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Moving From Mitsubishi’s Outlander Sport to the Smaller-engined Eclipse Cross Won’t Pay Off At the Pumps

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All-New Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Compact SUV - Image: Mitsubishi

One’s an historic mannequin that continues to promote in vital numbers; the different’s a reasonably radically styled new mannequin in the similar compact crossover phase. Collectively, the Outlander Sport (RVR in Canada) and Eclipse Cross make up two-thirds of Mitsubishi’s utility vehicle lineup.

It appears these two rivalrous siblings — separated by $2,900 and a number of powertrain variations — will share the similar phase for a while to come, as there presently isn’t a subsequent-era Outlander Sport in the pipe. We’d wait almost three years earlier than one seems. In the meantime, anybody prepared to shell out much less dough for a two-row Outlander Sport can anticipate to save money on gasoline, as nicely.

It might have the smaller engine of the two, the Eclipse Cross has the biggest thirst.

In accordance to figures launched by the Environmental Safety Company, the 2018 Eclipse Cross, powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder (making 152 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque) delivers 26 miles per gallon, mixed, in entrance-wheel-drive guise. Metropolis fuel financial system is 25 mpg and freeway, 28 mpg.

Including 4-wheel drive boosts the Eclipse Cross’ thirst, decreasing financial system to 25 mixed/25 metropolis/26 freeway. In both variant, the solely transmission is a regularly variable automated.

In distinction, the Outlander Sport, powered by a naturally aspirated 4-cylinder in base trim, charges an MPG determine of 27 mixed/24 metropolis/30 freeway in entrance-drive guise. This determine applies to the CVT-outfitted model (a 5-velocity guide is standard on solely this trim). Outlander Sports activities with all-wheel traction nonetheless price a 26 mixed/23 metropolis/29 freeway determine.

Clearly, the Eclipse Cross’ small-displacement turbo and larger torque pays dividends in the metropolis, whereas the Outlander Sport turns teetotaller on the open street. Nonetheless, one stays the clear winner in combined driving. Truly, even consumers of a 4-wheel-drive Outlander Sport with elective 2.four-liter engine stand to get equivalent mileage as the 1.5-liter newcomer. On this configuration, the Outlander Sport delivers 25 mixed/23 metropolis/28 freeway.

So, what provides? Not surprisingly, weight and gearing come into play right here. The smaller-engined vehicle weighs about 200 kilos greater than its sibling, which means the 1.5-liter has to work additional exhausting to shoulder the added burden. Meaning greater revs and decrease gearing. The Outlander Sport’s last drive ratio is 6.026; the Eclipse Cross’ is 6.386.

Much less displacement is not any assure of a greener vehicle.

Mitsubishi recorded its first American gross sales of the Eclipse Cross after deliveries started at the finish of February. Some forty nine of them made it onto the automaker’s month-to-month gross sales chart. General, final month proved a superb one for the model, with U.S. gross sales up 18.eight %, yr over yr.

H/T to Bozi Tatarevic, aka “Hawkeye”

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