On the last three Fridays of every month, Graeme Fletcher combines manufacturers’ incentives from Unhaggle.com with resale value, dependability and overall ratings to find you the best deal for your money in new cars. This week, we look at mid-level crossovers with all-wheel drive. The hot deals are on the 2018 Hyundai Tucson Ultimate 1.6T, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross GT Diamond Edition and Nissan Rogue SL Platinum.
2018 Hyundai Tucson
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $38,299
Hyundai Canada Incentive*: $2,000
Unhaggle Savings: $750
Total Savings: $2,750
Mandatory Fees (Freight, Govt. Fees): $1,945
Total Before Tax: $37,494 – click here for exclusive local pricing
The 2018 Hyundai Tucson carries over with little change — it was completely reworked for 2016. The range-topping Ultimate arrives with just about everything, including a power liftgate and panoramic moonroof, leather upholstery, heated/cooled front seats with eight-way power adjustment for the driver, heated rear seats and Hyundai’s Bluelink connectivity, an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen with navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a back-up camera with rear park assist. The Tucson has decent rear seat leg space and 877 litres with the 60/40-split/folding seats upright and 1,754L with them folded down.
The Ultimate features autonomous emergency braking with vehicle and pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and lane departure warning.
The top-line Tucson is powered by a perky 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder that twists out 175 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque at 1,500 rpm. There is a minor bout of turbo lag off the line, but once through the lazy phase it pulls strongly on though the mid-range while remaining suitable muted. It’s teamed with a seven-speed twin-clutch transmission and a good all-wheel-drive system. The latter drives the front wheels during normal driving, but can send up to 50 per cent to the rear wheels when needed. The system is seamless in its operation and it features a lock mode for soft-road or slippery conditions.
Tucson’s ride and handling balance walks a fine line — it has decent comfort with nimble handling. As such, it soaks up road imperfections without the body rolling when pushed into a corner. The up-sized P245/45R19 tires and all-wheel drive bring lots of lateral grip, and the electrically assisted steering delivers decent feedback.
The Hyundai Tucson Ultimate 1.6T has a list of $37,494 after the $1,945 Unhaggle discount is applied.
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $37,498
Mitsubishi Canada Incentive*: $1,500
Unhaggle Savings: N/A
Total Savings: $1,500
Mandatory Fees (Freight, Govt. Fees): $1,840
Total Before Tax: $39,338 – click here for exclusive local pricing
Ahead of its formal launch in March, Mitsubishi is offering its all-new Eclipse Cross with a pre-order deal on the Diamond Edition — only 150 are available for Canada and they can only be ordered online only. Based on Eclipse Cross GT, the Diamond Edition earns a body kit, ultra-glossy Red Diamond paint and 18-inch black wheels.
Inside, the Diamond Edition features good materials and a well-conceived cockpit. The seven-inch infotainment system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and there’s a touchpad controller in the centre console down by the gearshift lever. Other features include a 710-watt Rockford-Fosgate sound system with nine speakers, a dual-panel panoramic sunroof, head’s-up display, around-view camera and heated rear seats. The second row has decent legroom with the 60/40-split seat sliding fore and aft (by 200-millimetres) for improved versatility — with the seats up there’s 626L and 1,382L with the seats folded.
The Diamond Edition includes forward collision mitigation with vehicle/pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, lane change assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and auto high beams.
Eclipse Cross comes with a 1.5L turbocharged engine that produces 152 hp and 184 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,000 rpm — it’s more powerful than the 2.0L and 2.4L engines found in Mitsu’s other products. The turbo is married to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with an eight-step Sport Mode. The end result sees it accelerate like a traditional automatic transmission, which minimizes the usual motorboating.
This combination works with the Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system (Mitsubishi’s term for its AWD) with three modes (Auto, Snow and Gravel). It monitors sensors to determine the best power split and makes use of brake-based torque vectoring to improve the handling. The suspension then keeps the Eclipse Cross flat through a fast on-ramp — the feel and feedback from the steering underscores its sporty driving demeanour.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross GT Diamond Edition carries a sticker price of $39,338.
