2020 Eclipse Cross New Car Test Drive
The 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross may share part of its name with a '90s sport coupe, but make no mistake, it's a dramatically-styled crossover that's long on value.
The Eclipse Cross gets few changes for 2020 outside the addition of a mid-tier SP trim to slot between the LE and the SE. The SP essentially adds some carbon-fiber-like pieces and other sporty touches to the LE. The SE and SEL trims benefit from some newly standard active-safety features as well.
All Eclipse Cross models get a 1.5-liter turbo-4 that makes 152 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. It mates up with a continuously variable transmission that mimics an 8-speed in its operation. Front-wheel drive is standard on all trims and all-wheel drive is available.
No NHTSA crash-test data exists for the Eclipse Cross, but the IIHS has named the crossover a Top Safety Pick. Along with that, 2020 sees the addition of several standard active-safety features on the SE and SEL trims. These include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warnings, and automatic high beam headlights.
Every Eclipse Cross also comes with a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
All prices include a $1,195 destination charge. All-wheel drive is available on every model for $1,600.
The lineup begins with the Eclipse Cross ES ($24,190), which includes a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth, one USB port, cloth upholstery, and automatic climate control.
The LE model ($25,290) adds 18-inch wheels as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite radio, heated front seats, voice recognition, and multiple front USB ports.
A new SP trim (26,490) joins the lineup and adds sporty styling cues like carbon-style grille and mirror accents, a bigger spoiler, and unique badging.
The SE ($26,840) has leather seats and steering wheel, chrome styling, keyless entry and keyless ignition, and the aforementioned active-safety features.
Top-tier SEL ($28,340) models add leather upholstery, paddle shifters, LED headlights, power adjustability for the driver's seat, and a head-up display and multi-view camera system.