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2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder Review

Commanding V-6 engine with a stylish and comfortable interior.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder is a sporty convertible offering every pleasure of open-air driving, while being inexpensive at the same time. It is the car that pushed Mitsubishi into the automotive conscience of America. Some of the others were large, unwieldy, heavy, and quite expensive; however, the Eclipse arrived nimble, fairly lightweight, compact, and very affordable. Some reviewers say that the aggressive look doesn't make up for the lack in performance. The 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder will work well for those seeking a sporty car but not needing an impressive power engine.

The Range

Body Styles: Convertible, coupe
Engines: 3.8-liter V-6, 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: Automatic
Models: Eclipse Spyder GT, Eclipse Spyder GS-Sport, Eclipse Spyder

What's New

The 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder base model gets a reduction in price and new heated front seats of leather. Alloy wheels are now standard and power seats are standard on Eclipse GS Sport cars. Manual transmissions are no longer an option for the Eclipse GT.

Exterior

The 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder was first introduced along with the coupe version and immediately stood out with its outrageous design and styling. The car is highlighted by a raked windshield, forward beltline, and a curvy, round rear end. The GS model also comes with a rear spoiler.

GS Sport vehicles add foglights and xenon headlamps. A power roof is added to the 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder. GT vehicles add a big rear spoiler on coupes only. Both models have power rooftops.

The 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder has a three-layered cloth top and takes about 19 seconds to drop down. All you have to do is release the latches of the header, punch the button, and the cloth top will store itself under the tonneau cover. Putting it back up is just as easy and fast; however, visibility is limited when the top is up and trunk space is limited to 5.2 cubic feet.

Interior

The 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder has a cabin that is both simple and stylish, thanks to chrome rimmed gauges with blue backlights. Unfortunately, its interior looks nice, but when taking a closer look at it, potential buyers may find hard plastic materials that aren't appealing. Common features that are not available on the Eclipse Spyder include a telescopic steering wheel, navigation system, head restraints for the rear seats, and less room in the backseat area.

Standard for the GS are air-conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry, full powered accessories, tilt wheel, sound system with six speakers and CD player, and a split seatback. GS Sport vehicles add Bluetooth with nine speakers, audio jack, satellite radio, and controls in the steering wheel. GT vehicles add climate control. Since no meaningful options are available from the factory, there are several dealership-installed accessories.

Performance & Handling

Even though the 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder's V-6 engine has a lot of power, it sometimes results in torque steer and wheel spin. In contrast, four-cylinder models have sluggish acceleration because of their curb weight. The GT requires premium gasoline for its V-6 engine and gets 19 mpg combined mileage. The 2011Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder has a little more flex when going over bumps, but not bad enough to put a damper on a pleasurable driving excursion.

Safety

The 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder has many safety features, including stability control, traction control, an anti-theft alarm, child anchor seats, side-mounted and passenger airbags, rear and front disc brakes, fog lights, two integrated headrests in front, emergency trunk release, anti-lock brakes, monitored tire pressure, brake force distribution, and xenon headlamps.

EPA Fuel Economy

Eclipse Spyder GT: 16/24 mpg city/highway
Eclipse Spyder GS: 20/27 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Power roof
  • Sportiness
  • Pleasing style and design
  • Stylish interior
  • Alloy wheels
  • Keyless entry

You Won't Like

  • No head restraints in rear
  • Curb weight dulls handling
  • Poor visibility when top is up
  • Sluggish acceleration in four-cylinder models
  • Large turning radius
  • High fuel consumption with V-6 engines

Sum Up

Commanding V-6 engine with a stylish and comfortable interior.

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