The Mitsubishi Eclipse is, in essence, a "pony car": an economical 4-seat coupe with sporty performance features. It's also available as a convertible (called the Eclipse Spyder). Mitsubishi has reduced the base price of both for 2011, while adding enhancements at all trim levels. The Mitsubishi Eclipse competes with the Ford Mustang, Honda Accord, and Hyundai Genesis coupe, among others.
The base trim level of the 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse, the GS, features 18-inch alloy wheels, manual front air conditioning, cruise control, power accessories, rear spoiler, keyless entry, 6-speaker sound system, auxiliary audio jack, and optional remote ignition. The new Eclipse GS Sport trim features heated leather front seats, power driver's seat, sunroof, xenon headlights, upgraded sound system, Bluetooth connectivity, and a rearview camera. The Eclipse GT trim upgrades to a V-6 engine. In addition to the Sport features, the GT provides automatic air conditioning, more power controls, stronger brakes, and other enhancements. The Eclipse Spyder features a power soft top. The coupe's trunk offers 15.7 cubic feet of cargo space; the Spyder's trunk measures 5.2 cubic feet, according to the manufacturer.
The 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse employs front-wheel drive. Its GS and GS Sport trims employ a 162-horsepower, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. The GS features a 5-speed manual or an optional 4-speed automatic transmission. The latter is standard with the Sport trim. The GT trim features a 265-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6 engine with 5-speed automatic transmission. The Eclipse Spyder offers only an automatic transmission: 4-speed with the GS, 5-speed with the GT. According to the EPA, the smaller engine delivers 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway with manual transmission; the V-6 delivers 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway with automatic transmission.
Standard safety equipment on the 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse includes anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, front side air bags, and side curtain air bags. Different side air bags are standard on the coupe and the convertible, and the Spyder features a rear roll bar.
Starting MSRP for the 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse is $18,999; for the Eclipse Spyder, $27,999.
|GS||5 speed manual||$18,999||162-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl||20/28|
|GS Sport||4 speed automatic||$24,699||162-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl||20/28|
|GT||5 speed automatic||$29,089||265-hp / 3.8L 6-cyl||17/25|