2018 Nissan Rogue
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $36,498
Nissan Canada Incentive*: $2,200
Unhaggle Savings: $1,000
Total Savings: $3,200
Mandatory Fees (Freight, Govt. Fees): $1,935
Total Before Tax: $35,233 – click here for exclusive local pricing
Over the years, the Nissan Rogue has adopted a stronger outward visage and a ton of technology. Inside, the SL Platinum’s cabin is nicely attired and comes with the desirable features, including a seven-inch infotainment display that supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with a motion-activated power tailgate, a panoramic moonroof and two of the most comfortable leather-appointed front seats in the class. There’s also plenty of cargo space — 1,112L with the seats upright and 1,982L when folded flat. A plus is Nissan’s Divide-N-Hide storage system. It reconfigures to make light work of divergent cargo requirements.
The SL Platinum arrives with Nissan’s Star Wars-like ProPILOT Assist — it brings forward collision warning with auto braking and pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning with keep assist and adaptive cruise control. The lot is activated through a steering wheel-mounted button. Nissan’s Around View camera system is also along for the ride.
The Rogue is powered by a 2.5L inline four-cylinder. It spins out 170 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque in a smooth fashion. The power is relayed to the road through Nissan’s Xtronic CVT and all four wheels; the transmission feels more like a regular automatic than the typical CVT. Yes, it does drone under hard acceleration, but for the most part it remains quiet and unflustered as the speed builds. The all-wheel-drive system sees the Rogue gets its power down efficiently with minimal unwanted wheelspin — when taking off it directs power to all four wheels, once up to speed it drives the front wheels to conserve fuel.
The Rogue is tuned to favour ride comfort over handling. This means it wafts along the highway with a quiet, cushioned ride. The downside is it tends to feel somewhat ponderous when pushed through a series of sweeping corners.
The Nissan Rogue SL Platinum arrives with a generous $3,200 combined Unhaggle discount and a sticker of $35,233.
Compare the Hyundai Tucson, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and Nissan Rogue side-by-side right here
Transport Canada does not list any recalls for this trio of mid-level crossovers.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awards the Hyundai Tucson its Top Safety Pick thanks to Good scores in all crash tests, a Superior rating for forward collision prevention and an Acceptable score for headlight performance. The Nissan Rogue earns the same ratings, including an Acceptable mark for headlight performance. The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is too new to have North American crash test results, however, it did get the best Five Star crash test ratings in both the European and Australian New Car Assessment Programs. This bodes well for its North American crash performance.
The projected resale value of these mid-level crossovers in 2023, after being driven an average of 20,000 km/year, is $13,640 for the Hyundai Tucson Ultimate 1.6T and $16,140 for the Nissan Rogue SL Platinum. As with the crash test data, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross GT Diamond Edition is too new to establish a projected resale value.
All three mid-level crossovers have a lot going for them — not the least of which is the level of standard safety aids loaded into each (some richer rides arrive with less!). The Hyundai Tucson has proven to be a popular purchase, bringing luxury to the attainable end of the price spectrum. Nissan’s Rogue continues to offer solid performance and it has solid resale value. The new crossover on the block is receiving very good reviews and so it promises to be a strong competitor — the Eclipse Cross’s 10-year/160,000-kilometre powertrain warranty remains the best in the business. As for which is the hot deal this week, take your pick!
*Manufacturer incentive displayed is for cash purchases and may differ if leasing or financing. For more information on purchasing any of these vehicles or others, please visit Unhaggle.com. While data is accurate at time of publication, pricing and incentives may be updated or discontinued by individual dealers or manufacturers at any time. Typically, manufacturer incentives expire at the end of every month. Vehicle availability is also subject to change based on market conditions. Unhaggle Savings is a proprietary estimate of expected discount in addition to manufacturer incentive based on actual savings by Unhaggle customers. Taxes are extra and vary by province.