Bolstered by its three-year-old partnership with Nissan, Mitsubishi introduced an exciting new model for 2019 with a venerable name — the Eclipse Cross. A far cry from the original, sporty Eclipse coupe, the Eclipse Cross is a compact crossover SUV with sharp, daring lines and high-quality interior materials. We judged it the most compelling Mitsubishi model since the Outlander arrived 14 years ago. It’s one of just a handful of models in the Mitsubishi stable: the Outlander, Outlander Sport, Mirage, Mirage G4 and Eclipse Cross.
Our first reaction to the Mercury Gray Metallic 2019 Eclipse Cross SE was positive on three levels. First, it struck us as highly precise, thanks to its quick steering and throttle response. It also marked a departure from Mitsubishi’s tendency to go cheap on things like molded plastic components and fabrics. Finally, its styling made a strong and generally favorable impression — even the split rear window, evocative of the mercifully forgotten Pontiac Aztek. People who like to drive something with a different nameplate and a different look won’t go far wrong with the Eclipse Cross.