The 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a well-equipped crossover with a price point that makes it affordable. Now available with front-wheel or all-wheel drive across the trim range, starting price for the 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is only $22,845 putting it well within the family budget. Even all-wheel drive models start lower than many competitors with pricing from $24,445.
Power across the lineup comes from a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with 152 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. It’s not a powerful choice and at times the Eclipse Cross could use a bit more horsepower.
It’s not an issue in city driving or winding along a country road, but pressed to accelerate quickly onto the highway the lack of power shows. It takes its time getting up to speed, which can make it a challenge when traffic is heavy. It’s equally challenging to get a burst of extra power for high-speed passing.
The good thing about that smaller engine is its fuel economy. It gets up to an EPA-estimated 26 mpg in the city, 29 mpg on the highway, and 27 mpg combined when equipped with two-wheel drive. All-wheel drive models see those numbers drop slightly to 25 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, and 26 mpg combined. Either way, it’s a crossover that makes road trips easy to budget.
It’s not a performance vehicle, but it does provide a smooth and comfortable ride for up to five passengers. Road and wind noise are kept nicely muted and seating is supportive without being stiff. Handling is good with responsive steering that won’t tax the driver over longer trips.
While most trims feature manually adjustable cloth seats, the top SEL has an 8-way power driver’s seat with leather seats. All but the base trim have heated front seats and there’s the option for a heated steering wheel on the SEL only.
One of the big reasons for getting a crossover is its ability to accommodate not just people, but cargo. There’s up to 22.6 cubic feet for cargo behind the rear seats with a wide hatchback opening that easily handles larger items. Fold the rear seats down and cargo capacity expands to 48.9 cubic feet. It can also tow up to 1,500 pounds.
Aside from the base ES, there’s a 7-inch display with a touchpad controller, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and two front USB ports. The screen feels small at a time when automakers are adding larger screens but the system is easy to use, other than the touchpad. Touchpads are a finicky feature no matter the car, but with time this one gets easier to use.
The Eclipse Cross offers a wide range of advanced safety features that are standard on the top two trims. These include blind spot warning with lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert, automatic high beams, forward collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, and lane departure warning. Optional on the SEL only are adaptive cruise control and forward collision mitigation with high-speed braking and pedestrian detection.
Although base trims of the Eclipse Cross don’t have a wide range of standard features, that’s the trade-off for its affordability. It might not be right for a buyer who is looking for a fully-loaded crossover, but it’s great for those on a budget.