Likes

  • Decent turbo engine
  • Sporty design, but that’s where the sportiness stops
  • Great features as standard
  • Handy safety features

Dislikes

  • Average fuel efficiency
  • Poor rear visibility thanks to the split tailgate
  • A handful of reliability concerns
  • 5yr warranty lags behind competitors like Hyundai and Kia

Stuff you should know

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, introduced to the Australian market in 2017, brought with it a fresh design and modern features, positioning itself in the competitive compact SUV segment.

Over the years from 2017 to 2020, the Eclipse Cross was made available in a range of variants to cater to different customer needs and preferences. The lineup typically included the ES, LS, Exceed, and later, the Black Edition.

In terms of updates, the 2018 model saw the introduction of the Black Edition, which offered sportier aesthetics with black alloy wheels and other black-themed exterior accents. Over the years, Mitsubishi also refined the Eclipse Cross’s design elements, notably the rear, and enhanced its infotainment system for better user experience. By 2020, the Eclipse Cross received further tweaks in its styling, making it look more modern and streamlined than its predecessors.

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, particularly in its higher-end variants like the Exceed, was equipped with a plethora of technological features. The car came with a touchscreen infotainment system, which later models improved upon with a more intuitive interface and better smartphone integration. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto were standard, ensuring seamless smartphone connectivity. The audio system, especially in the higher trims, offered premium sound quality, making the driving experience even more enjoyable.

Safety was paramount in the Eclipse Cross’s design. Standard across the range were features like seven airbags, electronic stability control, and anti-lock braking system. The higher-end models, such as the Exceed, took safety up a notch with features like forward collision mitigation (which warns the driver of a potential collision and can apply brakes if necessary), lane departure warning, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control. The inclusion of these advanced safety systems aimed to ensure the well-being of both the occupants and other road users.

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross for the Australian market underwent considerable evolution, ensuring it remained competitive in its segment. Its blend of design, technology, and safety features made it a compelling choice for those in search of a compact SUV.

What goes wrong

Interior:

  • Some owners have noted that the infotainment system can sometimes be non-intuitive, with the touchpad controller being particularly finicky. It may require more effort to navigate than some competing systems.
  • Some critics and users felt that the interior materials, especially in the base models, weren’t up to the mark when compared to some of the competition. There were reports of rattles and creaks developing over time.
  • While the Eclipse Cross is decently spacious for front passengers, the rear can be a bit tight, especially for taller passengers. The sloping roofline might also compromise headroom for some.
  • The split-rear window design, while stylish, has been a point of contention. It can compromise rear visibility, making it a bit challenging for some drivers, especially in tight parking scenarios.
  • Faulty components can cause the AC system to blow warm air or fail.

 

Mechanically:

  • There have been occasional reports about the Eclipse Cross’s engine feeling underpowered, especially during overtaking on highways. The CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) can also feel unresponsive at times, leading to a lacklustre driving experience for some.
  • While the Eclipse Cross offers reasonable fuel efficiency, some owners have reported real-world consumption figures that are higher than the official claims.
  • On rougher roads, the suspension setup might feel a bit firm for some occupants, leading to a less-than-ideal ride comfort.
  • Poor Fuel Economy, often caused by issues like a faulty oxygen sensor, fuel pump, or clogged air filter​.
  • Issues like faulty wiring, battery, or alternator can cause difficulty starting the engine among other problems.
  • Owners have reported brake squealing, excessive brake pad wear, and a clunky suspension.
  • Transmission issues in the vehicle can lead to slow acceleration, rough idling, and other performance issues.

 

Recalls:

  • March 2023 – Mitsubishi’s Mirage, ASX, Eclipse Cross, Outlander, Pajero, Pajero Sport, Triton, and Express (2020 – 2022) were sold without necessary button/coin battery warnings, affecting 7,468 units.

Interior:

  • Some owners have noted that the infotainment system can sometimes be non-intuitive, with the touchpad controller being particularly finicky. It may require more effort to navigate than some competing systems.
  • Some critics and users felt that the interior materials, especially in the base models, weren’t up to the mark when compared to some of the competition. There were reports of rattles and creaks developing over time.
  • While the Eclipse Cross is decently spacious for front passengers, the rear can be a bit tight, especially for taller passengers. The sloping roofline might also compromise headroom for some.
  • The split-rear window design, while stylish, has been a point of contention. It can compromise rear visibility, making it a bit challenging for some drivers, especially in tight parking scenarios.
  • Faulty components can cause the AC system to blow warm air or fail.

