The 2023 Mazda CX-5 simply offers more power than the 2023 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. Its default engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 187 horsepower, which is considerably more powerful than the Eclipse Cross’ 152-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder. But it gets better: the 2023 Mazda CX-5 is eligible for an upgrade to a larger powerplant that puts out 256 hp and 320 lb.-ft. of torque with premium fuel. The Eclipse Cross is only made with its underwhelming 1.5-liter engine.
The 2023 Mazda CX-5 has a six-speed automatic transmission, too, whereas the Eclipse Cross uses a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Many drivers prefer the feel of a conventional geared transmission – plus they are usually less expensive to repair or replace. As a final point, the 2023 Mazda CX-5 can tow up to 2,000 pounds, which is 500 lb. more than the Eclipse Cross can handle.
You might be surprised to learn that the 2023 Mazda CX-5 is slightly more efficient than its competitor considering despite the Mazda’s higher output. With the base engine, it returns 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, beating the Eclipse Cross’s highway rating of 26 mpg.
When you size up the 2023 Mazda CX-5 against the 2023 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, you’ll discover that Mazda is the more generous automaker, supplying a longer list of standard features. These desirable amenities include an adaptive front lighting system, a windshield wiper de-icer, a power liftgate, a frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror, ventilated front seats, position memory for the driver’s seat, high-quality Nappa leather upholstery, a 10.25-inch touchscreen, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, and a wireless phone charger. To top it off, the 2023 Mazda CX-5 presents 9.2 cubic feet more total cargo space than the ’23 Eclipse Cross.
Another advantage that the 2023 Mazda CX-5 has over the 2023 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is its more thorough suite of driver-assist technologies. While both of these crossovers come with forward collision warning and lane departure warning, the 2023 Mazda CX-5 also has standard blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control. The higher trims even get a surround-view monitor, front and rear parking sensors, reverse automatic emergency braking, and traffic jam assist. Not one of those sought-after features is offered on the Eclipse Cross.