Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, an honest review

—by Jaymee Splude

Let me start off by saying that I don’t test drive cars because of their engine size, tire size, or horsepower ….. I like pep getting on the highway, and my led foot likes to be able to pass with ease.  Little additions like LED lighting, and name badges also do not carry any weight with me – to be honest, I am an emotional buyer.  It has to feel good, and look good.

The Eclipse Cross looks good, that’s for sure.  When you roll up on an Eclipse it’s definitely a head turner, and I don’t mind looking out my kitchen window to the fabulousness of an Eclipse in my driveway.  “If you look good, you feel good” my grandma used to say,  and ANYONE can look good in this car.  SUV.  Crossover.  Whatever.  Picture an SUV and a CAR having a baby.

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The interior, to me, is a biggie.  It’s where I spend my time!  For instance, the volume buttons HAVE to be on the left side of the steering wheel, it’s the two buttons I use most.  Stereo controls on the right are a deal breaker for me, so I was excited to see the controls exactly where I want them.  The left hand side.

But wait!  There’s a mousepad?  A track pad?  A thing that looks like a mini-mouse pad that responds to your touch? I like it.  Three fingers makes the volume go up, swipe right if I hate the song? Trendy AND easy.

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The interior of the Eclipse makes me feel like I am driving a fancy Mercedes, or a Porsche.  It’s so regal, elegant, and advanced.  I feel like I just stepped out of the soap opera Dynasty with a leather purse full of money, gold and diamond dangley earrings hanging off my ears, and I feel that the price point definitely doesn’t match how luxurious I feel sitting inside.

There’s a button in here that says HUD on your left.  I learned that it stands for Heads up Display.  (see video HERE).  This is some Transformer Autobot stuff right here.  This translucent screen rises out of nowhere in front of the dash above the steering wheel.  It tells me my speed, cruise control set speed and so much more.  My eyes never have to leave the road to glance.  It’s luxurious and safe.  This CUV is in a nutshell so far:  perfection.

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I plug my phone in to get the tunes rockin’ before I roll out and Android Auto immediately pops up on the screen.  Now I can simply say “text my mom” and send text messages without ever taking my hands off the wheel.  SWEET.  I can tell it to take me to Marten’s in Maine (no, I’ve never been!) and my navigation pops up and away I go.  I can tell it to play me some Leon Bridges, and bam!  Leon comes croonin’ through the sound system!

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This pic is of Apple Car Play.

Now, this bad boy is rocking 710 Watts of Rockford Fosgate sound.  My music sounds life changing in here!  The Glorious Sons sound like they are giving me their own private concert! Three fingers swiping up!  [side note:  3 months worth of free Sirius Satellite is a nice bonus.  I love me some FREEBIES!]

Throwing the Eclipse into reverse brings up this multi-view camera system.  Have you seen this thing?

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Somehow, somewhere, a camera is dangling from space and it’s following you around the world.  You can see behind you, and see the cars beside you, in front of you – it’s science AND magic rolled into one camera!  Very cool, and I appreciate this, because I have a crazy cat that I almost smoke every morning because she doesn’t know to get out of the way!  As well, Costco parking is always a nightmare, and this makes me look like a reversing pro.  Where was this technology when I got my driver’s permit many moons ago?  Very cool, and a very necessary feature.  I assume everyone has something they don’t want to hit!  LOL.  Oh!  And check THIS out.  You can turn that multi view Star Wars Science Camera on at will.  It has different views depending on your needs (i.e. side view for parallel parking etc.).  I like that idea and feel like I can’t ever go back to a back-up camera that only pops on when you are in reverse.  VIDEO HERE.

The temperature in here is perfect.  I really dig the dual climate control because hubby runs hot, and I run on the icebox setting.  No matter where I am sitting up here, I have MY preferred temperature blasting at me.  AND – it has rear heated seats? Yes please.  I NEVER want to sit in the back with my son in the winter, it’s too cold for me back there!  But in this Eclipse, even my kid gets treated like a King, and this mama bear approves!  Side bonus:  the Eclipse Cross’s heated steering wheel is like getting a hand massage while you’re driving to work.  Lovely to umpteenth degree.

