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.
I started looking for something that would give me get-up and go feeling in the seat of the pants in the $15 - $20k price range. I was also trying to have a back seat as we are a family of four. I tried several makes, including the Mustang GT when my Wife pointed me to the Eclipse GT. On my first test drive I came back all smiles. This car felt great and it would move. I was sold. After a little over a month I still LOVE this car. I have made a week trip putting just over 600 miles on it and had no problem setting for a tank of gas. The car averaged about 20mpg. Car details � 06 Eclipse GT. 3.6l V6 (245hp), 6spd standard, 18� wheels, performance package, upgraded stereo, full auto AC, sun roof, leather power seats, Every option available Pros � Eats miles with ease. Looks great inside and out. Gauge and control placement. Cons � Road noise is a little high, Mileage could be better but a Cold Air Intake will give another 2 � 3mpg. Requires premium fuel. High power and front wheel drive = torque steer but OK once used to it.
This car is a great choice for comfort and reliability. Ever since I bought this Eclipse, I've loved it. I would definately recommend it to anyone who likes a cool smooth ride. Not to mention it also looks really sexy and handles great!