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We know it’s tough to find that diamond-in-the-rough used SUV. Sometimes, they’re sitting right under your nose and you may not see it. That’s one of the plusses to the often-forgotten Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. This frugal, comfy, five-seat SUV often gets overlooked for the used bargain it is.

What is a 2020 Eclipse Cross worth?

a red Eclipse cross on a city street
2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross | Mitsubishi

Today, a two-year-old Eclipse Cross that cost nearly $28,000 in 2020 sells for about $23,000, according to listings at Kelley Blue Book. The Eclipse Cross slits between the small Outlander Sport and the big, seven-passenger, Outlander SUV. You can find them for sale on  Many of us will remember the 1990s Eclipse sports car, and this is nothing like that. Instead, it’s a five-seat SUV with a roomy back seat, good cargo room, and a frugal if not exciting 1.5-liter engine.

Since it’s launch in 2018 it’s been a value, and style, leader for Mitsubishi. Nothing else on the road looks like it, especially in the SP trim that has a carbon look grill and large roof spoiler. But it does have a long list of the standard features that most of us want, and options like heated seats that many of us demand.

Is the 2020 Eclipse Cross a good used SUV?

Rebelle Rally Eclipse cross on dirt
The 2020 Eclipse Cross on the Rebelle Rally | Mitsubishi

In 2020, the Eclipse Cross SUV got several new features that help its value, including automatic emergency braking, several other driver’s aids, and in nicer trim levels, leather seats and a power liftgate.

Many used vehicle warranties don’t transfer. The Eclipse Cross came with a 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty and that is transferred to the new owner. But if you buy a 2020 certified at a dealer, it transfers to the balance of a 5 years or 60,000 miles. In 2019 the Eclipse Cross was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or IIHs. The versions that snagged the recognition have optional front crash protection and specific headlights, however.

Is an Eclipse Cross a reliable car?

2023 Eclipse Cross interior
2023 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross interior | Mitsubishi

Consumer Reports expects it to have about average reliability compared to others. At J.D. Power the 2022 Eclipse Cross gets an Average score for quality and reliability (the 2020 version isn’t rated, though it’s the same car). But, it’s on the very top end of that score, at 79.

One more J.D. Power point would have earned it a “great” score. J.D. Power rates vehicles based on the level of defects, malfunctions, an design flaws. It covers the whole vehicle. Most rated the driving experience great, too, on the Eclipse Cross.

What’s new for the 2023 Eclipse Cross?

For 2023, the Eclipse Cross gets all-wheel drive standard, but that’s about it. The Eclipse Cross got an update in 2022 that added a lot of new features standard, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The other minor addition is 18-inch wheels. It comes with the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that makes 152 horsepower. The 2023 Eclipse Cross starts at $25,795 and tops out at 31,395 in the SEL with Touring Package that adds several luxury features.


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