Review and Test Drive: 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL S-AWC

By Paul Riegler on 11 March 2020
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2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SEL

The Mitsubishi Eclipse is permanently enshrined in my personal hall of fame of marketers. Why?  The automaker hitched its wagon, perhaps quite literally, to what was truly rather remarkable total solar eclipse that traveled across entire continental United States for the first time in almost a century in the summer of 2017 to launch the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse.  Mitsubishi livestreamed the eclipse to ensure no one would miss it and it conveniently had its photographers capture both eclipses in the same shot more than once, although to be fair to Mitsubishi, its marketing efforts did not at all take away from one’s enjoyment of the solar eclipse.

Put differently, it was one eclipse where viewers didn’t have to avert their eyes. Indeed, the heavily sculpted Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is fairly handsome.

Fast forward to 2020: A Red Diamond Eclipse Cross SEL S-AWC arrived at our offices on a surprisingly warm January day, resplendent in the morning light.

For 2020, all Eclipse Cross models except for the base version receive standard automatic high-beams, forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection, and lane-departure warning. In addition, the all-wheel driver system has been completely overhauled and put on a weight-reducing diet.

This time around, Mitsubishi had sent us the SEL variant, which is the top of the line, versus last year’s SE, which is second from the top.  We didn’t really notice many changes year-to-year, but the SEL had even more goodies than the SE had had.


Mitsubishi uses good quality materials in the interior. The SEL came quality with leather seats, although I did, at least at the beginning, yearn for the the high-quality heated fabric seats we had in last year’s SE as they reminded me of the cars I had when I lived in Germany.  The 2020 edition includes a driver’s seat with a lumbar control as standard across the line.

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