2020 Jeep Cherokee vs. 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

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Safety

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The Cherokee has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk/Overland offers optional Parksense with Rear Stop that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Cherokee 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, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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

There are almost 7 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Mitsubishi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Cherokee’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Cherokee has a standard 700-amp battery. The Eclipse Cross’ 520-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

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 Cherokee’s reliability 20 points higher than the Eclipse Cross.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Jeep vehicles are better in initial quality than Mitsubishi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jeep 17th in initial quality. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mitsubishi is ranked 30th.

Engine

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The Cherokee’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 28 more horsepower (180 vs. 152) than the Eclipse Cross’ 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. The Cherokee’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 118 more horsepower (270 vs. 152) and 111 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 184) than the Eclipse Cross’ 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. The Cherokee’s optional 3.2 DOHC V6 produces 119 more horsepower (271 vs. 152) and 55 lbs.-ft. more torque (239 vs. 184) than the Eclipse Cross’ 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Jeep Cherokee is faster than the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross:

Cherokee 4 cyl.

Cherokee turbo 4 cyl.

Eclipse Cross

Zero to 60 MPH

9.5 sec

6.6 sec

9.6 sec

Quarter Mile

17.2 sec

15.2 sec

17.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

80.5 MPH

90.3 MPH

78.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Cherokee’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Cherokee has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Cherokee

Eclipse Cross

Front Rotors

13 inches

11.6 inches

The Cherokee stops much shorter than the Eclipse Cross:

Cherokee

Eclipse Cross

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Cherokee has larger standard tires than the Eclipse Cross (225/60R17 vs. 215/70R16). The Cherokee Trailhawk’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Eclipse Cross (245/65R17 vs. 225/55R18).

The Cherokee’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 Cherokee’s optional 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 Cherokee has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Eclipse Cross ES. The Cherokee’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Eclipse Cross LE/SE/SEL.

The Cherokee has a standard 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.

The Cherokee offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Eclipse Cross, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

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The Cherokee 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 Cherokee’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Cherokee’s wheelbase is 1.4 inches longer than on the Eclipse Cross (106.5 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Cherokee is 2.5 inches wider in the front and 2.6 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Eclipse Cross.

The Cherokee Limited 4x4 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 Cherokee Latitude 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the Eclipse Cross SEL AWD (27.1 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Cherokee Trailhawk has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Eclipse Cross (8.7 vs. 8.5 inches), allowing the Cherokee to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The front grille of the Cherokee (except Overland/Trailhawk) 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.

The Cherokee Overland offers available computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Cherokee has 8.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Eclipse Cross (103.5 vs. 94.6).

The Cherokee has .2 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front hip room, 1.4 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom and 5 inches more rear legroom than the Eclipse Cross.

Cargo Capacity

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The Cherokee has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Eclipse Cross with its rear seat up (27.6 vs. 22.6 cubic feet). The Cherokee has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Eclipse Cross with its rear seat folded (54.7 vs. 48.9 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Cherokee. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

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

Towing

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The Cherokee’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Eclipse Cross’ (2000 vs. 1500 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is only 1500 pounds. The Cherokee offers up to a 4500 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Cherokee 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 two different drivers share the Cherokee (except Latitude/Latitude Plus), the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, outside mirror angle and radio stations. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Cherokee’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Eclipse Cross has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

The Cherokee’s front power windows 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 Cherokee 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 Cherokee 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.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Cherokee Overland has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer cornering lights. The Cherokee Limited also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Cherokee (except Latitude/Latitude Plus) 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.

Both the Cherokee and the Eclipse Cross offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Cherokee 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 Cherokee (except Latitude/Latitude Plus)’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.

The Cherokee offers an optional 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 Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk/Overland’s optional ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports performed a comparison test in its October 2018 issue and the Jeep Cherokee Limited 4x4 won out over the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SE AWD.

The Jeep Cherokee outsold the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross by over 25 to one during 2018.

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