As an enthusiast, it’s no secret that I’m not a fan of crossovers. Despite that, they are slowly taking over the market, and to remain unbiased, I have to mention them. In recent years, we’ve seen a trend of cars getting a crossover remake, which is the case with the one I have chosen for today.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse was an icon for decades, but it was discontinued. Enthusiasts weren’t happy when the model returned, mainly because it lost the spark and Mitsubishi turned it into a crossover. With that aside, it’s still a popular model, so today, we’ll be looking at tires for this vehicle.
As for the size, most models come with 18-inch tires, so I’ll be looking at tires that come in that size.
#1. Continental CrossContact LX25
The list kicks off with a premium touring tire from a German manufacturer. We have the CrossContact LX25 – a model with almost no compromises, as long as you’re prepared to pay the premium price.
On dry roads, the CrossContact LX25 offers all the performance you need. The grip and traction levels are phenomenal, and when you consider that we’re talking about the Eclipse Cross, you can understand that not many people drive it on the limit. Even if you’re an aggressive driver, you won’t notice the tire struggling too much, regardless of whether we’re talking about going into a corner or accelerating. The thing about the tire is the handling. It’s fine for daily driving, and most people will be fine with the average responsiveness and lack of feedback.
Like most Continental tires, the CrossContact LX25 delivers excellent performance in wet conditions. On damp roads, the tire will have no issues with traction, meaning that you can accelerate without any slip. Going around a corner also isn’t an issue, thanks to the sipes that claw to the road and deliver plenty of grip. The positive trend continues in terms of short braking distances. In heavy rain, the tire’s tread pattern deals with standing water excellently, meaning that the highway stability isn’t compromised.
As an all-season model, the CrossContact LX25 offers usable performance in winter. It deals with lighter snow conditions relatively okay, as much as you can expect from a tire from this category. As long as the snow is shallow, the traction will be fine for daily driving. With this, you’re also getting decently short braking distances, meaning that it’s good enough for areas with milder winters.
The CrossContact LX25 is a premium touring tire, meaning that the refinement levels are excellent. It’s very comfortable and won’t struggle even on a bumpy road without feeling bouncy. The tire will smooth out or soften any imperfections on the road easily. It’s the same story with the noise levels. It’s among the quieter tires in this category, regardless of the kind of surface you drive on. The only noticeable thing about it is the pronounced thump when you go over a pothole.
In terms of warranty, Continental doesn’t disappoint. The CrossContact LX25 comes with a 70,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is among the best in the premium segment.
- More than enough performance for most people
- High refinement levels
- 70,000-mile treadwear warranty
- The handling is average
- You may notice a thump when you go over a pothole
#2. Bridgestone Ecopia H/L 422 Plus
Another option from the premium segment is a tire from Bridgestone. The Ecopia H/L 422 Plus is another excellent choice for your Eclipse Cross.
Considering that it’s a touring tire, the Ecopia H/L 422 Plus offers plenty of performance for daily driving scenarios on dry roads. The traction and grip levels are very high, leaving you with a lot of headroom. It’s not a tire you can push hard, but the overall performance is forgiving if you get a bit carried away. Here, you also have some of the shortest braking distances in its category to keep you safe. The handling is impressively dynamic. It’s quite responsive for a tire from this category, and the feedback isn’t as muted as with some of its rivals.
The excellent performance of the Ecopia H/L 422 Plus continues in wet conditions. Damp roads aren’t an issue, and the slip will be kept at a minimum, thanks to the high traction levels. The cornering grip is also very good, meaning the understeer is eliminated unless you push it very hard. All of this comes in a package with very short braking distances. Thanks to the tread pattern, the water evacuation properties are excellent, making the tire stable when you’re driving in pouring rain.
Even though the Ecopia H/L 422 Plus is an all-season tire, the snow performance is not the best. The tire has barely acceptable traction on any kind of snow, whether packed or unpacked, and the performance on ice is almost non-existent. Sure, it’s fine when the roads are clear, but it doesn’t deal with snow too well.
As a touring tire, the Ecopia H/L 422 Plus delivers very high refinement levels. The comfort is excellent, and the tire will provide a plush ride. It will easily iron out cracks and imperfections in the road and soften any bogger bump. All of this happens without transferring vibrations into the cabin. The noise levels are among the lowest in its category. There’s a very faint hum when driving around town, which most people won’t notice. It increases a bit at higher speeds, but it’s still quiet. Even on rougher surfaces, the roar is very muted.
