—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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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.