The 2023 Mitsubishi Eclipse is a compact sports car produced by Mitsubishi. The 2023 Mitsubishi Eclipse is marketed as an entry into the mid-level four-cylinder sports coupe segment. The Mitsubishi Eclipse is available in trim level 5, all front-wheel drive except the GSX, which is all-wheel drive. Mitsubishi also added a new 18-inch wheel design and standard LED headlights and fog lights. The upper SEL trim now has a body-colored lower trim, while the SE models have silver trim on the front bumper.
The turbocharged 1.5-liter engine produces 152 horsepower and is the only engine option. All-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) are standard, and acceleration is rather weak. The interior of the Eclipse Cross has many of the expected modern amenities, along with a spacious cargo compartment, but in terms of overall refinement, it lags behind competitors like the Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson, and Volkswagen Tiguan.
The 2023 Eclipse Cross’s suspension is certainly tuned for comfort, intersection fast causes cautious body roll. This softness pays off in ride quality, with the chassis remaining stable when driving on rough pavements and railway crossings. Small cracks in the road, however, transmit vibrations up through the steering wheel and seats, with rival crossovers like the Ford Escape and Kia Sportage smoothing it out better. Steering is precise and light; parking is good for maneuverability, but discouraging for back road antics.
2023 Mitsubishi Eclipse : Interior
The interior of the Eclipse is generally comfortable, but the rear seats can be cramped and the luggage space typical for a sports car can be limited. The seats are wrapped in a sleek, durable piece of fabric, and while the cushioning is more than adequate, the lack of lumbar adjustment left our backs wanting more support after spending a few hours behind the helm. The Eclipse Cross has enough cargo space for a small family, but with more than three passengers, small storage becomes scarce.
The total of 17 pieces of hand luggage, six of them behind the rear seats, with the seats folded. The rear seats fold down easily, but people with shorter trunks may have trouble reaching the release levers from the cargo area. A stroller fits easily in the trunk with all seats up. All Eclipse Cross models come standard with a touchscreen infotainment system. The Mitsubishi Eclipse models have a 7.0-inch screen, and the LE, SE, and SEL models have a larger 8.0-inch screen. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and in-dash navigation are only available with the 8.0-inch screen.
2023 Mitsubishi Eclipse : Engine
The Mitsubishi Eclipse 2023 models are traditionally offered a variety of engine options, from the fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine to the more powerful V6 engine. Eclipse’s performance is dependent on the specific model and engine choice, but generally offers a fun and engaging driving experience with responsive handling and adequate acceleration. The fuel economy results are not entirely remarkable. The EPA says the Eclipse Cross should outperform most of its competitors in the city, so consider your driving habits when making comparisons. The base ES model is the most frugal, with EPA ratings of 26 mpg city, 29 mpg highway, and 27 mpg combined. All-wheel-drive Eclipse Cross SEL test car delivered 26 mpg in our 75 mph highway fuel economy test.
2023 Mitsubishi Eclipse : Safety
The Mitsubishi 2023 Eclipse prioritizes safety with its comprehensive array of features, giving drivers peace of mind on the road. the key safety feature of the Mitsubishi Eclipse is its advanced airbag system, which includes dual front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, and side curtain airbags that provide protection in the event of a collision. Additionally, the Mitsubishi Eclipse is equipped with a stability control system that helps maintain vehicle stability and control during challenging driving conditions, such as slippery roads or sharp turns. Anti-lock brakes (ABS) are also standard, allowing for effective braking and preventing wheel lock-up during sudden stops. The 2023 Mitsubishi Eclipse also features a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) that alerts the driver if there is a significant drop in tire pressure, helping to prevent potential tire-related accidents.