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    The madness that is the 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon has been priced. It will set you back $86,090 - includes $1,700 gas guzzler tax and $1,095 destination charge. That will get you 808 horsepower and 717 pound-feet of torque from the 6.2L supercharged V8. If you want the full monty - 840 horsepower and 770 pound-feet of torque, you'll need the optional Demon Crate which will only set you back a $1.00. (FCA says the Demon Crate's true is $6,140). Other $1.00 options include,

    • Cloth rear seat
    • Leather rear seat
    • Front passenger cloth seat
    • Demon trunk carpet kit

    There are other options available for the Demon that will push the pricetag up,

    • Red Seat Belts - $195
    • Comfort Audio Group: Cloth Seats, includes front passenger cloth seat, 18-speaker Harman Kardon Audio, including two subwoofers and 900W amplifier, premium floor mats and bright pedals - $995
    • Leather Front Seat Group: Laguna leather and Alcantara suede covered seats with embossed Demon head logo, front passenger seat, heated and ventilated leather front seats with heated steering wheel, premium floor mats, power tilt/telescoping column and bright pedals - $1,595
    • Painted Black Satin Hood - $1,995
    • Comfort Group, Leather Seats: Laguna leather and Alcantara suede covered seats with embossed Demon head logo, front passenger seat, heated and ventilated leather front seats with heated steering wheel, premium floor mats, power tilt/telescoping column, bright pedals, 18-speaker Harman Kardon Audio, including two subwoofers and 900W amplifier - $2,495
    • Painted Black Satin Graphics Package: satin black painted hood, roof and decklid $3,495
    • "For buyers who must have a sunroof – Power sunroof" - $4,995

    All Challenger Demons will also come with a one-day session at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Chandler, Arizona - hopefully reducing the number of accidents involving Demons within the first few months.

    Dodge is planning on building 3,000 Demons for the U.S. and 300 for Canada. Deliveries are expected to begin this fall.

    Source: Dodge
    Press Release is on Page 2


    Dodge Announces Pricing for 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon — Owners Can Unleash Full Power for $1

    New Dodge Challenger SRT Demon starts at a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $84,995 (including $1,700 gas guzzler tax, excluding $1,095 destination); Demon Crate and options available to owners for $1
    • Exclusive, personalized and serialized Demon Crate offers components that unleash the Challenger SRT Demon’s 840 horsepower, 770 lb.-ft. of torque and full potential at the drag strip; available to owners for $1
    • First-ever, factory-production car with driver’s seat only; front passenger seat, available for $1
    • Rear seat available in leather or cloth for $1
    • Demon trunk carpet kit available for $1
    • Highest horsepower V-8 production car engine ever produced
    • First-ever front-wheel lift in production car as certified by Guinness World Records
    • World’s fastest quarter-mile production car with an elapsed time (ET) of 9.65 seconds and 140 miles per hour (mph) as certified by National Hot Rod Association (NHRA)
    • World’s fastest 0-60 production car: 2.3 seconds
    • 0-30 miles per hour: 1.0 second
    • Highest g-force acceleration of any production car: 1.8 g
    • Challenger SRT Demon is covered by FCA US LLC factory warranty, including three-year/36,000-mile limited vehicle warranty and five-year/60,000-mile limited powertrain coverage
    • Production of limited-edition, serialized, single model-year (3,000 United States/300 Canada) Challenger SRT Demon begins later this summer; deliveries to Dodge//SRT dealers to begin this fall
    • All customers who buy the new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon receive one full-day session at Bob Bondurant School of High-performance Driving
    May 23, 2017 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, the most powerful muscle car ever with 808 horsepower, starts at a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $84,995 (including $1,700 gas guzzler tax, excluding $1,095 destination). Challenger SRT Demon owners who want to unleash its full potential at the drag strip – and its full 840 horsepower and 770 lb.-ft. of torque – can do so for $1 (MSRP).
     
    “Eighty-five thousand dollars is not just a number in a business case to Dodge; we know it's a lot of money and a significant up-charge over a Challenger Hellcat,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA North America. “We worked very hard to build as much value into the Challenger SRT Demon as possible – features, performance and exclusivity that simply can't be duplicated with a goal of maintaining, and possibly even growing, as much future value as possible.”
                                          
    The limited-production Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is the first-ever production car to do a front-wheel lift, as certified by Guinness World Records, and it’s the world’s fastest quarter-mile production car with an elapsed time (ET) of 9.65 seconds at 140 miles per hour (mph), as certified by National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). It also registers the highest g-force (1.8 g) ever recorded at launch in a production car.

