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Should-you-buy Should You Buy a 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross?

Should You Buy a 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross?

Something different in the compact crossover segment.

  • The 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross starts at $22,995 in the U.S. and at $28,295 in Canada.

  • Excellent AWD system, great warranty, competitive price.

  • Jittery ride on bad pavement, lackluster fuel economy, could be more powerful.

The 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is somewhat of an oddity in the compact crossover category. That’s if buyers consider this four-door coupe utility vehicle a compact, because its stubby size might suggest it belongs in the subcompact segment. However, its price point confirms its position in the slightly bigger—but just as competitive—category.

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Riding on the same platform as the Mitsubishi Outlander and the Mitsubishi RVR, the Eclipse Cross also shares an identical wheelbase. Said platform is no spring chicken, and it will show its age in certain driving situations.

Under the hood, we find a turbocharged, 1.5L four-cylinder engine that isn’t shared with any other Mitsubishi product in North America. It develops 152 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, which seems decent on paper until we compare it similar-displacement mills found in its competitors. Namely, the Honda CR-V (192 horsepower), the Ford Escape (181 hp) as well as the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain (179 hp).

Fuel economy isn’t all that impressive either. With the all-wheel drivetrain that’s optional in the United States and standard in Canada, the 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross boasts city/highway/combined ratings of 25/28/26 U.S. mpg, or 9.6/8.9/9.3 L/100 km in Canada.

Every Eclipse Cross includes an infotainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen and wheel-mounted controls, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration as well as a console-mounted touchpad interface are standard in all but the base U.S. ES trim level. Available items in better-equipped variants include a power sunroof, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, blind spot monitoring, autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, leather upholstery, a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate Punch sound system and more.

In the United States, the 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross starts at $22,995 before freight and delivery charges, and can reach $28,745 in the case of the range-topping SEL S-AWC variant. In Canada, the crossover’s price ranges from $28,298 to $36,298.

2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Why You Should Buy a 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

  • The Eclipse Cross is unique in its category, as the only four-door coupe-like model that’s so trendy for German luxury brands. The high beltline might seem awkward as first, but the look can grow on us over time, and it’s a break away from the cookie-cutter compact crossovers we’re seeing too much of on today’s roads.
  • Mitsubishi’s powertrain warranty of 10 years or 160,000 km in Canada, as well as 10 years or 100,000 miles in the USA, is the best in the business right now. For shoppers planning to keep their vehicle for many years, that’s peace of mind.
  • The overall interior design is nothing to get excited about, but overall, fit and finish and quite good. Everything feels solid.
  • The 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross’s S-AWC system is excellent. It can send power to the front or rear wheels as needed, and can shift available power from side to side at the rear, enhancing handling, but also grip in winter conditions.
  • It’s one of the most affordable compact crossovers on the market with AWD.

2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Why You Shouldn’t Buy a 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

  • While the crossover isn’t underpowered, it surely isn’t overpowered, either. As mentioned above, many rivals in the compact segment offer more muscular engines. The continuously variable automatic transmission connected to the turbo engine works pretty well in normal driving conditions, but despite the wheel-mounted paddle shifters, it can’t imitate the performance of a good conventional automatic or a dual-clutch gearbox.
  • Whenever we accelerate while changing lanes or negotiating a curve, the platform can’t hide its age, and it’s particularly noticeable after we set foot in a product with a more recent architecture. Like the Toyota RAV4 for example, which feels stiffer. The Eclipse Cross’ jittery ride isn’t a dealbreaker, but it’s nothing to write home about.

2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

  • Fuel economy could be better. A smaller, turbocharged engine should normally do the trick to increase efficiency, but that’s not the case here. Only a few rivals, like the Hyundai Tucson, the Kia Sportage and the Volkswagen Tiguan, are worse in regards to fuel consumption. The Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV4 are the leaders in the category—and they’re powered by 2.5L engines.
  • The infotainment system’s touchpad interface is a hassle to use. It always is on a moving vehicle, no matter what brand or model that adopts it. Despite having a volume adjustment buttons on the steering wheel and touch-sensitive controls on the side of the touchscreen, we like the convenience of a good old physical volume dial, which shuts off the audio system when you push on it.
  • Rear-seat headroom is limited in the 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. Just like in any four-door coupe-like crossover. Obviously, due to its shortness, cargo space is also below average in its segment, with a volume of 22.6 cubic feet (640 litres) behind the rear seatbacks, and a maximum volume of 48.9 cubic feet (1,385 litres) when said seatbacks are folded down. In comparison, the Honda CR-V’s cargo hold is about 55% bigger.

Final Word

The 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross sets itself apart for its shape, styling and sporty looks. However, it’s not all that sporty as far as performance and handling go, but crossover shoppers who want that kind of stuff should probably look into a car instead.

The Eclipse Cross isn’t the most equipped or the most spacious in its category, but it feels like a well-built product, with good interior fit and finish, and its relatively simple mechanical components should prove reliable for many years.

If only it was a little more powerful, a little more efficient and a little more comfortable on the road, it would be a much more convincing utility vehicle. However, we can’t criticize Mitsubishi for trying something different.

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