Torque news has become a fan of the Mitsubishi line of crossovers after having tested every one Mitsubishi makes for the U.S. market. The Outlander, Outlander Sport, and new Eclipse Cross all share many of the same features. Two of them, the Eclipse Cross and Outlander Sport are also almost identical in size. We break down the similarities and differences for those shoppers who may be considering one or the other.
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross vs. Outlander Sport - Similarities
Both of these two subcompact crossovers have almost the same dimensions. The Eclipse Cross is a smidge longer. They have the same wheelbase and tracks, which leads us to think they are basically identical under the skin. Inside, the Ecplise Cross has 94.6 cubic feet of passenger space compared to 97.5 for the Outlander Sport. The Eclipse Cross has 22.6/48.9 cubic feet of cargo with the rear seats up/down vs. 21.7/49.5 for the Outlander Sport. So they are very close inside as well as out.
Our SEL trims both had great content including Android Auto and Apple Car Play compatibility, leather-trimmed seats, a moonroof (the Eclipse Cross has a larger one), and many amenities an upscale trim would justify. They look very similar inside.
They also feel the same when driven. Wearing the same tires on the same size rims, they both are a bit tippy feeling compared to some of the more car-based compact crossovers we have driven. Not in a bad way, but you know this is a crossover, not a car. Acceleration feels good in both. Both handle bumps very well, and both had AWD.
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross vs. Outlander Sport - Differences
Although the styling is different outside, the grills and rear 3/4 sections are not the same, at a glance they look alike. The Eclipse Cross is a bit more flashy, though it looks like a Pontiac Aztec from the rear.
The new Eclipse Cross uses a small turbocharged engine and CVT, the Outlander Sport uses a 2.4-liter non-turbo engine and CVT. Both are rated at 25 MPG Combined by FuelEconomy.gov, and both feel the same to us. The turbo may have an edge in some situations, but the 2.4-liter engine has been proven to be reliable.
The one major difference inside is the infotainment system. The new Eclipse Cross uses a mouse trackpad we did no like and never really figured out in a week of use. The Outlander Sport uses a touch-screen that we find to be very easy to live with. Both have the same size screen (7 inches).
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross vs. Outlander Sport - Safety
IIHS.org found a few areas for improvement in the Outlander Sport. It did not score Good on the small frontal overlap tests. Perhaps the newer Eclipse Cross will do better, but it is untested at this time.
Take your pick based on taste and looks, but the Eclipse Cross SEL had an MSRP of $ 32,310 and the Outlander Sport SEL rang in at 29,110.