1998 Eagle Talon

  • 1998 Eagle Talon ESI Liftback
    • MAX MPG
      33
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      140/130
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $15,275
  • 1998 Eagle Talon TSI Liftback
    • MAX MPG
      28
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      210/214
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $18,460
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1998 Eagle Talon Review

Sporty, sleek, and deceptively powerful.

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Overview

First introduced in 1990, the Eagle Talon was developed as part of a joint venture between Chrysler and Mitsubishi. The Eagle Talon is a small, powerful hatchback that is fairly inexpensive compared to other sports compact vehicles with similar performance. The 1998 Eagle Talon is a rare model due to Eagle’s closure in the same year.

Due to its excellent performance and low price, the 1998 Eagle Talon is a favorite among many sports car tuners. As a result, the Eagle Talon has a large number of aftermarket parts available to improve its performance, despite Eagle’s closure in 1998. The Eagle Talon is an excellent starting point for enthusiasts looking for a reliable base car to modify.

The Range

Body Styles: hatchback
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Eagle Talon , Eagle Talon ESi, Eagle Talon TSi

What's New

Changes to the 1998 Eagle Talon are fairly minimal from previous models. Depowered airbags are installed on all models. A CD and cassette player combination is an option on the Talon ESi.

Exterior

The Eagle Talon looks like a cross between a hatchback and a coupe. The Talon measures 174.9 inches long, with a wheel base of 98.8 inches, making it a relatively small vehicle. Tinted glass and a rear spoiler are standard features on all models. A power sunroof and alloy wheels are available as optional features. Due to the variety of aftermarket parts available, it is much more common for Talons to have non-standard parts installed than most other car models.

Interior

The interior, similar to most sports compacts, is fairly spartan in the Eagle Talon. The car seats four in total. The rear seats fold down to increase storage space. Since the Talon is not normally used as a passenger vehicle, the extra storage space is most likely going to be an advantage for many drivers. The only major standard feature is an AM/FM radio. Air conditioning, cruise control, power windows, power doors, power mirrors, a cassette player, a CD player, and an anti-theft system are available as optional features.

Performance & Handling

The 1998 Eagle Talon is built with performance as the main focus. The Talon comes with a two-liter, four-cylinder engine, which is turbocharged in the Talon TSi. The Talon Base and Talon ESi are front-wheel drive vehicles, while the Talon TSi comes with all-wheel drive as a standard feature. The Talon is a fast, maneuverable vehicle that is just as suited for amateur racing as day-to-day driving.

While all Eagle Talon models have a two-liter, four-cylinder engine, the Eagle Talon TSi is turbocharged, which greatly improves its power. The Talon Base and Talon ESi engines produce 140 horsepower (hp). The Talon TSi engine produces 210 hp. The less powerful 140 hp engine has good acceleration compared with most cars, but underperforms compared to most sports compact cars. The 210 hp engine provides quick acceleration, making it the better choice overall. Regardless of model, the Eagle Talon has excellent handling and steering. It can maneuver quickly even at elevated speeds.

Safety

The only standard safety feature in the 1998 Eagle Talon is dual-front airbags. Four-wheel antilock brakes are available as an option. Similar to most cars of this type, the high maneuverability and acceleration of the Eagle Talon should help prevent accidents from occurring in the first place.

EPA Fuel Economy

Eagle Talon: 19/26 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Inexpensive
  • Excellent handling
  • Excellent acceleration with Talon TSi
  • All-wheel drive standard for Talon TSi
  • Good option for sports-tuning enthusiasts due to large amount of aftermarket parts

You Won't Like

  • Few standard features
  • Rare
  • Small rear seat

Sum Up

Sporty, sleek, and deceptively powerful.

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