2019 Nissan Kicks vs. 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Kicks and the Eclipse Cross 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, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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

There are over 3 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Mitsubishi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Kicks’ warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 26 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 Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 40 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 26th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

Kicks

 

FWD

1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

31 city/36 hwy

Eclipse Cross

 

FWD

ES 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

Tires and Wheels

The Kicks S’ standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Eclipse Cross ES’ standard 70 series tires.

The Kicks has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

The Kicks has vehicle 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.

The Kicks SR handles at .83 G’s, while the Eclipse Cross SE AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Kicks’ turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Eclipse Cross AWD’s (34.1 feet vs. 34.8 feet). The Kicks’ turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Eclipse Cross ES’ (34.1 feet vs. 35 feet).

Chassis

The Nissan Kicks may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 850 pounds less than the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

The Kicks is 4.3 inches shorter than the Eclipse Cross, making the Kicks easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Kicks has 1.2 inches more front headroom, 2.8 inches more front legroom and 1.2 inches more rear headroom than the Eclipse Cross.

Cargo Capacity

The Kicks has a much larger cargo volume than the Eclipse Cross with its rear seat up (25.3 vs. 22.6 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Kicks SV/SR 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 climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Kicks’ front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Eclipse Cross’ passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Kicks 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.

The Kicks 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.

Recommendations

The Nissan Kicks outsold the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross by 87% during the 2018 model year.

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