2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Reviews

2020 Eclipse Cross New Car Test Drive

The following review is for a 2019 Model Year. There may be minor changes to current model you are looking at.

Introduction

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. 

Lineup

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.

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