The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is infuriating even before it leaves the driveway because of one of the most convoluted infotainment systems we’ve ever tested. The interaction with the finicky system is maddening and distracting because of small text and a multistep process, whether using the touch screen or touchpad.

The SUV’s styling hurts visibility, which makes backing out of a parking spot difficult. Blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic warning come standard on the upper SE and SEL, but these helpful features aren’t available on the ES and LE trims.

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Our experience didn’t improve on the road. The small 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 mimics a traditional automatic, but the faux “shifts” can be jolting.

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We didn’t have much confidence taking corners because of the pronounced body lean and overly light steering.

At least the suspension absorbed most bumps, but the ride was unsettled on uneven roads. Road and wind noises were kept to a minimum, but the engine had a gritty, metallic sound under hard acceleration.

The front seats are squishy, and adjustable lumbar isn’t available. The rear seat, which can slide forward or back, has plenty of room for adults, but the cargo space is small.

Forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking are available only on the top SEL trim.

Read the complete Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross road test.

HIGHS: Access, rear seat
LOWS: Controls, agility, visibility, front-seat comfort, acceleration, cargo space
POWERTRAIN: 152-hp, 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbo engine; continuously variable transmission; all-wheel drive
FUEL: 24 mpg on regular fuel
PRICE AS TESTED: $28,470

Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the October 2018 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.