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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The MINI Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.
The Eclipse Cross SE/SEL’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.
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 Cooper Clubman 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.
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 Cooper Clubman 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 Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
Both the Eclipse Cross and the Cooper Clubman have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive and crash mitigating brakes.
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 Cooper Clubman’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 MINI covers the Cooper Clubman. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Cooper Clubman ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
There are almost 3 times as many Mitsubishi dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Eclipse Cross’ warranty.
The Cooper Clubman’s redline is at 7000 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The Eclipse Cross has a 6000 RPM redline.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Cooper Clubman requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Eclipse Cross AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cooper Clubman (15.8 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Eclipse Cross FWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cooper Clubman (16.6 vs. 13.2 gallons).
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 Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer a CVT.
For better maneuverability, the Eclipse Cross AWD’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Cooper Clubman’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.1 feet). The Eclipse Cross’ turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the Cooper Clubman’s (35 feet vs. 37.1 feet).
The Eclipse Cross has 2.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Cooper Clubman (94.6 vs. 92.5).
The Eclipse Cross has 1.5 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear legroom and 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cooper Clubman.
The Eclipse Cross has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Cooper Clubman with its rear seat up (22.6 vs. 17.5 cubic feet). The Eclipse Cross has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Cooper Clubman with its rear seat folded (48.9 vs. 47.9 cubic feet).
The Eclipse Cross’ liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The Cooper Clubman’s two swing out doors impair rear visibility, need a lot of clearance, and can block loading in tight quarters.
The Eclipse Cross has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The Cooper Clubman has no towing capacity.
The Eclipse Cross’ standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Cooper Clubman’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.
FAST-Key standard on the Eclipse Cross SE/SEL allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The MINI Cooper Clubman’s Comfort Access doesn’t unlock the trunk.
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 Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer extendable visors.
Both the Eclipse Cross and the Cooper Clubman 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 Cooper Clubman.
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 Cooper Clubman doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
Insurance will cost less for the Eclipse Cross owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Eclipse Cross will cost $45 to $4535 less than the Cooper Clubman over a five-year period.
IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will be $1591 to $13714 less than for the MINI Cooper Clubman.
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