 

Mechanically:

  • There have been occasional reports about the Eclipse Cross’s engine feeling underpowered, especially during overtaking on highways. The CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) can also feel unresponsive at times, leading to a lacklustre driving experience for some.
  • While the Eclipse Cross offers reasonable fuel efficiency, some owners have reported real-world consumption figures that are higher than the official claims.
  • On rougher roads, the suspension setup might feel a bit firm for some occupants, leading to a less-than-ideal ride comfort.
  • Poor Fuel Economy, often caused by issues like a faulty oxygen sensor, fuel pump, or clogged air filter​.
  • Issues like faulty wiring, battery, or alternator can cause difficulty starting the engine among other problems.
  • Owners have reported brake squealing, excessive brake pad wear, and a clunky suspension.
  • Transmission issues in the vehicle can lead to slow acceleration, rough idling, and other performance issues.

 

Recalls:

  • March 2023 – Mitsubishi’s Mirage, ASX, Eclipse Cross, Outlander, Pajero, Pajero Sport, Triton, and Express (2020 – 2022) were sold without necessary button/coin battery warnings, affecting 7,468 units.

Interior:

  • Some owners have noted that the infotainment system can sometimes be non-intuitive, with the touchpad controller being particularly finicky. It may require more effort to navigate than some competing systems.
  • Some critics and users felt that the interior materials, especially in the base models, weren’t up to the mark when compared to some of the competition. There were reports of rattles and creaks developing over time.
  • While the Eclipse Cross is decently spacious for front passengers, the rear can be a bit tight, especially for taller passengers. The sloping roofline might also compromise headroom for some.
  • The split-rear window design, while stylish, has been a point of contention. It can compromise rear visibility, making it a bit challenging for some drivers, especially in tight parking scenarios.
  • Faulty components can cause the AC system to blow warm air or fail.

 

Mechanically:

  • There have been occasional reports about the Eclipse Cross’s engine feeling underpowered, especially during overtaking on highways. The CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) can also feel unresponsive at times, leading to a lacklustre driving experience for some.
  • While the Eclipse Cross offers reasonable fuel efficiency, some owners have reported real-world consumption figures that are higher than the official claims.
  • On rougher roads, the suspension setup might feel a bit firm for some occupants, leading to a less-than-ideal ride comfort.
  • Poor Fuel Economy, often caused by issues like a faulty oxygen sensor, fuel pump, or clogged air filter​.
  • Issues like faulty wiring, battery, or alternator can cause difficulty starting the engine among other problems.
  • Owners have reported brake squealing, excessive brake pad wear, and a clunky suspension.
  • Transmission issues in the vehicle can lead to slow acceleration, rough idling, and other performance issues.

 

Recalls:

  • March 2023 – Mitsubishi’s Mirage, ASX, Eclipse Cross, Outlander, Pajero, Pajero Sport, Triton, and Express (2020 – 2022) were sold without necessary button/coin battery warnings, affecting 7,468 units.

Should you buy it?

Buying a used Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross might appeal to those who are after a well-equipped, decent driving sporty aesthetic. The Eclipse Cross comes with a great set of standard features and safety tech and a number of owners have positive feedback about their experience. However, it’s not without its drawbacks. The fuel efficiency is below average, despite Mitsubishi’s claims, and the split tailgate design significantly hampers rear visibility.

There’s also a few reliability issues to consider, which could require visits to the mechanic. Additionally, the 5-year warranty offering falls short when stacked against the more competitive warranties offered by Hyundai and Kia.

Buying a used Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross might appeal to those who are after a well-equipped, decent driving sporty aesthetic. The Eclipse Cross comes with a great set of standard features and safety tech and a number of owners have positive feedback about their experience. However, it’s not without its drawbacks. The fuel efficiency is below average, despite Mitsubishi’s claims, and the split tailgate design significantly hampers rear visibility.

There’s also a few reliability issues to consider, which could require visits to the mechanic. Additionally, the 5-year warranty offering falls short when stacked against the more competitive warranties offered by Hyundai and Kia.

Should you buy it?

Buying a used Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross might appeal to those who are after a well-equipped, decent driving sporty aesthetic. The Eclipse Cross comes with a great set of standard features and safety tech and a number of owners have positive feedback about their experience. However, it’s not without its drawbacks. The fuel efficiency is below average, despite Mitsubishi’s claims, and the split tailgate design significantly hampers rear visibility.

