This is an opinion that is rooted in fact. I had a chance to work with a couple of them over the past few years and have published my findings in a few outlets. What I discovered from the Eclipse Cross was a small SUV with driving manners that enthusiasts would enjoy and a strong driveline that punches above its weight.
In the meantime, the automotive retail business has been working overtime to reinvent itself. They are hungry for inventory, while production is ramping up under safer conditions along the assembly lines. Used cars are becoming scarce, with some auction facilities laying off personnel. However, the rental car companies are trying to reduce excess fleet in the pall of financial issues due to a reduction in travel.
Translation: Japanese cars were thought of as cheap tin boxes that would never make it through a Minnesota winter. That was the mentality of the American consumer until the last couple of decades. It does help that several Japanese automakers set up shop building vehicles on our soil to change our collective minds.