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2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Review

The 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross lands near the bottom of the compact SUV class. From engine power and agility to cargo space and interior quality, this crossover trails the competition in just about every area.

Pros & Cons

  • Lower base price than rivals
  • Good fuel economy estimates
  • Tiny cargo hold
  • Lots of body lean around corners

Rankings & Research

The 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross's #15 ranking is based on its score within the Compact SUVs category. Currently the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has a score of 6.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 28 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

6.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 5.0
Performance: 6.1
Interior: 6.0
Safety: 9.4
Reliability:
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Is the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross a Good SUV?

The two-row 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is not a good compact SUV. There are things to like about it – it has reasonably roomy seats and decent fuel economy – but not enough to outweigh its negatives. It's held back by limited highway power, frustrating infotainment controls, and a small cargo area for the class.

Should I Buy the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross?

While the Eclipse Cross is an affordable choice, most rivals will get you more bang for your buck. For example, the Kia Sportage has more standard tech and safety features, as well as a more upscale cabin and a potent turbocharged engine option. The Mazda CX-5 is one of the most athletic models in the class, and it has more-robust engine options too. Alternatively, you might consider something more practical, like the Honda CR-V and its large cargo and passenger-carrying capability.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross?

Mitsubishi launched the Eclipse Cross as an all-new model for 2018, and the brand hasn’t made any major updates to it since then. As a result, you can likely spend much less on a used Eclipse Cross, while getting an SUV that's nearly identical to a new one.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2018 Eclipse Cross and 2019 Eclipse Cross reviews to help make your decision. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used cars.

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We Did the Research for You: 16 Reviews Analyzed

Our goal is to make shopping for your next car as easy as possible. You'll find everything you need to know about the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, horsepower specs, and cargo space dimensions) with 16 professional Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross reviews.

This 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which launched for the 2018 model year.

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How Much Does the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Cost?

The 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has a starting MSRP of $22,845, which is below average among compact SUVs. The top-level SEL trim starts at $26,995, which still undercuts the base prices of many rivals' top trims.

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Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross or Toyota RAV4?

The Toyota RAV4 lands near the top of our compact SUV rankings, and it’s a much better buy than the Eclipse Cross. Compared to the Mitsubishi, the Toyota has more cargo space, nicer cabin materials, a longer list of standard tech and safety features, a stronger engine, and better fuel economy estimates. Although the RAV4 costs more than the Eclipse Cross, it’s worth the extra money.

Which Is Better: Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross or Mitsubishi Outlander?

The Mitsubishi Outlander sits near the bottom of the class next to the Eclipse Cross. The Outlander seats up to seven people in three rows, and it has more engine options than its stablemate, including a V6 and a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain with 22 miles of electric-only driving range. Otherwise, these two are similar, with coarse rides and dull base engines. The Outlander is a bit pricier, so unless you need to seat more passengers or want the V6 or PHEV powertrain, the Eclipse Cross will suffice. That said, we don't recommend either of these SUVs.

Which Is Better: Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross or Subaru Forester?

The Subaru Forester is a great small SUV. Its MSRP is around $1,650 more than the base Eclipse Cross, but that money will get you more standard driver aids, including a pre-collision braking system, adaptive cruise control, and lane keep assist. You’ll get more standard tech features as well, including an intuitive infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. All-wheel drive comes standard too. On top that, the Subaru has more room for passengers and cargo, as well as sharper handling. It’s the better buy.

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Eclipse Cross Interior

How Many People Does the Eclipse Cross Seat?

The Eclipse Cross is a two-row SUV with five seats. Cloth upholstery is standard, and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, heated rear seats, leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a heated steering wheel are available.

Headroom is good in both rows, and legroom is adequate. However, visibility is restricted by thick roof pillars and large headrests.

Eclipse Cross and Child Car Seats

This compact crossover SUV comes with two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats and an upper tether for the rear middle seat.

Eclipse Cross Interior Quality

Despite having a few cheap plastics, this Mitsubishi has a fairly handsome cabin with decent fit and finish.

Eclipse Cross Cargo Space

This vehicle has 22.6 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats (22.1 in models with the sunroof) and 48.9 cubic feet behind the front seats (48.8 with the sunroof). These figures are unimpressive for the class, but most reviewers say it's easy to make the most of the space that is available.

Eclipse Cross Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The base Eclipse Cross ES comes with a 7-inch touch screen, a USB port, Bluetooth, HD Radio, and a four-speaker stereo. A few tech upgrades are available, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, a six-speaker sound system, a premium Rockford Fosgate stereo, satellite radio, an additional USB port, and a touchpad controller.  

Critics dislike that audio settings are controlled by buttons or the touch pad instead of knobs. These controls make it frustrating to adjust common things like stereo volume and radio settings.

