2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross vs. 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

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Safety

Both the Eclipse Cross and the Rogue Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The Eclipse Cross comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Rogue Sport’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Mitsubishi’s powertrain warranty covers the Eclipse Cross 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Nissan covers the Rogue Sport. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Rogue Sport ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Eclipse Cross’ corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Rogue Sport’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mitsubishi vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mitsubishi 20th in reliability. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 27th.

Engine

The Eclipse Cross’ 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 11 more horsepower (152 vs. 141) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (184 vs. 147) than the Rogue Sport’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Eclipse Cross S-AWC’s standard fuel tank has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Rogue Sport (15.8 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Eclipse Cross FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Rogue Sport (16.6 vs. 14.5 gallons).

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Eclipse Cross’ wheelbase is 2.2 inches longer than on the Rogue Sport (106.4 inches vs. 104.2 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Eclipse Cross 4x4’s turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the Rogue Sport’s (34.8 feet vs. 36.9 feet). The Eclipse Cross’ turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Rogue Sport’s (35 feet vs. 36.9 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Eclipse Cross has a 1.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Rogue Sport (8.5 vs. 7.4 inches), allowing the Eclipse Cross to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

The Eclipse Cross has 1.9 inches more rear legroom and 5.1 inches more rear hip room than the Rogue Sport.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Eclipse Cross’ rear seats recline. The Rogue Sport’s rear seats don’t recline.

Towing

The Eclipse Cross has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The Rogue Sport has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The Eclipse Cross SEL has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and warning light readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Eclipse Cross SE/SEL’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Rogue Sport’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

The Eclipse Cross’ standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Heated mirrors cost extra on the Rogue Sport and aren’t offered on the Rogue Sport S.

The Eclipse Cross SEL’s optional rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

Both the Eclipse Cross and the Rogue Sport offer available heated front seats. The Eclipse Cross SEL also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Rogue Sport.

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