    While the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon remains a livable street car, every component was scrutinized and optimized for weight, capability and durability on the strip. The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon includes key standard features unique to Dodge’s ultimate performance halo, including:
    • Supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® Demon V-8 with 808 horsepower and 717 lb.-ft. of torque
    • TorqueFlite 8HP90 eight-speed automatic transmission with factory-production car exclusive TransBrake
    • Standard with one seat, a premium cloth-covered driver seat
    • Standard cloth seat includes Ballistic II inserts with silver embroidered Demon head logo
    • Standard line lock engages the front brakes to hold the Challenger SRT Demon stationary but leaves the rear wheels free for a burnout to heat up and clean the rear tires
    • Brembo lightweight high-performance brake system with two-piece rotors
    • 3.09 rear axle ratio for improved off-the-line acceleration
    • After-Run Cooler, a factory-production car first, helps the Challenger SRT Demon get ready for the next run as quickly as possible by running the cooling fan and the low-temperature circuit coolant pump after engine shutdown
    • First-ever factory-production car with innovative SRT Power Chiller™ liquid-to-air intercooler chiller system
    • Air-Grabber™ induction system includes the largest functional hood scoop (45.2 square inches) of any production car
    • Torque Reserve delivers increased levels of power and torque at launch
    • A flat-bottom SRT Performance steering wheel wrapped in Alcantara with paddle shifters
    • Demon head logo fender badges
    • Two-speaker audio system
    • SRT Demon-tuned three-mode Adaptive Damping Suspension (ADS)
    • 315/40R18 street-legal drag radial tires specifically designed and developed exclusively for the Challenger SRT Demon, with a new compound and specific tire sidewall construction
    • 18 in. x 11 in. lightweight aluminum wheels
    • Remote start
    • Manual tilt/telescoping column
    • Serialized dash plaque
    • Dark Brushed II interior accents
     
    For owners who want to make their Challenger SRT Demon even more capable on the strip or more comfortable for the street, available options include (all options are set at U.S. MSRP):
    • Demon Crate ($1): Exclusive Demon Crate offers components that unleash the car’s 840 horsepower, 770 lb.-ft. of torque and full potential at the drag strip and is personalized with the buyer’s name, VIN and serial number. The Demon Crate and the performance parts it holds are valued at $6,140, but Challenger SRT Demon owners can buy the entire package for $1. Contents of the Demon Crate include:
      • Direct Connection Performance Parts:
        • Two narrow, front-runner drag wheels
        • Performance powertrain control module with high-octane engine calibration
        • Replacement instrument panel switch module with high-octane button
        • Personalized ID badge
        • Conical performance air filter
        • Two valve stems
        • Passenger mirror block-off plate
      • Demon-branded track tools:
        • Hydraulic floor jack with carrying bag
        • Cordless impact wrench with charger
        • Torque wrench with extension and socket
        • Tire pressure gauge
        • Fender cover
        • Tool bag
      • Foam case that fits into the Challenger SRT Demon trunk and securely holds the front runner wheels and track tools
    • Cloth rear seat ($1)
    • Leather rear seat ($1)
    • Front passenger cloth seat ($1)
    • Demon trunk carpet kit ($1)
    • Red seat belts ($195)
    • Leather Front Seat Group includes Laguna leather and Alcantara suede covered seats with embossed Demon head logo, front passenger seat, heated and ventilated leather front seats with heated steering wheel, premium floor mats, power tilt/telescoping column and bright pedals ($1,595)
    • Comfort Audio Group, Cloth Seats, includes front passenger cloth seat, 18-speaker Harman Kardon Audio, including two subwoofers and 900W amplifier, premium floor mats and bright pedals ($995)
    • Painted Black Satin Hood ($1,995)
    • Comfort Group, Leather Seats, includes Laguna leather and Alcantara suede covered seats with embossed Demon head logo, front passenger seat, heated and ventilated leather front seats with heated steering wheel, premium floor mats, power tilt/telescoping column, bright pedals, 18-speaker Harman Kardon Audio, including two subwoofers and 900W amplifier ($2,495)
    • Painted Black Satin Graphics Package, available with all 15 exterior colors, includes satin black painted hood, roof and decklid ($3,495)
    • For buyers who must have a sunroof – Power sunroof ($4,995)

