Mitsubishi – Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:45:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 AutoGuide.comMitsubishi – What Does Nissan Gain From its Alliance with Mitsubishi? Fri, 08 Mar 2019 20:30:19 +0000 What Does Nissan Gain From its Alliance with Mitsubishi? What Does Nissan Gain From its Alliance with Mitsubishi?
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Mitsubishi, a once-renowned Japanese automaker is but a shell of its former self, at least in North America. Why would Nissan ever ally itself with such a troubled rival?

“The combination of Nissan, Mitsubishi Motors and Renault will create a new force in global car-making,” Carlos Ghosn, the former Chairman of Nissan is reported in a press release to have said while announcing the automotive alliance in October 2016. He continued, heralding the economies of scale, technology sharing potential and manufacturing benefits of the tie-up.

Nissan’s 34 percent equity stake made it Mitsubishi’s largest shareholder, but Ghosn was not blind troubles its new partner faced. “We are committed to assisting Mitsubishi Motors as it rebuilds customer trust,” he said.

SEE ALSO: Where is Nissan From and Where are Nissans Made?

And that’s still proving to be a hard row to hoe. The three-diamond brand’s U.S. lineup is sparse, including a subcompact hatchback and sedan plus three middling crossovers. There are gaping holes in the range as it no longer competes in the midsize sedan segment, there’s no pickup truck and with the Lancer Evolution’s discontinuation, they have nothing sporty with which to woo enthusiasts.

It should be no surprise Mitsubishi’s sales are minuscule. Even though the automaker’s North American deliveries were up nearly 14 percent year-over-year in 2018, they moved just 118,074 vehicles. Nissan sold nearly 3.5 times more Rogue crossovers during the same time period.

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ALSO SEE: Nissan Rogue vs Murano: Which SUV is Right for You?

In spite of Mitsubishi’s feeble performance in America, there are still significant benefits to reap from this grand Franco-Japanese coalition. Ivan Espinosa said, “The alliance is a great tool that’s massive for us because together with Renault and Mitsubishi we jointly develop many of the assets that then underpin the vehicles that we develop for Nissan.” He’s the corporate vice president of global product strategy and planning at Nissan. This three-way corporate partnership is a major part of his daily life.

Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi cooperate on vehicle platforms, technologies and even powertrains. “[But] the important thing here is that we share a lot of what the customers don’t see and don’t perceive,” said Espinosa. “And then we leave some room for us to tailor and give our own taste and experience so that the customer perceives, ‘Oh, this is a Nissan.’” Synergies like this can save each automaker boatloads of money during product development because they can share up-front costs and get better parts prices from suppliers thanks to increased volume.

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Making Mitsubishi a far more appealing partner than one would ever think based on its North American performance is how well it does in world markets. Espinosa said “globally they are very strong,” adding, “If you look at them from a regional-coverage perspective, Southeast Asia is a market that they dominate very strongly.” The three-diamond brand’s pickup and SUV offerings are extremely popular in this corner of the world. Mitsubishi also does well in South America.

SEE ALSO: 2019 Nissan Altima Review – VIDEO

“And in terms of technology they (Mitsubishi) have very competitive plug-in hybrid technology,” added Espinosa. Nissan is focusing on building pure-electric vehicles, “But… if ever we need a plug-in hybrid solution, which is not in our priorities at Nissan, but as part of the alliance we have access to these technologies should we need it.”

Clearly, there’s more to the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi book than is printed on its cover. “At a time of unprecedented change in the global auto industry, this strategy will build on our existing strengths and management capabilities,” said Ghosn, “To ensure increased competitiveness, better products for our customers and attractive returns for shareholders.”

ALSO SEE: Nissan Altima vs Maxima: Which Sedan is Right For You?

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Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer Concept is as Boxy as it is Electric Tue, 05 Mar 2019 14:56:42 +0000 Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer Concept is as Boxy as it is Electric Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer Concept is as Boxy as it is Electric
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Yet another electric crossover concept has debuted at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show  in the way of the new Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer Concept.

