BY H. THROTTLE
The 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL has sparkling “Red Diamond” paint that shimmers and shines in appearance. The black leather seats and dynamic paint are a good introduction to this famed Japanese car maker.
The engineers have thrown every option and accessory into this model that has a suggested retail price of $28,595. A touring package is offered at $2100, taking the test car price to $32.720.
A very competitive price for an all-wheel drive turbo charged SUV.
This is a foreign car and has some slight differences in feel, drive, and controls. The center console was difficult to master and had steering wheel controls and a swipe pad in the center. Simple dials would have sufficed and would be easier to operate.
The car drives well and the 1.5L 4-cylinder engine is supported by an 8-speed variable transmission and curved aluminum paddle shifters mounted in the rear of the steer wheel. A sport’s mode option is available for a power boost.
Front MacPherson struts and a stabilizer bar give the car good suspension, along with rear multi-link suspension and additional stabilizer bar. Steering is precise with electric power steering and leather appointed steering wheel with tilt and telescope controls.
A bevy of LED lights surround the Eclipse that include fog lights for bad weather driving on the al 18” all-season tires. The rear seats fold 60/40 to allow a large trunk space.
While not yet given a safety rating, the Eclipse is loaded with all of the safety features that include forward mitigation and high-speed braking capacity.
Lacking with all of the features was a power rear cargo door that had to be opened and closed manually.
The optional touring package should be purchased that includes a “Rockford Fosgate “ premium sound system, pedestrian detection, power panoramic sunroof with rails and heated front seats.
This is a “smart car” with many features and accessories and very competitive in the all-wheel drive that is so desirable with Colorado weather.
Mitsubishi is offering a quality designed and engineered product.
This vehicle also comes with a 10-year 100,000 miles power train warranty that is among the best in the car world.
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