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Eclipse Cross Performance

Eclipse Cross Engine: Eclipsed by Rivals

The sole powertrain in the Eclipse Cross is a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 152 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. It's mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. While the engine provides enough muscle for city driving, this vehicle feels underpowered on the highway.

Eclipse Cross Gas Mileage: Better Than Rivals

The base model gets fuel ratings of 26 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. That’s pretty good for a compact SUV. Getting a higher trim level or adding all-wheel drive lowers those figures by 1 or 2 mpg.

Eclipse Cross Ride and Handling: Bland

This Mitsubishi is not an engaging SUV to drive. There’s some body lean around corners, and steering feedback is minimal. To its credit, this vehicle is fairly maneuverable in tight spaces, but plenty of rivals are sportier and have smoother rides. Front-wheel drive comes standard, and all-wheel drive (S-AWC, as Mitsubishi calls it) is available.

Eclipse Cross Towing Capacity

A properly equipped Eclipse Cross can tow up to 1,500 pounds.  

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Eclipse Cross Reliability

Is the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2020 Eclipse Cross a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Warranty

Mitsubishi covers this SUV with a five-year/60,000-mile limited warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Most rivals have shorter terms.

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Eclipse Cross Safety

Eclipse Cross Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2020 model as of this writing.

The nearly identical 2019 Eclipse Cross was named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS, earning the highest rating of Good in six crash tests. Properly equipped 2019 models received a Superior rating for front crash prevention. The headlights received the lowest rating of Poor for how well they illuminate the road ahead (SEL trims earned the second-highest rating of Acceptable).

Eclipse Cross Safety Features

Every Eclipse Cross comes with a rearview camera. Some models come with rear parking sensors, forward collision mitigation, automatic braking, pedestrian detection, a head-up display, lane change alert, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic high-beam headlights, and a multiview camera system.

Read more about safety »

Eclipse Cross Dimensions and Weight

The Eclipse Cross is about 14.5 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,285 to 3,516 pounds. It has a gross vehicle weight rating of 4,630 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Built?

Mitsubishi builds the 2020 Eclipse Cross in Japan.

Which Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Model Is Right for Me?

Mitsubishi offers the Eclipse Cross in four trim levels: ES, LE, SE, and SEL.

Regardless of trim, you’ll get a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The LE trim is a good bet if you're looking for more tech features. If you want more safety features, the SE trim is a good choice.

Rear parking sensors are available throughout the lineup for $510. You can also add all-wheel drive (Super All-Wheel Control or S-AWC, as Mitsubishi calls it) to any trim for $1,600.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross ES

With a starting MSRP of $22,845, the entry-level Eclipse Cross ES comes with a 7-inch touch screen, HD Radio, a four-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a USB port, cloth seats, automatic climate control, a rearview camera, and alloy wheels.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross LE

Retailing for $23,945, the LE trim adds Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a touchpad controller, satellite radio, a second USB port, and heated front seats.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SE

The Eclipse Cross SE ($25,495) builds off the LE trim with rain-sensing windshield wipers, upgraded cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, a six-speaker stereo, and a rear-seat center armrest with cup holders.

The SE trim also picks up some active safety features, such as forward collision mitigation, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane change alert, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and automatic high-beam headlights.

A panoramic sunroof can be added for $1,000.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL

The top-of-the-line SEL trim starts at $26,995 and gains a multiview camera, a head-up display, leather-appointed seats, and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.

The SEL is the only trim available with the Touring package, which costs $2,100. It adds automatic emergency braking to the pre-collision warning system, and it bundles in adaptive cruise control, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, a panoramic sunroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a premium Rockford Fosgate stereo.

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The Final Call

Outside of a lengthy warranty, there’s nothing that the 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross does well that a rival doesn't do better. Most compact SUV classmates offer gentler rides, stronger engines, sportier handling, nicer cabin materials, and larger cargo holds.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "This SUV is quite possibly, and sadly, the only vehicle in Mitsubishi's current lineup where you won't have to justify your purchase to friends and family. It looks great, has a roomy interior and is pretty quick around town. It could have been a true contender if Mitsubishi had put a little more R&D into optimizing the suspension tuning." -- Edmunds
  • "Mitsubishi has found new life in the U.S. with its lineup of small-crossover SUVs. One of them, the 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, is a viable alternative to competitors such as the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue and Hyundai Tucson. In addition to unique styling and an impressive set of features, the Eclipse Cross has one of the best warranties in the business. Although the 5-passenger Eclipse Cross is priced similarly to its rivals, it comes up a bit short in resale. Nevertheless, Mitsubishi’s compact Eclipse Cross has a certain charm that makes it worthy of a test drive." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "If there is a problem here, it's that aside from the styling, the Eclipse Cross lacks the truly distinguishing characteristics that have, historically, set Mitsubishi apart and made it worthy of fandom." -- New York Daily News (2018)
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