The 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: This Value Brand Delivers Even More for the Money

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Mitsubishi wants to make you look, and the Eclipse Cross will do the trick.

Here’s the thing about Mitsubishi: these are inexpensive workhorses that get the job done and last practically forever. For the price, they are hard to beat. 

However, their competitors have largely been doing just that—on design, price, features and more. Therefore, Mitsubishi came to the 2022 market with redesigned SUVs ready to take on the competition. 

The first to make its debut was the 2022 Eclipse Cross. It’s a compact SUV with seating for 5, all-wheel drive. Additionally, our test model had premium features like leather seats, a panoramic sunroof and head-up display. Shoppers who are looking at the Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V or Mazda CX-5 will need to take a pause to consider the Eclipse Cross. 

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Mitsubishi Eclipse before (left) and after (right) the 2022 redesign. Photo: Scotty Reiss

More Modern and Classic Design Details for 2022

In the redesigned Eclipse Cross, Mitsubishi did three key things: First, the design team smoothed out the lines of the rear tailgate. This gave it a more conventional SUV look. Then, they added premium features. Last, they updated the front of the SUV with Mitsubishi’s new design language: a bold grille framed by stacked lights and accented by running lights that wrap around the front corners of the car. The effect is distinct. While it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, I found the look grew on me throughout my test drive. 


Also, they added a head-up display and dual-panel sunroof. Each panel has its own retractable screen, so rear seat passengers can open or close it as they please. Swipe to see how this works. 


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Priced to Compete

Starting at about $24,500 and topping out at about $34,000 including destination charges, this 1.5L 4-cylinder turbo AWD with 152 horsepower packs a lot of details for the price.

The 2022 model was only partially made over, adding popular features and responding to customer feedback on others. Overall, the look isn’t radically different. Still, the Eclipse Cross has been a classically shaped SUV for a while and has always included some nice features for the price.

The changes in the lift gate include adding two distinct tail lights and a solid gate. They removed the glass panel below the tail light bar. The company hopes this look will have more universal appeal. 

Test Driving the Eclipse Cross

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The view of the front cabin in the Mitsubishi Eclipse. Photo: Scotty Reiss

The front cabin has a classic compact SUV look. Technology includes a touch screen, Apple CarPlay you can access via one of the two USB ports, a drive mode selector and steering wheel controls.

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The drive mode selector lets you pick normal, gravel or snow. Photo: Scotty Reiss

The drive mode selector is front and center next to the gear shifter. It allows you to choose between normal, gravel and snow. I liked the traditional iconography. The locking differential symbol lets you know you can get traction with all four wheels.

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The command center includes a cubby for a phone, two USB ports and eco mode. Photo: Scotty Reiss

For Eco mode, push a button on the console under the climate control panel. Our test model also included a heated steering wheel, a must in Michigan winters.

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The Mitsubishi Eclipse’s headlights are stacked with fog lights for a new look. Photo: Scotty Reiss

The new look of the Eclipse Cross’s front end includes a more hourglass-shaped grille, stacked headlights and fog lights and daytime running lights that wrap from the front to the sides of the car, drawing your eye along the car’s silhouette. Plus, it looks especially pretty in the Diamond Red paint color.

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The rear seat is pretty roomy in the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. Photo: Scotty Reiss

The rear seats are roomy enough to be comfortable. Rear seat passengers have cup holders in the armrest, climate control and a 12V power port.

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The light gray leather and dual pane sunroof give the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross a refined feel. Photo: Scotty Reiss

Oh, this light gray leather! The first time you open the door to climb in you’ll be smitten. It’s really pretty and gives the cabin a light, airy feel. Unfortunately, it’s only available on the top-of-the-line SEL edition.

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The cargo area in the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. Photo: Scotty Reiss

The Eclipse Cross is 5” longer than its predecessor, which gives it an additional cubic foot of cargo space. Under the cargo floor is a full-size spare tire.

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Mitsubishi calls its AWD super all wheel control. Photo: Scotty Reiss

The AWD system, called Super All Wheel Control, is a $1,600 upgrade. Of course, it’s good to have no matter what name they give it. 

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Yes, I went to Hell to test drive this car. It was worth it. Photo: Scotty Reiss

My trip took me to Hell, Michigan. No joke. And while I thought it was funny, I was really surprised to see it through the sunroof!

Disclosure: I was Mitsubishi’s guest for this test drive; all Covid protocols were followed, masks were worn, tests were negative, interactions were done safely and opinions are my own.

Journalist, entrepreneur and mom. Expertise includes new cars, family cars, 3-row SUVs, child passenger car seats and automotive careers... More about Scotty Reiss