The 2020 Eclipse Cross looks like other compact crossovers and reminds everyone that Mitsubishi manufactures more than appliances. Together with decent interior quality and surprising practicality, the Eclipse Cross is the company's most polished product. Its turbocharged engine has enough energy to motivate the modern Mitsubishi in the city and its automatic transmission is unusually quiet while sailing. However, its power-train feels weak at highway speeds and its sporty design does not translate into driving dynamics. Even so, the Eclipse Cross has a compatible drive, payload storage and can be equipped with the latest technological features. What's Recent for 2020? Mitsubishi updates the Eclipse Cross 2020 with minor equipment changes, new features available and a Special Edition model. The latter will only be offered at dealerships for a limited time, but brings unique exterior accents. The Eclipse Cross line also eliminates the SEL Premium and GT Touring packages. All models, except the base version, add standard automatic high beams, front collision warning with pedestrian detection and lane departure warning. Similarly, all models equipped with all-wheel drive receive a new lightweight system. The line also adds more comfortable rear seats, electric lumbar support in the driver's seat, another USB port, redesigned climate controls, updated infotainment display and more. The best Eclipse Cross is the SE model that balances desirable features and a reasonable price. The list of standard equipment includes blind spot monitoring, dual zone climate control, passive entry, better interior upholstery and more. The only option is the panoramic sunroof package that we would approve to improve the well-equipped Eclipse Cross cabin and improve its utility with the included roof rails. Among the countless accessories, the only ones that arouse our interest are the rear parking sensors and the trailer package. Interior, comfort and cargo The seats are wrapped in an elegant and durable fabric, and although the cushioning was more than adequate, the lack of a lumbar adjustment left our backs wanting more support after a few hours behind the helm. The Eclipse Cross has enough cargo space for a small family, but cubicle storage becomes scarce with more than three occupants on board. We fit six handbags behind the rear seats and 17 in total with the seats folded. The rear seats fold easily, although people with shorter torsos may have trouble reaching the release levers from the cargo area. A great advantage for flourishing families: a stroller easily fits in the cargo area with all seats raised.
Engine, transmission and performance Make no mistake, the four turbocharged cylinders of Eclipse Cross will not light anyone's heart. Together with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), the engine delivers power without problems. Aggressive accelerator applications evoke less engine noise than expected, and road cruising is quiet and hassle-free, just what we want from crossovers of this class. The Eclipse Cross suspension is clearly adjusted for comfort; taking curves in speed results in a moderate body roll. That smoothness is worthwhile in its driving quality, with the chassis that remains composed while driving on broken pavement and railroad crossings. Although, small cracks on the road transmit vibrations through the steering wheel and seats, something that rival crossovers such as the Hyundai Tucson and the Kia Sportage soften further. The direction is precise and light, which is good for parking maneuverability but discourages road pranks.
Fuel economy and MPG in the real world The fuel saving results are completely irrelevant. The EPA says that Eclipse Cross is supposed to work better in the city than many of its rivals, so consider your driving habits when making comparisons. The basic ES, the only front-wheel drive variant, gets slightly better estimates. The Eclipse Cross affirmed its EPA road estimate in our real-world tests with a yield of 26 mpg. However, many of its rivals outperformed the Mitsubishi, as well as their own EPA estimates, even the much more powerful Kia Sportage SX Turbo. Infotainment and connectivity All Eclipse Cross models come standard with a touch screen information and entertainment system, but only some come with the independent thin-screen version, which can also be controlled through the redundant touch panel in the center console. Unlike a touch screen, the pad allows you to execute commands such as changing tracks or adjusting the volume without taking your eyes off the road. The on-screen menus of the infotainment system are logical and self-explanatory, but navigation is absent from the list of options. The Apple Car-play and Android Auto capabilities, both optional, solve this to some extent.