What's New for 2012:
- New special-edition model debuts, with a number of appearance upgrades
- The 2012 model year will be the Mitsubishi Eclipse's final year of production
The 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse comes in both 4-passenger coupe and convertible body styles. Coupes are offered in four trim levels and the Spyder convertibles are available in only the three highest trim levels.
Standard features on the Mitsubishi Eclipse include variable intermittent wipers, keyless entry, cruise control, full power accessories, tilt-only steering wheel, and other features. The entry GS Sport version of the Spyder features a power convertible roof.
Several amenities are included with higher trim levels of the 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse, including Xenon headlights, fog lights, sunroof, heated power mirrors, rear wiper, leather upholstery, heated front seats, 6-way power driver seat, Bluetooth connectivity, and a 9-speaker audio system with satellite radio and steering-wheel controls. Dealers may install other accessories, including an iPad adapter.
Under the Hood
The lower three trim levels of the Mitsubishi Eclipse and Eclipse Spyder are equipped with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 162 horsepower, which is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission in the entry-level GS version with the option of a 4-speed automatic. The automatic transmission comes standard on the GS Sport and SE models. The Eclipse GT is equipped with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine, requiring premium fuel and rated at 265 horsepower, and mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission.
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse are:
- Eclipse with 2.4-liter engine: 20/28/23 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- Eclipse with 3.6-liter engine: 17/25/20 mpg
Standard safety features on the Mitsubishi Eclipse include stability control and front-seat side air bags. Coupe models add front-seat and side curtain air bags, and the Spyder comes with taller side air bags that cover occupants' heads. Rear seats lack head restraints.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not conducted tests on the 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Eclipse Spyder received a "Good" rating--the Institute's highest--for frontal-offset and side-impact crash protection and a "Marginal" rating for rear-impact crash protection. The IIHS did not test the Spyder for roof strength, nor did the IIHS test the coupe model.
|GS||5 speed manual||$19,499||162-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl||20/28|
|SE||4 speed automatic||$24,699||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|