Just a fun, fast car to drive. Lots of power and a comfortable ride when cruising. Stiff, responsive steering, makes it feel like a race car. When shifting the 6 speed manual trans, she just keeps giving more and more power. Before you know it, you're cruising at 80 mph. :D
Loved it so much I bought another one!
2009 Mitsubishi EclipseKarlee G - Orlando, FL10/02/2016
I bought a 2004 Eclipse in 2009 and traded it in 2013 for a 2009 Eclipse. I absolutely love those little cars. My '09 Eclipse was dream! All I did was regular maintenance on the vehicle and I never had any issues. It was fun to drive and had a lot 'get up and go' power. People were surprised to learn that it was 4 cylinder not a 6. I traded it in for a Mustang, but sometimes I miss it (nothing against my Mustang). They are great little cars. I wish Mitsubishi still made them.
The convertible Spyder eclipse is the best purchase I have ever made, much less work than my college degrees and less up keep than my house. Having the top down on a nice day makes that 9-5 rat race so much more bearable and generally leaves me in a better mood + the v6 engine really gives you that extra boost when ever you need it.
Negatives: The truck space in minimal, the backseat is a joke it might as well be a 2 seater, when the top is up the back window is really small and visibility suffers, especially at night and in poor weather.
Mitsubishi Eclipse Overview
Due to its sleek style, powerful engine, interior comfort, and affordability, the Mitsubishi Eclipse stands as one of America's more popular sports coupes. The two-door front-wheel drive Japanese vehicle was designed solely to succeed in U.S. markets, and its lasting power over the past 20 years and four generations is a testament to that.
Mitsubishi Eclipse History
In total, there are four generations of the Mitsubishi Eclipse. Each one kept its core design and technological priorities of performance and comfort. Each edition is more powerful than the previous, and all generations have been relatively ahead of their time in engine technology.
How It Drives
The powerful V6 engine in recent Mitsubishi Eclipse models ensures that acceleration feels good for the driver. The comfortable front seating, stylish interior, and controlled handling create a solid driving experience for all four generations. The current Eclipse, equipped with front-wheel drive, can handle all the power and still provide a comfortable ride for passengers and drivers, but fuel economy and handling are subpar for its class.
Used Mitsubishi Eclipse Value
Each iteration was affordable in their first sale, which translates to attractive purchase prices for used car buyers. Though updates to each model were not significant outside of generational adaptations, consumers need to only look to each generation for defining their driving experience with the Mitsubishi Eclipse. Today's Eclipse competes against the likes of the Honda Accord, Hyundai Genesis, and the base V6 versions of the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro.
Mitsubishi Eclipse Standard Features
The two-door four-passenger sports coupe is well-equipped with a sports-tuned suspension, large brakes, and an attractive interior. Stability control was standard across the line. Older models had an all-wheel-drive (AWD) as an option, though more recent models are equipped with front-wheel drive.
While the last Mitsubishi Eclipse rolled off of the production line several years ago, you can still find this sleek and iconic little sports coupe in the market today. Americans enjoyed a 20-plus year love affair with this fun Japanese car and its powerful engines, sleek styling, and affordability.