2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross vs. 2020 Chevrolet Trax

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2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

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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 Trax has a collision warning system without the crash-mitigating brake feature that could reduce stopping distances.

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

The Eclipse Cross’ corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Trax’s (7/100,000 vs. 6/100,000).

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Eclipse Cross’ reliability 12 points higher than the Trax.

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 Trax’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is faster than the Chevrolet Trax:

Eclipse Cross

Trax

Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

9.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

30.2 sec

36.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

9.2 sec

10.3 sec

Quarter Mile

16.7 sec

17.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

83 MPH

79 MPH

Top Speed

118 MPH

115 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 Trax (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 Trax (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 Trax doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Rear drums are standard on the Trax. 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 Trax:

Eclipse Cross

Trax

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

134 feet

141 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Eclipse Cross has larger standard tires than the Trax (215/70R16 vs. 205/70R16). The Eclipse Cross LE/SE/SEL’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Trax (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 Chevrolet Trax 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 Trax’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 Trax (105.1 inches vs. 100.6 inches).

The Eclipse Cross’ front to rear weight distribution is more even (58% to 42%) than the Trax’s (60.7% to 39.3%). This gives the Eclipse Cross more stable handling and braking.

The Eclipse Cross SE AWD handles at .76 G’s, while the Trax LT AWD pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Eclipse Cross AWD’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Trax’s (34.8 feet vs. 36.7 feet). The Eclipse Cross’ turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the Trax’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, 2.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear hip room and 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Trax.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Eclipse Cross’ rear seats recline. The Trax’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 Trax with its rear seat up (22.6 vs. 18.7 cubic feet). The Eclipse Cross has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Trax 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 Trax 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 Trax 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 Trax doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 Trax’s 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 Trax doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Eclipse Cross has standard extendable sun visors. The Trax doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Eclipse Cross’ standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Chevrolet only offers heated mirrors on the Trax LT/Premier.

Both the Eclipse Cross and the Trax 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 Trax.

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 Trax 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 Trax 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 Trax doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

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 Trax doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

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

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 Trax only retains 35.97% to 39.45%.

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