2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Add another compact SUV to the category with the 2020 Eclipse Cross.

This Mitsubishi seems to be the company’s most polished product. A plus to some, this compact SUV doesn’t resemble many of the other compact crossovers.

Model Options

This sporty compact SUV is available in ES trim, LE trim, SE trim, and SEL trim.


The Eclipse Cross will seat a party of five. But if you are on a long trip you might wish the seats had more support. Given the price point, the interior is a nice surprise. I am not sure if a party of five is considered a small family, but if it is then you will be happy to know that there will be enough cargo space. If your family will be welcoming a new member, know that a stroller easily fits in the cargo area with all the seats up.   

Drive Time

The Eclipse Cross is supposed to do better in the city than many of its rivals, so when making comparisons, consider your driving habits. 26 mpg is estimated for city streets and 29 mpg on the highway.  

Tech and Safety

A touchscreen infotainment system is standard on all Cross models. Some models come with the free-standing thin-display version, which can also be controlled via the redundant touchpad on the center console. While navigation is absent from the option list, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability (both optional) fix this to an extent.  

There are a number of driver-assistance technologies available, but the bottom two models are excluded from the top features.  

Final Thoughts

The Eclipse Cross seems to get a good, small family car. It gives you the cargo room and fuel economy you want, but the lack of safety features on the lower models takes you a couple steps back, if you do not have the means to upgrade to a higher trim. This is a vehicle you need to sit in, test drive and make a list of pros and cons in order to make the right choice.   


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