2019 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid vs. 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Rav4 Hybrid (except LE) offers optional Rear Cross-Traffic Braking which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Rav4 Hybrid. But it costs extra on the Eclipse Cross.

Both the Rav4 Hybrid 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, 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, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The Rav4 Hybrid’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Eclipse Cross’ (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Rav4 Hybrid 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 Rav4 Hybrid’s warranty.

Reliability

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.

Engine

The Rav4 Hybrid’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 67 more horsepower (219 vs. 152) than the Eclipse Cross’ 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid is faster than the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross:

 

Rav4 Hybrid

Eclipse Cross

Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

9.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

17.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.4 MPH

78.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Rav4 Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Eclipse Cross:

 

 

 

MPG

Rav4 Hybrid

 

AWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. Hybrid

41 city/37 hwy

Eclipse Cross

 

FWD

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

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Rav4 Hybrid’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Eclipse Cross:

 

Rav4 Hybrid

Eclipse Cross

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.6 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Rav4 Hybrid has larger tires than the Eclipse Cross (225/65R17 vs. 215/70R16).

The Rav4 Hybrid LE/XLE’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.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Rav4 Hybrid LE/XLE has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Eclipse Cross ES.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Rav4 Hybrid is 2.3 inches wider in the front and 3 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Eclipse Cross.

The Rav4 Hybrid XSE handles at .75 G’s, while the Eclipse Cross SEL AWD pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Rav4 Hybrid XSE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Eclipse Cross SEL AWD (28.4 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

Chassis

The front grille of the Rav4 Hybrid 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 Rav4 Hybrid has 4.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Eclipse Cross (98.9 vs. 94.6).

The Rav4 Hybrid has .1 inches more front legroom, 1.3 inches more front hip room, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, 2.2 inches more rear headroom, 2.5 inches more rear legroom and 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Eclipse Cross.

Cargo Capacity

The Rav4 Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Eclipse Cross with its rear seat up (37.6 vs. 22.6 cubic feet). The Rav4 Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Eclipse Cross with its rear seat folded (69.8 vs. 48.9 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Rav4 Hybrid (except LE) offers an optional power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or, optionally on the Rav4 Hybrid Limited, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

The Rav4 Hybrid’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Eclipse Cross’ (1750 vs. 1500 pounds).

Ergonomics

The Rav4 Hybrid offers a 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.

When different drivers share the Rav4 Hybrid Limited, the memory seats make it convenient. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer memory seats.

The Rav4 Hybrid’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 Rav4 Hybrid 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.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Rav4 Hybrid Limited offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Rav4 Hybrid Limited keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Rav4 Hybrid 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.

Both the Rav4 Hybrid and the Eclipse Cross offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Rav4 Hybrid 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.

Recommendations

The Toyota Rav4 outsold the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross by over 75 to one during the 2018 model year.

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