2020 Chevrolet Trax vs. 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the Trax 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 all wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.


There are over 8 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Mitsubishi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Trax’s warranty.


The Chevrolet Trax’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Eclipse Cross’ engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Trax has a standard 525-amp battery. The Eclipse Cross’ 520-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 36 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 30th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 43 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 20th.


As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Trax is faster than the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross:


Eclipse Cross

Zero to 60 MPH

9.3 sec

9.6 sec

Quarter Mile

17.1 sec

17.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

79 MPH

78.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Brakes and Stopping

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


Eclipse Cross

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

11.6 inches

The Trax stops much shorter than the Eclipse Cross:


Eclipse Cross

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

The Trax has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Eclipse Cross’ suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Trax 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 Trax Premier AWD handles at .79 G’s, while the Eclipse Cross SE AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Trax Premier executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Eclipse Cross SEL AWD (28.2 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .56 average G’s).


The Chevrolet Trax may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 500 pounds less than the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

The Trax is 5.8 inches shorter than the Eclipse Cross, making the Trax easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Trax has .1 inches more front headroom, 1.5 inches more rear headroom and .4 inches more rear legroom than the Eclipse Cross.


The Trax LT/Premier 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 Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Trax 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 Trax has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Eclipse Cross has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SE/SEL.

The Trax LT/Premier has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.


The Chevrolet Trax outsold the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross by over 9 to one during 2018.

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