Produced from 1990 to 2012, the Mitsubishi Eclipse is a small sized sports car with plenty of practicality behind a great exterior and luxurious interior. Available in a two-door style with your choice of coupe or convertible trim, the Eclipse comfortably seats four passengers. Each person inside the car will enjoy the ride thanks to the roomy cabin space.
There are four generations of the Eclipse. The first generation models offered pop-up headlights along with a cool hatchback style. There were four trim levels to take your pick from. In 1995 the second generation models were made available, featuring a longer body, styling changes, and the option of a convertible called the Spyder. Third generation Eclipses reached the showroom with the 2000 model year. The final fourth generation models debuted in 2006.
The 2011 model Eclipse was rated #7 in Affordable Cars by US News, where the Eclipse was also rated with an overall score of 7.4 stars out of a possible 10. Factors such as performance, design, safety, and interior were all considered in this rating.
If you purchase the last available model, the 2012 Eclipse, you will be able to choose between 5 trims: GS, GS Sport, SE, GS Sport Spyder, and SE Spyder. Your vehicle will come equipped with standard features such as alloy wheels, cruise control, and extra-large cargo space. The trunk of the Eclipse is one of the largest you will find on a vehicle in its class. This makes it easy to pack for a weekend get-a-way or for those daily excursions for work.
If you are in search of a used Eclipse you might want to start with the 2009 model year or later. The design was revamped in 2009, and in 2010 stability control became standard. In 2011 a blacked-out roof was added to the style. Furthermore, these Eclipse models offer great pricing, making them perfect for people who want the impression offered with a sports car without going in to debt to attain it.
Driver and passenger side airbags, power windows, electronic parking aid, and trunk anti-trap device are among the standard safety features offered in the 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the 2012 Eclipse with a overall safety crash test rating of "Good."
NOTEWORTHY ABOUT THE MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE
- In 2011 Mitsubishi auctioned several Eclipse vehicles, with all of the proceeds going to the Japan Red Cross to aid in a recent, devastating earthquake. People who buy an Eclipse can feel good about the company, knowing they give back to the community.
- The 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse was features in the film, The Fast and the Furious, while the 2003 Eclipse Spyder was featured in its sequel: 2 Fast 2 Furious.