    The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon will be available 15 exterior colors: B5 Blue (late availability), Billet Silver, Destroyer Grey, F8 Green (late availability), Go Mango, Granite Crystal, Indigo Blue (late availability), Maximum Steel, Octane Red, Pitch Black, Plum Crazy (late availability), Redline, TorRed, White Knuckle and Yellow Jacket.
      
    Production of the limited-edition single model year 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon begins later this summer at the Brampton (Ont.) Assembly plant, with 3,000 vehicles for the United States and 300 vehicles for Canada. Deliveries to Dodge//SRT dealers will begin this fall.
     
    The Challenger SRT Demon is covered by FCA US LLC’s factory warranty, including three-year/36,000-mile limited vehicle warranty and five-year/60,000-mile limited powertrain coverage.

    Edited by William Maley

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    Very Cool :metal: 

    Wonder if any will get exported by the wealthy middle east?

    Also wonder if Canada or the US will crash the first one and then which state or province, :scratchchin:

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    If FCA were really smart, they would make this car an export-only model to the Middle East.  Especially given that they were just served by the Justice Department for issues concerning both their diesel engines AND they are paying CAFE fines as we speak.

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    So, GM should have to ship all it's performance cars to the middle east because it had a fortune to the government in fines over the ignition issue?  Guess what.  All manufacturers come to blows with the government at one time or another and generally multiple times. 

     

    Anyway, this is a hell of a deal.  Hopefully it isn't like the C7 Vette where the first accidents happened under testing before it even went on sale.

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    1 hour ago, Stew said:

    So, GM should have to ship all it's performance cars to the middle east because it had a fortune to the government in fines over the ignition issue?  Guess what.  All manufacturers come to blows with the government at one time or another and generally multiple times. 

     

    Anyway, this is a hell of a deal.  Hopefully it isn't like the C7 Vette where the first accidents happened under testing before it even went on sale.

    I think the point was that FCA is already paying CAFE fines and that the Demon only pulls down FCA's CAFE average further... though not by much because it is such a miniscule number of cars. 

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    Considering all the issues (cafe and otherwise), it's not that bad of a deal.

     

    STill, 86k for a LX car.......:omfg:

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    I do think it's funny how the Demon Crate is a whopping $1.00. I also wonder what options Demon owners will order, especially with that Demon Crate option.

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    10 hours ago, Stew said:

    So, GM should have to ship all it's performance cars to the middle east because it had a fortune to the government in fines over the ignition issue?  Guess what.  All manufacturers come to blows with the government at one time or another and generally multiple times. 

     

    Anyway, this is a hell of a deal.  Hopefully it isn't like the C7 Vette where the first accidents happened under testing before it even went on sale.

    Good grief man. Always interjecting GM into it. Sorry, but for all of GMs flaws, they are nowhere close to the dire situation that FCA finds itself in as far fuel standards go. No hybrids, no plug ins, no nothing that keeps them afloat with CAFE. That is the point here. 

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    1 hour ago, surreal1272 said:

    Good grief man. Always interjecting GM into it. Sorry, but for all of GMs flaws, they are nowhere close to the dire situation that FCA finds itself in as far fuel standards go. No hybrids, no plug ins, no nothing that keeps them afloat with CAFE. That is the point here. 

    HELLO... Pacifica???

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    16 minutes ago, ocnblu said:

    HELLO... Pacifica???

    Correction. One model with a name that no one associates with their minivans and instead only remember a half baked CUV that was prone to premature rusting. My bad. 

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    The Demon is cool in theory, but I think the Hellcat is their best muscle car as far as bang for the buck. My personal favorite is actually the Challenger 392 for practical, everyday performance.

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    7 hours ago, surreal1272 said:

    Correction. One model with a name that no one associates with their minivans and instead only remember a half baked CUV that was prone to premature rusting. My bad. 

    You're welcome.

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    5 hours ago, ocnblu said:

    You're welcome.

    I still stand by my point though. Lack of innovation and new technology investments will ruin FCA, on top of all their other issues.

