Used 2010 Mitsubishi Eclipse Coupe
Mitsubishi Eclipse Coupe
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The 2010 Mitsubishi Eclipse Coupe, now entering its fifth year in this current configuration, continues to have a steady rise in sales. One reason for this is obvious: The Eclipse's curvaceous good looks, reasonable price tag and impressive performance and handling make it a highly desirable choice. A bit less obvious, but still a factor, is that, currently, the only other front-wheel-drive, two-door hatchbacks offering similar performance and value are the Volkswagen GTI, Volvo C30 and MINI Cooper S, none of which can come close to matching the Eclipse's 265 horsepower. Among those without a hatchback, the Chevrolet Cobalt SS nearly matches the Eclipse's horsepower, while the less-powerful Honda Civic Si and Ford Mustang V6 might also be worth a look. Also on deck is the new Camaro V6, which is priced less than Eclipse GS Sport yet develops more than 300 horsepower.
You'll Like This Car If...
You'll like the 2010 Mitsubishi Eclipse Coupe if you are looking for an affordable, sporty-styled, modern-looking two-door that offers a substantial level of fun-to-drive performance in a moderately-priced front-wheel-drive vehicle.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If you are a dyed-in-the-wool performance enthusiast who demands 300-plus horsepower and the most precise handling possible, this car may not deliver on your dreams. And, the rear-seat headroom is very limited.
What's New for 2010
A new trim, the GS Sport, combines the aggressive exterior styling of the GT with the fuel efficiency of the four-cylinder GS. Last year's Sun and Sound Package is now part of the GT's standard equipment list.
The Eclipse Coupe is no longer the turbocharged all-wheel-drive boy-racer it once was. Today's Eclipse has matured, engineered for the middle-of-the-road sporty driver. This is not to say the Eclipse is without some very sporty driving characteristics. Both engines provide plenty of low-end torque – a plus when the light turns green and you've got to get across the intersection and then into another lane, for example. 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. Twisty back roads are welcome when driving the Eclipse and, although 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.
Rockford Fosgate Audio
Standard on the GT, the nine-speaker 650-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system features a six-disc in-dash CD changer that also plays MP3 files.
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. It buys you a lot of peace of mind.
As has been the case in past Eclipse designs, the interior of the current coupe delivers on the promises made by its sporty exterior. An abundance of glass, coupled with more interior space, goes a long way toward alleviating feelings of claustrophobia. Still, the curved dash is designed with such a slant that it almost seems to give off a sensation of movement. Interior fit and finish is tight, and there is hardly a trace of cheap plastic. The well-bolstered sport bucket front seats work well for enthusiastic driving, but are still comfy enough for long road trips. The side airbag on the passenger's seat has a weight sensor that prevents the bag from deploying when the seat is occupied by a child. Available on many competitors and missing from the Eclipse's option list is an on-board navigation system.
The fourth-generation Eclipse could be characterized as more "muscular" than its previous incarnations, with little-to-no defining breaks interrupting the surfaces flowing between fenders and integrated bumpers. The headlights seem to wear shades – each has a blue-tinted "monocle" lens extending out before it – and the lights benefit from a multi-parabola design, which maximizes the bulbs' projections. The rear lamps look clear, but shine red with the use of LED technology. The large rear hatch opens to allow easy placement of large items, an uncommon benefit not offered by many coupes.
Notable Standard Equipment
The Eclipse GS standard equipment includes a 162-horsepower four-cylinder engine, five-speed manual transmission, 17-inch alloy wheels, traction and stability control, air conditioning, AM/FM stereo with MP3-compatible CD player, cruise control, power windows/locks/mirrors, tilt steering wheel and keyless entry. Both the GS and GT models have well-bolstered sport seats, with adjustable lumbar support on the driver's side. Standard safety gear on all models includes front airbags and front-seat side and side-curtain airbags. The GT adds a 265-horsepower V6 engine, six-speed manual transmission, 18-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, dual exhaust, HID headlamps, leather seating surfaces, six-way power driver's seat, integrated fog lamps, larger rear brakes and a 650-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system featuring nine speakers and a 10-inch subwoofer.
Notable Optional Equipment
The 2010 Eclipse Coupe can be equipped with a Sport Aero Package that adds color-keyed front airdam, side sill extensions and a rear airdam. Options are limited to a few dealer installed items such as an iPod integration kit, floor mats and a rear wing spoiler.
Under the Hood
Both Eclipse engines 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 definitely the V6, although the tradeoff for the additional power is an expected reduction in fuel economy. With either engine, the automatic transmission has the Sportronic feature, which allows the driver to shift manually by moving the shift lever into the sports-mode gate.
162 horsepower at 6000 rpm
162 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/28 (manual), 20/27 (automatic)
265 horsepower at 5750 rpm
262 lb.-ft. of torque at 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/25 (manual), 16/24 (automatic)
The Eclipse GS with a five-speed manual transmission has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting around $21,500. The GS Sport, which is only offered with the automatic transmission, starts around $25,500, while the GT version equipped with the V6 engine and automatic Sportronic transmission starts around $30,000. To ensure you make your best deal be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price, which represents what consumers are actually paying in your area. As for resale, the Eclipse 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 and MINI Cooper S.
Mitsubishi Eclipse Consumer Reviews
December 14, 2016
When I was 16 I dreamed to have this car and I finally got it. It is everything I ever thought it would be. Amazing steering, so fun to...
March 23, 2016
Best vehicle I've ever had
Bought this 2007 Eclipse Spyder for myself when I turned 50. Middle-age crazy and time for Mom to have a fun car. This car has been one...
December 02, 2015
I dearly love my Spider,would not sell or trade
My car is NOT FOR SALE! Just wanted to know the value,it is amazing!
Can't Be Happier
September 12, 2015
I Love my Car So Much, Im Buying A newer Edition
I have a 2007 Spyder Gt Now, have had it for 9 years now....I absolutely love it!!I know the last model made was 2012. I have been...
July 20, 2015
incredibly durable and efficient vehicle
Used this car as a courier car on a grueling 300 mile+ a day on average, up and over a mountain range to the desert floor heat putting...
May 31, 2015
Best car I have owned
This car drives great . I love to drive with the top down
February 21, 2015
I absolutely LOVE my car. Waiting for 2015's!!!
This is the best car I have ever owned. Never a problem with it, handles great, very sporty looking, great gas mileage, no blind spots,...
October 31, 2014
My Second Eclipse Spyder
I have owned two of these cars, a 2000 and a 2008. both have been reliable and fun to drive. People constantly admire the styling and...
October 02, 2014
My 8th Eclipse
This is my eight Eclipse since 1992 and the best in all categories, style and performance. They have not made any Eclipses since then...
July 25, 2014
VALUE for the $
Bought new in 2007...oil changes, a battery, tires at 90,000 miles, brakes... that's it !