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The Eclipse Cross is a brand-new compact SUV from Mitsubishi. While the Eclipse name had previously been attached to sports cars, the new Eclipse Cross takes some of that sporting spirit and applies it to the small crossover SUV segment. The Eclipse Cross promises to provide a fun driving experience while still maintaining plenty of practicality at a price that won't break the bank. The Eclipse Cross also focuses on reliability and fuel economy with a 10-year powertrain warranty and an extremely efficient drivetrain.
The Eclipse Cross comes with just one available engine and transmission. Power comes from a 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder, making 152 horsepower. It also makes 184-lb-ft of torque, which Mitsubishi points out as more torque than either their 2.0L or 2.4L engines found in other Mitsubishi vehicles. Power is sent to the front wheels in base trim, but all other trim levels for the Eclipse Cross get all-wheel drive. The only transmission option is a continuously variable automatic, though it does simulate an 8-speed transmission when placed in sport mode.
The Eclipse Cross comes in four different trims: the base trim, dubbed the ES 1.5T, comes with a standard 7-inch touchscreen, rearview camera, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, automatic climate control, LED running lights, heated mirrors, steering wheel mounted controls for the sound system and cruise control, power door locks and an alarm. Since the ES is the only trim that comes without all-wheel drive standard, Mitsubishi has helpfully offered it as a standalone option where it costs just $600.
The next trim level up is called the LE. The LE gets a more stylish exterior, thanks to 18-inch alloy wheels painted in black and unique black painted exterior accents. Inside, the LE gets a beefier infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and SiriusXM compatibility.
The SE includes heated front seats, a push button start, keyless passive entry, alloy wheels (also 18-inches) a blind spot warning system, rear cross traffic alert, Mitsubishi Connect Telematics system and a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.
The top-of-the-line SEL includes leather seating surfaces, LED headlights, a multi-view camera system to assist with parking and a heads-up display. A touring package is available on the SEL that includes a dual-pane power sliding sunroof, a Rockford Fosgate 710-watt stereo, a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats. Add everything up and even with a top-of-the-line Eclipse Cross including the touring package and the price tag still comes in under $32,000.