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    1 hour ago, surreal1272 said:

    I still stand by my point though. Lack of innovation and new technology investments will ruin FCA, on top of all their other issues.

    It's starting to become an industry wide phenomenon though....  Ford, Toyota, Honda, have all pulled back on platform investments right now. It's just most obvious at FCA because theirs are the oldest. GM is in good shape for now because they have a batch of new platforms fresh from the oven and they were already in dire need of consolidation... but everyone else seems to keep rehashing old platforms.   Nissan? What new platforms have they got? Honda has the new Civic, but most of the rest of their stuff is just variants of existing platforms. Ford's newest is Mustang and Transit, though F-150 is relatively recent.

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    As cool as the Demon is, it's a bit of a fail. The thing is basically a purpose built 1/4 mile car. However, from the factory, one is not allowed to run it all out on the 1/4 mile. 

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    19 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    It's starting to become an industry wide phenomenon though....  Ford, Toyota, Honda, have all pulled back on platform investments right now. It's just most obvious at FCA because theirs are the oldest. GM is in good shape for now because they have a batch of new platforms fresh from the oven and they were already in dire need of consolidation... but everyone else seems to keep rehashing old platforms.   Nissan? What new platforms have they got? Honda has the new Civic, but most of the rest of their stuff is just variants of existing platforms. Ford's newest is Mustang and Transit, though F-150 is relatively recent.

    True but FCA is the worst of the "lack of innovation and investment" bunch (and again this is on top off their other issues) for too many reasons to list here. 

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    2 minutes ago, surreal1272 said:

    True but FCA is the worst of the "lack of innovation and investment" bunch (and again this is on top off their other issues) for too many reasons to list here. 

    That's because Serg is trying to cut his way to success.

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    EV's will bring us our biggest splash of new platforms. Let's face it, we are in the Twilight Dusk of ICE auto's and as they do fade, the new platforms are going to be the Hybrids / EV's.

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    6 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    That's because Serg is trying to cut his way to success.

    Exactly. Mismanagement of his brands isnt helping matters either. 

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    35 minutes ago, surreal1272 said:

    Exactly. Mismanagement of his brands isnt helping matters either. 

    He could have done so much if he did not take the billions of profits and waste it on Alfa and Fiat.

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    What?  the Alfa platform will go to Dodge and Jeep.  The 4 cylinder turbo will also beget the Hurricane Turbo 4s.  The 8 speed auto, of which they were one of the first to use, is still considered the gold standard of the industry.  As is UConnect, especially the newest version that just came out.  The hybrid system in the minivan is phenomenal.  The Pentastar was completely redone for the 16 GC and Durango and that version will find it's way through the other lineups with it's MUCH improved torque curve and still doesn't need DI to match the others (though the pentastar is setup to accept it).  The 6.4 Hemi is not that old and the Hellcat is still Practically new.  The platform being used for the Jeep Crossovers is perfect for their use and provide the ability for actual off-road prowess. 

     

    The main thing is that the economy is shrinking and that is going to effect car sales.  profit is the number one motivation for any company.  From this point forward you are going to see companies using platforms for much longer.  GM has basically said they are going to be doing this from here forward.  Remember, Panther lasted for over 3 decades, Same with the W-Body, Fox Body, etc, etc, etc.  The important thing is not coming up with new platforms but keeping what you have modern.The LX platform may not be new, but it is still a very good platform.  The 15 upgrades transformed the whole feel.  I am amazed they feel like an Audi to me and my Brother's A5 was amazing in not only daily driving, but handling, and super comfortable of long trips.  Toyota is a great example.  the Camry is getting it's first all-new platform for the first time in basically 20 years, but the kept it fresh, where the targeted customers wanted it and they have maintained massive sales.  Same with the Accord and Civic.  All of GM's new platforms haven't been able to make their cars even close to the top Toyotas and Hondas that have ran, and continue to run older platforms.  As good as the Colorado and Canyon are, the Tacoma, (which is still based on a roughly 15 year old platform, outsells them both combined.  Your average buyer neither cares or even knows how old the platform a car has is, they just care about how it feels to them and the price they get. 