The warranty of the Ecopia H/L 422 Plus is excellent. Bridgestone offers the tire with a 70,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is on the same level as the Continental model.
- Plenty of performance in dry and wet conditions
- Dynamic handling
- Comfort and noise levels are excellent
- Barely usable on snow or ice
- Not the most affordable premium option
#3. Yokohama Geolandar CV G058
The last of the premium touring models for your Eclipse Cross is the Geolandar CV G058. It’s not the most popular option on the market, but that doesn’t make it a poor one.
Dry roads are something that the Geolandar CV G058 won’t struggle with at all. The tire’s performance levels are very high, offering much more than you’d probably need in daily driving scenarios. You won’t experience any slip when accelerating or understeer in the corner, so you’ll be very happy with the grip and traction levels. In terms of handling, the responsiveness is pretty good. With that said, if you’re an enthusiast, you’ll be a bit disappointed with the lack of feedback.
When it comes to wet performance, the Geolandar CV G058 will continue to deliver premium-like performance. Thanks to the superb traction levels, the tire won’t struggle to accelerate without any slip. Cornering also won’t be a trip to the understeer world, which is a result of the high grip levels. The tire also provides short braking distances, putting it high in the premium segment. Also, thanks to the tread design, the tire offers excellent aquaplaning resistance.
The Geolandar CV G058 is an all-season tire, and as such, the snow performance is pretty good. It will deal with unpacked snow quite well, and it won’t struggle as much as some of its rivals on packed one. The performance also covers short braking distances. Surprisingly, the traction on ice isn’t as poor as I thought.
Touring tires are all about refinement, and the Geolandar CV G058 isn’t a poor performer. The comfort levels are pretty good, and the tire deals with bumps and road imperfections very well. One thing I have to mention is that it doesn’t eliminate vibrations as well as some of its rivals. The noise levels, on the other hand, are very low. There is a hum, but it’s among the quieter options in this category, even at highway speeds.
Even though the warranty isn’t the longest, it’s still not a bad choice. The Geolandar CV G058 comes with a 65,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is just a bit behind the previous two models.
- Decent handling characteristics
- The overall performance is more than what most people need
- Very quiet
- It doesn’t minimize vibrations as well as some of its rivals
- Feedback is a bit muted
#4. Cooper Endeavor Plus
Moving away from the premium manufacturers, I offer you an option that’s a bit more affordable. The Endeavor Plus falls in the same category as the previous tires, meaning it’s an all-season touring tire.
Everyday driving on dry roads with the Endeavor Plus is a positive experience. The tire delivers surprisingly high levels of grip and traction, putting it near the top of the mid-range segment. Since it’s not a performance tire or a premium touring one, don’t expect wonders. It will be fine for most drivers, but it’s not a tire that you should consider pushing too hard. You can have some fun, but you won’t be thrilled. The handling is quite decent, and the tire offers a good amount of responsiveness. Unfortunately, it’s not the most communicative tire.
The great performance continues in wet conditions, and the tire continues to impress. With the Endeavor Plus, you’ll have plenty of traction on damp roads, meaning that even in some aggressive scenarios, the tire won’t slip. You will end up with some understeer in the corners, but you’ll need to push it to get to that point. The aquaplaning resistance is also excellent, and the tire remains stable at higher speeds. A slight downside is the braking distances. They’re far from terrible, but there are a few mid-range models that are a bit better.
In winter, the Endeavor Plus will be usable up to a point. On snow-covered roads, the tire will offer decent performance if we’re talking about unpacked snow. There is a point where it will be too deep, and the tire will begin to struggle. Packed snow can be a bit problematic, but the tire will still remain usable. Like on damp roads, you will have slightly longer braking distances than the best-in-class models.
When it comes to refinement, I don’t have too many complaints. The Endeavor Plus delivers a very comfortable driving experience. It’s smooth, and many of the smaller imperfections are ironed out. With some larger holes, you may notice a bit of vibrations, but they’re not terrible. The noise levels are quite low for a mid-range tire. Around town, it’s very quiet, almost inaudible. The noise levels increase at highway speeds but remain tolerable, even when driving on rough roads.
The warranty of the Endeavor Plus is also not too bad. Cooper sells the tire with a 65,000-mile treadwear warranty, putting it well within the premium range.
- Dry and wet performance is excellent
- Excellent refinement
- Stable at high speeds in harsh rain
- Wet and snow braking distances are just a bit longer
- Slightly higher noise levels when driving on rougher roads
#5. Kumho Crugen HP71
The last of the all-season touring options for the Eclipse Cross is another mid-range model. I’m talking about the Crugen HP71, a tire that offers a good amount of performance at an affordable price.
