The 2004 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder is a midsize convertible in the world of topless cars. It's larger than a roadster, but not as enormous as a convertible sedan; it's the best of both worlds. Although it provides adequate seating for four people in a coupe body style, the rear seat may be cramped for larger passengers. While a bit uninspiring, the cabin has some high-quality materials and offers plenty of features even in the lower trim level. Overall, it's a good choice for anyone looking for an affordable, fun-to-drive convertible with plenty of style.
Body Styles: convertible coupe
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GS, Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT, Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GTS
The 2004 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder comes with minimal changes. It sees the addition of a seatbelt reminder on the dash and a revised list of paint and top colors.
The exterior of the 2004 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder has plenty of style and character. There is no doubt that it's intended to be a lot of fun and is known to draw plenty of attention. The front is rounded with uniquely-shaped headlights, and the grille has its own character as well and looks like it has side gills on either side. The sides have three distinct lines running along the body. The rear is rounded as well and has a small rear spoiler. It's offered in several fun colors including Sterling Silver Metallic, Dover White Pearl, and Titanium Pearl among others.
While the 2004 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder gets complaints about how interior is lacking in imagination, there is no denying that it does offer some nice quality materials. Even in the base model, the premium cloth bucket seats are a comfortable and attractive touch. The driver’s seat is height adjustable and offers adjustable lumbar support as well. Power accessories, such as locks, windows, and doors are standard, too. A leather steering wheel, air-conditioning, and cruise control help to keep driver and passengers comfortable.
On the other end of the spectrum with the higher trim level, the GTS, the cabin space is better equipped. It offers leather bucket seats, the same leather steering wheel, and leather trim on the shift knob. It also has a seven-speaker Infinity audio system with a six CD player built in. All versions have cruise control, lots of interior storage in the center console and front door pockets. Cup holders are strategically placed throughout the cabin as well.
Performance & Handling
The 2004 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder is part of the second generation for this model. It features a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine in the base model capable of 147 hp. The V-6 offered in the GT and GTS trim levels offers more power and increases the Spyder’s fun to drive rating quite a bit. Both engines are paired with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.
The 2004 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder equips safety features that are important for any car, especially a convertible. The upper trim level offers four-wheel anti-lock brakes with ventilated front disc brakes and solid rear disc brakes. It also has dual front side mounted airbags and electronic brake force distribution. Two front headrests are in place to help reduce the likelihood or severity of whiplash in the event of an accident. An engine immobilizer was added to increase safety if the car were to become incapacitated.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder, 2.4-liter four-cylinder: 20/28 mpg city/highway
Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder, 3.0-liter V-6: 18/26 mpg city/highway
- Interesting body style
- Convertible top is easy to use
- V-6 available in the GT trim level
You Won't Like
- Interior design uninteresting
- Uncomfortable rear seats
- Anti-lock brakes and side airbags only available on the GTS model
Fun styling but better performance can be found elsewhere.
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