I get out on the road, ready for my road trip.  I LOVE the pep in this vehicle!  I know the engine size is impressive to those in the know, but all I care about is swooping in and out of traffic, getting to Bangor as safely and quickly as possible, and this Eclipse goes above and beyond!

While driving I notice a few things – the Lane Change Assist and Blind Spot Detector yell at me if there are vehicles in my blind spots as I am attempting to switch lanes.  I really dig this feature.  I have family and friends that ride motorcycles and I think this feature should be in every car.  Blind spots are called blind spots because you CAN’T SEE what’s there.  Super dangerous.  So far, I’m feeling safe, luxurious and really enjoying the ride.  I’m all Zen-like behind the wheel of this thing!

Two other important safety features I noticed – the forward mitigation control that will actually stomp on the brakes if you are distracted and are about to rear end someone (I’m looking at you phone-users-while-driving people) and the Rear Cross Traffic Alert that lets me know when I’m backing out at the Superstore if there is a car coming in a spot that I can’t see. SAAWEET.  (and very safe!)

Stress free driving really isn’t a thing – until it is!  The Eclipse designers really HAVE thought of everything.  How about automatic high beams?  Shuts them on and off as cars go by – you’ll never accidentally blind someone again!  Rain sensing wipers – they change speeds and turn on and off depending on the rain’s mood.  Incredible.  Dual sunroofs.  Hello sunshine!  You are even given a choice of blinker noises (I like the beep boop one the best).  And last but not least, a long time comin’ invention – the automatic cruise control.  What’s that?  That’s the Eclipse Cross slowing down until the car in front of you moves, then speeding back up to cruising level.  How annoying is it to slam on the brakes, get back up to speed, and reset the control?

I wouldn’t know, I’m driving the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

Now let’s talk winter nasty.  I am a winter chicken, a stress bag/white-knuckled/terrified winter driver.  I know that Mitsubishi has the exclusive on Super All Wheel Control technology and they cut zero corners in the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.  It has ‘modes’ people. Depending on your surface you are getting traction that doesn’t spill you all over the highway. Keeps me safe and de-stressed, and it keeps the drivers around me just as safe.  Why doesn’t everyone have this?  Even my husband, who loves bombing around in the snow finds Mitsubishi’s technology a plus in the winter.  You don’t slide when you don’t mean to.  I mean Mitsu has world records for this technology, folks.  When they say ‘the best’ they mean it.  Video HERE.

In all, if you, like me, would forsake comfort over price to keep your payments down – no need!  Mitsubishi stays true to their renowned affordable pricing with the Eclipse.   The Eclipse isn’t really comparable, it stands on it’s own, with it’s safety features, it’s luxuries, it’s incredible design, and of course, the pep!  I. LOVE. THIS. CUV.

 

 

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The difference between All Wheel Control and Super All Wheel Control is bigger than you think!

We see a lot of Mitsu’s safely gettin’ to work today! So maybe NOW is a good time to explain the difference between AWC and Super AWC that is found in the new Eclipse Cross and the Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander PHEV (Electric SUV)!

AWC is a four-wheel dynamic control philosophy for maximally exploiting the capability of all four tires of a vehicle in a balanced manner to realize predictable handling and high marginal performance.

S-AWC integrates management of its Active Center Differential (ACD), Active Yaw Control (AYC), Active Stability Control (ASC), and Sports ABS components, while adding braking force control to Mitsubishi Motors’ own AYC system, allowing regulation of torque and braking force at each wheel. S-AWC employs yaw rate feedback control, a direct yaw moment control technology that affects left-right torque vectoring (this technology forms the core of S-AWC system) and controls cornering maneuvers as desired during acceleration, steady state driving, and deceleration. The result is elevated drive power, cornering performance, and vehicle stability regardless of driving conditions.