The Engelberg Tourer Concept represents Mitsubishi’s vision for a future plug-in hybrid SUV. This big, boxy hybrid is powered by a ‘Twin Motor 4WD plug-in hybrid EV’ powertrain that consists of a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, a 20kWh battery and an electric mounted at each axle. The 2.4-liter engine doesn’t drive the wheels, only acting as a generator to charge the battery, which is mounted in the floor of the three-row SUV.

Mitsubishi claims this setup could offer an EV cruising range of over 70 km (43 miles) and a total cruising range of over 700 km (434 miles) with a fully charged battery and full fuel tank.

SEE ALSO: 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Review and Video

In addition to the new concept SUV, Mitsubishi also detailed its new at-home EV charging solution, which it calls the ‘Dendo Drive House’. The system, which will be available at Mitsubishi dealerships going forward, combines a bi-directional charger, solar panels and home battery, enabling owners to charge their vehicle at home using solar power and to supply electricity from their EV/PHEV to the home. This can help users save on gas costs for their car, along with electricity costs for their home. It also provides an emergency power source for the home as well.

The Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer Concept is on display at the Geneva Motor Show this week.

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This $20,000 EV Can Travel 255 Miles Between Charges Tue, 16 Oct 2018 14:07:04 +0000 This $20,000 EV Can Travel 255 Miles Between Charges This $20,000 EV Can Travel 255 Miles Between Charges
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GAC-Mitsubishi Motors has begun producing the new Eupheme EV for China – a very inexpensive EV that it claims can travel 255 miles, or 410 km, between charges. 

The Eupheme was designed by GAC and will be built by the GAC-Mitsubishi joint venture (GMMC) in Changsha, Hunan in China. With government subsidies factored in, Chinese consumers will be able to get their hands on the Eupheme for 135,800 RMB, which is roughly equivalent to $20,000 USD.

The Eupheme is based on the GAC GS3 crossover and is essentially an evolved version of the fully electric GAC GE3, which went on sale last year. The GE3 featured a front-axle mounted single electric motor making 163 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque and could travel 193 miles between charges. It’s not clear how much power the Eupheme EV is making, but we imagine it has similar performance stats.

SEE ALSO: Chinese Automaker GAC is Set to Enter the US Market in 2019

GAC-Mitsubishi says it will launch the Eupheme EV in twelve key cities (Beijing, Changsha, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou and Tianjin) before rolling the vehicle out to other markets later this year.

In a statement, Mitsubishi CEO Osamu Masuko said the launch of Eupheme EV “demonstrates the critical role that EV technology will play in meeting Chinese consumers’ needs and contributes to the automotive industry in China.”

It’s not clear if Mitsubishi will ever export the Eupheme EV to other Asian markets or Europe, but the vehicle serves as an interesting example of how affordable a long-range EV can be when the manufacturer leverages China’s local production.

Discuss this story on our Mitsubishi Forum. 

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Worst 10 Car Brands in Initial Quality for 2018 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 18:59:45 +0000 Worst 10 Car Brands in Initial Quality for 2018 Worst 10 Car Brands in Initial Quality for 2018
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J.D. Power released it’s Initial Quality Study for 2018 this week.

The study examines problems experienced by original vehicle owners during the first 90 days of ownership. A vehicle’s ‘initial quality’ is then determined by recording the number of problems a certain model experiences per 100 vehicles (PP100). The lower score, the higher the vehicle’s initial quality is.

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J.D. Power’s study takes into account tech-related issues, which account for many of most vehicles’ problems in the first 90 days of ownership. Problems related to infotainment systems were down in frequency compared to last year, although active safety systems, which are becoming increasingly popular in new vehicles, still proved to be troublesome on many new vehicles.

Let’s take a look at the worst automakers for initial quality for the 2018 model year.

10. GMC

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GMC was the best of the worst this year with 99 problems recorded for every 100 vehicles.

9. Mazda

Mazda had 100 problems recorded for every 100 vehicles. That’s 1 each! #Math

8. Honda

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Honda was beaten out by its Japanese rivals at Mazda, with Honda vehicles experiencing 102 problems for every 100 vehicles.

7. Volkswagen

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Volkswagen vehicles experienced slightly more issues than Hondas, recording 103 problems for every 100 vehicles.

6. Audi

Audi vehicles recorded 105 problems for every 100 vehicles.

