The 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is highly competitive in the compact SUV segment.
The average vehicle nationally starts at around $37,000. The redesigned 2022 Eclipse Cross is now available at Mitsubishi dealerships nationwide, starting at $23,695.
Mitsubishi Eclipse Exterior
Price is a big part of the car-buying decision, but so is size. The ability to hold four adults and park in a regular parking space without doing a three-point turn is priceless. The 2022 small compact SUV has gained over five inches overall length, while the wheelbase remains unchanged. The Eclipse cross now measures 179.0 inches long, 71.1 inches wide, and 66.3 (2WD) or 66.5 (S-AWC) inches high while staying 105.1 inches at the wheelbase. The Eclipse Cross also offers a maximum storage capacity of 50.1 cubic feet.
• Red Diamond
• Bronze Metallic
• White Diamond (newly available for 2022 model year)
• Lightning Blue (SE and above trims)
• Mercury Gray Metallic (SEL and above trims)
• Alloy Silver Metallic
• Labrador Black Pearl
Inside the Eclipse Cross, the interior light gray leather seat option on SEL models is color-coordinated on the door trim and a light gray leather center console armrest. Other new features include an eight-way power passenger seat on the SEL model.
A must for any car I buy is heated seats and a heated steering wheel. The driver and front passenger heated seats are standard on LE, SE, and SEL trims, and heated rear seats are available on the SEL with Touring Package. The rear seats feature a standard reclining function, which offers nine different positions.
Infotainment and Navigation
A new eight-inch Smartphone-link Display Audio (SDA) system is available on LE, SE and SEL trim. The new SDA system is two inches closer to the driver and incorporates volume and tuning knobs.
Mitsubishi Eclipse uses What3words
The first time I heard of What3words was in 2017 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). I thought it was a brilliant idea then, and I still do. Think of any three words, go to the app What3words, and type them in. It’s fun to see if the words correspond to a place on the earth. The What3words system is a global addressing system that divides the world into a grid of three-meter-by-three-meter squares; each square is assigned a unique What3words address. Instead of putting an address in and getting sent to who knows where every three meters has a different specification. It’s genius.
What3words integration is newly available on the Eclipse Cross SE and SEL. The 2022 Eclipse Cross is the first production vehicle with What3words embedded directly into its navigation system. CarPlay and Android Auto are also integrated into certain trim levels of the Eclipse.
Every 2022 Eclipse Cross receives standard advanced driver assistance systems, including standard Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) with Pedestrian Detection4 and Lane Departure Warning (LDW)5 on all trims.
Those seeking the latest safety technology will also appreciate that Automatic High Beam (AHB) assist headlamps and rain-sensing wipers are standard on LE, SE, and SEL trim levels. SE and above trims continue to offer other key safety features as standard equipment, including Blind Spot Warning (BSW) with Lane Change Assist (LCA) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).
The 2022 Eclipse Cross comes standard with the previous generation’s 1.5-liter direct-injection turbo engine that can provide 152 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 184 lb.-ft. of torque between 2,000 to 3,500 RPM.
A continuously variable transmission (CVT) comes standard on all Eclipse Cross trims.
What is Super All-Wheel Control S-AWC?
Every 2022 Eclipse Cross trim is available with Mitsubishi’s proprietary, advanced Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC)8 system, an optional upgrade for $1,600. What is S-AWC?
S-AWC enhances straight-line stability and cornering performance by precisely controlling the torque supplied to all four wheels. The S-AWC system is an integration of the vehicle dynamics control system that monitors each component around the 4WD system; Adaptive Stability Control (ASC),9 Anti-lock Brakes (ABS), and Active Yaw Control (AYC). This allows the distribution of torque to the rear wheels and between right and left wheels by additional brake force and the electronically controlled 4WD system.
Three driver-selectable modes are available – AUTO, SNOW, GRAVEL – to enhance the S-AWC performance and logic for specific driving conditions.
All of these components make up the S-AWC system, which is far more advanced than a simple 4WD system.
I drove the S-AWC SEL package that included the touring package. The starting price is $28,995.00. Adding all the extras on including $1195 for destination and handling, the total is $34,670.00.
The Touring Package added luxury and technologies, including heated rear seats, 510-watt Mitsubishi Power Sound System with eight speakers, a Head-Up Display, Forward Collision Mitigation with Pedestrian Detection and high-speed capability, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), automatically dimming electrochromic rearview mirror with HomeLink, and standard power panoramic sunroof and black roof rails.
2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Trim levels and pricing
2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross ES:
ES Super All-Wheel Control S-AWC
Starting at $25,295
ES front-wheel-drive (FWD)
Starting at $23,695
2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross LE
LE Super All-Wheel Control S-AWC
Starting at $26,645
LE front-wheel-drive (FWD)
Starting at $25,045
2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SE
SE front-wheel-drive (FWD)
Starting at $26,445
SE Super All-Wheel Control S-AWC
Starting at $28,045
2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SE Special Edition
SE Special Edition Super All-Wheel Control S-AWC
Starting at $27,545
SE Special Edition front-wheel-drive (FWD)
Starting at $25,945
2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL
SEL Super All-Wheel Control S-AWC
Starting at $29,295
SEL front-wheel-drive (FWD)
Starting at $27,695
2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL Special Edition
SEL Special Edition Super All-Wheel Control S-AWC
Starting at $28,795
SEL Special Edition front-wheel-drive (FWD)
Starting at $27,195