The 2020 Eclipse Cross is a compact crossover that looks just like other models and reminds us all that Mitsubishi also makes appliances. The Eclipse Cross is the most refined product in the company’s lineup. It has a great interior and surprising practicality. The Eclipse Cross’s turbocharged engine is powerful enough to drive the Mitsubishi funky around town, and its automatic transmission is quiet while cruising. Its powertrain is a bit weak at highway speeds, and the sporty design doesn’t translate into driving dynamics. The Eclipse Cross is a reliable vehicle with good cargo storage and a smooth ride. It can also be equipped with the most recent technology features.
What’s new for 2020?
The 2020 Eclipse Cross is updated by Mitsubishi with minor trim changes and new features. There’s also a special edition model. This special edition model will be available at dealers only for a short time. However, it comes with unique exterior accents. The Eclipse Cross lineup includes the SEL Premium, GT Touring and GT Touring packages. All models, except the base, include standard automatic high beams, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, and lane warning. All models with all-wheel drive get a new lightweight system. This lineup includes more comfortable rear seats, power-operated driver’s lumbar support, another USB port and updated infotainment screens.
Pricing and Which One To Buy
The SE model is the best Eclipse Cross, which offers both desirable features and a fair price. Blind-spot monitoring and dual-zone climate control are some of the standard equipment. Other options include passive entry, interior upholstery, better quality, and more. For an additional $1600, we’d add all-wheel drive. We would only approve the Panoramic Sunroof Package to improve the Eclipse Cross’s interior and make it more useful with the roof rails. The Towing package and rear parking sensors are our favorite accessories.
Engine, Transmission, & Performance
The Eclipse Cross’s turbocharged four cylinder engine is not going to light up your heart. Our test track saw the last one run to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds. The engine is paired with a continuously variable auto transmission (CVT), which delivers smooth power. The engine produces less noise than you might expect, and highway cruising is smooth and quiet. This is exactly what we need from crossovers of this type. The Eclipse Cross’s suspension has been designed to be comfortable. It is able to turn at high speeds with moderate body roll. The chassis remains composed even when driving on broken pavement or railroad crossings, thanks to its soft suspension. Small cracks in the road can transmit vibrations through the steering wheel, seats and dashboard, which rival crossovers like the Hyundai Tucson or the Kia Sportage manage to smooth out better. The steering is precise and light, which is great for parking lot maneuverability but discourages backroad antics.
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
The fuel-economy results are not remarkable. According to the EPA, the Eclipse Cross should perform better in cities than its competitors. So take into account your driving habits and make comparisons. The base ES, the only front-wheel drive variant, gets slightly higher estimates. In real-world testing, the Eclipse Cross achieved 26 mpg in highway tests. Many of its competitors, including the more powerful Kia Sportage SX Turbo, outperformed the Mitsubishi and their EPA estimates.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
Given its price, the interior of the Eclipse Cross is quite pleasant. The Eclipse Cross’s interior is made from high-quality materials. Nothing feels cheap or out of place. The seats are covered in a durable, stylish fabric. However, our backs felt sore after spending a few hours at the controls. Although the Eclipse Cross is spacious enough for a small family, it lacks sufficient storage space to hold more than three people. Six carry-on suitcases can be tucked behind the rear seats, and 17 total when the seats are folded. Although the rear seats can be folded easily, people with shorter bodies may find it difficult to reach the cargo area release levers. The stroller can fit easily in the cargo space with all the seats raised.
Connectivity and Infotainment
All Eclipse Cross models include a touchscreen infotainment, however, only a few have the optional thin-display, freestanding version. This can be controlled using the redundant touchpad located on the center console. The pad, unlike a touchscreen, allows you to perform commands like changing tracks or increasing volume without having to look away from the road. Navigation is not available in the options list. The on-screen menus of the infotainment system are clear and logical. This can be fixed by Apple CarPlay or Android Auto (both optional)