2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross vs. 2020 Jeep Renegade

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

The Eclipse Cross’ corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Renegade’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 Renegade’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 20 points higher than the Renegade.

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 Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mitsubishi 20th in reliability. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 24th.

Engine

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The Eclipse Cross’ 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 9 lbs.-ft. more torque (184 vs. 175) than the Renegade’s optional 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is faster than the Jeep Renegade 4 cyl.:

Eclipse Cross

Renegade

Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

9.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

30.2 sec

32.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

9.2 sec

9.9 sec

Quarter Mile

16.7 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

83 MPH

81 MPH

Top Speed

118 MPH

114 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Eclipse Cross gets better fuel mileage than the Renegade:

Eclipse Cross

Renegade

2WD

n/a

22 city/30 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

n/a

21 city/29 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

25 city/28 hwy

23 city/29 hwy

1.3 4 cyl./Auto

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

25 city/26 hwy

22 city/27 hwy

1.3 4 cyl./Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Renegade with the 1.3 turbo 4 cyl. engine 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 Renegade (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 Renegade (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 Renegade doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Eclipse Cross stops shorter than the Renegade:

Eclipse Cross

Renegade

70 to 0 MPH

178 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

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 Renegade (105.1 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

The Eclipse Cross SE AWD handles at .76 G’s, while the Renegade Latitude 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Eclipse Cross AWD’s turning circle is .5 feet tighter than the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4’s (34.8 feet vs. 35.3 feet). The Eclipse Cross’ turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Renegade’s (35 feet vs. 36.3 feet).

Chassis

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For excellent aerodynamics, the Eclipse Cross has standard flush composite headlights. The Renegade has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

Passenger Space

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The Eclipse Cross has .3 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear legroom and .1 inches more rear hip room than the Renegade.

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

Cargo Capacity

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The Eclipse Cross has a much larger cargo volume than the Renegade with its rear seat up (22.6 vs. 18.5 cubic feet).

Towing

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The Eclipse Cross’ standard towing capacity is much higher than the Renegade’s (1500 vs. 0 pounds).

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 Renegade 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 Renegade doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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

Both the Eclipse Cross and the Renegade 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 Renegade.

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 $255 less than the Renegade over a five-year period.

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