5. Chrysler/Mitsubishi

Not surprisingly, Chrysler is among the worst automakers for initial quality, recording 111 problems for every 100 vehicles. Mitsubishi was tied with Chrysler at 111 problems for every 100 vehicles.


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Subaru vehicles experienced 115 problems for every 100 vehicles.

3. Volvo

2017 Volvo V60 Polestar Track Test

Volvo is a bit of a surprise to see on this list. The Swedish premium brand’s vehicles experienced 122 problems for every 100 vehicles.

2. Jaguar

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Performing truly terribly was Jaguar, which had a shocking 148 problems for every 100 vehicles.

1. Land Rover

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Blowing everyone out of the water, though, was Land Rover. The fancy SUVs experienced a scarcely believable 160 problems for every 100 vehicles.

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Oh No, the Mitsubishi Lancer is Becoming a Crossover Mon, 23 Apr 2018 20:49:48 +0000 Oh No, the Mitsubishi Lancer is Becoming a Crossover Oh No, the Mitsubishi Lancer is Becoming a Crossover
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Mitsubishi really is going all-in on crossovers and SUVs.

If you’re one of the few remaining Mitsubishi enthusiasts that still have hope the automaker will create another sports sedan, it’s probably time to give up. According to a recent report from Auto Express, the Lancer nameplate will become a crossover, as Mitsubishi continues getting rid of its traditional cars. The new Lancer will be a C-segment offering, likely aimed at models like the Toyota C-HR and Nissan Juke.

SEE ALSO: The Mitsubishi e-Evolution is an Evo Fan’s Worst Nightmare

Mitsubishi’s chief designer, Tsunehiro Kunimoto, said the design direction previewed by the e-Evolution concept would be ideal for a smaller vehicle. “Just because it’s C-segment doesn’t mean it has to be a very convention hatchback,” said Kunimoto. He admits the automaker is “thinking quite radically” and might even create a new type of hatchback vehicle.

Unfortunately to us, it all sounds like the Lancer is coming back as a compact crossover, which really shouldn’t come as a surprise given the direction Mitsubishi is taking.

[Source: Auto Express]

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Top 10 Worst Automakers of 2018: Consumer Reports Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:08:35 +0000 Top 10 Worst Automakers of 2018: Consumer Reports Top 10 Worst Automakers of 2018: Consumer Reports
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You may want to avoid these automakers if you’re shopping for a new car.

Consumer Reports has released its 2018 Brand Report Card, ranking automakers based on an overall score that is determined by vehicle testing, predicted reliability, and owner satisfaction. Owner feedback was provided on more than 640,000 cars to determine predicted reliability and satisfaction from J.D. Power’s Annual Auto Survey.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Least Dependable Automakers: 2018 J.D. Power

In order to be included in the rankings, an automaker must have at least two vehicles that were tested by Consumer Reports. That means this year, Maserati and Smart lacked sufficient data to be ranked.

Top 10 Worst Automakers of 2018: Consumer Reports

10. MINI

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Although MINI had below average predicted reliability, the brand did have above average owner satisfaction. Still, it is ranked 25th among automakers with an overall score of 58. A total of three models were tested, contributing to the road test score of 74.

9. Ram

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The first of several Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) brands on the list is Ram. The American automaker earned average predicted reliability marks and above average owner satisfaction, but earned an overall score of 57. Only two models from Ram were tested, helping the brand earn a road test score of 70.

8. Dodge

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Next on the list from FCA is Dodge, with below average predicted reliability and average owner satisfaction ratings. With five models tested, Dodge received a road test score of 74 on its way to an overall score of 56.

7. GMC

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Seven models were tested from the GMC brand, resulting in a road test score of 69. The American automaker received below average predicted reliability marks, but owner satisfaction is above average. GMC’s overall score was 54, placing it in 28th place.

6. Jaguar

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Like GMC, Jaguar had below average predicted reliability but above average owner satisfaction. Consumer Reports tested four models from the British automaker, contributing to a road test score of 77. Its overall score of 53 helps it land in 29th place.

5. Mitsubishi

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Mitsubishi is working on changing its image in the U.S., but it still has a ways to go. Although it did have above average predicted reliability, the Japanese automaker had average owner satisfaction. Only two models were tested from the brand, resulting in a road test score of 44 and an overall score of 50.

