All-new small crossovers, like the 2018 Ford EcoSport and Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, appeal to modern drivers with their sporty cabins and fuel-efficient rides. Which of these all-new subcompact crossovers is right for you? Our comparison guide tells you everything you need to know before you make a final decision.
Comfiest Cabin: 2018 Ford EcoSport
The newest Ford SUV is our pick for cabin comfort. Inside, this five-passenger subcompact crossover impresses with its roomy, supportive seating. The mid-grade EcoSport SE provides the added benefit of dual-zone climate control, so front occupants can each adjust the temperature to their liking. The SE also provides heated front seats, keeping you cozy, even on bitterly cold winter mornings.
We like the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross's supply of head- and legroom. However, while the EcoSport rides smoothly and quietly, the Eclipse Cross ride can feel a bit harsh. On the highway, road noise is always present, which can cut down on your ability to talk with backseat passengers.
Most Technology for Your Money: 2018 Ford EcoSport
Here, the 2018 Ford EcoSport and Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross actually have a lot in common. But the EcoSport gives you the most for your money. In terms of equipment, the mid-grade EcoSport SE is similar to the mid-grade Eclipse Cross LE S-AWC. However, you'll end up spending less on the EcoSport.
We're also big fans of the EcoSport's Sync 3 infotainment system, which includes complete smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. Its responsive touchscreen and intuitive voice controls are the icing on the cake. In the Eclipse Cross, a 7-inch touchscreen comes standard on every model, but you have to upgrade to the mid-grade LE S-AWC to get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capabilities.
Top-Rated Fuel Economy: 2018 Ford EcoSport
The EcoSport leads, but not by much. With front-wheel drive, this crossover is EPA-rated for 27 city/29 highway mpg. If you prefer a little extra traction on slick surfaces, add all-wheel-drive technology to you EcoSport. Because of this equipment increases the crossover's overall weight, fuel mileage drops slightly, to 23/29 mpg.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross does almost as well, earning up to 26/29 mpg. It, too, offers all-wheel drive for safer performance on wintery roads.
Longest List of Safety Tech: 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
If you're looking for all the latest safety aids, check out the Eclipse Cross. Options like forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking actively help you stay safe. Lane departure warning keeps you on the right track. To enjoy these items, however, you need to purchase the top-trim SEL S-AWC and add the Touring package.
The EcoSport only offers one advanced driver aid: blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. As in the Eclipse Cross, you'll find blind-spot monitoring in the top two trim models. Its safety aids might be limited, but the EcoSport does come standard with basics - like antilock brakes and stability control - to help you navigate bad weather with precision.
Both of these subcompact crossovers draw you in with their modern tech features and roomy cabins, but the 2018 Ford EcoSport is our overall favorite. In addition to bringing you the most infotainment and convenience for your money, the EcoSport supplies a smooth, comfortable ride in any setting.