The 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross sees no major changes, but a few minor ones. The ES trim has seen its price drop by $750, the LE trim adds heated front seats, the SE trim gets more active safety features, and the SEL trim adds some black interior accents. On the negative side of things, all trims now come standard with front-wheel drive after the top three came standard with all-wheel drive a year ago.
Choosing Your Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is available in four trims: ES, LE, SE, and SEL. Pricing starts at $24,085 including destination for the base ES and climbs to $28,425 for the range-topping SEL.
There’s only one engine in the Eclipse Cross: a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 152 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard across the range, while adding all-wheel drive adds $1,600 to the purchase price regardless of trim.
Fuel economy is different on the base ES than it is for the other three trims. The base model achieves an EPA-estimated 26 miles per gallon city, 29 mpg highway, and 27 combined, or 25/28/26 mpg (city/highway/combined) with all-wheel drive. All other models get 25/28/26 mpg with front-wheel drive, or 25/26/25 mpg with AWD.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross offers seating for five and 22.6 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the second row. This expands to a maximum of 48.9 cubic feet behind the front seats.
The ES and LE don't get a single active safety feature. Thankfully, the SE and SEL come standard with automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane change alert, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic high beams.
The SEL also gets a head-up display and a surround-view camera system as standard. At this level, adaptive cruise control and high-speed automatic emergency braking become available through the $2,100 Touring Package.
The 2020 Eclipse Cross hasn't been tested yet, but the mechanically-identical 2019 model was an IIHS Top Safety Pick.
Entry-level ES models receive a fairly basic 7-inch infotainment system with Bluetooth and one USB port. Buyers have to upgrade to LE trim for a touchpad controller, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and SiriusXM radio. SE and SEL trims get Mitsubishi Connect with remote services
The ES trim is surprisingly basic by modern crossover standards. Standard dare includes fog lights, six-way manual adjustment for the driver’s seat, fabric seating surfaces, rear privacy glass, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, and automatic climate control. Active yaw control is also standard, transferring torque to whichever wheels have the best grip.
The small price bump to the LE is well worth it for the upgraded infotainment system. LE models also gain some welcome curb appeal with 18-inch black alloy wheels and matching side mirrors.
There are many reasons to upgrade to SE-spec, starting with the aforementioned active safety features, heated front seats, push-button start, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and dual-zone climate control. The introduction of chrome, silver, and gloss black exterior finishes improves the Eclipse Cross’s appearance, while automatic headlights and rain-sensing wipers enhance its safety.
Buyers can also add a sunroof to brighten the rather monochrome cabin and roof rails through the $1,000 Panoramic Sunroof Package.
For an extra $1,500 over the SE trim, the Eclipse Cross SEL delivers the head-up display, surround-view camera system, LED headlights, leather seating, and an eight-way power driver's seat.
The Touring Package packs a lot of punch for its $2,100 price. It brings the panoramic sunroof, roof rails, adaptive cruise control, high-speed automatic emergency braking, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a Rockford Fosgate audio system.
Despite costing over $6,000 more than the rather spartan ES trim, specifying a 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL model with the Touring Package brings its safety and comfort levels up to the standards crossover buyers generally expect in this day and age.