Mitsubishi has given the 2012 Eclipse Coupe an artful interior rich in curves and quality materials. The Coupe provides impressive outward visibility thanks primarily to an abundance of side glass. Hooded gauges and circular air vents create a cozy cockpit-like environment, which is made even more alluring by blue backlighting of the instruments and controls. Nicely bolstered front bucket seats strike a balance between being supportive during sporty drives, and supremely comfortable on longer trips. Rear-seat passengers....
2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder Review Once the most desirable coupe among the aftermarket tuner crowd, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Coupe has long since been replaced in that role by the Mitsubishi EVO. The Eclipse Coupe is now a more mellow sport coupe, competing with the likes of the Honda Accord Coupe, Nissan Altima Coupe and the Volvo C30. The 2012 Eclipse Coupe impresses with its exotic good looks, affordable window sticker, and noteworthy performance. While other two-door hatchbacks, such as the Volkswagen GTI and Mini Cooper, fall into the same price range as the Eclipse Coupe, neither can match the up-level Eclipse GT's 265-horsepower engine. However, the V6-powered Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro are both less expensive and more powerful than the Eclipse GT. You'll Like This Car If? If you're looking for a sporty yet comfortable two-door, the 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Coupe deserves your full attention. Although it may look like a high priced exotic, the Eclipse Coupe's price tag remains within reach. You May Not Like This Car If... If your ideal performance coupe is rear-wheel drive and has 300 or more horsepower, the 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Coupe probably shouldn't be on your list. What's Significant About This Car? A host of new styling and creature comforts added in 2011 carry over to the 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Coupe. These include a black-painted roof panel, lowered suspension, and the addition of a 12-volt outlet to the center console. The base Eclipse GS's price is unchanged, while it gains heated leather seats, heated side mirrors, a power driver's seat, and a rear spoiler. Driving Impressions: No longer the turbocharged, all-wheel-drive powerhouse once coveted in the 1990s, the 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Coupe is still a fun and seductive ride. Engineered for a more mature driver, the 2012 Eclipse Coupe can still deliver plenty of thrill rides on curvy roads, while also serving as a very livable daily commuter. Both the four-cylinder and V6 engines provide plenty of low-end torque, which is the force required to merge quickly or scoot across an intersection. With the Eclipse GT, Mitsubishi has managed to strike a satisfying balance between steering responsiveness and low-speed control, both of which seem nearly effortless. The V6 has enough power to generate some torque steer (a tendency for the steering of a front-drive car to pull to one side or the other during hard acceleration), it's not unmanageable by any means. Favorite Features Rockford Fosgate Audio: Standard on the Mitsubishi Eclipse GS Sport and GT, the nine-speaker Page 1 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder Review 650-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system features a six-disc in-dash CD changer that also plays MP3 files. 10-Year Warranty: Mitsubishi's 10-year/100,000-mile warranty on the powertrain is pretty hard to ignore when you're considering the pros and cons of a new-car purchase. Vehicle Details Interior: Mitsubishi has given the 2012 Eclipse Coupe an artful interior rich in curves and quality materials. The Coupe provides impressive outward visibility thanks primarily to an abundance of side glass. Hooded gauges and circular air vents create a cozy cockpit-like environment, which is made even more alluring by blue backlighting of the instruments and controls. Nicely bolstered front bucket seats strike a balance between being supportive during sporty drives, and supremely comfortable on longer trips. Rear-seat passengers, however, will find almost no legroom and very little headroom. We love the Mitsubishi Eclipse Coupe's many available features, such as its heated leather seats, Rockford Fosgate high-end audio, and Bluetooth. Exterior: Adding to the 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Coupe's curvaceous good looks is a new, blacked-out roof panel, which is a tribute to the original Eclipse. The 2012 Eclipse Coupe also sits about half an inch lower, giving it a more custom look, as well as slightly improved cornering ability. Attention-catching details on the Eclipse Coupe include the blacked-out wide-mouth grille, clear rear taillamps that change color when their red LED lights ignite, and headlamps that include a blue tinted "monocle" lens extending from their centers. The Coupe's large rear hatch is becoming an increasingly novel feature in the coupe world, but its practicality can not be overlooked. The Mitsubishi Eclipse Coupe comes in three trim levels: the base GS, the mid-level GS Sport, and the up-level GT. Notable Standard Equipment; Standard equipment on the base 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS includes a 162-horsepower, four-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission, and 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels. Standard sound system is an AM/FM stereo unit with an MP3-compatible CD player. A move to the mid-level GS Sport adds a four-speed automatic transmission, heated leather front seats, power driver's seat, HID headlamps, and a power sunroof. The Eclipse GT Sport boasts a 650-watt Rockford Fosgate nine-speaker audio system. The top-of-the-line Eclipse GT adds a 265-horsepower V6 engine, a five-speed Sportronic automatic transmission, and automatic climate control. Notable Optional Equipment: Page 2 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder Review The 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS Sport and GT can be equipped with a Sport Aero Package that adds color-keyed front air dam, side sill extensions, and a rear air dam. Options are limited to a few dealer-installed items such as floor mats and a rear wing. Under the Hood: Both engines in the 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Coupe feature Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Electronic Control (MIVEC), which spreads the output over a wider engine speed range and optimizes power, emissions, and fuel economy. The more desirable of the two engines, particularly for performance, is the 265 horsepower V6. The tradeoff for the additional power is an expected reduction in fuel economy, with a drop of three miles per gallon on the government's highway driving cycle. With either engine, the automatic transmission allows the driver to shift manually by moving the shift lever into the sports-mode gate. SPECIFICATIONS: 2.4-liter 4-cylinder 162 horsepower at 6000 rpm 162 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/28 (manual), 20/28 (automatic) 3.8-liter V6 265 horsepower at 5750 rpm 262 lb.-ft. of torque at 4500 rpm EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 (automatic) Pricing Notes: The base 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS with a five-speed manual transmission has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting just under $20,500. The GS Sport, which is offered only with the automatic transmission, starts around $25,700, while the V6-powered GT starts just tad over $30,000. To ensure you make your best deal be sure to check our Fair Purchase Price, which represents what consumers are actually paying in your area. As for resale, the Eclipse Coupe holds slightly less than average residual values, falling below the Ford Mustang V6 and Chevrolet Camaro, and well below the five-year residuals expected for the Volkswagen GTI, Nissan Altima Coupe and MINI Cooper S. 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