There’s also a few reliability issues to consider, which could require visits to the mechanic. Additionally, the 5-year warranty offering falls short when stacked against the more competitive warranties offered by Hyundai and Kia.

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What is the car's build year?

2020

Loan Amount

$5,000

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$30

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Models, pricing & features

2017-2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross-12

LS

Price when new: $30,500 - $31,990

Price used: $22,300 - $28,000

Equipment

  • 18″ Alloy Wheels
  • 6 Speaker Stereo
  • ABS (Antilock Brakes)
  • Adjustable Steering Col. – Tilt & Reach
  • Air Cond. – Climate Control
  • Air Conditioning – Pollen Filter
  • Airbag – Driver
  • Airbag – Knee Driver
  • Airbag – Passenger
  • Airbag – Side Driver
  • Airbag – Side Front Passenger
  • Airbags – Head for 1st Row Seats (Front)
  • Airbags – Head for 2nd Row Seats
  • Alarm
  • Armrest – Front Centre (Shared)
  • Armrest – Rear Centre (Shared)
  • Audio – AAC Decoder
  • Audio – Aux Input USB Socket
  • Audio – MP3 Decoder
  • Audio Decoder – WMA
  • Bluetooth System
  • Body Colour – Exterior Mirrors Partial
  • Bottle Holders – 1st Row
  • Bottle Holders – 2nd Row
  • Brake Assist
  • Brake Emergency Display – Hazard/Stoplights
  • Camera – Rear Vision
  • Central Locking – Key Proximity
  • Central Locking – Remote/Keyless
  • Chrome Door Handles – Interior
  • Chrome Grille
  • Chrome Rear Garnish
  • Chrome Ringed Instruments
  • Chrome Window Surrounds – Exterior
  • Collision Mitigation – Forward (High speed)
  • Collision Mitigation – Forward (Low speed)
  • Collision Warning – Forward
  • Control – Electronic Stability
  • Control – Park Distance Front
  • Control – Park Distance Rear
  • Control – Traction
  • Cruise Control
  • Cup Holders – 1st Row
  • Cup Holders – 2nd Row
  • Daytime Running Lamps – LED
  • Disc Brakes Front Ventilated
  • Disc Brakes Rear Solid
  • Door Pockets – 1st row (Front)
  • EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution)
  • Engine Immobiliser
  • Fog Lamps – Front
  • Footrest – Drivers
  • Gear Shift Paddles behind Steering Wheel
  • Gloss Finish – Bumper Inserts
  • Headlamp – High Beam Auto Dipping
  • Headlamps – Halogen
  • Headlamps Automatic (light sensitive)
  • Headrests – Adjustable 1st Row (Front)
  • Headrests – Adjustable 2nd Row x3
  • Hill Holder
  • Keyless Start:- Key/FOB Proximity related
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Gear Boot/ Gaiter
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Map/Reading Lamps – for 1st Row
  • Metallic Finish Exterior Highlights
  • Multi-function Control Screen – Colour
  • Multi-function Steering Wheel
  • Park Brake – Electric
  • Parking Assist – Graphical Display
  • Power Door Mirrors – Folding
  • Power Door Mirrors – Heated
  • Power Steering – Electric Assist
  • Power Windows – Front & Rear
  • Radio – Digital (DAB+)
  • Rain Sensor (Auto wipers)
  • Rear Windows – Extra Dark/Privacy
  • Rear Wiper/Washer
  • Roof Rails
  • Seat – Height Adjustable Driver
  • Seat – Rear Slide Adjustment
  • Seatback Pocket – Front Passenger Seat
  • Seatbelt – Adjustable Height 1st Row
  • Seatbelt – Load Limiters 1st Row (Front)
  • Seatbelt – Pretensioners 1st Row (Front)
  • Seatbelts – Lap/Sash for 5 seats
  • Seats – 2nd Row Reclining
  • Seats – 2nd Row Split Fold
  • Smart Device App Display/Control
  • Smart Device Integration – Android Auto
  • Smart Device Integration – Apple CarPlay
  • Spoiler – Rear Roof Mounted
  • Starter Button
  • Storage Compartment – Centre Console 1st Row
  • Trim – Cloth
  • Voice Recognition

 

MY19 update

  • Illuminated – Switch Panel (Window/ Locking)

