2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse – Latest Sport coupe with affordable price tag



From more than 20 years, the Mitsubishi Eclipse is one of the popular sport coupes in the American market. The major highlight of the sport coupe is the’power engines, sleek styling and decent amount of affordability and comfort. In Japanese market it is best called as the “Pony Car”. Eclipse is also known for offering straight line performance that offers excellent ride for long road journey trips. The model is exclusively designed for the US market and is rarely found in the other markets.

In all the 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse has entered in the four generation and is considered as all round model in terms of design and performance. The best thing about the Mitsubishi Eclipse is enjoyable sport coupe and is available with affordable price tag. The affordable price tag of the Eclipse makes the model worth to go for in the sport coupe.

For : Relatively roomy cargo, Avant garde styling, powerful V6 engine, one of the few sport coupe or convertible with affordable price tag and comfortable front seats.

Against : Lackluster interior quality, poor outward visibility, sluggish acceleration, small backseat, torque steer and no telescoping.



For 2011, the Mitsubishi Eclipse is drop down with a price tag and now is available with standard alloy wheels. A power driver seat and heated front seats are kept as standard on the GS sport. A manual transmission is discontinued on GT model and all coupes brings up blacked out roof. Gone are the days where you have to worry about the expensive price tag for the sport coupes. Since the two models were introduce four years back, the current Spyder convertible and Eclipse coupe stood uniquely in the outrageous styling and features.

Pwertrains
Every model in 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse is available with front wheel drive. The Mitsubishi Eclipse GS model is powered with 2.4L with four cylinder engine that pumps out 162hp and torque level of 162 lb-ft. A manual transmission of five speed is kept as standard, whereas automatic speed of four is kept as optional on GS and on GS sport as standard. The EPA estimated fuel economy of the car with automatic offers 20 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on highway and for combined it offers 23 mpg.

The Mitsubishi Eclipse is powered with 3.6L with V6 engine that delivers 265 hp and torque level of 262 lb-ft. here automatic transmission speed is kept as standard. The EPA fuel economy offers 16 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on highway and for combined it offers 19 mpg.

Safety Options
The 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse brings up standard safety features such as four wheel antilock brakes, front seat side airbags and stability control. The Mitsubishi Eclipse coupe is featured with front side airbags, whereas the Spyder receives little taller side airbags for the protection of coupe heads. As such there are no rear head restraints. From the Insurance Institute for Highway safety received “Good” ratings for both side crash and frontal offset tests.

Inside the Cabin
The interiors of the Mitsubishi Eclipse is simple but got stylish looks because of the attractive chrome rimmed gauges along with cool blue backlighting. We found that modern design is been tampered with few low quality use of materials and even the steering is not much telescopic. The front seats are supportive and well contoured, but the upright seat does not offer head restraints and thus there is not much space for headroom. The Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder brings up three layer convertible cloth top. Besides these it offers limited trunk space of 5.2 cubic feet.

Verdict
Overall the 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipses is little disappointing when we experience the overall dynamics. The Mitsubishi Eclipse GT’s V6 delivers plenty of power, but still there should be some boost in order to play perfectly in the competitive market. The four cylinder struggles a lot and this indirectly affect the acceleration speed of the car. Another thing we observed that the Eclipse is slight sluggish while driving on the tight turns and even on unpaved and rough roads. If you are looking for a pleasant ride along with sporty features and functions, then Mitsubishi Eclipse is definitely good pickup.