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1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse Review

A bang for the buck sports car.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse marks the brand’s very successful attempt to create a budget sports car. The Eclipse offers excellent speed, maneuverability, reliable braking, and a price that makes it attainable to far more people than the more expensive 3000 GT. The higher-end GS, GS-T, and GSX models also offer impressively comfortable interiors with some luxury accessories on top of that.

The Mitsubishi Eclipse targets drivers who want a sports car but normally would not be able to afford luxury autos. The Eclipse also functions well as a day-to-day vehicle for anyone not overly concerned with rear-passenger room. In those situations, the Eclipse turns the idea of owning a sports car from a major luxury to a minor price increase over that of a more typical vehicle.

The Range

Body Styles: hatchback, convertible
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Mitsubishi Eclipse, Mitsubishi Eclipse RS, Mitsubishi Eclipse GS, Mitsubishi Eclipse GS-T, Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX, Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GS-T, Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GSX

What's New

The standard equipment load for the 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse receives some minor changes between the various models. Many previously optional features now come as standard equipment. This seems more noticeable on the higher-end models. The Eclipse GS has a new Sports Value Options package.

Exterior

The Mitsubishi Eclipse sells as a sleek, stylish hatchback or convertible. The graceful curves mark the Eclipse solidly as a Mitsubishi sports car. A rear spoiler comes standard on all models, while alloy wheels enhance the upper-level models. Optional features include keyless entry and a power moonroof for the base model. The GSX includes keyless entry and a power moonroof as standard equipment.

Interior

The Mitsubishi Eclipse has a fairly small interior, especially the rear seat, but it feels comfortable otherwise. Features vary substantially within the model range. The base model features an AM/FM radio and a CD player as standard equipment and cruise control and a CD changer as optional equipment. The upscale 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX looks more luxurious with leather trim, cruise control, air-conditioning, leather seating, and power seats, an Infinity audio system, and a CD player as standard equipment. The CD changer remains available as an option. While the base Eclipse might sound less impressive in comparison, it actually seems typical for a sports car, while the GSX comes far better equipped than most similar vehicles.

Performance & Handling

The Mitsubishi Eclipse keeps performance as one of the foremost considerations. Almost nothing in the same price range matches the Eclipse for speed, power, and maneuverability. Even the weaker engines in the Eclipse and Eclipse RS offer impressive turns of speed. The standard power brakes work well, but drivers should upgrade to the anti-lock brakes in the higher-end models when given the chance. More expensive sports cars and truly top-of-the-line luxury sedans provide the only models that really compete with the Eclipse, even at a higher price range.

Safety

The 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse comes equipped with dual front airbags. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes remain available as an optional feature on the Eclipse GX, GX-T, and GSX. All Eclipse models have enough maneuverability to help steer clear from accidents. Solid acceleration also helps avoid accidents, although the more powerful GX, GX-T, and GSX seem better equipped for those situations.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mitsubishi Eclipse 2.0-liter four-cylinder with automatic: 18/24 mpg city/highway
Mitsubishi Eclipse 2.0-liter four-cylinder with manual: 20/29 mpg city/highway
Mitsubishi Eclipse 2.4-liter four-cylinder with automatic: 18/26 mpg city/highway
Mitsubishi Eclipse 2.4-liter four-cylinder with manual: 19/27 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Stylish design
  • Excellent performance
  • Low price for a sports car

You Won't Like

  • Anti-lock brakes optional or unavailable on less expensive models
  • Tiny rear seat

Sum Up

A bang for the buck sports car.

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