2019 Toyota C-HR vs. 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The C-HR’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the C-HR 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the C-HR for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mitsubishi doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Eclipse Cross.

There are over 3 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Mitsubishi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the C-HR’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 C-HR’s reliability 35 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 Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 17th in initial quality. With 15 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 Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 46 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 26th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the C-HR gets better fuel mileage than the Eclipse Cross ES FWD (27 city/31 hwy vs. 26 city/29 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the C-HR’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Eclipse Cross:

 

C-HR

Eclipse Cross

Front Rotors

11.75 inches

11.6 inches

The C-HR stops shorter than the Eclipse Cross:

 

C-HR

Eclipse Cross

 

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

131 feet

132 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The C-HR LE’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 C-HR XLE/Limited’s tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Eclipse Cross LE/SE/SEL’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the C-HR LE has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Eclipse Cross ES.

Suspension and Handling

The C-HR Limited handles at .81 G’s, while the Eclipse Cross SE AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The C-HR XLE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Eclipse Cross SEL AWD (28.3 seconds @ .59 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

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

Passenger Space

The C-HR has 2.6 inches more front legroom and 1 inch more rear headroom than the Eclipse Cross.

Ergonomics

The C-HR’s front and rear power windows all 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 C-HR 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 C-HR’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Eclipse Cross’ headlights, which were rated “Good.”

The C-HR 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.

The C-HR has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Eclipse Cross SE/SEL.

The C-HR Limited’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.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota C-HR, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross isn't recommended.

The Toyota C-HR outsold the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross by over five to one during 2018.

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