Exceed

Price when new: $36,000 - $36,690

Price used: $26,600 - $33,100

Adds

  • Air Cond. – Climate Control 2 Zone
  • Blind Spot Sensor
  • Camera – Front Vision
  • Camera – Side Vision
  • Cruise Control – Distance Control
  • Electric Seat – Drivers
  • Headlamps – Electric Level Adjustment
  • Headlamps – LED
  • Heated Seats – 1st Row
  • Information Display – Head Up
  • Leather Seats – Partial
  • Rear View Mirror – Electric Anti Glare
  • Seatback Pocket – Front Driver Seat
  • Sunroof – Electric
  • Warning – Rear Cross Traffic (when reversing)

ES

Price when new: $29,990

Price used: $21,700 - $25,900

Adds

  • 12V Socket(s) – Auxiliary
  • Airbags – Side for 1st Row Occupants (Front)
  • Body Colour – Rear Garnish
  • Front Stabiliser
  • Grab Handle – Drivers Side
  • Grab Handle – Passengers Side
  • Grab Handles – 2nd Row
  • Grille – Black
  • Intermittent Wipers – Variable
  • Leather Hand Brake Lever
  • Rear Stabiliser
  • Spare Wheel – Steel Rim Only
  • Storage Compartment – In Cargo Area

 

MY19 update

  • Body Colour – Door Handles
  • Continuously Variable Transmission
  • Demister – 2nd Row Side Window
  • Door Pockets – 2nd row (rear)
  • Leather Gear Knob
  • Spare Wheel – Space Saver/Temporary
  • Speed Limiter

 

MY20 update

  • 4 Speaker Stereo
  • Carpeted – Cabin Floor
  • Central Locking – Once Mobile
  • Power Door Mirrors
  • Speed Dependant Wipers

Black Edition

Price when new: $31,490 - $31,690

Price used: $22,700 - $26,700

Adds

  • Coloured Door Mirrors
  • Skid Plate – Front

Tech specs

Body Styles

  • 5 door Wagon

Engine Specs

  • 1.5 litre, 4-cylinder turbo petrol, 110kW / 250Nm (All Models)

Transmission

  • 8-speed Constantly Variable Transmission (All Models)

Fuel Consumption

  • 6.5 – 9.8 / 100km (LS, Exceed)
  • 6.2 – 9.2 / 100km (ES, Black Edition)

Length

  • 4405mm (All Models)

Width

  • 1805mm (All Models)

Height

  • 1685mm (All Models)

Wheelbase

  • 2670mm (All Models)

Kerb Weight

  • 1490kg – 1555kg (All Models)

Towing

  • 750kg (unbraked) – 1600kg (braked) (All Models)

Ancap Ratings

  • 5 stars, tested 2017 (All Models)

Body Styles

  • 5 door Wagon

Engine Specs

  • 1.5 litre, 4-cylinder turbo petrol, 110kW / 250Nm (All Models)

Transmission

  • 8-speed Constantly Variable Transmission (All Models)

Fuel Consumption

  • 6.5 – 9.8 / 100km (LS, Exceed)
  • 6.2 – 9.2 / 100km (ES, Black Edition)

Length

  • 4405mm (All Models)

Width

  • 1805mm (All Models)

Height

  • 1685mm (All Models)

Wheelbase

  • 2670mm (All Models)

Kerb Weight

  • 1490kg – 1555kg (All Models)

Towing

  • 750kg (unbraked) – 1600kg (braked) (All Models)

Ancap Ratings

  • 5 stars, tested 2017 (All Models)

Body Styles

  • 5 door Wagon

Engine Specs

  • 1.5 litre, 4-cylinder turbo petrol, 110kW / 250Nm (All Models)

Transmission

  • 8-speed Constantly Variable Transmission (All Models)

Fuel Consumption

  • 6.5 – 9.8 / 100km (LS, Exceed)
  • 6.2 – 9.2 / 100km (ES, Black Edition)

Length

  • 4405mm (All Models)

Width

  • 1805mm (All Models)

Height

  • 1685mm (All Models)

Wheelbase

  • 2670mm (All Models)

Kerb Weight

  • 1490kg – 1555kg (All Models)

Towing

  • 750kg (unbraked) – 1600kg (braked) (All Models)

Ancap Ratings

  • 5 stars, tested 2017 (All Models)

Warranty & servicing

Warranty

  • 5 years / 100,000 km (All Models)

Servicing

  • 15,000 km / 12 months (All Models)

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