If you’re looking for a small crossover suv, one often-overlooked brand has three different choices. That’s Mitsubishi, a Japanese carmaker that’s currently a corporate partner with the better-known Nissan. With attractive starting prices and a long warranty, Mitsubishis can be a tempting value option in a crowded marketplace — or an option for someone who doesn’t want the same crossover as everyone else.
The brand’s two smallest and least expensive crossovers are the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and the newly updated 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, each priced from the low $20,000s. Both of these small crossovers pay homage to better-known Mitsubishis: the larger Outlander crossover and the long-discontinued Eclipse sporty coupe, respectively. Between the two, the Outlander Sport is slightly smaller and less expensive, while the Eclipse Cross is pricier and more upscale. For this review, we tested both Mitsubishis so we could go into detail about their respective pros and cons, to help guide you toward the better choice for you.