The 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a brand-new entry competitive compact crossover SUV segment. Formally configured as a sports coupe, the re-branded Eclipse Cross competes head-to-head against the usual suspects in this segment. It’s configured as a four-door, is offered in Mitsubishi’s traditional four-layered trim, and allows consumers to mix-and-match options that are practical and produce value across the board.
The new Eclipse Cross focuses on exterior styling as it’s main differential from competitors. It includes a total of 48.9-cubic feet with seats folded down, and 22.6-cubic feet with seats up. Under the hood, the 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross receives power from a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine that produces 152-horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable transmission is paired to this powerplant and front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive being standard on the LE, SE and SEL. The EPA-estimated fuel economy is a combined 26 miles per gallon win FWD and drops slightly with AWD configuration.
Like most Mitsubishi’s, the Eclipse Cross features lots of standard features including automatic climate control, a rearview camera and a touchscreen infotainment system. The base ES edition gains additional goodies such as USB charging ports, heated side-view mirrors, 16-inch alloy wheels, and four-speaker sound system. The Eclipse Cross can be enhanced with cosmetic upgrades, interior lighting additions, rear parking assist, and other minor components.
The upgrade to the LE trim is standard with all-wheel drive. It rides on 18-inch alloy wheels, adds a touchpad controller, an additional USB port, Android and Apple integration, and a satellite radio trial subscription. Stepping up to the SE, consumers will gain a leather-wrapped steering wheel, upgraded stereo system, and heated front seats. A two-year subscription to Mitsubishi’s Connect telematics system, push-button starting, rain-sensing wipers, and automatic headlights are added for additional value. Modern safety systems like rear traffic alerts, blind-spot warnings, and lane-changing assist.
The premium trim is the SEL. This chart-topper includes LED headlights, leather seating, head-up display, and a multiple view camera system. The Touring Package can be added to the SEL and adds a sunroof, automatic high beams, Rockford Fosgate speakers, heated steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror and heated rear seats. Additional safety features including a lane-departure warning, forward collision warning, and adaptive cruise control are offered with this upgrade.
The 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
is a fairly good value, with many automotive experts considering it to be a great entry-level compact crossover SUV. The Eclipse Cross drives well, can be configured in multiple trims that fit virtually any budget. With the vehicle being brand new, potential owners would benefit greatly by visiting a Mitsubishi dealership in order to test drive and check out all the cool features.