4. Alfa Romeo

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Alfa Romeo may have earned above-average marks for owner satisfaction, but it received the worst rating for predicted reliability. The Italian automaker is part of FCA and the two models tested earned the brand a road test score of 72. The overall score of 49 however, puts it in 31st place.

3. Land Rover

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Where there’s Jaguar, there’s a good chance there’s Land Rover. Falling under the same parent company, Land Rover performed worse than Jaguar in this year’s study. It received the worst marks for predicted reliability and owner satisfaction is average. A total of five models were tested, earning a road test score of 72 and an overall score of 49.

2. Jeep

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Things don’t get much better for FCA in the top two spots, with Jeep ranking 33rd overall. It had below average predicted reliability and average owner satisfaction, while the five models tested earned a road test score of 55. In this year’s study, Jeep had an overall score of 48.

1. Fiat

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As for the worst automaker, that dubious honor goes to none other than Fiat. With the worst mark available for predicted reliability and below average owner satisfaction, Fiat’s four tested models didn’t fare much better. A road test score of 58 help contribute to its last-place ranking, thanks to an overall score of 39.

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Mitsubishi Sees Opportunity for Electric Performance Vehicles Wed, 11 Apr 2018 17:38:53 +0000 Mitsubishi Sees Opportunity for Electric Performance Vehicles Mitsubishi Sees Opportunity for Electric Performance Vehicles
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Mitsubishi has set its sights on an electrified future as part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance and said the future could include performance vehicles.

Don Swearington, chief operating officer and executive vice president of Mitsubishi Motors North America, told Digital Trends in an interview published on Tuesday that the future is wide open for electrified cars. He made it clear that Mitsubishi will look at both plug-in and pure battery-electric vehicles.

On the topic of electrified performance vehicles, Swearington specifically said, “there’s a great opportunity.”

“I think our engineers in Japan would love to develop something like that,” he added.

Performance will ultimately depend on advances in battery technology and electric motors at Mitsubishi, but as part of the alliance, the Japanese automaker now has greater synergies than ever before.

SEE ALSO: 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Review and First Drive

“With the alliance now being over 10 million vehicles [a year], that adds a lot more that we can spread those costs over, and now get it very economical not only for us but the consumer,” Swearington said.

Mitsubishi hinted at such a future with the e-Evolution concept. The SUV concept showed a radically different take on the storied Evolution nameplate as an all-electric performance vehicle. However, the brand has not confirmed the vehicle for production and has remained quiet on the Evo’s future since.

Future Mitsubishis will have a lot in common with Renault and Nissan cars, as 80 percent of all vehicles from the alliance will share common underpinnings. And things are looking up for the embattled brand. More plug-in hybrids will come, and Swearington even suggested a battery-electric car may come to fruition based on Nissan’s extensive EV knowledge.

A version of this story originally appeared on HybridCars

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IIHS Evaluates Seven Small SUVs in New Crash Test Wed, 04 Apr 2018 18:28:30 +0000 IIHS Evaluates Seven Small SUVs in New Crash Test IIHS Evaluates Seven Small SUVs in New Crash Test
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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has evaluated seven small SUVs in the passenger-side small overlap front crash test.

The new crash test was introduced last year to encourage automakers to offer the same level of protection for front-seat passengers as drivers in a small overlap crash. With the latest round of evaluations, IIHS has now tested 16 small SUVs in the passenger-side small overlap front crash test. From this group, five of the seven earned good ratings, while one earned a marginal rating, and the other received a poor rating.

The BMW X1, Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain, Jeep Compass, and Mitsubishi Outlander all earned good ratings in the passenger-side small overlap front crash test. For the 2018 model year, the Chevrolet Equinox shed some weight, so it was moved from the midsize SUV category over to the small SUV class. The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport meanwhile earned a marginal rating, while the Ford Escape earned poor.

SEE ALSO: IIHS Introduces New Criteria for 2018 Top Safety Pick Award

In order to qualify for a 2018 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award, a vehicle must earn a good or acceptable passenger-side rating, along with having good-rated headlights. To earn a Top Safety Pick award, vehicles must have good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint tests, as well as an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention, and at least acceptable-rated headlights.

