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2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse Review
Sporty look minus the sporty performance.
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Reviews state that the 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse has comfortable seats in the front and a well-designed interior; however, they say materials used on the interior look cheap, and buyers dislike the tiny rear seats. The Eclipse coupe provides 15.7 cubic feet for cargo space while the Eclipse Spyder only offers 5.2 cubic feet in the trunk.
The Eclipse started as the first car in a joint venture between Chrysler and Mitsubishi called Diamond Star Motors. The Eclipse comes in two different body styles: the Spyder convertible and coupe. Both vehicles seat four and available models include the GS Sport, GT, SE, and GS.
Corporate priorities and tastes have changed since the Eclipse Spyder and coupe emerged, bringing a rebirth of affordable fun cars and sport coupes. Though it sells as a four-seat vehicle, some critics think the Eclipse should be a two-passenger car and just use the back-seat area for storage. The seats in the front feel supportive and comfortable, although it proves hard to get out of because of the low stance of the vehicle. Shoppers wanting more comfort might be drawn towards the Eclipse GS Sport, which comes equipped with leather heated seats.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse offers power windows and door locks, a tilt wheel, air-conditioning, a stereo with six speakers and a CD player, and an input jack. The GS Sport also comes with these same features plus a Bluetooth, controls mounted on the steering wheel, a back-up camera, a Rockford Fosgate stereo with nine speakers, satellite radio, and a CD changer.
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic, five-speed automatic
Models: Mitsubishi Eclipse, Mitsubishi Eclipse GT, Mitsubishi Eclipse GS, Mitsubishi Eclipse GS Sport, Mitsubishi Eclipse SE, Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder
The 2011 Eclipse reduces its price and adds alloy wheels. Power seats and leather heated seats come standard on the GS Sport model. All the Eclipse coupes receive blacked-out roofs, and the GT no longer offers a manual transmission
The Eclipse and the Spyder turn many heads because of their design and outrageous style, the raked windshield, the slope of the beltline, and the curvy rear end. Adding to the beauty, the Eclipse GS has a clear rear spoiler. The Spyder convertible has a roof that hides itself in the Tonneau cover when putting the top down. No one can mistake the sleek, elegant lines of the 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse as it passes down the highway.
The Eclipse features an impressive interior design, but disappoints some reviewers with plastic materials that look cheap and controls that sit out of reach. The cabin has an attractive look and provides great features, but the back seat feels small and uncomfortable, and some critics find the Spyder's cargo room inadequate. The interior of the Mitsubishi Eclipse keeps things simple and stylish, with an attractive dash designed with gauges rimmed in chrome and blue backlights.
Performance & Handling
The Eclipse GT cranks out 265 horsepower with its V-6 engine. Its handling also feels sportier than most of the other coupes that size. The Eclipse remains mostly for those who appreciate a sleek ride over the performance of a big engine. The 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse makes a perfect fit for anyone who wants to look like a serious driver, rather than actually becoming one. Even with 265 hp, some drivers complain about excessive torque steer. Also, the Eclipse has a big turning radius, making it less maneuverable than other sports cars. Nevertheless, it remains one of the most popular cars on the market for its elegant appearance and sleek ride.
The 2011 Eclipse Spyder earns the highest score possible in both side and front crash tests. Both the Spyder and coupe present a list of safety technology that includes front airbags, crumple zones, anti-lock brakes, head restraints, stability control, and brake force distribution. Visibility issues arise with the convertible top up, creating blind spots.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mitsubishi Eclipse SE: 20/28 mpg city/highway
Mitsubishi Eclipse GS Sport: 20/28 mpg city/highway
Mitsubishi Eclipse GT: 17/25 mpg city/highway
Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder, four-cylinder: 20/27 mpg city/highway
Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder, V-6: 16/24 mpg city/highway
- Anti-lock brakes
- Sleek, sporty look
- Style and interior design
- Rear spoiler on the GT
- Alloy wheels
You Won't Like
- Sluggish on the highway
- Small back-seat area
- Small cargo space
Sporty look minus the sporty performance.
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