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2018 Kia Niro vs Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

2018 Kia Niro vs Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Mitsubishi has rolled out a new Eclipse, no relation to the old sports car of the same name. This new vehicle is the Eclipse Cross and it is a sport utility vehicle that, well, isn't actually that sporty. To put it through its paces, we're comparing the new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross to another compact SUV: the 2018 Kia Niro. We'll see which one comes out on top.

Styling and First Impressions

Kira Niro Exterior

The Kia Niro is like a smaller version of the Kia Sportage. Part car, part SUV in design, its design is all flowing contours and sharp creases. We especially love the signature spoiler that partly shades the back window. The Niro is attractive in any of its available colors, but looks especially cool in our favorite: Cerulean Blue. Overall, it looks cute, chic, and like it's got some zoom.

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is also beautiful, especially in eye-popping Red Diamond accentuated by black grille and roofline. The front end sits lower than the back, creating an air of being poised for action, and the angled design of the windows and doors accentuate this focus on the road. The overall impression is one of bold sportiness.

Step Inside

Niro Interior

Both the Niro and Eclipse Cross seat five. They have almost exactly the same exterior dimensions, so interior dimensions will probably be the same give or take an inch or two. But the Niro is a better fit in terms of the finer details. The Niro's display sits high in the center console while that of the Eclipse hovers above the dash on a retractable glass surface. We really like the Niro's physical buttons and knobs that contribute to quick, effective changes in volume and scrolling through options. On the other hand, the Eclipse Cross has an innovative touchpad next to the gear shift. That might keep your hands off the screen, which is too high anyway, but there's a disconnect and many critics found it unintuitive and laggy. Time will tell if this system becomes the new thing or it goes the way of the dino.

There's plenty of cargo capacity in the Eclipse but it sits pretty high and the 60-40 folding seats don't lie all the way flat. The Kia Niro is a little lower and there's a lip you'll have to deal with when folding the back seats down, but otherwise the seats lie flat. Unlike most hybrids, the Niro's battery pack doesn't protrude into the cargo space.

While both the Kia Niro and Mitsubishi Eclipse have attractive exteriors, we much prefer the interior of the Niro. A pretty face is nice, but it's what's on the inside that counts. Fortunately, the Niro has both going for it.

Current Inventory

There are currently no New 2018 Kia Niro EX 4dr Crossover in inventory

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