The 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse is heavy for a sport coupe, weighing about 3500 pounds. The chassis has a slightly longer wheelbase and a wider track for improved handling. The widened track also opens up a few extra inches of shoulder and hip room inside the cabin.
The original Mitsubishi Eclipse debuted in 1990 and went through four generations over the following 20 years. Redesigned in 1995, 2000, and lastly in 2006, the Eclipse comes in two models: GS and GT. Variable valve timing increases the horsepower of both 2006 versions over previous models. The 2006 Eclipse GT boasts a 3.8-liter, V-6 engine rated at 263 horsepower and up to 260 lb-ft of torque. The base GS model’s 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine produces 162 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque.
Body styles: two-door coupe
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual (GS), four-speed Sportronic automatic (GS), six-speed manual (GT), five-speed Sportronic automatic (GT)
Models: Mitsubishi Eclipse GS, Mitsubishi Eclipse GT
The 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse boasts a complete redesign. The entry-level Eclipse GS comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission and an optional four-speed Sportronic automatic. Standard features for the GS include an AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo, auto-off halogen headlamps, full power accessories, a Sport Touch tilt steering wheel, a leather-wrapped shift knob, and time-delay interior lights and accessory power. The optional Sun & Sound Package for the GS includes a power sunroof, a 650-watt Rockford Fosgate stereo with a six-disc in-dash CD changer, nine speakers, a 10-inch cargo-area-mounted subwoofer, steering wheel-mounted redundant audio controls, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, an audio display with a clock, and a compass.
Stepping up to the GT adds fog lamps, traction control, and a front suspension strut crossbar. The optional Premium Sport Package includes heated leather front seats, automatic air-conditioning, a sunroof, an eight-way power driver’s seat, heated outside mirrors, the Rockford Fosgate stereo with steering-wheel controls, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, 18-inch alloy wheels, and alloy pedals.
Everything about the 2005 Eclipse’s exterior changes in the 2006 model. The new styling gives it a softer and rounder look. The headlight housings angle less, and the new front end features a split grille with recessed black honeycomb mesh. A wider wheelbase presents a more grounded look and improves stability.
The cockpit has an attractive, flowing dash, simple controls, and rather high-quality materials. Metallic detailing and high-quality cloth upholstery add richness. Each gauge has its own pod, and ice-blue backlighting keeps everything clearly readable at night. Analog speedometer, tachometer, fuel level, and engine coolant temperature gauges sit directly in front of the driver. Overall the interior design remains both minimalist and friendly. The flowing lines accentuate the softer look of the exterior. The front seats offer enough room and comfort for long drives, but rear-seat comfort appears to have been sacrificed in favor of front-seat comfort. The rear seating area offers little legroom and no head rests, although the rear seats conveniently split 50/50 and fold flat for extra cargo space.
Performance & Handling
While the power of both engines increases in the 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse, the car also weighs more. The GS model’s 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine produces 162 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. The GT model comes equipped with a 3.8-liter V-6 engine that provides 263 horsepower (53 hp more than the previous year) and 260 lb-ft of torque (55 more than the previous year). Drivers have a choice of either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission with a sequential-shift Sportronic mode in the GS model. The GT uses a six-speed manual, with an optional five-speed Sportronic automatic.
Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, as well as frontal side-impact and head curtain airbags come standard on all models. The Mitsubishi Eclipse GT also includes traction control. Unfortunately, neither model offer stability control.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mitsubishi Eclipse GS: 20/28 mpg city/highway
Mitsubishi Eclipse GT: 17/26 mpg city/highway
- High-torque V-6 in the GT
- Comfortable seats
- Responsive handling for a front drive model
- Stylish interior and simple controls
You Won't Like
- Heavy for a sport coupe
- Underpowered four-cylinder engine
- Big turning radius
- Cramped rear seat
- Stability control not available
Completely redesigned blend of sport coupe and touring car.
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