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2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Keeps Up Winning Ways

DETROIT — We had the 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross last year and were impressed with the crossover. We got the 2020 version recently and nothing has really changed in terms of our opinion.

However, the automaker took steps to make the Eclipse Cross available to a wider swath of people.

This model year, Mitsubishi made two-wheel drive standard across all trim lines. The crossover was equipped with standard active yaw control and they have applied traction sensitive braking force to either the left or right wheel during simultaneous cornering and acceleration. That meant that we could power through turns as well as curves.

Mitsubishi kind of lost its way in the U.S. market but the automaker seems to have found its tread. Mostly enthusiasts remember that the Japanese automaker was in the top tier of rally and off-road racing for years. And it has not lost its technical chops.

The turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine made 152 horsepower and its continuously variable transmission acted like an eight-speed gearbox. Our SEL trim Mitsubishi Cross had super all-wheel control or S-AWC and it had paddle shifters.

We thought gas mileage was so-so, especially for a vehicle with a small engine. The Mitsubishi Eclipse was rated at 25 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg combined.

Some of the Eclipse’s less-than-sterling gas mileage can undoubtedly be attributed to its four-wheel-drive system. It can and did transfer torque not only to the front wheels but side to side when needed. And it could be locked into four-wheel drive

We thought the crossover was very capable. There was enough oomph. It cornered well and the Eclipse handled the expressways here with ease. That is saying something for a vehicle with less than 200 horsepower.

It had a bunch of equipment. LED lights all around including fog lights and daytime running lights, folding side mirrors, front rain-sensing wipers and a roof spoiler were some of the stuff that came with the 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

Some of the interior features included a tilt and telescoping steering wheel that was heated, heated front seats, an eight-way power driver’s seat, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter. It had a panoramic sunroof, a head-up display, push-button start and stop and a premium audio system.

We slid into the second-row seats; they were heated as well. There was plenty of legroom and hip room, but headroom was a little close.

Up front, there was a touch infotainment screen atop the dash. Below the screen was climate control vents and then the audio controls were beneath that. Two USB jacks were in a bin at the bottom of the center stack as well as a 12V plug; there was one in the back too.

Instruments were analog with a TFF screen between the odometer and speedometer. This was a comfortable crossover to drive. For $32,125 as tested, the 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross was a reasonably priced crossover with plenty of equipment.

Frank S. Washington is editor of AboutThatCar.com.

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