Cargo Space and Storage Rating:
The Eclipse Cross has enough cargo space for a small family, but cubby storage becomes scarce with more than three occupants on board. The rear seats fold easily, although people with shorter torsos may have trouble reaching the release levers from the cargo area. One big plus for blooming families: A stroller fits easily in the cargo area with all the seats up.
Test Results: Carry-On Luggage
Cargo Volume Comparisons
While the Eclipse Cross has much less outright cargo volume than these competitors, it makes good use of the space as evidenced by its performance in our carry-on test, where it matched the more capacious Jeep Compass.
Test Results: Lift-Over Height
Interior Cubby Storage
Drivers should find more than enough cubby space for all their things up front, but rear-seat storage is concerningly limited, with only small door bins and a single seatback pocket to stow books or snacks.
Why do we use ping-pong balls?
To determine the interior space available to stash travel essentials, we’ve devised a range of measuring protocols. We use six beverage containers ranging in size and shape to gauge cupholder accommodation. We stack, stuff, and arrange 9-by-14-by-22-inch cardboard boxes to quantify the number of airline-carry-on-size suitcases that will fit in a trunk or folded seat’s cargo space. To measure irregularly shaped gloveboxes, door pockets, and console bins, we fill each container with 1.5-inch-diameter ping-pong balls. It’s tempting to convert the number of spheres to a volume (cubic inches), but we resist that calculation because-as with the box of tissues, 12-ounce can of soda, or gallon of milk you might stash in these compartments-there are voids between the balls. Random packing (our procedure) nullifies approximately one-third of the available space. The negative space between the balls could theoretically be reduced to 25 percent of an irregular shape with precise stacking, but while we might be pedantic, we’re not crazy.