The Mitsubishi Eclipse drives off into the sunset in 2012, and the last one has already been auctioned off to charity. The remaining 2012 models will likely be around for a while though, as Mitsubishi's sport coupe hasn't quite recaptured the halcyon sales of its youth.
Body styles: Coupe, convertible
Engines: 2.4-liter inline-4, 3.8-liter V-6
Transmission: six-speed manual, four-speed automatic, five-speed automatic
Models: GS, GS Sport, GT, Spyder GS, Spyder GT
This is the last year for the Mitsubishi Eclipse, and the last one has already rolled off the production line. Despite this, a new special-edition Mitsubishi Eclipse "SE" model debuts for 2012 with a number of appearance upgrades.
The 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse is offered in four-passenger coupe and convertible (Spyder) body styles. Coupe models are offered in four trim levels -- GS, GS Sport, SE and GT -- while the Eclipse Spyder comes in just those last three flavors.
Both the Eclipse and Eclipse Spyder offer attractive interiors, though the overall impression is cheapened somewhat by the use of low-quality plastics. Front seats are comfortable and supportive, but the lack of a telescoping steering wheel means some drivers may struggle to find an ideal driving position.
Performance & Handling
Power for the front-wheel-drive 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse and Eclipse Spyder comes from one of two engines. GS, GS Sport, and SE models come with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 162 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. The GS comes standard with a five-speed manual, while a four-speed automatic is an option.
The 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse and Eclipse Spyder's standard safety features include four-wheel antilock brakes, stability control and front seat side-impact airbags. Coupe models also get front side curtain airbags, while the Spyder gets taller side airbags that cover occupants' heads. The rear seats lack head restraints. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing, the Eclipse Spyder earned a top rating of "Good" in both the frontal-offset and side crash tests
EPA Fuel Economy
GS, GS Sport: 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway
Spyder GS: 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway
GT, Spyder GT: 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway
- Exterior styling
You Won't Like
- Dated interior
Six-speed auto MIA
Heavy curb weight
Getting outdated, and fast
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