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    On 5/24/2017 at 9:02 AM, Stew said:

    So, GM should have to ship all it's performance cars to the middle east because it had a fortune to the government in fines over the ignition issue?  Guess what.  All manufacturers come to blows with the government at one time or another and generally multiple times. 

     

    Anyway, this is a hell of a deal.  Hopefully it isn't like the C7 Vette where the first accidents happened under testing before it even went on sale.

    How is that relevant??? 

     

     

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    I'm as much an enthusiast as the next guy.. and the $86K seems fine to me considering the Viper is dead.. but am I the only one who is beginning to think that this HP thing is getting a bit outta hand? I mean seriously.. a great deal of people are crashing and can't handle their 180HP Corolla.. WTF is gonna happen when Grandma in her Toyota comes up against Goof-Ball in his Demon? 

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    33 minutes ago, Cmicasa the Great said:

    How is that relevant??? 

     

     

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    I'm as much an enthusiast as the next guy.. and the $86K seems fine to me considering the Viper is dead.. but am I the only one who is beginning to think that this HP thing is getting a bit outta hand? I mean seriously.. a great deal of people are crashing and can't handle their 180HP Corolla.. WTF is gonna happen when Grandma in her Toyota comes up against Goof-Ball in his Demon? 

    Some will say who cares as long as Sergio can take our money and waste it on his stupid Fiat and Alfa crap.

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    36 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    Some will say who cares as long as Sergio can take our money and waste it on his stupid Fiat and Alfa crap.

    Not my money..  I haven't considered buying a Mopar since the early 90s..  Before they openly became a foreign company. Japanese, German, or Italian... Fuck that... Hey wait a minute..  Isn't that the WWII Axis of Evil? :o

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    On 5/26/2017 at 11:22 AM, Cmicasa the Great said:

    How is that relevant??? 

     

     

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    I'm as much an enthusiast as the next guy.. and the $86K seems fine to me considering the Viper is dead.. but am I the only one who is beginning to think that this HP thing is getting a bit outta hand? I mean seriously.. a great deal of people are crashing and can't handle their 180HP Corolla.. WTF is gonna happen when Grandma in her Toyota comes up against Goof-Ball in his Demon? 

    The point is fairly obvious.  people where acting like it will br wrecked Demons left and right, simply because it is a Mopar while C7s were wrecked in public before they awere even on sale.  The good thing about the Demon is that it is extremely limited, the bad thing is that most will probably end up tucked away in garages. 

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      38,490               53,910             -29%

      51,481          75,146            -31%

      Dart Avenger Charger Challenger Viper Journey Caravan Durango

      DODGE  BRAND

      0                        29                   -100%

      1                         0                     100%

      9,296                  6,869                  35%

      5,748                  7,005                 -18%

      0                         3                     -100%

      7,642                10,966                 -30%

      16,809                15,487                   9%

       

      8,263                  6,222                  33%

      47,759              46,581               3%

      10                      307                -97%

      1                         2                  -50%

      36,012               34,766                4%

      23,601                30,545              -23%

      2                        14                 -86%

      38,727                41,023               -6%

      59,732               70,511             -15%

       

      31,453               27,378              15%

      189,538           204,546            -7%

      500

      500L

      500X Spider

      FIAT BRAND

      335                     264                    27%

      69                      184                   -63%

      272                     568                   -52%

       

      349                     425                   -18%

      1,025                1,441             -29%

      1,386                 1,908              -27%

      309                     747                -59%

      1,284                 2,711              -53%

       

      1,191                 1,493              -20%

      4,170                6,859             -39%

      Giulia Alfa 4C Stelvio

      ALFA ROMEO

      797                   1,175                 -32%

      14                      19                    -26%

      761                   1,183                 -36%

      1,572                2,377             -34%

      3,578                  5,383              -34%

      82                      95                 -14%

      3,782                  4,538              -17%

      7,442             10,016            -26%

      FCA US LLC

      218,702           214,294                2%

      890,027           913,212            -3%


       
         
