2018 Ford EcoSport vs Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

2018 Ford EcoSport vs Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Small crossovers are big business right now and it's only fitting that more manufacturers are getting in on the action. In a class that's reshuffling its rankings all the time, let's check out two of the newest kids on the block. In this comparison guide, we look at the 2018 Ford EcoSport and the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

Exterior Styling: Ford EcoSport

Looks matter with small crossovers, but this area of the market appears to be where manufacturers are most inclined to take risks too. The EcoSport breaks the mold with Ford as it doesn't looks like a smaller version of one of its other crossovers. Instead, the EcoSport looks a lot like what it really is, a taller version of the Fiesta. The Eclipse Cross is an unusual model because at first glance this Mitsubishi looks great, but the more you look the less likeable the Eclipse Cross becomes. The more you take this Mitsubishi in, the more you notice the busy styling that can soon put you off the Eclipse Cross altogether.

2018 Ford Export Exterior

Interior Comfort and Quality: Ford EcoSport

The Mitsubishi is a full foot longer than the Ford, but it's hard to see what's been done with all that extra bulk when you climb inside. There is an extra 3.5 cu.-ft. of passenger volume in the Eclipse Cross, according to the stats, but it's a bit of a mystery as to where it is. The cabin of the Mitsubishi is more mundane than the interior of the EcoSport, and remarkably, there's more legroom for front and rear seat passengers inside the Ford. The Ford is also more comfortable and the quality is better, so this is an easy win in an important area for the EcoSport.

2018 Ford Export Interior

Fuel Economy: Ford EcoSport

Any vehicle with a compact tag has to be at least reasonably good on gas, and these two are both pretty good. The Mitsubishi is rated in front-wheel drive form at 25 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg combined, while all-wheel drive drops those numbers a little to 25/26/25 mpg. However, the Ford has the Eclipse Cross beat on both counts. With all-wheel the EcoSport is rated at 23 mpg in the city, 29 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg combined. Forgo the additional traction of all-wheel drive and those numbers increase to as much as 27/29/28 mpg for another Ford victory.

Verdict

With the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross it's a case of nice try, but could do better. There's no standout feature that puts the Mitsubishi ahead of its rival here, and with the attributes that really matter in this segment the 2018 Ford EcoSport just does everything that little bit better. Buyers are also asked to pay a considerable premium for the extra 12 inches of length the Mitsubishi has over the Ford, and it's hard to work out the justification for it.

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