2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse
Stylish; strong safety features; entertaining performance; fuel efficiency; available as a convertible
The Eclipse comes as a GS, GS Sport or GT in either the Coupe or Spyder configurations. The GS and GS Sport feature a 2.4L MIVEC 4-cylinder engine that makes 162 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. The GT ups that to a 3.8L MIVEC V6 producing 265 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. The GS comes with a 4-speed automatic transmission, though a 5-speed manual is available; the GT has a standard 5-speed Sportronic, driver-selectable automatic or an optional 6-speed manual.
Airbags, stability control, electronic brake force distribution, tire pressure monitoring and anti-lock brakes are standard on all Eclipses. The Spyder has an automatic cloth top with a glass rear window and full headliner that folds in 19 seconds.
The GS includes standard power mirrors, 18-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, a 6-speaker, 140-watt sound system and a 50/50-split-folding rear seat. The GS Sport adds HID projector-type headlamps as well as heated leather front seats with a 6-way power driver's seat. The GS Sport, GT and all Spyder models add standard Bluetooth connectivity and a 9-speaker, 650-watt Rockford-Fosgate sound system with Sirius satellite radio. GS Sport and GT models add a rearview camera, while the GT gets auto climate control, steering wheel audio controls and a power sunroof.
An Accessory Sport Aero Kit, available on GS Sport Coupe and GT Coupe and Spyder models, adds a color-keyed front air dam, side sill extensions and a rear corner air dams, while an Accessory Appearance Package, also available on the GS Sport and GT, adds an alloy fuel door, wheel locks and sport front floor mats.
For 2011, the Mitsubishi Eclipse sees only minor changes. A new GS manual transmission model will be released mid-year. The GS Sport trim features heated leather seats, a power driver's seat, high-intensity headlamps and 18-inch wheels. The GT gets unique 18-inch wheels, and its Rockford Fosgate stereo now includes satellite radio.
For driving entertainment on a budget, the Eclipse has been a go-to car for years in either Coupe or Spyder form. A long list of standard luxury and safety features, additional optional equipment and a highway fuel economy rating of 28 miles per gallon make it a smart choice for sporty commuting.
* EPA mileage estimates and EPA fuel economy methods based on models beginning with
the indicated model year. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models
before the indicated model year. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how
you drive and maintain your vehicle.