When it comes to dry performance, the Crugen HP71 is a tire that most people will be fine with. The grip and traction levels are very good for the mid-range segment, meaning you won’t feel like you need more. There is some space to push it a bit, but the Eclipse Cross isn’t a sporty vehicle, so you probably won’t be doing that too often. Also, the tire doesn’t offer the most dynamic handling. Even within the mid-range class, it’s not the most responsive option, and the feedback isn’t the most pronounced one.
Performance in wet conditions is something that the Crugen HP71 delivers without too many issues. The traction is excellent, allowing the tire to eliminate slip even in some slightly aggressive acceleration. Understeer in the corners is eliminated as long as you’re not pushing the tire hard. Highway stability in harsh rain is crucial for safety, and thanks to the excellent aquaplaning resistance, we can call this tire very safe and stable.
Winter performance is something that the Crugen HP71 may struggle with a bit more when compared to some of its rivals. The traction levels on unpacked snow are decent enough so that you’ll be fine in lighter conditions. On packed snow, the tire will struggle a bit more, so you may need to be more cautious. The braking distances are acceptable, considering it’s a mid-range tire.
The Crugen HP71 is a well-refined tire. It offers very good comfort levels, smoothing out a good amount of road imperfections. When it comes to larger holes, it won’t absorb them as well as the premium models, but it will dampen them enough and will minimize the vibrations well. As for the noise levels, they are on the lower end of the spectrum, considering it’s a mid-range tire. The hum is there, but it’s not too loud, even when you’re driving at highway speeds.
In terms of warranty, Kumho did an excellent job. The Crugen HP71 comes with a 65,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is very close to what the best in the premium class has to offer.
- Solid all-round performance
- Superb aquaplaning resistance
- Premium-like treadwear warranty
- Performance on snow is behind some of its rivals
- Not the most dynamic tire in terms of handling
#6. Bridgestone Blizzak WS90
With the all-season models with average snow performance aside, let’s look at a few winter options, starting with the Blizzak WS90. It’s an excellent tire that won’t disappoint in terms of performance.
The performance on dry roads is excellent, putting it near the top of its class. It delivers high levels of traction, eliminating slip even in very cold temperatures. The grip levels are phenomenal, meaning you can go into a corner without worrying about your Eclipse Cross understeering. It’s not a track-ready tire, but there is some room to push it as the tire will handle a bit of aggressiveness. The responsiveness is pretty good for a winter tire, but enthusiasts won’t be happy with the lack of feedback.
Rainy conditions can be problematic for some tires, which isn’t the case with the Blizzak WS90. The tire provides plenty of grip and traction on damp roads, keeping it planted even if you get a bit carried away. You’ll have more than enough for daily driving, and the performance is backed by the short braking distances. Heavy rain won’t bother this tire too much, and will remain stable even when driving at higher speeds.
The Blizzak WS90 is a winter tire, meaning that the winter performance is excellent. Regardless if you’re driving on packed or unpacked snow, the traction will be excellent without the tire slipping too much. Sure, getting too aggressive will result in that, but not many people drive that way. The tire also deals with deep snow quite well and will keep your Eclipse Cross moving without too many issues. When you combine this with the short braking distances, you’re getting an excellent winter tire. As a bonus, the performance on ice is usable, which is good considering it’s a studless tire.
My biggest complaint with the Blizzak WS90 is the refinement. The comfort levels are good enough, and the tire will do a very good job of softening or smoothing road imperfections and bumps. It’s the vibrations that are letting it down, as they aren’t as eliminated as with some of its rivals. The noise levels are good, but not the best. Like most winter tires, the hum is there, but it’s not too noticeable when driving on smoother surfaces. With the rougher ones, the roar is a bit more pronounced.
- Usable traction on ice
- Marvelous snow performance
- Short braking distances across the board
- The refinement isn’t the best in class
- Needs a bit more feedback
#7. Continental VikingContact 7
Next on the list, I have another premium winter tire that directly competes with the previous one. You should expect to pay a premium price for the VikingContact 7, but that also means you’ll get premium performance.
The VikingContact 7 manages to provide excellent performance in dry conditions. Thanks to the high levels of traction, you won’t have to worry about tire slip when accelerating. The cornering grip is also impressive, and despite the lower temperatures, the tire will eliminate understeer unless you push it hard. Another area where the tire excels is offering very short braking distances. Surprisingly, the handling isn’t too bad. There is a good amount of responsiveness, and the tire isn’t as muted as most winter tires are.
