Car Review: Mitsubishi looks to make a bigger name for itself with the small Eclipse Cross crossover

While you may not have had Mitsubishi on your list of go-to cars and crossovers, the automaker has been busy updating its lineup.

The small crossover class is gaining popularity, and the Eclipse Cross is Mitsubishi’s latest effort to gain buyers.

The Eclipse Cross has a more updated and modern look than previous models. A front-end that is memorable with sleek LED lighting and the backside hatch with two panes of glass will get your attention.

The inside of the Eclipse Cross SEL is a pleasant surprise, with heated front and rear leather seats. Back seat riders will find the little crossover comfortable for two, but three is pressing it. The cargo area is a bit hampered by the big subwoofer and the cool rear hatch design.

A large panoramic sunroof lets in lot of light. A booming sound system is appealing, and it’s even easy to use without the usual knobs.

While most modern Mitsubishi models are as slow as molasses, the Eclipse Cross actually has a bit of performance. It’s no sports car, but the turbo engine does a good job of keeping up with traffic. This Eclipse Cross isn’t comfortable being pushed on twisty roads as the suspension is soft, but it’s fine for commuting.

  • Cost: $28,395; as tested $32,520
  • MPG: 25 MPG City; 26 MPG Highway. I managed 25.6 mpg in 227 miles of mixed driving.
  • Options: $395 Pearl White paint; $2,100 touring package; $190 tonneau cover; $145 carpeted floor mats
  • Safety: Blind spot warning with lane change assist and rear cross traffic collision alert; automatic high beam; forward collision mitigation with pedestrian detection & high speed braking; lane departure warning; adaptive cruise control
  • Things to know: Mitsubishi offers a small crossover loaded with features and a 10-year powertrain warranty. The 2020 Eclipse Cross deserves a look if you are shopping for a smaller crossover.

Pros:

  • Distinctive style; This is the first Mitsubishi to stand out in years.
  • Turbo engine means this has adequate performance.
  • Many features to satisfy most crossover buyers.

Cons:

  • The fuel economy isn’t very impressive for this class of vehicles.
  • Not very fun on twisty roads, as the suspension is very soft.
  • Not a very large dealership network when compared to other larger manufacturers.

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