Driving the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross through Florida
Written by Marco Carvajal
Photographs by Marco Carvajal, Guy Spangenberg & Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi is reviving its well-known sedan eclipse. The eclipse brand is now reborn as a luxury SUV under the name Eclipse Cross. The new modern and stylish Crossover Utility Vehicle, the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is as a medium-sized CUV with an European-like trendy design, super All-Wheel Control system, a panoramic sunroof and a powerful direct turbine engine.
The Eclipse Cross feels like a $40K+ car, it looks like an European SUV, not too far in exterior beauty from the Porsche Cayenne, BMW and Audi. But it is possible to buy it for only $23,000 in the United States.
This is my second test drive of this new CUV, first time I drop the Eclipse Cross through California and now the second time I drove the Eclipse from North Florida all the way south to Miami. Loaded the cargo trunk with suitcases and took my family on a trip onboard of the new Eclipse Cross.
On my first drive of the Eclipse I fall in love with it. Especially for its beautiful exterior design, a low price and for having many standard features included. Now on my second drive I continue enjoying this new Mitsubishi’s CUV and still think it offers tremendous value and style. One of the elements I noticed on my recent drive is that some drivers may need more cargo space, but besides that everything else makes me fall in love and want to drive it again.
The new 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a beautiful stylish CUV with an amazing low price from 23K to 30K.
If you want to have a beautiful CUV, the Eclipse Cross is a great choice within a budget from 23,000 to 30,000 dollars. available at Mitsubishi dealers in the U.S.
The classic Eclipse sports car was one of Mitsubishi’s most popular and iconic cars in the past. Now in 2018, the Eclipse returns with driving dynamics and technology in the form of an CUV, the new 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.
This CUV doesn’t fell compact. The spacious interior is very comfortable and smart-designed. The Eclipse Cross is a fusion of a sharp large coupe and the dynamic mobility of an SUV, with Mitsubishi style, technology and driving confidence. Bold sporty lines, new distinctive LED lights and rear LED lights add style and elegance.
Eclipse Cross with an impressive panoramic sunroof, rear heated seats, turbo engine with direct injection.
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is a Japanese multinational automotive manufacturer headquartered in Minato, Tokyo, Japan.
The starting MSRP for the 2018 Eclipse Cross is only $23,295. It is available in 5 trims and the base model is available as a 2 wheel or 4 wheel drive:
- ES 2WD
- ES S-AWC
- LE S-AWC
- SE S-AWC
- SEL S-AWC
S-AWC = Super All-Wheel Control system
2WD = 2 wheel drive.
The basic ES model comes with good standard included features like: heated side mirrors, rear spoiler, color multi-information screen, high contrast counters, Bluetooth wireless technology, steering wheel audio system and telephone management, rear view camera, cruise control, automatic climate control, electric locks and power windows, seven airbags and anti-theft alarm.[su_table]
|Model||Drivetrain||Starting MSRP Price|
|2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross ES||2WD||$23,295|
|2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross ES||S-AWC||$23,895|
|2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross LE||S-AWC||$24,895|
|2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SE||S-AWC||$26,395|
|2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL||S-AWC||$27,895|
|2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL Touring||S-AWC||$30,395|
Starting price of $23,295 only! A very low price for a medium size SUV with a great exterior design and advanced technology.
|Warranty for the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross:
Limited Powertrain Warranty
5-year/unlimited roadside assistance
The 10-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty coverage terms are from the original in-service dates, and are applicable only to the original owner of new, retailed models purchased from an authorized Mitsubishi dealer. Subsequent owners receive the balance of the New Vehicle Limited Warranty of 5 years/60,000 miles, what still is a great warranty.
The Dynamic Shield exterior enhanced by the X-shaped massive grille with narrowed aggressive headlights. A complex blend of the sidewalls and volumetric wheel arches. The forage of this car is introduced by the separate rear window, interesting shapes of lanterns and protective pads on the bumper.
