Review - 2023 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV Exceed

By Alexi Falson on 31 Aug 2023
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Overall Rating
out of 10
  • Effortless and smooth acceleration
  • Australia’s longest new car warranty
  • Segment-topping practicality
  • Vehicle-to-load (V2L) charging
  • Ageing interior design and tech
  • Significant rear blind spots from bulky pillars
  • Base and mid-spec models present better value propositions
    • 45L
    • 43
    • 4500 / 4500
    • 5 star
    • Automatic
Mitsubishi has been an early adopter of plug-in hybrid (PHEV) tech on their SUVs, with the Eclipse Cross remaining one of the most affordable entry points on the market.

It combines the versatility of a crossover SUV with fuel-efficient hybrid tech, making for perhaps the best variant to own when it comes to long-term running costs and fuel savings.

Just how good is the range-topping Eclipse Cross Exceed PHEV, then, and how well does it justify its price hike over the base model plug-in hybrid? Let’s take a closer look to find out.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV Exceed Competition

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV Exceed

Nissan X-Trail e-Power
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Starting Price: $55,990

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How Much Does It Cost?

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV Exceed is priced at $55,990 before on-road costs.

For reference, the most affordable Eclipse Cross PHEV, the ES is priced at $47,290, while the Eclipse Cross PHEV Aspire is priced at $51,240.

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Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross - EXCEED PHEV (AWD) Specifications

Model Date 2023
Series YB MY23
Transmission 1 SP AUTOMATIC
Drive AWD
Engine MPFI
Engine capacity 2360
Engine configuration DUAL OVERHEAD CAM / 16 valves
Engine RPM 4500 / 4500
Cylinders 4
Torque 199
KW 94
Fuel tank size 45.0
Fuel usage specs 1.9 / 0
CO2 43
ANCAP security rating 5

For more details and other variants, check Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross car page.

What Features Does the Eclipse Cross PHEV Exceed Have?

As the range-topping model, the Eclipse Cross PHEV comes packed to the brim with features, including a set of 18-inch alloys, leather upholstery with heated front and rear seats, a panoramic sunroof, head-up display, a heated steering wheel, an electric boot lift and ultrasonic mis-acceleration mitigation.

This is in addition to features fitted to lesser variants, which means the Eclipse Cross PHEV is equipped with dual-zone climate control, vehicle-to-load (V2L charging), adaptive cruise control, a rear-view monitor with parking sensors, LED headlights, fog lights and daytime running lamps, roof rails, black styling highlights and an 8.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto.

2023 mitsubishi eclipse cross phev interior

Range Features:

  • 18-inch alloys

  • LED headlights, fog lights & daytime running lamps 

  • Leather upholstery

  • Heated steering wheel, front & rear seats

  • Vehicle-to-load (V2L) charging 

  • Adaptive cruise control 

  • Panoramic sunroof 

  • Head-up display

  • Electronic boot lift 

  • Dual-zone climate control 

  • Surround-view camera with parking sensors  

  • Roof rails 

  • 8.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

Is the Eclipse Cross PHEV Comfortable to Drive?

The PHEV version of the Eclipse Cross combines all the user-friendliness of the standard car with a healthy power increase for those looking for some added acceleration off the line.

It comes powered by a 2.4-litre four-cylinder paired with a front and rear-mounted electric motor, the latter of which adds some instantaneous acceleration that gives it some perk off the line.

Power for the electric motors is supplied by a 13.8kWh battery pack that offers 55km of all-electric driving range.

Quite often, the Eclipse Cross PHEV prefers to motor along on electric power alone, which makes it smooth and silent to pilot through town, with the petrol motor kicking in to charge up the battery pack or add some power to the mix.

While it’s gained some weight in its transition to a plug-in hybrid, the Eclipse Cross remains nice and agile around town, making for a great commuter and daily driver.

The steering remains lightweight and easy to manage, while the suspension offers a healthy balance of managing the weight and eating up small and moderate bumps around town.

