The Mitsubishi Eclipse was originally conceived back in the 1990s, but this is far from the old supercharged Eclipses of the past. The 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse is part of the fourth generation of this vehicle, and it is better than ever. The new V-6 engine makes this the fastest Eclipse to be produced. The handling is a comfortable combination of performance and ride quality.
Body Styles: two-door sport coupe
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic with manual shift mode
Models: Mitsubishi Eclipse GS, Mitsubishi Eclipse SE, Mitsubishi Eclipse GT
The 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse gets satellite radio when ordered with the optional stereo. The top-model GT version gets the previously optional 18-inch wheels as standard.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse is a two-door coupe. The styling includes a ""pinched-waist,"" rounded top, and flashy curves. The standard exterior equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels and foglights. The top model GT upgrades the 17-inch wheels to the once optional 18-inch alloy wheels. Optional features include heated mirrors and glass sunroof.
The interior of the Mitsubishi Eclipse is a bit of a mixed bag. Although the interior has a lot of style, some of the interior pieces are made of cheap materials that do not reflect the price tag of the vehicle very well. The dashboard has a nice curvature to it with nice door release designed and hidden devices. The Rockford Fosgate stereo system is simply top class, although this one is missing and MP3/audio player jack for those technically inclined.
The seats are very comfy and have lots of legroom. The back seats are another story, being very cramped and uncomfortable for long rides and adult passengers. The Mitsubishi Eclipse does have a lot of cargo space, a bit of a surprise from a sport coupe, boasting 15.7 cubic feet before folding down the back seats. Standard features on the Mitsubishi Eclipse include air-conditioning, MP3/CD player, split-fold rear seats, keyless entry, and all the standard power accessories. The GT model adds an outdoor temperature display and a compass. There are two optional packages. The Sun and Sound Package includes the Rockford Fosgate stereo system, satellite radio, steering wheel controls, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and the outside temperature display and compass. The Premium Sport package, exclusive to the GT trim line, includes heated leather front seats, automatic climate controls and aluminum pedals. The SE trim line is a model that includes the Sun and Sound package as standard.
Performance & Handling
The Mitsubishi Eclipse is a front-wheel-drive vehicle. The GS and SE model use a 2.4-liter engine that produces 162 horsepower with 162 lb-ft of torque. The engine is wed with a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic transmission. The Mitsubishi Eclipse GT is powered by a 3.8-liter V-6 engine that outputs a much more generous 263 horsepower with 260 lb-ft of torque. The GT version of the vehicle can go zero to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds. You wouldn’t expect a particularly thrilling ride from the Mitsubishi Eclipse with its front-wheel drive and heavy curb weight, but the Eclipse is very competent and indeed a bit fun in corners. The short wheelbase makes the Mitsubishi Eclipse a competent handler. The suspension is a good mixture between performance and a composed ride. Unfortunately, due to the weight, the brake time is a bit long compared to other roadsters. Furthermore, the 2.4-liter four-cylinder is a bit underpowered to carry the hefty weight of the vehicle.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse lacks a bit in safety features. Mainly, the safety features are there to protect front passengers, making the ride for passengers in the back more than just uncomfortable; it is also unsafe. Side and curtain airbags are only offered for the front passenger and the driver. The rear seats don’t even have head restraints. All Mitsubishi Eclipse models have anti-lock brakes. The GT gets traction control, but only the V-6 SE gets stability control. The 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse was not tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mitsubishi Eclipse GS, SE: 20/28 mpg city/highway
Mitsubishi Eclipse GT: 17/25 mpg city/highway
- Powerful and competent V-6 engine
- Composed handling and ride
- Rockford Fosgate option stereo system
- Lots of cargo space
You Won't Like
- Weak four-cylinder engine
- Heavy curb weight
- Small backseat area
Isn’t the best coupe on the market but is on competent middle ground.
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