2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback vs. 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Corolla Hatchback has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats (WIL), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WIL system allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Corolla Hatchback has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The Corolla Hatchback’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 Corolla Hatchback 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 and available blind spot warning systems.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Corolla Hatchback the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 85 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Eclipse Cross has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Corolla Hatchback 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 Corolla Hatchback’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 Corolla Hatchback’s reliability 20 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’ 2019 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 second in reliability, above the industry average. With 50 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 20th.

Engine

The Corolla Hatchback’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 16 more horsepower (168 vs. 152) than the Eclipse Cross’ 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Toyota Corolla Hatchback is faster than the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross (automatics tested):

 

Corolla

Eclipse Cross

Zero to 30 MPH

3.4 sec

3.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.7 sec

9.9 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.4 sec

6.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16.8 sec

17.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87 MPH

80 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

Corolla Hatchback

FWD

Manual

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

28 city/37 hwy

 

Auto

SE 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

32 city/42 hwy

 

 

XSE 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

30 city/38 hwy

Eclipse Cross

FWD

Auto

ES 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

26 city/29 hwy

AWD

Auto

ES 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

25 city/28 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

25 city/26 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

The Corolla Hatchback stops shorter than the Eclipse Cross:

 

Corolla

Eclipse Cross

 

60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

132 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

134 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The Corolla Hatchback SE’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Eclipse Cross ES’ standard 70 series tires. The Corolla Hatchback XSE’s tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Eclipse Cross LE/SE/SEL’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Corolla Hatchback 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 Corolla Hatchback SE handles at .80 G’s, while the Eclipse Cross SEL AWD pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis

The Toyota Corolla Hatchback may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 450 pounds less than the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

The Corolla Hatchback is 3.5 inches shorter than the Eclipse Cross, making the Corolla Hatchback easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Corolla Hatchback is 9.2 inches shorter in height than the Eclipse Cross, making the Corolla Hatchback much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Passenger Space

The Corolla Hatchback has 1.1 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front hip room and .3 inches more rear headroom than the Eclipse Cross.

Ergonomics

The Corolla Hatchback’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 Corolla Hatchback 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 Corolla Hatchback 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.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Corolla Hatchback XSE CVT 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.

Both the Corolla Hatchback and the Eclipse Cross offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Corolla Hatchback XSE 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 Corolla Hatchback XSE CVT’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 Toyota Corolla comes in sedan, four door hatchback and station wagon bodystyles; the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross isn’t available as a sedan or four door hatchback.

Recommendations

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

The Toyota Corolla outsold the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross by over 32 to one during 2018.

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