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.
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.
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.
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.
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.