2019 Lexus UX Series vs. 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The UX Series offers optional Parking Support Brake which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the UX Series and the Eclipse Cross have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The UX Series’ corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Eclipse Cross’ (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 26th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus first in reliability, above the industry average. With 74 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 26th.

Engine

The UX 200’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 17 more horsepower (169 vs. 152) than the Eclipse Cross’ 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. The UX 250h’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 23 more horsepower (175 vs. 152) than the Eclipse Cross’ 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the UX Series gets better fuel mileage than the Eclipse Cross:

 

 

UX Series

Eclipse Cross

 

2WD

200/Auto

29 city/37 hwy

26 city/29 hwy

1.5 Turbo/Auto

4WD

 

n/a

25 city/28 hwy

1.5 Turbo/Auto ES

 

250h/Auto

41 city/38 hwy

25 city/26 hwy

1.5 Turbo/Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the UX Series Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the UX Series’ front brake rotors are larger than those on the Eclipse Cross:

 

UX Series

Eclipse Cross

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.6 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the UX Series has larger tires than the Eclipse Cross (225/50R18 vs. 215/70R16).

The UX Series’ tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Eclipse Cross ES’ standard 70 series tires. The UX Series’ tires are lower profile than the Eclipse Cross LE/SE/SEL’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the UX Series has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Eclipse Cross ES.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the UX Series can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the UX Series’ turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Eclipse Cross AWD’s (34.2 feet vs. 34.8 feet). The UX Series’ turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Eclipse Cross ES’ (34.2 feet vs. 35 feet).

Passenger Space

The UX Series has 1.2 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front hip room and .3 inches more rear hip room than the Eclipse Cross.

Cargo Capacity

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the UX Series’ available liftgate can be opened just by a gesture, leaving your hands completely free. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lexus service is better than Mitsubishi. J.D. Power ranks Lexus third in service department satisfaction. With a 52% lower rating, Mitsubishi is ranked 21st.

Ergonomics

The UX Series has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The UX Series’ optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The UX Series has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Eclipse Cross has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SE/SEL.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the UX Series F SPORT has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the UX Series keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The UX Series’ available 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.

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