"I was happy with the responsiveness of the powertrain. Combining a small four-cylinder engine (regardless of turbocharging) with a CVT can be a recipe for sluggishness, but the engine's revs happily climbed and responded to the throttle without delay. The Eclipse Cross is down on power to many of its competitors and acceleration wasn't great, but it was nevertheless refreshing to get a linear throttle response from the combo.
"Things are less positive in ride and handling. Usually, an SUV sacrifices ride for better handling or vice versa (not including the Mazda CX-5), and I would have been fine with either compromise in the Eclipse Cross. But it rode busily even on well-paved roads and exhibited body roll in the canyon roads Mitsubishi included on our drive route. The result was a weird middle ground where the Eclipse Cross didn't ride comfortably or sportily very well."
-- Brian Wong, Cars.com