2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross vs. 2019 Mazda CX-3

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Safety

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The Eclipse Cross SEL has a standard Multi-View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The CX-3 only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Eclipse Cross and the CX-3 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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 and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The Eclipse Cross comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The CX-3’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Mitsubishi’s powertrain warranty covers the Eclipse Cross 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Mazda covers the CX-3. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the CX-3 ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Eclipse Cross’ corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the CX-3’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mitsubishi vehicles are more reliable than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mitsubishi 20th in reliability. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 21st.

Engine

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The Eclipse Cross’ 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 4 more horsepower (152 vs. 148) and 38 lbs.-ft. more torque (184 vs. 146) than the CX-3’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Eclipse Cross AWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-3 AWD’s standard fuel tank (15.8 vs. 11.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Eclipse Cross FWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-3 FWD’s standard fuel tank (16.6 vs. 12.7 gallons).

Transmission

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The Eclipse Cross has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The CX-3 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Eclipse Cross’ brake rotors are larger than those on the CX-3:

Eclipse Cross

CX-3

Front Rotors

11.6 inches

11 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.1 inches

The Eclipse Cross stops shorter than the CX-3:

Eclipse Cross

CX-3

70 to 0 MPH

178 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

135 feet

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60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

134 feet

148 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Eclipse Cross LE/SE/SEL’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CX-3 (225/55R18 vs. 215/60R16).

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Mazda CX-3 has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Eclipse Cross has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Eclipse Cross flat and controlled during cornering. The CX-3’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Eclipse Cross’ wheelbase is 3.9 inches longer than on the CX-3 (105.1 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

Passenger Space

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The Eclipse Cross has 7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CX-3 (94.6 vs. 87.6).

The Eclipse Cross has 1.1 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front hip room, 2.7 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, .3 inches more rear legroom, 3 inches more rear hip room and 4.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the CX-3.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Eclipse Cross’ rear seats recline. The CX-3’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Eclipse Cross has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the CX-3 with its rear seat up (22.6 vs. 12.4 cubic feet). The Eclipse Cross has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the CX-3 with its rear seat folded (48.9 vs. 44.5 cubic feet).

Towing

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The Eclipse Cross has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The CX-3 has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Eclipse Cross’ standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Mazda only offers heated mirrors on the CX-3 Touring/Grand Touring.

Both the Eclipse Cross and the CX-3 offer available heated front seats. The Eclipse Cross SEL also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the CX-3.

The Eclipse Cross SE/SEL’s 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. The CX-3 doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Recommendations

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The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross outsold the Mazda CX-3 by 33% during the 2019 model year.

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