Generally speaking, the VikingContact 7 offers very good performance in wet conditions as well. The grip and traction levels on damp surfaces are very high, meaning the tire will have no issues minimizing slip, even when you get carried away. With that said, a slight disadvantage is the braking distances. Yes, they are very short, but a few models in this class do a better job. As for aquaplaning resistance, the tire is excellent, meaning it will be planted when driving at highway speeds in harsh rain.
The usual winter conditions are an obstacle that the VikingContact 7 overcomes easily. Performance in snowy conditions is something that the tire delivers in abundance. The traction on packed snow is very good, considering that some of its rivals can struggle a bit. On unpacked snow, the performance is even better, and the tire won’t struggle even if you’re driving in deeper patches. Like the previous tire, you get some usable traction on ice, which comes combined with decently short braking distances.
As for refinement, it does a slightly better job than some of its rivals. The noise levels of the VikingContact 7 are low for a winter tire, and the roar is there, but it’s not as pronounced. The most you’ll hear it is over rougher surfaces, and even then, it won’t be obnoxiously loud. Then there are the comfort levels. The tire offers a plush ride, which is a good sign unless you start to drive on rougher roads. In this case, the tire feels just a bit harsher.
- Dry and wet traction is very high
- One of the best snow performers
- Stable and planted in harsh rain
- The tire feels a bit harsher on rougher roads
- Wet braking distances are a bit behind some of its rivals
#8. Firestone Winterforce 2
The previous two were usable on ice, but this next one is exceptional. The Winterforce 2 may be a mid-range tire, but unlike the previous two, it’s a studdable one, so you’re getting improved performance on ice.
This is a mid-range tire, to the dry performance won’t be as good as with the premium options. The Winterforce 2 offers plenty of grip and traction for daily driving scenarios. You won’t have the same levels as with the other two winter tires, meaning that even though the tire won’t slip too often, it doesn’t mean that it’s impossible. The handling also doesn’t help it much. It’s responsive enough for average drivers, but enthusiasts won’t be too happy with that and the lack of too much feedback.
The tire continues to deliver good results in wet conditions as well. On a damp road, the traction levels are very good, thanks to the sipes. You won’t notice any slip in normal driving scenarios, but you will if you get aggressive. It’s the same with the cornering grip. At a certain point, the tire will let go, and you’ll have plenty of understeer. The good news is that it does that progressively, so you’ll notice it. As for the braking distances, I would’ve liked them to be a bit shorter, but they aren’t too bad. Like many rivals in this class, you’re getting very good aquaplaning resistance.
Surprisingly, the Winterforce 2 is a very good snow performer, considering it’s a mid-range tire. You can drive this tire in any condition, and it won’t struggle too much. It deals with the lighter conditions with ease and struggles a bit in the harsher ones, which isn’t a massive problem. Even on packed snow, the tire will continue to deliver plenty of traction. Ice is problematic, which is where the studs come into play. With them, the traction levels are superb, and you’ll also get very short braking distances.
So far, things have been good, but when it comes to refinement, the Winterforce 2 struggles a bit. The comfort levels are decent, and you won’t have the world’s harshest ride, but it won’t be the smoothest either. It deals with smaller imperfections decently well, but with the larger ones, there is a noticeable jolt accompanied by vibrations. The noise levels aren’t impressive either. At lower speeds, the tire is acceptable, but on the highway, it’s more noticeable even when compared with other tires from this segment.
- Excellent traction on ice with the studs
- Plenty of traction in snowy conditions
- Solid overall performance in multiple conditions
- Comfort levels are average
- The tire can get a bit noisy at highway speeds
#9. BFGoodrich Trail-Terrain T/A
The Eclipse Cross isn’t the world’s capable off-roader, but you can use it in certain scenarios, which is why the last two tires are all-terrain ones. My first pick is the Trail-Terrain T/A, an all-terrain tire with a bigger focus on road performance.
Being a milder all-terrain tire means that the Trail-Terrain T/A will perform better on paved roads, which shows. In dry conditions, the tire delivers pretty high levels of grip and traction, making it comparable with the best in class. The same can be said about the braking distances – they are short and well within the safe margin. As for the handling, I’d say it’s pretty good. There is some responsiveness, and the tire isn’t as muted as some of its rivals.
The performance in wet conditions continues to be very good, again, considering the type of tire. With the Trail-Terrain T/A, you’re looking at grip and traction levels that will be more than enough for daily driving. You can push it a bit, but it will start to slip, which is to be expected from an all-terrain model. One area where it falls behind some of its rivals is the aquaplaning resistance. It’s not terrible in any way, but it’s a bit behind some of the best in this segment.
