2019 Nissan Versa Note vs. 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the Versa Note 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, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.


The Versa Note’s 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 Versa Note’s warranty.


J.D. Power and Associates rated the Versa Note second among small cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Eclipse Cross isn’t in the top three in its category.

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 Versa Note gets better fuel mileage than the Eclipse Cross ES FWD (31 city/39 hwy vs. 26 city/29 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping

The Versa Note stops shorter than the Eclipse Cross:


Versa Note

Eclipse Cross


60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The Versa Note’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.

The Versa Note (except S) offers an optional 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 Versa Note 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 Versa Note SR handles at .76 G’s, while the Eclipse Cross SEL AWD pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.


The Nissan Versa Note may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 850 to 1000 pounds less than the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

The Versa Note is 10.4 inches shorter than the Eclipse Cross, making the Versa Note easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Versa Note uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The Versa Note has 1.3 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more rear headroom and 3 inches more rear legroom than the Eclipse Cross.


To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Versa Note 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 Versa Note (except S Plus/SV)’s 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.

Model Availability

The Nissan Versa comes in sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross isn’t available as a sedan.


The Nissan Versa outsold the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross by almost 8 to one during 2018.

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