The Mitsubishi Outlander joins eight other small SUVs to qualify for a 2018 Top Safety Pick award. Unfortunately no small SUV has earned the Top Safety Pick+ award, mainly because they fall short of a good rating for headlights.

In addition, none of the newly-tested 2018 models earns better than acceptable marks for structure. So far, the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 are the only small SUVs that have been evaluated to earn a good rating for structure in the passenger-side overlap front test.

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2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Pros and Cons Tue, 27 Mar 2018 22:15:31 +0000 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Pros and Cons 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Pros and Cons
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Mitsubishi seems to be struggling in North America but the newly introduced Eclipse Cross should help liven things up for the brand’s image.

When the Eclipse Cross name was announced, the internet went crazy because it took such an iconic name from Mitsubishi’s history and people didn’t think it could live up to it. The Eclipse did big things for Mitsubishi as a sports car and it seemed odd that a crossover would continue its legacy. The Eclipse Cross is now available for sale and is an unexpectedly well-sorted product with just a few downsides. Make sure to check out our full review, but here is a quick overview of the pros and cons of this new crossover:

ALSO SEE: 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Review

2018 Mitsubishi Pros and Cons


Styling That Will Get Attention: The Eclipse Cross has a lot of unique design elements. Starting from the rear, a double-tier rear window setup combined with a full-length LED tail light assembly is sure to get looks. The aggressively sloped roof also shows Mitsubishi was shooting for an SUV “coupe” look, which everyone in the industry is quickly adopting. The front is standard fare and retains a familiar Mitsubishi family resemblance, but overall, this design will definitely get you noticed.

Exceptional Warranty Package: Long-term ownership prospects for the Eclipse Cross are pretty positive. The incredible 10-year/100,000 mile limited powertrain warranty coupled with a 5-year/60,000 mile basic new car warranty will provide worry-free motoring for years to come should this vehicle be owned for an extended amount of time.

Supple Ride and Lively Driving Dynamics: This crossover’s steering feels focused and diving into corners feels pretty solid. Despite a suspension that’s stiffer than normal for this segment, the ride remains composed and comfortable even over rough roads.

Exciting Infotainment System: A 7.0-inch touchscreen is available with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The best thing about Mitsubishi’s design is the seamless way the screen is integrated into the dashboard without looking out of place and cheap.  Mitsubishi also has a smartphone app that allows for remote operations including locking/unlocking doors, pre-warming or cooling the vehicle, and turning headlights on or off.

Simple and Confident Cabin Design: The Eclipse Cross’s interior has a straightforward design that does not compromise on quality. Seating, door and dashboard materials are high in craftsmanship and climate/radio controls are placed just at the right levels to improve ease of use by the driver and passenger. Higher trim levels add a touch of luxury that feels just right and not overdone.

ALSO SEE: Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Will be the Last Real Mitsubishi


Confused Packaging: The Eclipse Cross’s rear seat legroom of 35.3 inches and total cargo space of 49 cubic feet are mid-pack for the segment. Strong contenders such as the Honda HR-V with 35.3 inches of rear legroom and 58.8 cubic feet of total cargo space, as well as the Subaru Crosstrek with 37 inches of rear legroom and 55 cubic feet of total cargo space, completely eclipse it (no pun intended).

Equally Confused Pricing: The pricing strategy for this crossover places the base MSRP of $23,295 at about $3,000 more than most of the other subcompact crossovers in the class. The issue is that this makes the Eclipse Cross undercut by most of the competition but does not offer any significant advantages over them to justify that price premium.

Not Quite Capable Engine: The Eclipse Cross’s 1.5-liter turbo with 154 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque handles city driving well, but put it through its paces and even the plentiful torque is not enough to stop the engine from sounding strained. The CVT, however, is a pleasant performer and works hard to keep the vehicle in its power band as much as possible.

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Which Automakers Have the Best Warranties? Tue, 27 Feb 2018 21:05:20 +0000 Which Automakers Have the Best Warranties? Which Automakers Have the Best Warranties?
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Every new car comes with a manufacturer warranty. Not all warranties are created equal, however, and some manufacturers offer warranty coverage that is much more comprehensive than others.

