I lurk on a Eclipse Cross forum and lots of pain there. I own a 2019 Outlander Sport with the 5 speed manual. It's been flawless for over 3 yrs 50k miles. Granted it's the short version of the Outlander but it's been the best vehicle I've owned in a long long time. I have the 4b11 2.0 engine and it delivers excellent mpg's. My lifetime average since owning the vehicle is just over 30 mpg. I would steer clear of the CVT if I was looking for a used Outlander. I concur with a previous post that if I was going to buy a Outlander I wouldn't buy the new Nissan one in any flavor. Look for a lightly used Outlander GT with the V6 and 6 speed automatic or the Outlander PHEV (the Mitsubishi made model, not the Nissan).
View my fuel log 2015 Mirage ES 1.2 automatic: 40.4 mpg (US) ... 17.2 km/L ... 5.8 L/100 km ... 48.5 mpg (Imp)
The only Mitsubishi vehicles that I would buy are the 5-speed manual Mirage & the 5-speed manual Outlander Sport (which does limit the choice to FWD only).
If I felt AWD/4WD was necessary, then my focus goes elsewhere. If I were buying a new AWD SUV, a non-turbo engine with an automatic transmission would get my money. In today's market, that would be the 2022 Toyota RAV4, 2022 Mazda CX-30, & 2022 Mazda CX-5. On a positive note, my shopping list would be quite short.
The last time (a few years ago now) I was in a Mitsubishi showroom I sat in an Outlander Sport & Outlander. I had no interest in sitting in the Eclipse Cross. I didn't care for the looks of it. I still like the looks of the Outlander Sport better. That's just personal preference. The Eclipse Cross could be a great vehicle. I'll just never know!
The first two generations had full size spares located on the rear hatch door, which meant the rear hatch door swung out rather than up. Since the spare was on the outside, some nice usable space was located under the folding table that covered the rear area.
The 3rd generation & up no longer had a full size spare stored on the rear hatch door, and the rear hatch door popped up like most other vehicles. When that change happened, the tables disappeared.