Take the Kids and All Their Mates Anywhere in the Stunning Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Take the Kids and All Their Mates Anywhere in the Stunning Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Mitsubishi may not immediately come to mind when considering dependable, family-friendly SUVs. However, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross packs a punch. The redesigned Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 2022 offers plush seats, simple-to-use technology, dramatic style, and a sporty rear end.

What Has Changed?

The Eclipse Cross’s complete range will come standard with all-wheel drive. Mitsubishi also updated the wheel design to 18 inches and included a standard LED head- and foglights. Mitsubishi also updated the appearance of the Eclipse Cross for 2022 with new front- and rear-end treatments. 

A more streamlined rear liftgate replaces the previous year’s strange split-rear window appearance. The Eclipse Cross’s cabin also receives updates, including a new 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen relocated closer to the driver for easier use while driving; the previous system’s inconvenient touchpad controller has been replaced with manual volume and tuning knobs located on the display. 

Additionally, new grey leather upholstery is now available, although Mitsubishi has made no changes to the Eclipse Cross’s engine for 2022.

Engine And Performance

Each Eclipse Cross is powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged I-4 engine producing 152 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a CVT automatic transmission to generate that power in front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. The Eclipse Cross with AWD reached 60 mph in 8.7 seconds during our testing of the 2022 model. The EPA estimates the vehicle’s fuel efficiency to be 25-26/26-29 mpg city/highway.

The suspension on the Eclipse Cross is tuned for comfort; cornering at speed results in moderate body roll. The smooth ride will guarantee that the baby’s nap time is never interrupted for the mum transporting their sleeping infant while doing errands. This suppleness pays dividends in ride comfort since the chassis maintains its composure while driving over potholes and railway crossings. 

Fuel Economy

The fuel economy figures are not that great. According to the EPA, the Eclipse Cross is intended to perform better in cities than many competitors, so it’s worth considering if you are looking for a family-friendly SUV. According to the EPA, the standard ES front-wheel-drive model is the most fuel-efficient, achieving 26 mpg in the city, 29 mpg on the interstate, and 27 mpg combined. The all-wheel-drive Eclipse Cross SEL achieved 26 miles per gallon on the interstate at 75 mph.

Interior

Given the price, the inside of the Eclipse Cross is a welcome surprise. The seats are coated in a sleek, sturdy fabric, and although the padding was more than acceptable, the absence of lumbar adjustment left our backs wanting greater support after a few hours behind the wheel.

The Eclipse Cross has ample cargo room for a small family, but cubby storage becomes limited with more than three people on board. Although the back seats fold smoothly, those with shorter torsos may have difficulty reaching the release levers from the cargo compartment. A stroller fits comfortably in the cargo compartment with all the seats up, a huge bonus for growing families.

Safety Features

If there is something that every parent wants, it is a vehicle that complies with all applicable safety regulations. The 2020 Eclipse Cross passed the IIHS safety tests with flying colours. It scored Good crashworthiness rankings in all six tests, while only the top-spec SEL trim earned an Acceptable headlight rating—base models earned a Poor rating. The NHTSA gives it a five-star overall side-impact rating and a four-star rollover rating.

All 2022 Eclipse Cross models come standard with two driver-assist features. An option for automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control are included, but more advanced features need upgrading to a higher trim level.

Automatic high beams are standard on LE and higher trim levels, while the SE adds blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. Adaptive cruise control is an option, although only available on the Eclipse Cross SEL trim level.

Technology And Infotainment

All 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross models have a touchscreen infotainment system with a 7.0-inch display on the basic ES model and an 8.0-inch display on the LE, SE, and SEL variants. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and in-dash navigation are all included, but only on the 8.0-inch touchscreen.

Conclusion

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Crossover is a secure and dependable vehicle that will bring you and your family to your daily destinations safely and reliably. Mitsubishi has made significant advances with its redesigned exterior. The revised 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross boasts comfy seats and some simple-to-use technology your kids will absolutely enjoy.

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