         $27,340

SEL                       $28,590

SEL Touring           $30,630

The 2022 Mitsubishi
Eclipse Cross comes with these warranties:

  • Powertrain – 10 years/100,000 miles
  • New Vehicle – Five years/60,000 miles
  • Anti-Corrosion – Seven years/100,000 miles
  • Roadside Assistance – Five years/Unlimited miles

Observations: 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

In our brief time behind the wheel of
the 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, we noticed the improved handling and
suspension from when we last reviewed
the Eclipse Cross in 2020. The infotainment system is more driver-friendly with
knobs, and we appreciated the head-up display safety feature. The performance
is still so-so, but it holds its own under most driving situations. The
suspension has been retuned, edging toward the side of cushy versus stiff. In
our short time behind the wheel, we thought the ride was comfortable.

2022 Mistubishi Eclipse Cross
An improved compact crossover competitor

Mitsubishi, in the 2022 Eclipse Cross, has an entry in the compact crossover segment that should be on consumer’s shopping lists. Apparently many people are noticing Mitsubishi, as sales results for March 2021 saw an increase of 59 percent compared with March 2020. This is the best sales month for Mitsubishi in nearly two years. So get over to your local dealer and see the latest they have to offer.

We also had the chance recently to get a taste of the Eclipse Cross’ big brother, the Outlander. Check out our impressions here.

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Story by John Faulkner.
Photos by Mitsubishi.

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