The Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder makes its biggest mark by being a convertible at an affordable price range. Because of this, buyers may expect a few hiccups, some performance issues, and maybe a car not worth buying. As far as flaws, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder has a few. But that shouldn't deter anyone from giving it a go. The Spyder has a lot to offer. As a stylish and good performer, the Spyder is full of surprises for the car shopper looking for that top down look and feel.
Body Styles: Two-door convertible sport coupe
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic with Sportronic manual
Models: Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GS, Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT
The GT trim line now has the previously optional 18-inch wheels as standard.
The exterior of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder is very stylish. The car has a pinched waist design that gives it a sporty look in combination with the pointed nose. The Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder has a soft top as well. This may seem like a setback, since many convertibles on the market now have retractable hardtops, but the Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder’s top is well insulated against wind, keeping the cabin quiet during your ride. Other features include 17-inch wheels on the GS, 18-inch wheels on the GT, glass rear window, and rear window defogger.
The interior of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder is very attractive. The dash has a wave-like appearance that is certainly eye-catching. Unfortunately, there seems to be quite a few cheap plastic pieces, especially for a coupe model.
However, there are a few two-tone color schemes to choose from that give the interior a very attractive appearance. The cloth top is automatic and is a cinch to use. All that needs to be done is unlatching the header, press a button, and the soft top will retract in under 20 seconds. Visibility is a bit bad out of the soft top, and stowed away it limits trunk space to a measly 5.2 cubic feet. Space in the vehicle is fine in the front, but the seats in the back are only suitable for children or very short rides for adults.
Standard features for the GS model include air-conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry, Rockford Fosgate speakers, in-dash CD changer, speed compensating volume, and more. The GT boasts a dash-mounted compass, exterior temperature monitoring, and a few other features as well. A leather package is offered for the GS model that adds leather trim as well as heated mirrors and seats. The GT also has a package deal that adds a wind deflector, automatic climate control, and a power driver’s seat.
Performance & Handling
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder comes equipped with one of two engines. The GS model has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 162 horsepower with 162 lb-ft of torque. It is wed with a five-speed manual or a four speed automatic with Sportronic manual flippers. The GT comes equipped with a 3.8-liter V-6 engine that produces 260 horsepower with 258 lb-ft of torque. The V-6 equipped GT can go zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds.
The weaker four-cylinder is fine for the casual driver who isn’t bothered by performance. However, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder is a heavy vehicle, and many drivers will find the V-6 a lot more suitable for maneuverability. Furthermore, the manual transmission is smoother than the automatic. On the road, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder blends control with ride ability. The Spyder handles curves gracefully, but the car doesn’t exactly handle bumps as well as consumers may expect.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder comes equipped with anti-lock brakes, front-seat side airbags, as well as head and torso airbags. The GT model receives traction control as well as larger rear disc brakes that clean up the braking problems of the regular Eclipse models. Unfortunately, stability control is not offered on any Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder models. The IIHS gave the Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder its best rating of ""Good"" for front and side impacts.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GS: 19/26 mpg city/highway
Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT: 16 25 mpg city/highway
- Great design
- Convertible top
- Comfortable front seating
You Won't Like
- Poor visibility with top up
- 2.4-liter engine is weak
- Backseats are too tiny
A cheap convertible roadster that needs a test ride before writing it off.
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