       
    • By William Maley
      I was a bit surprised when I got word that I would be spending a few days with a Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross only a few weeks after doing a brief first drive. As I noted in my report, I came away pretty impressed with certain aspects of this latest contender in the compact crossover class. But there were some items that I needed more time to mess around with such as the infotainment system and powertrain. With a bit more time behind the wheel, how would Mitsubishi’s newest model fare? 
      As I talked about in my quick first drive, Mitsubishi’s design staff went crazy with the Eclipse Cross. Sharp angles, a split shape for the tailgate, and aggressive front end treatment will draw a lot of comment. But credit should be given to the design team as they have created something that does stand out in a very crowded class. The polarizing design can be toned down a lot if you choose a different color than the red as seen on my tester. 
      Sadly, that polarizing design doesn’t carry into the interior. But the plain look does allow for most controls to be easy to find and reach. Only the placement of the trip computer controls (behind the steering wheel) and climate control (nestled deep in the center stack) will invoke some frustration. Mitsubishi has also made some noticeable improvements to overall interior quality. There are higher quality hard plastics and some soft-touch materials used throughout. Also, there were no glaring build quality concerns that I noticed in the Outlander Sport.
      The front seats provide decent support for short trips, but I was wishing for more padding after doing a day trip to Ohio. The sloping roofline and large sunroof will eat into rear headroom, but legroom is decent for most passengers. Cargo space is on the low side with 22.6 cubic feet with the seats up and 48.9 cubic feet when folded. The sloping tailgate design does also mean you’ll need to plan carefully as to how you plan on loading cargo.
      Mitsubishi equips all Eclipse Cross models with a seven-inch touchscreen, but only the LE and above get a free-standing version with a touchpad controller. The touchpad controller reminds a lot of the Lexus’ Remote Touch system and its issues. Both systems exhibit some slowness to respond when your finger is moving across the pad. At least the Mitsubishi system has a touchscreen as another input method, but you’ll be stretching your arm to use it. The graphics and overall performance do trail competitors, but it is a huge step forward when compared to the previous systems Mitsubishi has installed. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility are standard on LE models and above.
      A new turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder powers the Eclipse Cross. Output is rated at 152 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. All models come with a CVT and the choice of either front or Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel-Control (S-AWC). During my first drive, I came away mostly impressed with the turbo-four as it moved the vehicle with subtle verve around town. This still held true during my time with the vehicle. But I did find the engine runs out of steam at higher speeds, making it somewhat difficult to pass quickly when traveling on the highway. Also, the engine does sound somewhat unrefined in hard acceleration. The CVT is similar; providing excellent performance around town, but noticeably struggles on the highway. 
      EPA fuel economy on the Eclipse Cross SEL S-AWC is 25 City/26 Highway/25 Combined. My average for the five-day period I had the vehicle landed around 27.2 on a 70/30 mix of highway and city driving.
      Despite the Eclipse name on the vehicle, this is not a sporty crossover. There is pronounced body lean and the steering feels noticeably light. But for most buyers, this is not a big issue. They’re more concerned about how the Eclipse Cross rides and the news is better. The suspension does a great job of absorbing most bumps. Wind noise is kept to very acceptable levels, but there was a fair amount of road noise coming inside - especially when traveling on the highway. This makes long trips somewhat tiring.
      While many enthusiasts may bemoan the fact that Mitsubishi is using the Eclipse name on a crossover, I’ll be the first to admit this is their best vehicle in quite some time. The design and turbo engine help the model stand out in what is becoming a quite crowded class. Plus, the starting price of $23,295 for the base ES makes it quite tempting. Still, the Eclipse Cross does trail the pack in terms of comfort, cargo space, and performance at higher speeds. There is room for improvement, but Mitsubishi has most of the basics right on the money.
      Disclaimer: Mitsubishi Provided the Eclipse Cross, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2018
      Make: Mitsubishi
      Model: Eclipse Cross
      Trim: SEL S-AWC
      Engine: Turbocharged 1.5L Direct-Injected Four-Cylinder
      Driveline: CVT, All-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 152 @ 5,550
      Torque @ RPM: 184 @ 2,000
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 25/26/25
      Curb Weight: 3,516 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Okazaki, Japan
      Base Price: $27,895
      As Tested Price: $32,310 (Includes $995.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Touring Package - $2,500.00
      Red Diamond Paint - $595.00
      Accessory Tonneau Cover - $190.00
      Accessory Carpeted Floormats and Portfolio - $135.00

