The Mitsubishi Eclipse doesn’t have the same competition it used to. In its long production cycle it battled head to head with the likes of the Toyota Celica, Acura RSX, and the Honda Prelude. Those have all gone the way of the dinosaur, with the eclipse left hanging on as the last of the inexpensive, high performance sport coupes. While the current generation’s style can be seen as somewhat over the top, it helps them to stand out among other cars on the road. It remains a statement of style on the road to this day. However, it’s performance hasn’t kept up with the times as well as its looks.
With the 2.4 liter four cylinder base engine only capable of producing 162 HP, it’s not going to sling the Eclipse along with much authority, nor does it sip fuel, combined with its four speed automatic transmission, it comes up short with a 23mpg combines rating. The Eclipse GT comes with a more powerful, V-6 engine displacing 3.6 liters and generating 265HP. However, the engine requires premium fuel and shifted through its 5 speed auto returns 19mpg combined fuel economy.
Bodystyles: Coupe, Convertible
Engines: 2.4L I-4, 3.8L V-6
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 5-speed manual, 5-speed automatic, 4-speed automatic
Models: GS, GS Sport, GT, Spyder GS, Spyder GT
The big news — literally — for the 2010 Eclipse is the addition of a large rear spoiler on the GT model, which also receives Xenon headlamps. A new GS Sport model offers the style of the GT but with I-4 power. All Eclipses wear revised front and rear fascias, and the GS Spyder now boasts a dual exhaust system.
With bold fender arches, a low-slung nose, and a curvaceous booty, the Eclipse still garners attention. The Spyder’s automatic soft-top goes up or down in about 19 seconds, and folds completely under a powered tonneau cover.
Eclipse’s four-seat interior features a waveform IP with motorcycle-inspired gauges. A prominent center stack houses HVAC and audio controls stack as well as “fin-shut” vents. At night, light-blue LED lamps illuminate the gauges, control knobs, and switches.
Eclipse GS utilizes a 162-horsepower I-4 mated to a standard five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic, the latter transmission standard on GS Spyder. The top-level GT, which raises the bar with a 265-horsepower V-6, uses a standard six-speed manual (coupe) or five-speed auto (Spyder). A front strut/rear multilink suspension underpins all Eclipses, while GTs also get a front strut tower bar.
Every Eclipse receives dual front and front side airbags, with the coupe adding curtain bags. Spyders and GT coupe get standard traction and stability control, both of which are absent on GS coupe. Anti-lock brakes with EBD are standard.
GS, GS Sport: 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway
Spyder GS: 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway
GT, Spyder GT: 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway
- Shark styling
- Brawny V-6
- Raspy dual exhaust
- 18-inch wheels
- Tight, dated cockpit
- No six-speed auto
- Hefty curb weights
- V-6 torque steer
More engaging to look at than drive
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