It’s been some time since spending a week in a Mitsubishi product. Attracted to its looks, I was pleasantly surprised at how the new Eclipse Cross performed. Odd choice of nomenclature, though, as many of us recall the original Eclipse, small sport car iteration. But, names are just names. Well, hardly, in automobile land.
Our Eclipse Cross SE vehicle came equipped with quite a few goodies, and just a couple of options, including ACCY Toneau Cover ($190) and ACCY Carpeted floor mats and portfolio ($135), both reasonably priced. The color: Bronze Metallic with dark gray interior. We were immediately attracted to the color, provoking memories of my first car, a 1972 Mercury Cougar in the same color, known as Medium Ginger. The fact that blues and browns are back in carland is good news for this writer.
Especially because on any given day as I peruse parking lots, most of what one sees are white, black, gray and silver vehicles.
The new for 2018 Eclipse Cross SUV seats five and is available in five trim levels: ES 2WD ($23,595), ES S-AWC ($24,195), LE S-AWC ($25,195), SPS-AWC ($26,190) and SE S-AWC ($26,695), all reasonably priced. Our press car was the top-of-the-line SE 1.5T S-AWC version, with plenty of goodies as standard features.
Our experience during the week in the Eclipse Cross varied somewhat from colleagues, as we found the right-size SUV smooth, quiet and effortless to drive. Some complained of a rough ride, and not much fun during turns. We found it an easy vehicle to maneuver, easy to park and the turbo 4-cylinder engine adequate.
Are there better performing, riding SUV’s? OF course. No fear, though, as there are more than enough choices out there. Including the Hyundai Kona, Santa Fe and Tucson, Kia Niro, Sportage or Chevy Equinox, among others. We found the turbo-charged engine to be responsive, on/off the highway and quiet, with a peppy performance. The design is different from other SUV’s in this class: Case in point, the rear gate window is split which helps with backing up. You have a view of what’s behind upper and lower, with a split-view divide in the middle.
Standard equipment abounds in the Eclipse Cross and includes much of what we expect these days, such as Sirius Satellite Radio, Digital HD Radio, Eco Drive with mode switch, FAST-key passive entry system, power door locks, windows and mirrors. The driver and passenger side front mirrors automatically fold inward when locking the vehicle: A must in these crowded streets. Safety and security features cover most of the bases and include Electronic Parking Brake, Traction Control, Active Stability Control, Hill Start Assist, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Blind Spot Warning Lane Change Assist, Side Curtain Airbags and front-seat-mounted side airbags, driver’s knee airbag and advanced dual-stage front airbags.
The rear seats are a tad snug, with 60/40 split and recline functions.
The steering wheel is leather-wrapped and the fit and finish attractive for this level of vehicle. Mitsubishi includes a 7.0-inch Smartphone Link Thin-Display Audio System with Touchpad. We weren’t crazy about this and operated the sound system from the steering wheel. There were 4 pre-set stations which were all I could get as I never did figure out how to search for other stations. In addition, I couldn’t determine how to regulate the sound of the system. The bass was so deep, the sound was muffled. So improvements can be made here.
Apple CarPlay and Android Audio-compatibility are standard, as is the LCD color multi-information display with S-AWC distribution array. Extendable sun visors, front map lights, rear dome and cargo lights all standard, as well as a six-way adjustable driver’s seat, and 4-way adjustable front passenger seat. Heated front seats are standard, and the light gray/ecru high-grade fabric seating very attractive (although not practical for a dog owner!).
Frissell /Fido Friendly
Right-sized for the Frissell Fidos, the pups enjoyed their highway drive from Chicago to Indy. The Whippets cuddled in the back seat, which the Chi's climbed back/forth to the front passenger seat. Mitla enjoyed sitting on the center console as she often does, as my co-pilot. Had we been on the road for a longer trip, the rear seats would have been folded down and I'm sure, accommodated just fine. All in all, this small crossover worked well for our brood.
Many will criticize this on-the-small-side Crossover, but we found it, in ways, different and a little refreshing. Remembering from years past the Mitsubishi engine-equipped Stealths I owned brought back some good memories. If it wasn’t for all that competition out there, the new kid on the block that is the Eclipse Cross would be option one.
MSRP: $26,695; total vehicle price $28,015; destination $995, options $325
Engine: 1.5-L, Direct-Injection Turbo engine, Electric power steering, 152 hp., in-line 4
Transmission: CVT with 8-step Sport Mode
Wheelbase: 105.1 in.
Length: 173.4 in.
Width: 71.1 in.
Height: 66.3 in.
Curb Weight: 3,307 lbs.
Fuel Tank Capacity: 15.9 gal-16.6 gal.
Tires: 225/55R18 all-season
Wheels: 18-inch two-tone alloy
EPA MPG: 26/29 mpg.
Seating: 5, SUV
Towing capacity: 1,500 lbs.
Warranty; 60 mths./60,000-miles bumper-to-bumper; 120 mths./100,000-miles Powertrain; 60 mths./unlimited miles Roadside Assistance.
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