2019 Honda HR-V vs. 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the HR-V and the Eclipse Cross 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 and lane departure warning systems.

Warranty

The HR-V’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Eclipse Cross’ (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

There are almost 3 times as many Honda dealers as there are Mitsubishi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the HR-V’s warranty.

Reliability

The engine in the HR-V has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the Eclipse Cross has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the HR-V’s reliability 21 points higher than the Eclipse Cross.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 23rd in initial quality. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 26th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 33 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 26th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the HR-V gets better fuel mileage than the Eclipse Cross:

 

 

 

MPG

HR-V

 

 

 

 

FWD

1.8 SOHC 4 cyl.

28 city/34 hwy

 

AWD

LX 1.8 SOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/31 hwy

 

 

Sport/EX/EX-L/Touring 1.8 SOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/31 hwy

Eclipse Cross

 

 

 

 

FWD

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

26 city/29 hwy

 

AWD

ES 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

25 city/28 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

25 city/26 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

The HR-V stops shorter than the Eclipse Cross:

 

HR-V

Eclipse Cross

 

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

The HR-V’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Eclipse Cross ES’ standard 70 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the HR-V has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Eclipse Cross ES.

Suspension and Handling

The HR-V has variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The HR-V EX-L AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the Eclipse Cross SE AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

The Honda HR-V may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 400 pounds less than the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

The HR-V is 3 inches shorter than the Eclipse Cross, making the HR-V easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The HR-V Sport/EX/EX-L/Touring uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The HR-V has 5.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Eclipse Cross (100.1 vs. 94.6).

The HR-V has .3 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more front hip room, .6 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom and 4 inches more rear legroom than the Eclipse Cross.

Cargo Capacity

The HR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Eclipse Cross with its rear seat up (24.3 vs. 22.6 cubic feet). The HR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Eclipse Cross with its rear seat folded (58.8 vs. 48.9 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the HR-V has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Eclipse Cross only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Consumer Reports rated the HR-V’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Eclipse Cross’ headlights, which were rated “Good.”

The HR-V Touring’s standard GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Eclipse Cross’ available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Honda HR-V, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross isn't recommended.

The Honda HR-V outsold the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross by over 16 to one during the 2018 model year.

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