2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Review, Much To Like 3 Things We Would Change
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross was a new model two years ago and is the smallest vehicle along with the Outlander and Outlander Sport in Mitsubishi's stable of SUVs. It competes against the Honda HR-V, the sporty Hyundai Kona and the adventure-oriented Subaru Crosstrek. See how it stays up.
This week we drive the top-of-the-line 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL 1.5T S-AWC trim.
What’s new for 2020?
All-wheel drive is no longer standard for most trim levels, and the SE trim includes additional advanced safety features for the 2020 model year change.
Features & Options
The top trim 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL 1.5T S-AWC ($28,595) comes standard with black 18-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, a remote touchpad controller for the infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, voice controls, satellite radio, and a second USB port.
The SE L also comes with push-button start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a six-speaker stereo system, dual-zone climate control, and a rear-seat center armrest. Safety equipment includes forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic high beams.
The SEL trim gets additional goodies like LED headlights, leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat, a head-up display, and a surround-view parking camera system.
The optional Touring package ($2,100) added a panoramic sunroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a premium Rockford Fosgate stereo system, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, high-speed emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control. Total MSRP including destination: $32,720.
The range-topping SEL S-AWC feels a lot more upscale than many compact SUV crossovers. It still comes with extensive hard plastic, a lot of which comes in piano black, but there’s also plenty of soft-touch surfaces. We made liberal use of the heated front seats and heated steering wheel providing extra comfort on cold Colorado mornings.
Legroom is good for taller drivers with the adjustable seat and tilt/telescoping steering wheel and it’s easy to find the perfect driving position. Visibility is the only issue from inside with the split rear window reminding us of a Prius hatchback.
The infotainment system's remote touchpad is intuitive and easy to use. The central display also works as a touchscreen. A full suite of driver aids and active safety features was included on this SEL tester. The back seat is not the biggest in the segment but adequate for two adults. We do like that the back seats have the ability to recline. And the Touring package features heated rear seats for extra passenger comfort.
There’s 22.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat and 48.9 cubic feet with the rear seat folded down, putting the Eclipse Cross above average for this class.
Engine & Fuel Mileage Specs
Power comes from a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine producing 152 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. It comes mated with a continuously variable automatic transmission. Our tester came with Mitsubishi’s All-Wheel Control all-wheel-drive system.
Eclipse Cross gets an EPA estimated 25/26 city/highway mpg and 25 combined mpg using regular unleaded fuel.
The new Eclipse Cross is the ideal size for urban driving and commuting. We found the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine provided a good amount of power for this size SUV. We pushed the small crossover hard up I-70 traveling west up into the mountains west of Denver, and never felt the engine needed more power. And the Continuously Variable Transmission worked well with the turbocharged 1.5-liter powerplant. The paddle shifters enable you to shift manually and works in concert with the 8-step Sport Mode gearbox.
The Eclipse Cross isn't the sportiest when pushing around tight mountain curves, but it works well in the city when navigating narrow urban streets. We thought the ride quality was a bit harsh over the dirt roads leading home, and road noise is prominent at highway speeds.
We particularly enjoyed the head-up display in the compact Mitsubishi SUV. This is luxury in this class and helps the driver keep eyes on the road making for a safer commute in traffic.
The all-new 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL 1.5T S-AWC is a smart choice in the popular compact SUV/Crossover segment. It comes with plenty of standard features and an easy-to-use infotainment system. The 1.5-liter turbocharged engine delivers peppy performance and the CVT automatic doesn’t wind up like the competition.
The downside is the split rear wind is hard to see out of, and the ride quality is a bit rough over broken pavement and dirt roads. The fuel mileage is also less than other compact vehicles in this segment. The top-trim SEL comes with a host of safety features giving driver confidence in heavy city traffic. Top trim-level pricing can get pushed up with the top Touring package.
Denis Flierl has invested nearly 30 years in the automotive industry in a variety of roles. All of his reports are archived here. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Subaru Report. Check back tomorrow for more news and updates!
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