2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

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2020 MODEL
$22,995 - $28,745
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2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 23, 2020
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Swapnil Kulshrestha

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The Eclipse Cross came to life in 2018, and ever since it has been Mitsubishi’s desperate attempt to make it big in the crossover segment. The ride carries the name tag of the old eclipse, which actually happened to be a coupe and was recognized as a great driving car. However, such is not the case with its Cross iteration. The Eclipse Cross looks stunning, feels astonishing, but lacks at the basics of what a car should do well- Drive. 

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Pros

Bold Looking Exterior 

Feature Laden Cabin

Easy to Use Infotainment System

Cons

Soft-sprung Suspension Setup

Poor Steering Feedback

Low Fuel Economy

Obsolete Driving Dynamics

What's New?

AWD has now been made an optional feature

Mitsubishi Torque Vectoring Technology, now standard across all models

SE and SEL trims now include even more active safety features


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$22995

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

91 cu.in.

horsepower

152 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

184 lbs.-ft. @ 2000 rpm

transmission

1-speed cvt

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11.6/11.6

dimensions

wheelbase

105.1 in.

length

60.8 in.

width

71.1 in.

height

66.3 in.

curb weight

3285 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

94.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

48.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

payload capacity

1345 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.7 sec.

standing ¼-mile

17.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/26/25 mpg

highway range

410.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr. /100000 mi.

roadside assistance

5 yr. /unlimited


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Styles

2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross in Alloy Silver Metallic color 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross in Bronze Metallic color 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross in Mercury Gray Metallic color 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross in Octane Blue Metallic color
Alloy Silver Metallic

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

6.9

Fuel Economy

6.3

Interior

7.5

Exterior

6.5

Competition

7.0

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OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross ES

ES

power
152 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$22,995 - $24,595


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
ES 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $22,995 MSRP (25/25/26) 152 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 5
ES 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $24,595 MSRP (25/25/26) 152 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt all wheel drive 5

2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross LE

LE

power
152 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$24,095 - $25,695


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LE 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $24,095 MSRP (25/25/26) 152 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 5
LE 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $25,695 MSRP (25/25/26) 152 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt all wheel drive 5

2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SE

SE

power
152 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$25,645 - $27,245


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $25,645 MSRP (25/25/26) 152 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 5
SE 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $27,245 MSRP (25/25/26) 152 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt all wheel drive 5

2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL

SEL

power
152 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
25 combined

$27,145 - $28,745


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SEL 4dr SUV (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $27,145 MSRP (25/25/26) 152 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 5
SEL 4dr SUV AWD (1.5L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $28,745 MSRP (25/25/26) 152 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.0

Overall Rating


The firepower of this compact SUV comes from a 1.5L turbocharged Inline-4, which produces 152 hp along with 184 lb.-ft. Of torque. The ride has 5 variants to offer, with each one of them possessing a wide array of safety and driving features as standard for this year.

Starting from a base price of $22,845, the 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross takes the fight to some of the renowned auto-makers of the US market. With stiff competition from the houses of giants such as the Mazda, Subaru, and Chevrolet, will the Eclipse Cross be able to earn a name in the Compact-SUV segment? 

2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross front view
2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross rear view

8.0/10
Features

 

6.9/10
Engine and Performance

 

6.3/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.5/10
Interior

 

6.5/10
Exterior

 
 

7.0/10
Competition

 
 

2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Features

8.0/10

The 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is offered in 5 trims, ES, LE, SP, SE, and SEL. The ES being the base trim starts with a sticker price of $22,845 and offers basic SUV features in a handsome-looking body package. The list of features keeps on increasing as you step-up from each trim. The SEL is the top variant and houses a premium looking, leather-appointed interior, which emits a really plush and uptown vibe. All trims carry the same 1.5L turbocharged engine and are mated to an 8-speed CVT gearbox. 

Trims

ES

LE

SP

SE

SEL

MSRP (FWD)

$22,995

$24,095

$25,295

$25,645

$27,145

MSRP (AWD)

$24,595

$25,695

$26,895

$27,245

$28,745

Key Features Black bodyside Cladding Adds/Upgrades to ES Adds/Upgrades to LE Adds/Upgrades to SP Adds/Upgrades to SE

 

Cruise control

Mechanical 

Fuel Remote Release

Rear wing spoiler

Body-colored front and rear bumpers with black rub strip

Emergency communication system

 

Chrome Grille

Keyfob trunk/hatch/door release

Carpet cargo space

Metal-look/piano black console insert

Garage door transmitter

 

Liftgate rear Cargo Door

Automatic air conditioning

6-way driver seat adjustment

Premium cloth upholstery

Cruise control with steering wheel controls, distance pacing

 

