Two of the most efficient and cost-effective SUVs on the market provide a pretty tight comparison. One of the most difficult parts about deciding between two compact SUVs is getting past the similarities to find the contrasting specs that might make one stand out against the other. There’s some tough competition between the 2022 Toyota RAV4 and 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross in most major categories. However, the difference in most of these areas is marginal, and the Eclipse Cross holds a victory in one of the most important categories that’s rarely listed: safety. And, while this vital category may be out of sight on many comparison charts, it’s certainly not out of mind and gives the Eclipse Cross a huge advantage for many Los Angeles drivers.
One of the first things you’ll notice about the 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross vs. Toyota RAV4 is the lower price in favor of the Eclipse Cross. With a difference of nearly $3,500, it’s enough to create a pretty sizeable gap between the two regarding affordability. The Toyota RAV4 has a starting price of $26,975, while the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has a starting price of $23,695. When you do the math, that’s potentially an entire year’s worth of payments.
The Toyota RAV4 does generate a bit more horsepower than the Eclipse Cross. However, the difference is minimal and certainly not enough to justify the price difference. One noticeable highlight is that the Eclipse Cross has a standard CVT, while this efficient transmission is only available in RAV4 hybrid models.
When it comes to interior volume, the RAV4 and Mitsubishi Cross are nearly identical in passenger space. Here’s a quick comparison of their interior dimensions:
The Mitsubishi Eclipse cross received 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in addition to the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus. Safety features from both models are listed below.
While the RAV4 does have some top-tier safety features, it’s no match for the accolades and attention to the safety of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.
Overall, these two vehicles are evenly-matched. The RAV4 has a slight edge over the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross in horsepower and cargo volume, but is it enough to justify the price? When you factor in the excellent safety reviews of the Eclipse Cross, we have to give the edge to this 2022 Mitsubishi compact SUV.
To test drive the 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross or move forward with a purchase, contact the staff at Puente Hills Mitsubishi today!
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