Ehh... I do appreciate the enthusiasm that the lot of you have for the Cross. Really am glad you like it. I guess for me I just can't get over the fact that, despite all the "new tech" in the vehicle... I sorry...
It can't do anything particularly well. And the benefits claimed from its so-called "innovations" really become cautionary examples of what happens when you don't give it your all.
It won't replace the Pajero in terms of off-road capability. Just won't.
It won't be as fun as a pre-Jatco Mitsubishi that had transmissions that could take the punishment.
It won't be as modifiable as that same Jatco limits the living shit out of anything redeeming about the 4B40.
MIVEC? I feel the suspension bumps and hear the wind noise more than I do those tertiary lobes! (Those who've owned FTOs and Cyborgs and 6G75M Eclipses know what I mean...)
Turbocharged? I'll bet a drunk sorority chick panting on a running treadmill can blow more air through a breathalyzer than that small econowhistle can, to make a difference.
Its AWD system... though still worlds better than the competition's, just won't shine under a lackluster, well, lack of a proper gearset that can property put torque down when needed!
It's suspension is just too soft and mushy where it needs to be confident, and it's damping not smooth enough to answer to bumps and changes in suspension geometry. It's... really just quite hobbled together.
Connected driving features? Great when it works... Which hasn't great at all. (Mitsubishi Connect, anyone? You still paying a subscription for crap that isn't working more than half the time? )
All the hype about all the things you'd get - all wasted because nothing it delivers really wows.
We still consider it our go-to "ute" simply because it's the only ute we have currently. That'll change next year when I get another Pajero. The
Pajero to have. But, as I always say... Buy what you like.
So then... My garage consists of Evos, Eclipses, FTOs, and a lone ND Miata RF that the wife uses as reprieve for driving the Cross as her daily. Really wanted to like it. Earnestly did.
But, in the near future, back to more 90s Mitsubishis. Had all sorts of em all my life, and I'm really now convinced that going back is the way forward.
This is the last new Mitsubishi I'll buy - especially considering the decision that all future Mitsubishis will be pretty much reskinned Nissans. No thanks. Hard pass.
(Who in their right mind would lean on a company with a recent track record of producing shit, to produce a shining future?)
I'm so done wasting money on new garbage that you pay a premium for, that's really quite devolved. (yes, that was a play on words there. Keep polishing till that turd turns platinum. Seems I may be two for two with the puns. )
Unless, perhaps, Mitsubishi finally gets back to being profitable, and decides to take control of its future, and builds proper vehicles the way its done in the past. One can dream.
Meh... moving on.