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    • By William Maley
      I was a bit surprised when I got word that I would be spending a few days with a Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross only a few weeks after doing a brief first drive. As I noted in my report, I came away pretty impressed with certain aspects of this latest contender in the compact crossover class. But there were some items that I needed more time to mess around with such as the infotainment system and powertrain. With a bit more time behind the wheel, how would Mitsubishi’s newest model fare? 
      As I talked about in my quick first drive, Mitsubishi’s design staff went crazy with the Eclipse Cross. Sharp angles, a split shape for the tailgate, and aggressive front end treatment will draw a lot of comment. But credit should be given to the design team as they have created something that does stand out in a very crowded class. The polarizing design can be toned down a lot if you choose a different color than the red as seen on my tester. 
      Sadly, that polarizing design doesn’t carry into the interior. But the plain look does allow for most controls to be easy to find and reach. Only the placement of the trip computer controls (behind the steering wheel) and climate control (nestled deep in the center stack) will invoke some frustration. Mitsubishi has also made some noticeable improvements to overall interior quality. There are higher quality hard plastics and some soft-touch materials used throughout. Also, there were no glaring build quality concerns that I noticed in the Outlander Sport.
      The front seats provide decent support for short trips, but I was wishing for more padding after doing a day trip to Ohio. The sloping roofline and large sunroof will eat into rear headroom, but legroom is decent for most passengers. Cargo space is on the low side with 22.6 cubic feet with the seats up and 48.9 cubic feet when folded. The sloping tailgate design does also mean you’ll need to plan carefully as to how you plan on loading cargo.
      Mitsubishi equips all Eclipse Cross models with a seven-inch touchscreen, but only the LE and above get a free-standing version with a touchpad controller. The touchpad controller reminds a lot of the Lexus’ Remote Touch system and its issues. Both systems exhibit some slowness to respond when your finger is moving across the pad. At least the Mitsubishi system has a touchscreen as another input method, but you’ll be stretching your arm to use it. The graphics and overall performance do trail competitors, but it is a huge step forward when compared to the previous systems Mitsubishi has installed. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility are standard on LE models and above.
      A new turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder powers the Eclipse Cross. Output is rated at 152 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. All models come with a CVT and the choice of either front or Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel-Control (S-AWC). During my first drive, I came away mostly impressed with the turbo-four as it moved the vehicle with subtle verve around town. This still held true during my time with the vehicle. But I did find the engine runs out of steam at higher speeds, making it somewhat difficult to pass quickly when traveling on the highway. Also, the engine does sound somewhat unrefined in hard acceleration. The CVT is similar; providing excellent performance around town, but noticeably struggles on the highway. 
      EPA fuel economy on the Eclipse Cross SEL S-AWC is 25 City/26 Highway/25 Combined. My average for the five-day period I had the vehicle landed around 27.2 on a 70/30 mix of highway and city driving.
      Despite the Eclipse name on the vehicle, this is not a sporty crossover. There is pronounced body lean and the steering feels noticeably light. But for most buyers, this is not a big issue. They’re more concerned about how the Eclipse Cross rides and the news is better. The suspension does a great job of absorbing most bumps. Wind noise is kept to very acceptable levels, but there was a fair amount of road noise coming inside - especially when traveling on the highway. This makes long trips somewhat tiring.
      While many enthusiasts may bemoan the fact that Mitsubishi is using the Eclipse name on a crossover, I’ll be the first to admit this is their best vehicle in quite some time. The design and turbo engine help the model stand out in what is becoming a quite crowded class. Plus, the starting price of $23,295 for the base ES makes it quite tempting. Still, the Eclipse Cross does trail the pack in terms of comfort, cargo space, and performance at higher speeds. There is room for improvement, but Mitsubishi has most of the basics right on the money.
      Disclaimer: Mitsubishi Provided the Eclipse Cross, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2018
      Make: Mitsubishi
      Model: Eclipse Cross
      Trim: SEL S-AWC
      Engine: Turbocharged 1.5L Direct-Injected Four-Cylinder
      Driveline: CVT, All-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 152 @ 5,550
      Torque @ RPM: 184 @ 2,000
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 25/26/25
      Curb Weight: 3,516 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Okazaki, Japan
      Base Price: $27,895
      As Tested Price: $32,310 (Includes $995.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Touring Package - $2,500.00
      Red Diamond Paint - $595.00
      Accessory Tonneau Cover - $190.00
      Accessory Carpeted Floormats and Portfolio - $135.00
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