2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross vs. 2020 Buick Encore

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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 Encore offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

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 Encore only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Eclipse Cross and the Encore 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, 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 Encore’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Mitsubishi’s powertrain warranty covers the Eclipse Cross 4 years and 30,000 miles longer than Buick covers the Encore. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Encore ends after only 6 years or 70,000 miles.

The Eclipse Cross’ corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Encore’s (7 vs. 6 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 Encore’s 438-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine

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The Eclipse Cross’ 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 14 more horsepower (152 vs. 138) and 36 lbs.-ft. more torque (184 vs. 148) than the Encore’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is faster than the Buick Encore:

Eclipse Cross

Encore

Zero to 30 MPH

3.6 sec

3.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.9 sec

11 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6.1 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

17.6 sec

18.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

80 MPH

77.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Eclipse Cross AWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Encore (15.8 vs. 14 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Eclipse Cross FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Encore (16.6 vs. 14 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 Encore doesn’t offer a CVT.

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 Encore (225/55R18 vs. 215/55R18).

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 Buick Encore 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 Encore’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Eclipse Cross’ wheelbase is 4.5 inches longer than on the Encore (105.1 inches vs. 100.6 inches).

The Eclipse Cross SEL AWD handles at .74 G’s, while the Encore AWD pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Eclipse Cross SEL AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Encore AWD (29 seconds @ .56 average G’s vs. 29.6 seconds @ .54 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Eclipse Cross AWD’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Encore’s (34.8 feet vs. 36.7 feet). The Eclipse Cross’ turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the Encore’s (35 feet vs. 36.7 feet).

Passenger Space

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The Eclipse Cross has .1 inches more front legroom, 1.3 inches more front hip room, 2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.9 inches more rear hip room and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Encore.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Eclipse Cross’ rear seats recline. The Encore’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 Encore 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 Encore with its rear seat folded (48.9 vs. 48.4 cubic feet).

Towing

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The Eclipse Cross has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The Encore 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 Encore doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Eclipse Cross has a standard locking fuel door. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Encore doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 Encore doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Both the Eclipse Cross and the Encore 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 Encore.

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 Encore doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages

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The Eclipse Cross will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Eclipse Cross will retain 41.21% to 41.73% of its original price after five years, while the Encore only retains 36.57% to 40.02%.

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