These are some of the exterior features available in the Eclipse Cross:
- LED headlights (SEL)
- Fog lights and LED running lights
- LED rear combination taillights
- LED high mount stop light
- Color-keyed front and rear bumpers
- Color-keyed outside door handles
- Chrome beltline molding
- Wheel arch moldings
- Heated power side-view mirrors
- Dual pane power panoramic sunroof (Available on SEL)
This crossover can accommodate 5 people. the front seats have developed lateral support and a sufficient number of adjustments. Rear passengers will get a comfortable sofa, with the possibility of adjusting for length and angle of inclination. Everyone inside the car should be able to enjoy the new beautiful Cross.
The interior of the Eclipse is very nice but I am more impress by the exterior. There is room for future improvement in the future. the internal steering multifunction wheel comes with “waves” for easy handling. A large screen of a multimedia system, which can be controlled with a touch pad or four keys located below.
Some of the interior features:
- 7.0″ Smartphone Link Thin-Display Audio (SDA) System with touchpad controller with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ and SiriusXM® Satellite Radio with 3-month subscription (LE, SE, SEL)
- Mitsubishi Connect with Safeguard and Remote services and 24-month trial subscription (SE and SEL)
- LCD color multi-information display with high-contrast meters
- Rearview camera (ES,LE,SE,SEL)
- Multi-View Camera System (Available on SEL)
- Head-Up Display (HUD) (SEL)
- S-AWC drive mode selector (4WD Models)
- Automatic climate control (ES,LE)
- Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control (SE,SEL)
- 5 passenger seating
- Heated steering wheel (Available on SEL)
- Remote hood and fuel door release lever
Advanced security technologies provide safer and more confident driving on the road and in car parks day and night. With intelligent sensors that monitor the vehicle environment and warn of the danger to active driving assistance and reliable passive protection, 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross offers a full range of advanced security features.
Mitsubishi has an strategic alliance with Nissan and Renault to develop smart technologies for their automobiles together. This will reduce costs and is planed to produce better results and technologies to benefit consumers.
MITSUBISHI CONNECT provides Safeguard and Remote Services, and it will initially be offered in new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross only.
This new innovative service is made to aid drivers on and off the road through integrated systems like Automatic Collision Notification, SOS Emergency Assistance, Roadside Assistance, and remote features such as Remote Climate Control and Car Finder. One of the interesting features is that this system will let you know if a car is driven outside of certain hours or locations, something that can be very helpful to monitor curfew driving hours for example.
These are some of the safety and technological features available in the all new Eclipse Cross 2018.
- Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Lane Change Assist (LCA)
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
- Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM)
- Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
- Adaptive Cruise Control System (ACC)
- Multi-View Camera System
- Automatic High Beam (AHB)
The classic Eclipse sports car, one of Mitsubishi’s most popular and iconic cars, returns to the scene as the brand-new 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross CUV.
The new Eclipse Cross is the fruit of a lot of work and research by the Japanese car maker. It comes with a turbocharged engine and a lot of technical resources.
Beautiful stylish design, very spacious interior, and lots of technological features.
For my wishlist I would love to see a new version of the Eclipse with little bit more of cargo space and cooled seats.
Some of the highlights of the Eclipse Cross are:
- 7.0″ Smartphone Link Thin-Display Audio (SDA) System with touchpad controller
- Mitsubishi Connect provides an enriched, more personalized driving experience, only available in the Eclipse Cross
- New Red Diamond exterior color
- Standard with a 1.5-liter direct-injection turbo power plant that offers a compelling combination of drivability, performance and efficiency
- Trendy coupe-like exterior styling in a CUV package
- Full color Head-Up Display (HUD) provides real-time vehicle information
- Equipped with Mitsubishi’s proprietary, advanced S-AWC (Super All-Wheel Control) system (standard on LE, SE and SEL trims; only $600 to step up on ES 2WD)
- Fusion of distinctive styling and SUV function with a starting MSRP of $23,295
This new model, is targeted to residents of major cities who prefer an active lifestyle.[su_table]
|2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
1.5L MIVEC + Direct Injection Turbo Charger
152 HP @ 6,000 rpm
8-Speed CVT with Sport Mode
Available as 2 wheel drive or 4 wheel drive
Available at 15.8 to 16.6 Gallons