The aggressiveness of the regenerative braking system can be adjusted with the wheel-mounted paddle shifters, allowing you to capture more energy and feed it back into the battery while driving down a long incline.

When you leave city streets, the Eclipse Cross is equally impressive out on the open road, where it sits comfortably and confidently at high speeds thanks to its AWD system.

2023 mitsubishi eclipse cross phev rear

All up, the Eclipse Cross PHEV takes all the user-friendliness of the base car and adds some more potent acceleration and a silent motoring experience that is super relaxing to drive.

Is the Eclipse Cross PHEV Practical and Spacious?

Being a compact SUV, space and practicality inside the Eclipse Cross is somewhat limited in the second row, though this may actually be perfect for younger families looking for a smaller SUV platform.

Inside the cabin, there are a number of changes over lesser-spec members of the Eclipse Cross range that give it a more sophisticated nature.

Premium touches come in the form of leather upholstery - in your choice of black or grey - as well as heated seats in the front and rear of the cabin, though the platform’s styling is beginning to show some signs of ageing.

Up front, there’s a heap of headroom and a fully-adjustable driving position, with a decent amount of forward visibility for driving and parking, while rearward visibility is impacted by the bulky rear pillars.

Practical touches to the Eclipse Cross PHEV cabin include a small storage tray at the base of the centre console, a pair of cup holders, some added storage inside the folding armrest and a pair of door bins on either side of the cabin.

Move to the rear and things start to get a little cramped, like many, if not all of its compact SUV rivals, though there’s still enough space for adults on short hops around town.

The second row is more suited to kids and teenagers, with headroom a little bit on the cramped side for taller rear occupants, though it’s actually more spacious than you’ll find in a number of small SUV packages.

The rear seats pick up a pair of ISOFIX anchors and top tether points for child seats, while boot space figures stand at 359L in the plug-in hybrid, dropping from 405L in the standard Eclipse Cross.

Is it Safe?

The Eclipse Cross PHEV has picked up a five-star ANCAP safety rating, scoring 97% for adult protection, 78% for child protection, 80% for pedestrian protection and 58% for safety assist.

The Eclipse Cross PHEV Exceed picks up added safety gear over other members of the range that make it by far the best pick for safety equipment.

The list includes adaptive cruise control, a surround-view monitor, rear cross-traffic alerts, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure alerts, autonomous emergency braking, ultrasonic mis-acceleration mitigation and seven airbags inside the cabin.

Is the Eclipse Cross PHEV Fuel Efficient?

Officially, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV Exceed is rated at 1.9L/100km on a combined cycle, making it far more efficient than the standard Eclipse Cross which consumes 7.7L/100km.

These figures are, however, dependent on a fully-charged battery, with fuel economy figures climbing when the internal combustion unit turns on to either provide charge for the pack itself, or power the front wheels.

Our Verdict: Is the Eclipse Cross PHEV Exceed Worth it?

If you’re looking for a well-equipped compact SUV with outstanding fuel efficiency from a clever plug-in hybrid powertrain, the Eclipse Cross PHEV remains one of the best on sale here in Australia.

Having said that, the range-topping Exceed may be overkill for some buyers, which speaks more to Mitsubishi’s generous packaging in the entry-level ES and mid-range Aspire than it does of the Exceed.

2023 mitsubishi eclipse cross phev headlights

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Five Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Specs You Need to Know

  1. Five-year unlimited KM warranty stretches to ten years when serviced within network

  2. Five-star ANCAP safety rating 

  3. 1.9L/100km combined cycle fuel economy (NEDC test cycle) 

  4. 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol, two electric motors and AWD system 

  5. 359L boot; down from 405L in standard Eclipse Cross


Alexi Falson

Alexi is an automotive journalist and road tester hailing from Byron Bay. He has an affection for both cars and motorbikes, a great admiration for the simplicity of old-school engineering, and a fascination of new technology making its way to modern cars. When he's not road testing, you'll find him surfing, hiking or helping people find their dream cars.

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