Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Wins Segment Award in 2021 AutoPacific VSA Awards
Mitsubishi Motors may have been a bit of a mystery over the last year, but after the recent shareholders meeting, the vision for the automaker has become clearer in just a few weeks. Electric vehicle development is the focus for Mitsubishi Motors, and to support that new image, a new plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) has been introduced as the flagship for Mitsubishi going forward – the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV. The new addition is just in time, with automotive publications wrapping up reviews and publishing “Best of” lists, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross won an award from the 2021 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards.
The name may not be familiar, but the AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards have been going on for 25 years, and like the annual J.D. Power automotive studies for quality and owner satisfaction, the results are all based on survey responses from real owners of current year vehicles. AutoPacific, like many automotive publications, provides consumers with up-to-date information on the latest and newest vehicles in the market today, helping prospective buyers. Also a trusted name in the automotive industry, AutoPacific is also sought after for its marketing research and product-consulting. For the VSAs, surveys measure owner satisfaction based on 36 individual attributes, ranging from driving performance and features usability to seating comfort and interior design.
This year, the winner circle was made up of 12 manufacturers and 14 brands, with over 89,000 survey responses from new car and light truck owners. Although Mitsubishi Motors paused production on the Eclipse Cross while redesigning its product lineup, the 2020 model was still considered for the 2021 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards and surpassed its competitors in 32 of the 36 measured attributes, including strong praise for its safety features and safety ratings. On that note, AutoPacific also spoke highly of the 2022 model, and the 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross recently earned a 5-Star Safety Rating from the NHTSA. The win is a huge plus for Mitsubishi, taking sales from competitors like Jeep, Hyundai, and Subaru.
“We strive to ensure Mitsubishi vehicles exceed the expectations of the most important critics…our owners…To obtain top-in-class satisfaction marks from our Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross family of owners reinforces that we are delivering performance, design and safety that is changing the way consumers view the brand and its new, redesigned lineup of vehicles.” – Cason Grover, Director of Product Planning, MMNA
Winning the compact crossover SUV segment, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is wearing the new face of the company, with the new Dynamic Shield making up the front fascia but is also the face of the company with its upcoming PHEV variant. Bringing all new style and modern tech, such as an 8-inch touchscreen smartphone link display with navigation and a heads-up display, every trim past the ES comes with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto, a SiriusXM All Access 3-month trial, and Bluetooth wireless technology. For the best beasts, a Mitsubishi Power Sound System (MPSS) package adds eight speakers, available on the SEL trim only, with two-wheel drive or Mitsubishi Motors’ Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) traction system.
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