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For better or for worse, the Eclipse Cross is more visually striking than many crossovers on the market. Its size makes it manageable for any garage or parking spot.
The Eclipse Cross is on the small end of the compact-crossover class, lining up more with the stubby Jeep Compass than with the segment’s larger models. In fact, it’s difficult to classify the Eclipse Cross, since it’s slightly larger than the subcompact Outlander Sport but still smaller than the compact Outlander.
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In the sea of crossovers that the new-car market has become, the Eclipse Cross sticks its neck out for attention. From the front, sharp angles outline chrome accents that form a clean and aggressive façade. The rear is overstyled for our taste-the split-rear-window design appears inspired by the awkward Pontiac Aztek or the geeky Toyota Prius, neither a chef d’oeuvre. Our test vehicle felt solid except for the rear doors, which emitted a weak metallic ting when being opened or closed, contrasting with the satisfying thud of the front doors. We also appreciated our test vehicle’s two-tone 18-inch wheels and vibrant red paint. Lesser trims have less pizzazz, but good looks don’t come cheap.
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