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Free Winter Tires On Rims? What Gives?

So your dealer says the Tires on Rims are free – but are they?  Here at Loch Lomond Mitsubishi your free winter tires on rims are at no charge to you, in fact, we incur the cost here at the dealer level.  So how do you know if they are really free?

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INCLUDED IS A SERIOUS WORD.

As you can see above – INCLUDED is a word you won’t find.  At Loch Lomond Mitsubishi are winter tires ARE in fact, FREE.  As advertised!  No installation costs, no mounting or balance charges, no TPMS cost – all of it IS in fact, free.  When you hear or see the word INCLUDED – set your red flag to fly!  If you see quotes like ‘free winter tires included’ or ‘snow tires included’ you actually aren’t really getting anything for free.  INCLUDED means included into your payment, meaning there is a charge for these items and you will incur that cost….in your payment.

ASK TO SEE THE SCREEN

There is a screen on every dealer computer that shows who is in fact paying for each additional item on the vehicle.  It will breakdown in COST and RETAIL, meaning cost to the dealership, and the retail charge to you.  There is no problem with asking to see WHAT you will pay for FREE items.

CAREFUL OF PAYMENTS

When you see a payment, for example $79/week – ensure that your payment INCLUDES EVERYTHING.  Some dealers will advertise $79/week and then you wonder when you leave why it is now $120/week taxes in. Here, at Loch Lomond Mitsubishi, we ONLY advertise payments that are ‘on the road’, meaning that the payment includes all taxes, fees etc.  You leave with the same payment you walked in thinking you would pay.

It is important that you know what you are paying for, and what you actually getting for free.  This is your hard earned money at stake!

The Black and White of Automotive Warranty

The Mitsubishi warranty is the best in the world…..and they have the awards to prove it.  But what does that mean?  It means their Powertrain Warranty and their Comprehensive (bumper to bumper) Warranty covers more components than any other auto maker.

So how can you improve on this?  You can extend it.

During September, all new Mitsubishi purchasers will receive a 10-10-10 warranty.  Brass tacks?  That means you receive the regular 10 year Powertrain Warranty that is always offered by Mitsubishi Canada, but instead of 5 years/100 k Bumper to Bumper you receive 10 years/160 k.  Instead of 5 years/unlimited km Roadside Assistance, you receive 10 years/unlimited km.

Fine print?

The fine print is this:

  • Mitsubishi offers a 5 Year/100 km PLATINUM warranty with every vehicle, which is why they can say they have the best, as most dealers off the ‘gold’ warranty, or they offer the platinum for a smaller time allotment.
  • With this upgrade, your additional 5 years bumper to bumper is GOLD warranty – which is still incredible, just not the ‘best in the world’.
  • Roadside Assistance and Powertrain both offer the same components as the warranty offered permanently.

So how does this compare?

Well, Mazda will give you 3 years / unlimited kms on CERTAIN vehicles – but think of this – if the average person drives 25,000 km per year, then really you are only receiving a 3 year / 75,000 km warranty – and careful – as this is not offered on most vehicles.

Hyundai and Kia are the only auto manufacturers that come close to Mitsubishi, the rest fall quite behind.  Hyundai and Kia offer 5 years/100 k bumper to bumper, roadside and powertrain – falling short by 5 years via the powertrain guarantee given by Mitsubishi.

Most domestic dealers offer 3 years, as does Volkswagen and Toyota – they both also offer only 3 years.

What does this mean to you?  Let’s be realistic, auto makers are NOT in the business of losing money – how would they survive?  So they stand behind their vehicles for as long as they feel they can without losing money.  This means, to you, that the vehicle you may choose for looks and style may end up costing you thousands of dollars half-way into your car loan.  Isn’t it worth a test drive at Mitsubishi?  Every one of their vehicles has won leading edge awards in their class!

