2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse

  • 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS Hatchback
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      147/158
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $18,957
  • 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT Hatchback
    • MAX MPG
      28
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      200/205
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $22,147
  • 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse RS Hatchback
    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      147/158
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $18,887
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2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse Review

Faces stiff competition that offer better seating, better material quality, better handling, and more power at a comparable price.

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Overview

The 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse is a three-door hatchback that is available in three models: RS, GS, and GT. The RS and GT are powered by a 2.4-liter, single overhead cam (SOHC), four-cylinder engine and the sporty GT gets a more powerful, 3.0-liter, V-6 engine. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, but you can get the optional four-speed automatic. Some standard features include air-conditioning, speed-sensitive power steering, and alloy wheels. Buyers can also get an optional Premium Package that includes traction control for models that are equipped with automatic transmission.

The Range

Body Styles: hatchback
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Mitsubishi Eclipse RS, Mitsubishi Eclipse GS, Mitsubishi Eclipse GT

What's New

The 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse offers two new paint colors: Fire Blue and Titanium. It also gets new triple-diamond chrome Mitsubishi emblem, upgraded vanity mirrors, and a glove box lamp as standard equipment.

Exterior

Exterior features for the 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse RS include 15-inch alloy wheels, variable intermittent windshield wipers, rear defogger, remote power locks, and power windows. The GS replaces the 15-inch wheels with 16-inch wheels and adds remote keyless entry, remote power locks, and remote trunk release. The GT trim replaces the 16-inch alloy wheels with 17-inch alloy wheels. Cargo room is generous, but the lift-over is high and the hatchback lid is heavy, which makes loading and unloading difficult.

Interior

Standard interior features for the 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse RS include cloth upholstery, front bucket seats, speed-sensitive power steering, tilting steering wheel, air conditioning, split-folding rear seat, and a four-speaker in-dash CD stereo system. The GS adds cruise control, a driver’s seat with manual lumbar adjustments, and a tilting steering wheel trimmed in leather. The GT trim has upgraded cloth upholstery. The controls in the Eclipse are clear and easy to reach. The clock and audio displays, air-conditioning and air recirculation indicator lights located in the center console can be hard to read in direct sunlight. The dashboard sports a lot of hard, cheap-looking plastics. The seats are low-mounted, but comfortable and supportive. Rear visibility is hampered by the large roof pillars. The steering wheel tilts but does not telescope, which prevents taller drivers from becoming completely comfortable behind the wheel. The overall design of the cabin is conservative, but modern.

Performance & Handling

The 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse RS and GS models are equipped with a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that makes 147 horsepower and 158 lb-ft of torque. The GT is powered by a supercharged, 3.0-liter, V-6 engine that makes 200 horsepower and 205 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated with a five-speed manual transmission and front drive. Buyers can get the optional four-speed automatic transmission, which will drop your horsepower from the 2.4-liter engine down to 140 horses. The automatic has Sportronic features that will allow you to shift manually. Takeoff speed in the RS and GS models is sluggish, but decent in the GT. The ride is smooth and comfortable on smooth comfortable on even pavement. The tires produce a lot of noise when driving over rough pavement. With a large turning circle of 40 feet, maneuverability is vastly decreased. The anti-lock braking system, or ABS, is available as standard only on the GT model. Steering is very good and responsive with very little body lean in hard cornering. The wide tires keep good contact with the road when driving on winding roads.

Safety

Standard safety features for the 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse include child seat anchors, dual front airbags, ventilated front disc/rear drum brakes, engine immobilizer, and electronic brake force distribution. The GT trim adds front fog lights and had ventilated front disc/solid rear disc brakes. ABS is optional and part of the Premium Package; if buyers have automatic transmission, they can get traction control with the package. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Spyder four stars for frontal driver and passenger crash protection and five stars for rollover and driver side crash protection.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mitsubishi Eclipse RS: 20/28 mpg city/highway
Mitsubishi Eclipse GS: 20/28 mpg city/highway
Mitsubishi Eclipse GT: 18/26 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Distinctive styling
  • Good, responsive steering
  • Decent acceleration from the V-6 engine
  • Road stability
  • Convertible top is easy to use

You Won't Like

  • Boring interior design
  • Lots of road noise
  • Poor rear visibility
  • Extremely limited rear seat room
  • Traction control only available as part of an expensive package

Sum Up

Faces stiff competition that offer better seating, better material quality, better handling, and more power at a comparable price.

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