A new car manufacturer warranty is split into several parts. The first is the basic coverage, which covers issues such as electrical faults, cosmetic/mechanical defects, and other problems that can affect the proper operation of the vehicle. Coverage lasts for the first 3 years or 36,000 miles (whichever occurs first). The other part is for the powertrain (engine and transmission) solely and, for most automakers, covers the first 5 years or 60,000 miles. Other remaining coverage components are for rust and emission with rust coverage covering the first 5 years on average and emission coverage varying depending on applicable federal and state regulations.

ALSO SEE: How to Get the Most Out of Your Car’s Expiring Warranty

The warranty coverage offered by all automakers selling cars in 2018 is vast, but here are eight automakers with the best warranties in the business (in the U.S.).

Which Automakers Have the Best Warranties?


This company may seem like it has given up on releasing competitive products, but at least it hits hard with excellent warranty coverage on its entire lineup. Powertrain warranty is 10 years or 100,000 miles, new vehicle limited warranty is 5 years or 60,000 miles, and anti-corrosion warranty comes in at 7 years or 100,000 miles. Out of all the automakers, Mitsubishi has the best warranty.


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Volkswagen just introduced a gamechanger of a warranty that comes in at 6 years or 72,000 miles for the limited new vehicle warranty — it also happens to be transferable. That means that should you sell your Volkswagen within the warranty coverage period, all the warranty benefits are automatically transferred to the new owner at no cost to you. This currently applies to just the Atlas and Tiguan because they are only 2018 models available right now, but Volkswagen has said this new warranty should spread to the rest of the 2018 model range eventually. The E-Golf will be the only model left out of this warranty program.


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Hyundai follows Mitsubishi’s strategy of offering a very long warranty coverage of 10 years or 100,000 miles for powertrain and 5 years or 60,000 miles for comprehensive new vehicle warranty.

Genesis, Hyundai’s luxury brand, also offers a 10 year or 100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty with free maintenance and a valet service where they pick up your car for scheduled maintenance, give you a replacement, and return your car when the service is done.


2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST-Kirchner

Although Chevrolet’s powertrain and new vehicle warranties come in at 5 years/60,000 miles and 3 years/36,000 miles, respectively, there is the additional benefit of two free maintenance services (free oil change, tire rotations, or DEF tank refills for diesel vehicles) applicable for the first 24,000 miles and applies to all vehicles in the model range.

ALSO SEE: Pros and Cons of Leasing a Car


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Audi has a 4 year or 50,000 mile limited warranty. The first scheduled maintenance is also free and Audis also get 12 years of warranty against corrosion and four years of 24-hour roadside assistance.

As a comparison, BMW vehicles 2017 or newer come with a 3 year or 36,000 mile warranty for both powertrain and comprehensive. What sets theirs apart from the competition is the free maintenance services that is built into the warranty and those services are for the full duration of the factory warranty. The warranty is not transferable, however.


2018 nissan titan

Although not applicable to all Nissan models, the 5 year or 100,000 mile powertrain and comprehensive warranty coverages applicable to both the Titan pickup truck and NV full-size van are definitely way above the usual industry average of 3 years or 60,000 mile for comprehensive warranty.

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Competitively Priced Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Arrives in the US Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:51:24 +0000 Competitively Priced Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Arrives in the US Competitively Priced Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Arrives in the US
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Set to go on sale in early March, pricing for the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has been announced.

Starting from $24,290 including destination, the first shipment of the compact crossover has arrived in Port Hueneme on the West Coast in the U.S. The Japanese automaker announced those units will be delivered to dealerships nationwide. The Eclipse Cross is Mitsubishi’s second all-new vehicle to arrive to the U.S. for the 2018 model year, following the Outlander PHEV that arrived dealerships last December.

SEE ALSO: 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Review

Powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross offers 152 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque while paired to a CVT. Without all-wheel drive, the crossover returns 26 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway for a 27-mpg combined rating. When equipped with all-wheel drive, fuel economy goes to 25-mpg city, 26-mpg highway, and 25-mpg combined.

