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1995 Eagle Talon Review
Fun, sexy, and priced just right!
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The Eagle Talon is a compact sport coupe designed to compete with late Japanese imports. The same vehicle is also marketed and sold as the Mitsubishi Eclipse. The Talon’s appeal lies in its ability to provide maximum fun at a fairly minimal cost. The Talon comes in three trims – the ESi, TSi and the crème de la crop TSi AWD (all-wheel-drive) model. Each model has Chrysler’s 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine, but the TSi gets a supercharged version. This is one sexy-looking ride that will most assuredly turn some heads.
Engines: 140-hp 2.0-liter, 210-hp 2.0-liter
Transmissions: four-speed automatic with overdrive, five-speed manual with overdrive
Models: Eagle Talon ESi, Eagle Talon TSi, Eagle Talon TSi AWD
The 1995 Eagle Talon has been redesigned, and showcases a brand new body. The Talon also has more power, thanks to more ponies being added to the Talon’s 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine. The ESi has 140 horsepower (hp) at 6000 rpm, with maximum 131 lb-ft of torque at 4800 rpm. The TSi supercharges the same engine with 210-hp at 6000 rpm, with a maximum torque of 214 lb-ft at 3000 rpm. The standard five-speed manual transmission boosts both the engine’s horsepower and torque.
Also new to the 1995 Talon are adjustable manually-latching front seatbelts with shoulder harnesses, replacing the rather annoying automatic front seatbelts.
Some radical exterior changes are part of the 1995 Eagle Talon’s redesign. The exterior is now more rounded than previous versions, improving everything from its visual appeal, to its fuel economy, to its overall ride.
The Talon rides on a 98.8-inch wheelbase. Each model is 172.2 inches long. The TSi trims are wider at 68.7 inches, in comparison to the ESi’s 68.3-inch width. The TSi AWD is the tallest of the bunch at 50.5 inches, while the ESi and TSI models are 49.8 inches tall.
Exterior standard features across all trims include power heated door mirrors, a spoiler, rear window wiper, variably intermittent windshield wipers, and automatic headlights. The TSi models also come standard with dual exhaust and front fog lights.
The Talon has fully-independent double-wishbone suspension in all four corners.
The Talon can seat up to four people. The front of the vehicle has bucket seats, with split-bench rear seats. Front headroom is 37.9 inches, while headroom in the backset is 34.1 inches. Front headroom is 43.3 inches, while rear legroom is a rather tight 28.4 inches. Many find the backseat useless and would prefer a larger trunk space. The TSi models at least offer a standard split-folding rear seat.
The most notable interior change with the 1995 Talon’s redesign is the more rounded instrument panel. Although this is an improvement, the radio is awkwardly positioned. Standard equipment across all trims includes a tilt steering wheel and a tachometer. The TSi trims come standard with a leather steering wheel, a cassette player, and a split-folding rear seat. Options include leather upholstery, a sunroof, air-conditioning, a CD player, and a security system.
Performance & Handling
The Eagle Talon rides and accelerates like a dream. This car is zippy and incredibly fun to drive. Braking is excellent. The Talon’s updated suspension system has given the front of the vehicle an improved roll-camber curve, meaning the Talon’s handling is better than ever! The all-wheel-drive TSI is great in the snow.
Driver and passenger front airbags are standard on all Eagle Talon trims. NHTSA crash test ratings awarded the car a four-star rating for driver and passenger safety performance in frontal-impact crashes.
EPA Fuel Economy
Eagle Talon TSi: 23/31 mpg city/highway
Eagle Talon TSi AWD: 21/27 mpg city/highway
- Beautiful styling
- Fast and fun
- Great handling
- Fully customizable
You Won't Like
- Useless backseat
- Costly repairs
- Radio placement
- Road noise
Fun, sexy, and priced just right!
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