With Mitsubishi’s current promotion you won’t stress about repairs during your car loan, or for a very long time after, and we at Mitsubishi think that this is the meaning of customer service.  We are standing behind our vehicles for twice as long as our competitors, three times as long as some – and that, according to us, speaks for itself.

 

 

Eight Weeks Paid By Us

What else can we say?  It’s true!  It’s a little tribute to our dads mixed with our love for this incredible city!  Every new Mitsubishi on the lot is not only coming with the BEST warranty in the world during June, but it is coming with cash in your hand!  Swing on in, and see the difference 100 years in business makes!

Preventable Epic Fails…..

This month’s story comes to us from Jessy Beaudry, an automotive technician in Sudbury, Ontario. It reinforces the importance of paying attention to warning lights in your instrument cluster, and not ignoring them until next time your ride happens to be in the shop.

Beaudry shares a story about a customer who drives a Chevrolet Cobalt. The customer’s car arrived in a non-drivable state, as the engine wouldn’t start. An expensive engine replacement followed, with a hefty bill. Thing is, as Beaudry discovered in a conversation with his customer, this should have been a considerably less expensive job.

Beaudry’s customer wasn’t in the practice of checking vital fluids like coolant or oil, and apparently, wasn’t in the practice of checking the instrument cluster for warning lights either.

“We had a conversation about what we would do for this customer. They needed a new engine, plain and simple. This one had been driven for days, or maybe more, with a blown head gasket, and engine coolant and oil contaminating one another.”

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Buying a Pre-Owned Car with Mods

Vehicle modification is the core of a multi-million-dollar industry, an entire automotive scene, thousands of Canadian drivers have modified their vehicles with custom suspension components, wheels, performance parts, electronics, and more. Many of them enjoy their ride with no issue.  We have many Lancer drivers that modify their vehicle, and belong to mod clubs, quite often their trade in has the same!

Thing is, not all modifications, or modified vehicles, are built the same. Purchasing a vehicle that ‘looks fancy’ to the unqualified, untrained eye can cause headaches and ongoing issues due to low quality parts, and poor installation.

Here are a few to look out for when purchasing a pre-owned vehicle with modifications:

 

Drop-in xenon lighting kits, light-bars, tinted bulbs, LED headlights, tinted lenses and even aftermarket fog or rally lamps are popular across multiple vehicle genres, and especially with off-roaders, and compact import tuners. With the goal of increasing lighting output, generating a more upscale after-dark lighting signature and dialing up the looks, presence and functionality of a ride, the popularity of non-factory lighting upgrades has exploded in recent years.

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Get Your Car Ready for Summer?

Why does no-one ever talk about preparing for sundrenched drives?  Getting your car winter ready articles are a dime per dozen!  Check out what you can do to ensure that you are ready for the sun!

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#1 –  YOUR TIRES!

Tires have an enormous impact on performance and safety, and they’re one of the few components on your vehicle that can kill you if you ignore them. A worn or underinflated set of tires can be detrimental to handling and braking and can lead to blow-outs on the highway. If you own winter and summer tires, inspect both sets of rubber as you swap them out for Continue reading “Get Your Car Ready for Summer?”

How Do You Know if You Need an Alignment?

  • Does the steering wheel pull to the left or the right?
  • Are your tires wearing unevenly?
  • If you let go of the wheel on a straightaway, does your car steer straight? Or does it steer into oncoming traffic or the towards the shoulder?

If your vehicle is out of alignment, it can end up costing you hundreds in tires.  The tread on your tires will look off, and eventually, and preventabley, you will have to change one or more of your tires!  Especially with the potholes and uneven roads of Saint John in your way!

A little background about your alignment:

No matter how advanced, expensive or run-of-the-mill your ride is, the wheel alignment (not to be confused with wheel balance) is basically related to three settings:

Toe – front and rear wheels are never adjusted to track perfectly parallel paths. If they were, Continue reading “How Do You Know if You Need an Alignment?”

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