I have now had my 2007 GT for over a year, I feel like I know this car inside and out. Compares to Mustang GT, Nissan 350z, Subaru WRX, VW GTI, (most of these vehicle can cost quite a bit more too) Pros- Fun to drive Good Handling on curvy roads Rockford Fosgate stereo is the best stock stereo I've ever heard. Most bang for the buck your gonna find. Nice trunk Space Looks good Nice exhaust Cons- FWD (because of this, torque steer is a noticeable issue.) Turning Radius of a pickup truck Visibility (you get used to this quick tho) Cheap Leather interior No room in the back seats, (not that it matters, you wont be sitting back there anyways :P ) If you are the type that modifies I recommend a CAI, it provides a noticeable boost in performance and efficiency. Overall this car gets a thumbs up from me.
I hope my review makes it on the website as I am happier then ever with my car. I love everything about it and I would definitely recommend this car to anyone. Inside, the seats surround you and fit your body which makes the ride more comfortable and my car came with the extra's such as the sun roof which I open often and one of the best stereo systems I've ever had with a 6 disc cd changer. It's a 2006 but looks and rides as if it were brand new! It was taken very good care of as the mileage was really low. The pick up is extreme as well so if your looking for a great car with really fast pick up, this is the car you want:)
I recently traded in my 2003 Corolla LE for the 2006 Eclipse GT, to give you an idea of my perspective. For me this was a significant upgrade in terms of power and looks. I think the car looks great, the accelerator is very responsive. I no longer have any issues passing in traffic when I need to. Despite the cons of the car, I'm very happy with it FOR THE PRICE I PAID and for the reasons I traded in the Corolla (wanted more power for little bit of money). Pros: Looks great. good power & decent handling for a used car in this price range. Comfortable seating for the driver and passenger. Best sounding stock stereo I have ever had. I like the motorcycle style instrument panel. Fun to drive. Cons: Poor turning radius. Cheap plastic parts on the interior (specifically the doors). Blind spots (to be expected in a car like this). below average MPG. Back seat only good for little kids and Hobbits. Engine kind of loud while driving.