Winter is something that the Trail-Terrain T/A tackles well, but it’s not the perfect option. The tire has a 3PMSF rating, meaning it’s better than most M+S-rated tires, and we can see that. It doesn’t struggle with snow as much as some of its rivals and deals with packed and unpacked snow very well. The issue here is that the performance on deep snow isn’t as good as the more aggressive all-terrain models.
As an all-terrain tire, off-roading is something you can do, and the Trail-Terrain T/A will do a good enough job at it. The tire deals with hard-packed roads very well, meaning that traction on dirt or gravel will be more than enough for what most people would need. Mud is doable, and since the Eclipse Cross isn’t the most aggressive off-roader, you won’t notice too many drawbacks with the tire. It will deal with shallow mud well, but it will start to struggle in deeper patches. Considering the type of vehicle, I won’t even mention rock-crawling for obvious reasons.
The Trail-Terrain T/A is a milder all-terrain tire, meaning the refinement is pretty good. It goes over bumps without feeling too bouncy and will absorb larger potholes relatively well. The vibrations won’t be entirely eliminated but won’t be overly noticeable. Since the tire doesn’t have an aggressive pattern, the noise levels are lower than most of the other all-terrain tires. It’s generally quiet around town, and the hum at highway speeds won’t be too noticeable.
Some all-terrain tires come with a warranty, and this one is no exception. The Trail-Terrain T/A comes with a 60,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is better than some touring tires.
- Decently refined for an all-terrain tire
- Solid performance for daily driving
- Usable in light snow conditions
- The aquaplaning resistance is behind some of its rivals
- Struggles a bit more on deeper snow
#10. Falken Wildpeak A/T Trail
Falken also has an all-terrain tire with milder properties, and that’s the Wildpeak A/T Trail. It’s similar to the previous one, meaning it should be a good performer on the road with some off-road capabilities.
The dry performance of the Wildpeak A/T Trail is pretty good. You’ll get a good amount of grip and traction, which will be enough if you’re the type of driver who doesn’t push their car too hard. The tire delivers short braking distances for this category, meaning that safety isn’t something you should be concerned about. As for the handling, it’s not a sporty tire, so you should have an idea of what to expect. It’s adequately responsive without a lot of feedback, which is to be expected from an all-terrain tire.
Surprisingly, the Wildpeak A/T Trail delivers pretty good performance in wet conditions. The traction levels on damp surfaces are pretty good, and the tire will minimize slip and feel planted. There is some room to push it, but getting too aggressive will result in a bit more understeer. Luckily, the Eclipse Cross isn’t the type of vehicle you’d drive hard. If you do, then you have the short braking distances to keep you safe. Unlike the previous tire, the aquaplaning resistance with this one is a bit better.
The Wildpeak A/T Trail is an all-season tire, meaning that there is some winter performance available, but it’s not perfect. It deals with unpacked snow quite well, and you can drive it over deeper patches without too many issues. The tire seems to struggle a bit more over packed snow, but it’s not the most useless tire on the market. Anything more than this, and you should be looking at some of the winter options I mentioned.
Off-roading is something that the Wildpeak A/T Trail can do well, as long as you’re aware of its limitations. The tire deals with hard-packed surfaces pretty well, offering solid levels of traction, meaning that you can push your Eclipse Cross a bit more without worrying about losing control. You’ll also have decent performance in mud, as long as you don’t try to drive in too deep patches, at which point the tire will start to struggle. Like before, rocks-crawling isn’t something you will be doing with this vehicle.
In terms of refinement, the Wildpeak A/T Trail does a decently good job. The comfort levels are pretty good, and the tire irons out most of the smaller imperfections on the road. Larger bumps or potholes are well absorbed, and you won’t notice too much vibrations in the cabin. Speaking of potholes, there is a slight issue with those in terms of the noise levels. Most tires produce a thump, but with this one, it’s a bit more pronounced. With that aside, the overall noise levels aren’t too high. The hum on smoother surfaces isn’t too obnoxious, and even on the highway, it won’t be overly noticeable.
As for the warranty, it’s a bit better than the previous model. The Wildpeak A/T Trail comes with a 65,000-mile treadwear warranty, putting it ahead of some premium models.
- Off-road performance in lighter conditions is excellent
- A strong contender in terms of wet performance
- Very comfortable
- You will notice a thump when you hit a pothole
- Performance on packed snow is average