2019 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The CX-5 has standard Whiplash-Reducing Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash-Reducing Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the CX-5 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 and lane departure warning systems.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CX-5 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 85 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Eclipse Cross has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

The CX-5’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Eclipse Cross’ (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

There are over 62 percent more Mazda dealers than there are Mitsubishi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the CX-5’s warranty.

Reliability

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 CX-5’s reliability 23 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 Mazda vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mazda 22nd in initial quality. With 11 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 Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mazda 14th in reliability. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 26th.

Engine

The CX-5’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 35 more horsepower (187 vs. 152) and 2 lbs.-ft. more torque (186 vs. 184) than the Eclipse Cross’ 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. The CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature’s standard 2.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 98 more horsepower (250 vs. 152) and 126 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 184) than the Eclipse Cross’ 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Mazda CX-5 (base engine) is faster than the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross:

 

CX-5

Eclipse Cross

Zero to 30 MPH

3.1 sec

3.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

9.9 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.4 sec

6.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16.6 sec

17.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

85 MPH

80 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CX-5 gets better fuel mileage than the Eclipse Cross:

 

 

CX-5

Eclipse Cross

 

2WD

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

25 city/31 hwy

26 city/29 hwy

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./Auto ES

4WD

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/30 hwy

25 city/28 hwy

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./Auto ES

 

 

n/a

25 city/26 hwy

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./Auto LE/SE/SEL

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the CX-5 non-turbo’s fuel efficiency. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Eclipse Cross:

 

CX-5

CX-5 Turbo

Eclipse Cross

Front Rotors

11.7 inches

12.6 inches

11.6 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the CX-5 has larger tires than the Eclipse Cross (225/65R17 vs. 215/70R16).

The CX-5 Sport/Touring’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 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 CX-5 Sport/Touring has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Eclipse Cross ES. The CX-5 Grand Touring/Signature’s 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Eclipse Cross LE/SE/SEL.

Suspension and Handling

The CX-5 has engine speed sensitive 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.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the CX-5’s wheelbase is 1.1 inches longer than on the Eclipse Cross (106.2 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the CX-5 is 2.1 inches wider in the front and 2.1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Eclipse Cross.

Passenger Space

The CX-5 has 9.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Eclipse Cross (103.8 vs. 94.6).

The CX-5 has .2 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, 2.2 inches more front hip room, .9 inches more front shoulder room, 1.7 inches more rear headroom, 4.3 inches more rear legroom and 3.3 inches more rear hip room than the Eclipse Cross.

Cargo Capacity

The CX-5 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Eclipse Cross with its rear seat up (30.9 vs. 22.6 cubic feet). The CX-5 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Eclipse Cross with its rear seat folded (59.6 vs. 48.9 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CX-5’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the CX-5 (except Sport) offers an optional power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

The CX-5’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Eclipse Cross’ (2000 vs. 1500 pounds).

Ergonomics

The CX-5 offers a 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 climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When two different drivers share the CX-5 Grand Touring/Signature, the memory seats make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer memory seats.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the CX-5 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 CX-5’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Eclipse Cross’ headlights, which were rated “Good.”

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the CX-5 Grand Touring/Signature has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the CX-5 (except Sport/Touring) 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.

Both the CX-5 and the Eclipse Cross offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the CX-5 Touring/Grand Touring/Signature has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

The CX-5 Grand Touring/Signature’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 Mazda CX-5, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross isn't recommended.

The CX-5 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” in 2018. The Eclipse Cross has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

The Mazda CX-5 outsold the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross by almost 28 to one during the 2018 model year.

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