2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross vs. 2019 Nissan Kicks

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Safety

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The Eclipse Cross offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Kicks doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Kicks doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Eclipse Cross SE/SEL’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Kicks doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Eclipse Cross SE/SEL has standard Mitsubishi Connect, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Kicks doesn’t offer a GPS response system, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Eclipse Cross and the Kicks 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, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross weighs 635 to 877 pounds more than the Nissan Kicks. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.

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 Kicks’ 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 Nissan covers the Kicks. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Kicks ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Eclipse Cross’ corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Kicks’ (7 vs. 5 years).

Engine

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The Eclipse Cross’ 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 30 more horsepower (152 vs. 122) and 70 lbs.-ft. more torque (184 vs. 114) than the Kicks’ 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is faster than the Nissan Kicks:

Eclipse Cross

Kicks

Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

9.7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

30.2 sec

36.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

9.2 sec

10.9 sec

Quarter Mile

16.7 sec

17.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

83 MPH

80 MPH

Top Speed

118 MPH

110 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Eclipse Cross AWD’s standard fuel tank has 5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Kicks (15.8 vs. 10.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Eclipse Cross FWD’s standard fuel tank has 5.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Kicks (16.6 vs. 10.8 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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

Eclipse Cross

Kicks

Front Rotors

11.6 inches

10.16 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

8” drums

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Only rear drums come on the Kicks. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes that work much harder than conventional brakes.

The Eclipse Cross stops much shorter than the Kicks:

Eclipse Cross

Kicks

70 to 0 MPH

178 feet

190 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

134 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Eclipse Cross has larger standard tires than the Kicks (215/70R16 vs. 205/60R16). The Eclipse Cross LE/SE/SEL’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Kicks (225/55R18 vs. 205/60R16).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Eclipse Cross LE/SE/SEL has standard 18-inch wheels. The Kicks’ largest wheels are only 17-inches.

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross’ wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Nissan Kicks only has 4 wheel lugs per wheel.

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 Nissan Kicks has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Eclipse Cross’ wheelbase is 2 inches longer than on the Kicks (105.1 inches vs. 103.1 inches).

The Eclipse Cross’ front to rear weight distribution is more even (58% to 42%) than the Kicks’ (60.8% to 39.2%). This gives the Eclipse Cross more stable handling and braking.

Passenger Space

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The Eclipse Cross has 2.1 inches more front hip room, 3.2 inches more front shoulder room, 2.1 inches more rear legroom, 2.9 inches more rear hip room and 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Kicks.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Eclipse Cross’ rear seats recline. The Kicks’ rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Eclipse Cross has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Kicks with its rear seat folded (48.9 vs. 32.3 cubic feet).

Towing

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The Eclipse Cross has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The Kicks has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Eclipse Cross SEL has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and warning light readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Kicks doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Eclipse Cross SE/SEL’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Kicks’ manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Eclipse Cross SE/SEL detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Kicks doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Eclipse Cross’ standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Nissan only offers heated mirrors on the Kicks SV/SR.

Both the Eclipse Cross and the Kicks 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 Kicks.

On extremely cold winter days, the Eclipse Cross SEL’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Kicks doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Eclipse Cross SE/SEL has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Kicks doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

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 Kicks doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

With standard voice command, the Eclipse Cross LE/SE/SEL offers the driver hands free control of the radio by simply speaking. The Kicks doesn’t offer a voice control system.

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