2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: SEL improves traction

The 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL S-AWD crossover SUV hits the market with a few changes and upgrades to the previous model year.

Cross benefits from coupe-like styling, but comes with four doors, making it easy for up to five passengers. A generous cargo, capable of stowing golf clubs (with largest clubs out of the bag), adds to its functionality.

The affordable Cross comes in five trim levels: ES, LE, SE, SP and SEL, both in two-wheel and four-wheel drive configurations.

New for 2020 are 16-inch wheels for all trims, and advanced safety technologies like forward-collision mitigation, lane-departure warning and automatic high beams and black interior accents on my tester – the top-of-the-line SEL.

Under the hood, the Eclipse Cross comes standard with a 1.5-liter direct-injection turbo engine that offers a compelling combination of drivability, performance and efficiency. Turbo technology provides both strong torque and better fuel efficiency with 152-horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 184 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,000 rpm.

Mitsubishi is committed to providing advanced all-wheel control technology that raises the bar on safety and driving pleasure, which is why the Eclipse Cross is available with Mitsubishi’s proprietary, advanced S-AWC (Super All-Wheel Control) system.

The system is far more advanced than a traditional 4WD system, and improves traction in all weather and road conditions, including snow, rain, ice, gravel and dust while also improving straight-line stability and cornering performance.

Base model ES comes well-equipped with standard features including: heated power side-view mirrors, rear spoiler, color multi-information display screen, high-contrast gauges, Bluetooth wireless technology, steering wheel audio and phone controls, rearview camera, cruise control, automatic climate control, power door locks and windows, seven airbags and an anti-theft alarm. Connectivity also includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto.

The SEL trim comes equipped with additional features such as leather appointed seating surfaces, LED headlights, head-up display (HUD) and the multi-view camera system.

An available Touring package on the SEL trim includes the dual-pane, power-sliding panoramic sunroof, 710-watt Rockford-Fosgate premium audio system, advanced safety technology and heated steering wheel and rear seats.

The portfolio of advanced safety technology includes: blind-spot warning and lane-change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, forward-collision mitigation, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control system, multi-view camera system and automatic high-beam assist.

My personal favorites were the bird’s-eye view camera that made back-in parking a breeze, and the adaptive cruise control that maintains a selected distance between the vehicle and the car ahead via radar for greater safety and peace of mind.

Eclipse Cross boasts one of the industry’s leading powertrain and new vehicle warranties: 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty; 7-year/100,000-mile anti-corrosion/perforation limited warranty; and 5-year/unlimited mileage roadside assistance program.

Base Price: 31,395

Price As Driven: 34,585

Base price includes destination charge. Vehicles are provided by the manufacturer. List price may vary at local dealerships.

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