2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross vs. 2019 Nissan Versa Note

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Safety

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The Eclipse Cross SE/SEL has standard Forward Collision Mitigation, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Versa Note doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Eclipse Cross offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Versa Note 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 Versa Note 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 Versa Note doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Eclipse Cross SE/SEL’s blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Versa Note doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Eclipse Cross SE/SEL’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Versa Note doesn’t offer a cross-path 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 Versa Note doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Eclipse Cross and the Versa Note 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, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross weighs 781 to 1042 pounds more than the Nissan Versa Note. 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 Versa Note’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 Nissan covers the Versa Note. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Versa Note ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

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

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Eclipse Cross has a standard 520-amp battery. The Versa Note’s 470-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine

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The Eclipse Cross’ 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 43 more horsepower (152 vs. 109) and 77 lbs.-ft. more torque (184 vs. 107) than the Versa Note’s 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is faster than the Nissan Versa Note:

Eclipse Cross

Versa Note

Zero to 30 MPH

3.6 sec

4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.9 sec

10.9 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6.1 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

17.6 sec

18.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

80 MPH

78.7 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 Versa Note (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 Versa Note (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 Versa Note:

Eclipse Cross

Versa Note

Front Rotors

11.6 inches

10.02 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 Versa Note. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes that work much harder than conventional brakes.

The Eclipse Cross stops shorter than the Versa Note:

Eclipse Cross

Versa Note

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

135 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

134 feet

149 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Eclipse Cross has larger standard tires than the Versa Note (215/70R16 vs. 185/65R15). The Eclipse Cross LE/SE/SEL’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Versa Note (225/55R18 vs. 195/55R16).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Eclipse Cross ES has standard 16-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Versa Note. The Eclipse Cross LE/SE/SEL’s 18-inch wheels are larger than the 16-inch wheels on the Versa Note SR.

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross’ wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Nissan Versa Note 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 Versa Note 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 2.7 inches longer than on the Versa Note (105.1 inches vs. 102.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Eclipse Cross is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 2.2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Versa Note.

Passenger Space

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The Eclipse Cross has 4.5 inches more front hip room, 4.5 inches more front shoulder room, 3.2 inches more rear hip room and 3.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Versa Note.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Eclipse Cross’ rear seats recline. The Versa Note’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 Versa Note with its rear seat up (22.6 vs. 18.8 cubic feet). The Eclipse Cross has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Versa Note with its rear seat folded (48.9 vs. 38.3 cubic feet).

Towing

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The Eclipse Cross has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The Versa Note has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Eclipse Cross has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Versa Note doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

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 Versa Note doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Eclipse Cross’ standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted. Power windows are only available on the Versa Note SV/SR.

The Eclipse Cross’ driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Versa Note SV/SR’s power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

The Eclipse Cross’ standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over, or reaching to the back seat. Power locks are only available on the Versa Note SV/SR.

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 Versa Note’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Consumer Reports rated the Eclipse Cross’ headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Versa Note’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The Eclipse Cross SE/SEL has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Versa Note doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

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 Versa Note 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 Versa Note SL.

The Eclipse Cross’ power mirror controls are mounted on the door for easy access. The Versa Note’s power mirror controls are on the dash where they are possibly hidden by the steering wheel and are awkward to manipulate.

Both the Eclipse Cross and the Versa Note 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 Versa Note.

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 Versa Note doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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 Versa Note doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The Eclipse Cross’ standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Versa Note doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Eclipse Cross has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Versa Note doesn’t offer rear vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Eclipse Cross SEL offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control System, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Versa Note doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Eclipse Cross owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Eclipse Cross will cost $1180 to $2035 less than the Versa Note over a five-year period.

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