Mitsubishi has revived the Eclipse name for an SUV that slots between the automaker's smaller Outlander Sport and larger Outlander. We found this SUV underwhelming due to its lackluster driving experience. To its credit, the rear seat is roomy, and getting in and out is easy.
The good news is that the 2022 freshening ditched the infuriating infotainment system in favor of a much simpler one. Still, the Eclipse's extroverted styling hurts outward visibility, which makes backing out of a parking spot difficult. Blind spot warning and rear cross traffic warning come standard on upper trims.
The 152-horsepower, 1.5-liter turbocharged engine moves the Eclipse Cross sufficiently around town, but it has to work hard when climbing hills or merging onto highways. The continuously variable transmission (CVT) tries to mimic a traditional automatic, but the faux "shifts" can be jolting, and the engine groans unpleasantly when drivers seek more power. Its fuel economy of 24 mpg overall isn't impressive for the class, either.