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Mitsubishi Eclipse

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Overview of the Mitsubishi Eclipse

Learn about the Mitsubishi Eclipse

Summary

With an attractive design, low ride height and available all-wheel drive, it's no wonder the Mitsubishi Eclipse is highly rated among drivers. You can choose between a coupe (fixed roof) and convertible, depending on your needs. Some drivers complain that the base engine lacks power, but this can easily be fixed by upgrading to one of the higher tiers.

Production on the Mitsubishi Eclipse stopped in 2012, but that only means it's easy to find affordable listings. As long as the car has been well-maintained, you can expect a pre-owned Eclipse to perform well for years to come.

Safety

The Mitsubishi Eclipse performed well in safety tests, achieving scores comparable with other cars in its class. You'll find most models after 2008 come with the following standard safety features:

  • Driver, passenger, front head, rear head, front side and rear side airbags
  • Four-wheel anti-locking braking system (ABS), preventing your brakes from seizing and reducing the risk of skidding
  • Four-wheel disc brakes, for safer and more efficient braking
  • Electronic stability control and traction control, reducing the risk of a collision caused by over-steering
  • Daytime running lights
  • Emergency trunk release

 Available all-wheel drive adds to the car’s safety performance on the road. 

Interior

Seating for four is available in all models, though taller adults may find the convertible's rear legroom to be cramped. Most drivers reserve this space for cargo or younger passengers. If you carpool, you may want to consider the coupe, which offers more space for your rear passengers. 

Upgrading to the GS Sport package gives you heated leather front seats for extra comfort. Air conditioning, power windows and power locks are other features that come standard in later years. Automatic climate control and a power-adjustable driver’s seat make the Eclipse comfortable for short trips as well as long.

Technology

While earlier models lag behind technology-wise, later versions pack in some useful features:

  • Six-speaker audio stereo with auxiliary input
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Backup camera
  • Keyless entry
  • Optional satellite radio
  • Optional rear-view camera

Apple and Android integration are available audio upgrades. Adding features like a rear-view camera to older models is also relatively easy, thanks to the wide dash.

Though, earlier models like the 2008 don't come fully loaded with tech. You'll come across more basic features such as a six-speaker stereo compatible with mp3 and CD, keyless entry, and power windows, mirrors and locks.  
 

Space

Drivers love the comfortable front seats, in both the coupe and convertible models. The coupe provides 15.7 cubic feet of cargo space, which is fairly generous for its class. Those who opt for the convertible get a bit less, as the trunk is only 5.3 cubic feet. Drivers who travel light find this to be plenty of room for their needs. 

Comfort

The base four-cylinder engine is perfect for city driving, though you can upgrade to the V6 for more power. Smooth handling and responsive braking make the car comfortable to ride in all traffic conditions. Drivers can also choose from the standard five-speed manual transmission or opt for a five-speed automatic version. Cruise control and an optional sunroof make the car suitable for road trips and frequent highway driving. 

Pros and cons of the Mitsubishi Eclipse

  • Available as coupe or convertible
  • All-wheel drive available
  • Attractive exterior design
  • Ceased production in 2012
  • All-wheel drive only on early models
  • Base engine lacks power
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Specifications of the Mitsubishi Eclipse

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats4
  • Doors3
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionAutomatic or Manual
  • City consumption10.1 - 13.3 L/100km
  • Highway consumption7.1 - 8.3 L/100km
  • Width1835 mm
  • Length4565 - 4583 mm
  • Trunk space445 L
  • Cargo space445 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims available with the Mitsubishi Eclipse

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This variant of the Mitsubishi Eclipse 2006 - 2012 is available in 3 trims:

GT trim features and specs

Available with the GT trim:
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Electrically adjustable front seats (optional)
  • Multifunction steering wheel (optional)
  • Sport seats in the front (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Front seats have lumbar support
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the GT trim:
  • Fog lights
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • Xenon headlights (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
Available with the GT trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
  • Electronic traction control
  • Tire pressure indicator (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control (optional)
Available with the GT trim:
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • CD player (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Cruise control
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Satellite radio (optional)
2 engines are available with the GT trim:
3.8 L - Gas - 263 hp
City consumption:12.3 - 13.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.7 - 8.2 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic or Manual
Range:638 km
3.8 L - Gas - 265 hp
City consumption:13 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.3 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:615 km

GS trim features and specs

Available with the GS trim:
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel (optional)
  • Sport seats in the front (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Front seats have lumbar support
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the GS trim:
  • Fog lights (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
Available with the GS trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
  • Electronic traction control (optional)
  • Tire pressure indicator (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control (optional)
Available with the GS trim:
  • Bluetooth (optional)
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • CD player
  • Rear sensors (optional)
  • Rear view camera (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Cruise control
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Satellite radio (optional)
1 engine is available with the GS trim:
2.4 L - Gas - 162 hp
City consumption:10.1 - 10.6 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.1 - 7.6 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic or Manual
Range:720 - 761 km

GT-P trim features and specs

Available with the GT-P trim:
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Electrically adjustable front seats
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Sport seats in the front
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Front seats have lumbar support
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the GT-P trim:
  • Bi-Xenon headlights (optional)
  • Fog lights
  • Sunroof
  • Xenon headlights (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
Available with the GT-P trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Electronic traction control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control (optional)
Available with the GT-P trim:
  • Bluetooth (optional)
  • CD disc changer
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
Available across all trims:
  • Cruise control
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Satellite radio (optional)
2 engines are available with the GT-P trim:
3.8 L - Gas - 263 hp
City consumption:13.1 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.9 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:620 km
3.8 L - Gas - 265 hp
City consumption:12.6 - 13.1 L/100km
Highway consumption:8 - 8.1 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic or Manual
Range:620 - 632 km

Frequently asked questions about the Mitsubishi Eclipse

Due to declining sales, Mitsubishi stopped producing the Eclipse in 2011, making 2012 the last year the vehicle was produced.

All trim levels across model years come standard with front-wheel drive, except the GSX trim level, which comes equipped with all-wheel drive.

The Mitsubishi Eclipse is a sports car, both for insurance purposes and in terms of its performance on the road. It's available as a coupe—two-door with fixed roof—or convertible.

Though the engine specifics depend on the model year and trim level, all Mitsubishi Eclipses run on a four-cylinder gas engine.

From 1993 until production stopped in 2012, the Mitsubishi Eclipse was made at the Mitsubishi Motors North American plant in Illinois.