2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross vs. 2018 Fiat 500X

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Eclipse Cross SEL has a standard Multi-View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The 500X only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Eclipse Cross and the 500X have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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 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 500X’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Mitsubishi’s powertrain warranty covers the Eclipse Cross 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than Fiat covers the 500X. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the 500X ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Eclipse Cross’ corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the 500X’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Eclipse Cross’ engine. The 500X Pop’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the 500X’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Eclipse Cross has a standard 520-amp battery. The 500X’s 500-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

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 Eclipse Cross’ reliability 40 points higher than the 500X.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mitsubishi vehicles are more reliable than Fiat vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mitsubishi 26th in reliability. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Fiat is ranked 29th.

Engine

The Eclipse Cross has more powerful engines than the 500X:

 

Torque

Eclipse Cross 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

184 lbs.-ft.

500X Pop 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

184 lbs.-ft.

500X 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

175 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is faster than the Fiat 500X 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

Eclipse Cross

500X

Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

8.7 sec

Quarter Mile

16.7 sec

16.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

83 MPH

82 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross uses regular unleaded gasoline. The 500X Pop requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Eclipse Cross S-AWC’s standard fuel tank has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the 500X (15.8 vs. 12.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Eclipse Cross FWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the 500X (16.6 vs. 12.7 gallons).

Transmission

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the 500X.

The Eclipse Cross has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The 500X doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The Eclipse Cross stops shorter than the 500X:

 

Eclipse Cross

500X

 

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

134 feet

146 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The Eclipse Cross has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the 500X; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Eclipse Cross’ wheelbase is 3.9 inches longer than on the 500X (105.1 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

The Eclipse Cross’ front to rear weight distribution is more even (58% to 42%) than the 500X’s (60.3% to 39.7%). This gives the Eclipse Cross more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the Eclipse Cross AWD’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the 500X’s (34.8 feet vs. 36.3 feet). The Eclipse Cross ES’ turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the 500X’s (35 feet vs. 36.3 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Eclipse Cross has a greater minimum ground clearance than the 500X (8.5 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Eclipse Cross to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

The Eclipse Cross has 2.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 500X (94.6 vs. 91.7).

The Eclipse Cross has .4 inches more front headroom, 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear legroom and 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the 500X.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Eclipse Cross’ rear seats recline. The 500X’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Eclipse Cross has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the 500X with its rear seat up (22.6 vs. 12.2 cubic feet). The Eclipse Cross has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the 500X with its rear seat folded (48.9 vs. 32.1 cubic feet).

Towing

The Eclipse Cross’ standard towing capacity is much higher than the 500X’s (1500 vs. 0 pounds).

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 500X doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Eclipse Cross has a standard locking fuel door. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The 500X doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Both the Eclipse Cross and the 500X 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 500X.

The Eclipse Cross SE/SEL has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The 500X doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Eclipse Cross’ standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The 500X Pop doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Eclipse Cross has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The 500X doesn’t offer rear vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Eclipse Cross SEL offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control System, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The 500X doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Eclipse Cross, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the 500X.

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