Power remote heated side-view door mirrors

SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite with seek-scan

3month Satellite radio trial with new vehicle purchase

Panoramic sunroof

Power glass tilting and sliding sunroof

 

Tilt and Telescopic Steering Wheel

Smart device integration

Primary monitor touchscreen

Front dual zone A/C

Leather-Appointed Interior

 

 

Auto-off headlights

Reclining rear seat

Cruise control with steering wheel controls

Chrome Interior Accents

 

2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Engine and Performance

6.9/10

The 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross packs a 1.5L Turbocharged I4, which can churn out 152 hp along with 184 lb.-ft. Of torque. The engine noise has now been refined and a forceful push of the throttle pedal will not make the car squeal like before. The 2020 Eclipse Cross is a decent performer on city streets, but on a highway pursuit, things are about to get a bit messed up. Just in case, if you are expecting the eclipse cross to give you a mind-blowing performance, be prepared to pick those shattered pieces of hope up. 

The 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 1.5L I4 Engine

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross carries forward the preceding year’s CVT transmission, which delivers power smoothly and efficiently. The gear ratios are nicely spaced and the gearbox remains smooth for most times. The Eclipse is a good cruiser but it does not like to be pushed hard.

Models

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Mazda CX-3*

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

MSRP

$22,995

$20,390

$21,859

$21,300

Engine

1.5L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.0L Boxer-4

1.4L Turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain FWD FWD AWD FWD

Transmission

Continuously Variable 8-speed Automatic 

2-speed CVT with Overdrive and Manual mode

6-speed Manual

6-speed Automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

152@5,500

148@6,000

152@6,000

138@4,900

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

184@3,500

146@2,800

145@4,000

148@1,850

*2019 figures used for reference purposes

Comparing the Eclipse to its rivals and you will find that it's at par with the best in the segment. The Chevrolet Trax is the least powerful of the lot here but is cheaper than most of the cars listed here.

How fast is the Eclipse Cross?

The 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross does just fine in acceleration. Out in the city, it is surprisingly quick for a crossover of this size and offers decent punch. Moving from a dead stop and leaving behind the fellow cars in traffic won't be much of an issue either. There is enough overtaking power at all instances and the Eclipse Cross doesn't lose out of breath, even when ferrying 5 people around.

2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross acceleration

The ride jogs from 0-60 MPH in 8.6 seconds, which is the same as the Mazda CX-3, however, when chasing the quarter of a mile distance, the Mazda CX-3 takes the lead with 16.3 seconds as compared to the Eclipse’s 16.7 seconds. 

Models

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Mazda CX-3*

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

0-60 MPH (sec)

8.6 

8.6 

9.0 

9.3 

Quarter Mile (sec)

16.7 

16.3 

16.9 

16.8 

Top Speed (MPH) 133 119 140 N/A

Engine

1.5L turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4 

2.0L Boxer 4

1.4L Turbocharged Inline-4

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr) 6.5 6.1 7.1 6.8

Comparing the Eclipse Cross with its rivals and you'll find that this crossover, manages to stay ahead of the competition, owing to its power advantage and efficient drivetrain. The Mazda CX-3, on the other hand, betters the Eclipse in terms of the quarter-mile performance, mainly due to the efficient CVT on offer. The Subaru, despite its standard AWD setup, manages to stay behind the mentioned cars owing to its heft. The Chevrolet loses out on the whole, both due to its lower power and torque figures and the inferior transmission setup.

What about the Braking performance?

The 2020 Eclipse Cross is the heaviest vehicle of the segment and that too with a wide gap. Considering this fact, the Eclipse Cross delivers a pretty decent braking performance. The ride can depreciate from 60-0 MPH in 125 ft. which is just fine for a crossover with such weight. 

2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Brakes

However, the ride’s nothing more than a rookie, when it comes to emergency braking. Under hard braking applications, the front end of the Eclipse takes a scary dive.

Model

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Mazda CX-3*

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

Brake Rotors Front (in)

11.6

11

11.6

11.8

Brake Rotors Rear (in)

11.9

11.1

10.8

9.0

Curb Weight (lbs)

3516

2809

3113

2805

60-0 MPH (ft)

125 

121*

118*

119

Ride and Handling 

The Eclipse Cross’s body carries a true-blue crossover vibe, but grab a seat inside the vehicle, and it’s a different story altogether. The Eclipse performs poorly in terms of ride and handling with a shaky and bumpy ride, all credits to its soft suspension setup. The suspension arrangement for the 2020 Eclipse Cross is so dainty, that the car heaves even when braking at low speeds. 

