2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross vs. 2020 Fiat 500X

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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 500X 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 500X have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 500X’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Mitsubishi’s powertrain warranty covers the Eclipse Cross 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than Fiat covers the 500X. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the 500X ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Eclipse Cross’ corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the 500X’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 500X’s 500-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

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 40 points higher than the 500X.

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 Fiat vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mitsubishi 20th in reliability. With 91 more problems per 100 vehicles, Fiat is ranked 31st.

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross uses regular unleaded gasoline. The 500X requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Eclipse Cross AWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the 500X (15.8 vs. 12.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Eclipse Cross FWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the 500X (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 500X doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Eclipse Cross stops shorter than the 500X:

Eclipse Cross

500X

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

134 feet

146 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 500X (225/55R18 vs. 215/60R17).

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Eclipse Cross’ wheelbase is 3.9 inches longer than on the 500X (105.1 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

The Eclipse Cross’ front to rear weight distribution is more even (58% to 42%) than the 500X’s (60.3% to 39.7%). This gives the Eclipse Cross more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the Eclipse Cross AWD’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the 500X’s (34.8 feet vs. 36.3 feet). The Eclipse Cross’ turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the 500X’s (35 feet vs. 36.3 feet).

Passenger Space

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The Eclipse Cross has 2.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 500X (94.6 vs. 91.7).

The Eclipse Cross has .4 inches more front headroom, 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear legroom and 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the 500X.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Eclipse Cross’ rear seats recline. The 500X’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 500X with its rear seat up (22.6 vs. 14.1 cubic feet). The Eclipse Cross has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the 500X with its rear seat folded (48.9 vs. 39.8 cubic feet).

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 500X 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 500X doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Both the Eclipse Cross and the 500X 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 500X.

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 500X 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 500X doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

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 500X Pop 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 500X doesn’t offer rear vents.

Model Availability

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The Eclipse Cross is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The 500X doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will be $3253 to $3730 less than for the Fiat 500X.

Recommendations

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The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross outsold the Fiat 500X by over six to one during the 2019 model year.

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