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Solid Safety Ratings Make 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross a Little More Likeable

2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

When we reviewed the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, we didn’t find a whole lot to like, but it’s earning more points thanks to high safety ratings. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced today that the 2019 Eclipse Cross is a Top Safety Pick, the agency’s second-highest crashworthiness designation.

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The compact SUV, which was new for 2018 and slots below the larger Outlander in the automaker’s lineup, earned a good rating in all six of IIHS’ crash tests, including driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, passenger-side small overlap, side, roof strength, and head restraints and seats evaluations.

The Eclipse Cross also earned a superior rating in front crash prevention. IIHS said the optional system successfully avoided collisions at 12 and 25 mph.

The SUV’s headlight rating precluded it from earning the higher award, Top Safety Pick Plus. The Eclipse Cross’ base halogen headlights are rated poor; its available LED headlights (on the SEL trim with the Touring Package) are rated acceptable, however.

The Eclipse Cross competes against vehicles like the Honda CR-V, which is also a Top Safety Pick for 2019, and the 2019 Toyota RAV4, which did not earn IIHS honors due to headlight grades. Of the three, however, the RAV4 is the only model to offer standard forward crash prevention across its lineup.

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