The ride trembles at corners, with the suspension being the defaulter here, introduces a great degree of body-roll when hitting the corners in speed. 

The steering, simply put, feels bland and lifeless. It’s light, it’s poor at feedbacks, and is deprived of senses. The slightest of shocks communicate vibrations up to the cabin, through the steering wheel and the seats. 

2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross handling

2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Fuel Economy

6.3/10

The Eclipse Cross tries to compensate for the ride and handling shortcomings through an effective fuel economy, but guess what- it fails again terribly. The Mitsubishi offering posts the poorest fuel economy figures in the entire segment. A combined MPG figure of 28 may seem to be very efficient but put it shoulder-to-shoulder with its competitors, and the scenario takes a complete U-turn. 

Model

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Mazda CX-3*

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

MPG (City)

26

29

27

25

MPG (Highway)

29

34

33

33

MPG (Combined)

27

31

30

28

Fuel Capacity (Gallons) 16.6 12.7 16.6 14.0
Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi) 432/481/448 368/432/393 365/481/498  364/434/392 

2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Interior

7.5/10

The 2020 Eclipse cross is an amiable and agreeable place to be in. There is a sheer absence of any unappealing material in the cabin, everything feels premium and well laid-out. The seats are covered in a chic and tough fabric and provide adequate cushioning. 

2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Interior

Moving aside from the way it looks, the Eclipse Cross’s interior does not really perform well. The cabin is a very good conductor of the outside noises. Be it the wind noise, or the engine noise, or any other kind of outside noise, until you are in an Eclipse Cross, you are going to experience all of them too well.

Model

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Mazda CX-3*

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.5/56.2/40.9

38.4/53.5/41.7

39.8/56.7/43.1

39.6/54.1/40.8

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.3/55.1/35.3

37.2/50.4/35.0

38.0/55.6/36.5

38.8/52.8/35.7

The interior of the 2020 Eclipse Cross is very well thought-out and feels pretty sensible and aesthetic. A 7-inch infotainment screen becomes the overwhelming focus from where the dashboard swoops down to the AC vents. The climate controls find a place beneath it.

What to expect on the Infotainment front?

The 2020 Eclipse Cross gets a 7-inch Smartphone Link Display Audio system which feels pretty intriguing to use. The screen serves you with crisp, high-resolution graphics that look very urban. The touch unit houses few physical buttons, and at the same time can also be hovered over with the help of a touchpad. The accessible touchpad controller enables you to control the touchscreen with swipe and tap gestures. Strategically located and with useful catches, you can get to applications while keeping up smooth driving. 

The 2020 Eclipse Cross gets a 7-inch Smartphone Link Display

The standard speaker arrangement of the 2020 Eclipse Cross features a conventional 4-speaker system which is a satisfactory performer, however, if you are more of a bass-head go for the Rockford Fosgate Sound system which is on offer in the upper trims. Some of the prominent features of the 2020 Eclipse Cross’s infotainment arrangement are: 

  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Sirius XM Sattelite navigation service with a 3-month subscription
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • Heads up display
  • 7-inch infotainment screen with touchpad controller
  • LCD Color Multi-information display with S-AWC distribution array

What are the most attractive features on the inside?

Mitsubishi has worked on improving the list of features on offer in the Eclipse Cross. For 2020, Mitsubishi is equipping the same, with a plethora of features. Some of the main highlights of the same include the following few features

  • High Contrast Meters
  • 8-way powered adjustable driver’s seat
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Rear seat slide and recline function
  • Rear seat center armrest with cup holders
  • Heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel.
  • Gloss-black window switch panels
  • Soft-touch door trim inserts
  • Remote hood and fuel door release lever
  • Steering wheel audio and phone controls
  • Multi-view camera system
  • Automatic Climate Control
  • Cruise Control

What about the Cargo carrying capacity?

The Eclipse gives all its competitors a run for their money when it comes to cargo space. Offering a cargo volume of 22.6 ft.3 with all seats in place. The rear seats fold easily and give you an extended cargo space of 48.9 ft.3. Which is the second-best in the segment right after the Subaru Crosstrek.

2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross cargo capacity

The Split folding seats, adds to the practicality aspect of the Eclipse Cross. There are plenty of cubby holes and storage holes spread across the cabin for providing nifty storage spaces to passengers.

Model

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Mazda CX-3*

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

22.6

12.4

20.8

18.7

Comparing the rivals of the Eclipse Cross with each other, you'll find that the Mitsubishi makes a mockery of all the others here. The Trax has failed to impress in most areas. However, if you take cargo into account, it manages to fare better than some of the other rivals. The Subaru Crosstrek comes out as second best compared to the Eclipse Cross.