“2018 represents an exciting next chapter for Mitsubishi Motors, and the all-new Eclipse Cross is a large part of that story,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president and chief operating officer, MMNA. “The Eclipse Cross builds on the strong Mitsubishi heritage of automotive performance, technology and fun-to-drive dynamics revived in a CUV. We’re excited to add the Eclipse Cross to our established CUV lineup and know it will continue to fuel the brands current sales momentum.”

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Top 10 Least Dependable Automakers: 2018 J.D. Power Wed, 14 Feb 2018 21:14:34 +0000 Top 10 Least Dependable Automakers: 2018 J.D. Power Top 10 Least Dependable Automakers: 2018 J.D. Power
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Overall vehicle dependability improved this year, the first time since 2013.

The J.D. Power 2018 Vehicle Dependability Study has been released, with overall vehicle dependability improving 9 percent from last year. The study is now in its 29th year, measuring the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100) during the past 12 months by original owners of 2015 model year vehicles. A lower score reflects higher quality since that means there were fewer problems experienced per 100 vehicles.

The overall industry average went from 142 PP100 to 156 PP100 this year, an increase of 14 points.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Least Dependable Automakers: 2017

Continuing to be problematic for owners is in-vehicle technology, including audio, communications, entertainment, and navigation. The category received the highest frequency of complaints, with the two most common problems related to built-in voice recognition and built-in Bluetooth connectivity.

Here are the top 10 least dependable automakers of 2018, based on the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study.

10. Volvo

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In last year’s study, Volvo performed slightly above industry average (156 PP100) with a score of 154 PP100. This year, however, the Swedish automaker struggled with a score of 162 PP100, quite a bit worse than the industry average of 142.

9. Dodge

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) brands traditionally struggle on the annual study, and this year is no different. Dodge, however, does improve compared to last year, where it was the fourth least dependable automaker on the list with a score of 187 PP100. This year, the brand improves to 166 PP100 but is still in the bottom 10.

8. Ram

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Ram also improved this year with a score of 167 PP100, compared to last year’s 183 PP100. The American automaker is slowly rising up the ranks, after finishing just ahead of Dodge last year as the fifth least dependable automaker.

7. Subaru

subaru 2018 lineup

Subaru’s score takes a slight dip in this year’s study, with owners reporting 167 PP100 compared to last year’s 164 PP100. But last year, Subaru wasn’t too far off the industry average and wasn’t in the bottom 10. This year the story is different, as the Japanese automaker is one of the least dependable automakers according to J.D. Power.

6. Mitsubishi

2018 mitsubishi eclipse cross

Mitsubishi continues to struggle on J.D. Power’s Vehicle Dependability Study and actually drops a spot compared to last year when it was the seventh least dependable automaker. In 2017, the brand scored 182 PP100, so it at least did improve by scoring 173 PP100 in this year’s study.

5. Cadillac

cadillac v-performance academy

Cadillac‘s tumble on the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study comes as a bit of a surprise, considering it performed better than the industry average last year with 152 PP100. This year, however, it’s the fifth least dependable automaker after earning a score of 186 PP100.

4. Jeep

2018 jeep compass

Another FCA brand on the list, Jeep did improve from last year’s finish, when it was the second least dependable automaker on the list. This year, it scored 188 PP100, a difference of 21 PP100 compared to 2017.

3. Fiat

2018 fiat 500 abarth

Last year, Fiat was the least dependable automaker on the list, so at least the Italian automaker has improved. In fact, last year Fiat scored 298 PP100, which was significantly more than Jeep’s second-place finish with 209 PP100. The brand noticeably improved this year with a score of 192 PP100, but it still has quite a bit of work to do.

2. Land Rover

range rover group photo

Land Rover was in the bottom 10 last year as well, but it was the eighth least dependable automaker with a score of 178 PP100. Things are quite different this year, with the British automaker getting dangerously close to being the least dependable automaker. Land Rover scored 204 PP100 in the 2018 study.

ALSO SEE: Top 10 Most Dependable Automakers: 2018 J.D. Power

1. Chrysler

chrysler 300

Once again, an FCA brand is the least dependable automaker and this year it’s Chrysler‘s turn. Although the brand doesn’t even have very many offerings now, it scored 211 PP100 compared to last year, when it finished just below the industry average with a score of 159 PP100.

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