2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder Review by adiwidjojo

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									                  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
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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:
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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.
To find out what consumers are really paying for this vehicle, first
select a style to see the Fair Purchase Price. Calculate payments for
this vehicle.




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