2020 Eclipse Cross New Car Test Drive
The 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross borrows the first half of its name from the popular sport coupe that debuted three decades earlier. It's a crossover SUV that seats five, and wears a daringly designed body.
Changes for the 2019 model year are trivial. All versions can have new accessory roof rails, while LE models gain gloss black window switch panels.
Mitsubishi offers a few Eclipse Cross versions: ES, LE, SE, and SEL, plus an SP Special Edition. All models use the same engine: a 1.5-liter turbo-4 that makes 152 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, mated with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The CVT has eight virtual “speeds,” along with a Sport mode.
Front-wheel drive is standard on the base (ES) model. Other trim levels come only with all-wheel drive. The AWD system helps with traction, and adds weight that the modestly powered engine must overcome.
Crash-test results have been impressive thus far. The IIHS gave the Eclipse Cross “Good” ratings for each of its crash-tests, and called it a Top Safety Pick. The NHTSA has not yet crash-tested an Eclipse Cross. Active-safety features are available, but optional on top trim levels. .
Prices do not include $1,095 destination charge.
The Eclipse Cross ES ($23,595 with front-drive, $24,195 with S-AWC all-wheel drive) comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, five-passenger seating, automatic climate control, heated power mirrors, Bluetooth connectivity, USB port, a 7.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment, and LED taillights.
LE S-AWC ($25,195) comes only with all-wheel drive and includes 18-inch wheels, 7.0-inch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, dual USB ports, and steering-wheel voice controls.
SP S-AWC ($26,190), a Special Edition, adds front, side and rear body trim, plus a large rear spoiler.
SE S-AWC ($26,695) includes heated front seats, keyless ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, and rain-sensing wipers. Safety features include blind-spot monitors.
SEL S-AWC ($28,195) gets 18-inch wheels, eight-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, leather seat upholstery, LED headlights, a head-up display, a multi-view camera system, and paddle shifters. All-wheel drive is standard. Options include adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warnings.
SEL S-AWC with Touring Package ($30,695) includes a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, heated rear seats and steering wheel, 710-watt Rockford Fosgate audio, land-departure warnings, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking..