2020 Jeep Renegade vs. 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

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Safety

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

Both the Renegade 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 Renegade’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 Renegade’s warranty.

Reliability

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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 Renegade’s optional 1.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 25 more horsepower (177 vs. 152) and 26 lbs.-ft. more torque (210 vs. 184) than the Eclipse Cross’ 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. The Renegade’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 28 more horsepower (180 vs. 152) than the Eclipse Cross’ 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Jeep Renegade 4 cyl. is faster than the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross:

Renegade

Eclipse Cross

Zero to 60 MPH

9 sec

9.6 sec

Quarter Mile

16.9 sec

17.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

80.8 MPH

78.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Renegade FWD turbo 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Eclipse Cross ES FWD CVT (24 city/32 hwy vs. 26 city/29 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Renegade (except 2.4-liter)’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 Renegade 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 Renegade’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Eclipse Cross:

Renegade

Eclipse Cross

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.6 inches

The Renegade stops much shorter than the Eclipse Cross:

Renegade

Eclipse Cross

70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

134 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The Renegade’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 Renegade Latitude/Limited’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Eclipse Cross LE/SE/SEL’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Renegade Latitude/Limited offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Eclipse Cross’ largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Renegade 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 Renegade 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 Renegade’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.

The Renegade Sport 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 Renegade Latitude 4x4 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).

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

Chassis

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The Renegade is 6.8 inches shorter than the Eclipse Cross, making the Renegade easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Renegade (except 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.

Passenger Space

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The Renegade has 5.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Eclipse Cross (100.1 vs. 94.6).

The Renegade has 1.6 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more front hip room and 3.2 inches more rear headroom than the Eclipse Cross.

Cargo Capacity

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The Renegade has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Eclipse Cross with its rear seat folded (50.8 vs. 48.9 cubic feet).

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

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is limited to 1500 pounds. The Renegade 4x4 offers up to a 2000 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Renegade 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.

The Renegade’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 Renegade’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 Renegade 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 avoid possible obstacles, the Renegade offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Eclipse Cross doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Renegade Latitude/Trailhawk/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.

The Renegade (except Sport) 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 Renegade’s optional Parallel and 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.

Economic Advantages

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The Renegade will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Renegade will retain 45.96% to 48.34% of its original price after five years, while the Eclipse Cross only retains 41.21% to 41.73%.

Recommendations

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The Jeep Renegade outsold the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross by over 10 to one during 2018.

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