2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross interior
2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross interior
2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross front seat
2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross front seat
2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross rear seat
2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross rear seat
2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross instrumental cluster
2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross instrumental cluster

2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Exterior

6.5/10

The one aspect where you cannot overlook the Eclipse is its looks. The car carries a handsome profile and every inch of that crossover body screams SUV. Starting up front, the front fascia of the Eclipse makes the first lasting impression, with sleek and smart headlamps, complemented by a set of LED DRLs. The grille is large and bold, further enhancing the ride’s SUV personality.

2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Exterior Design

There are a whole lot of cuts and creases throughout the SUV’s body, which makes it look even more appealing and the 18-inch wheels complete the Eclipse’s robust looks. The ride is the heaviest, widest and tallest among all its competitors, which makes it look more macho and more terrain ready. 

Model

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Mazda CX-3*

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

Curb Weight (lbs)

3516

2809

3157

2805

Length (in)

173.4

168.3

175.8

167.2

Width (in)

71.1

69.6

71

69.9

Height (in)

66.5

60.7

63.6

64.9

Ground Clearance (in)

8.5

6.1

8.7

6.2

Wheelbase (in)

105.1

101.2

104.9

100.6

The Eclipse Cross comes in as one of the biggest vehicles in the category. The enormous proportions makes the Eclipse, a tad bit difficult to be maneuvered across the city or in tight spaces. However, it yields good results in terms of the space on offer on the inside. The Crosstrek comes in with big proportions as well and that reaps benefits for the passengers but compromises on the handling front. The Trax and the CX-3 are relatively easier to drive around but fails to offer the same level of space on the inside. 

What features will draw your attention?

There are plenty of features that will draw your eyes to the Mitsubishi. Some of the most prominent features include

  • LED Headlamps
  • LED rear combination tail lamps
  • Color-keyed front and rear bumpers
  • Chrome Upper Grille
  • Chrome Side window surround trim
  • Wheel arch moldings
  • Black Lower door trim with silver accent
  • Roof Spoiler and roof rails
  • 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels
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2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Safety

The NHTSA and the IIHS ratings are not yet available for the 2020 Eclipse Cross. However, the Eclipse Cross is well-loaded with safety features and a lot of them have been delegated from the upper trims. For instance, Mitsubishi’s Torque Vectoring Technology now comes as a standard highlight across all models. Some of the prominent safety features for the 2020 Eclipse cross are: 

  • Traction Control System
  • Active Stability Control
  • Anti-lock Braking System
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Blind Spot Warning with Lane Change Assist
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Multiple Airbags

 

2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Competition

7.0/10

Mazda CX-3

The Mazda Cx-3 is the most reasonable offering of this list and comes at a sticker price of $20,390. Powered by a 2.0L I4, the CX-3 generates 148 hp along with 146 lb.-ft. Of torque. The Driving dynamic of the Mazda CX-3 performs way better than the Eclipse Cross. The ride can sprint from 0-60 MPH in 8.6 seconds and can cover the quarter of a mile distance in 16.3 seconds, which is the fastest in the segment. The ride’s power does not chop off its fuel figures. The Mazda CX-3 offers a fuel economy of 31 MPG, which again, is best in the business. 

2020 Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

The Subaru Crosstrek carries much larger dimensions than all the other cars of the segment and eyeing its compact-SUV genre, we can say that it does really well at handling tough terrains. The ride comes fitted with a 2.0L Boxer-4 and can fabricate 152 hp along with 145 lb.-ft. Of torque. The ride requires 9 seconds to reach 60 MPH and acquires the quarter-mile distance in 16.9 seconds, which happens to be the slowest among all the other contenders. 

2020 Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

The Chevrolet Trax is listed as a contender just for the sake of its body shape, else it does not boast any compact-SUV feature. It has a small 1.4L I4 engine, feels sloppy to accelerate and feels crampy to be in. Unlike Eclipse, the ride does not have that good-looking benefit on its side either. The ride churns out 138 hp along with 148 lb.-ft. Of torque which also happens to be the lowest in the segment. 

2020 Chevrolet Trax

 

2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Final Verdict

Coming from the house of Mitsubishi, the 2020 Eclipse Cross kind of leaves us high and dry. The ride for sure is a stunning looking set of wheels, and if looks would have been everything, we would have picked this car as our choice in the segment, but unfortunately such is not the case. The Eclipse Cross fails to reach the driving quality benchmark that was established by its coupe elder brother. The 2020 Eclipse Cross sans the practicality of an SUV for the sake of its looks.