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2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse
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3-Door Coupe Manual GS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
3-Door Coupe Manual GS 20 28 $18,874 $19,499
3-Door Coupe Automatic GS 20 28 $19,842 $20,499
3-Door Coupe Automatic GS Sport 20 28 $23,656 $24,699
3-Door Coupe Automatic SE 20 28 $23,656 $24,699
2-Door Spyder Automatic GS Sport 20 27 $26,817 $27,999
2-Door Spyder Automatic SE 20 27 $27,104 $28,299
3-Door Coupe Automatic GT 17 25 $27,861 $29,089
2-Door Spyder Automatic GT 16 24 $31,223 $32,599
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2-Door HB Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door HB Manual 21 31 $23,035 $23,995
2-Door HB Manual PZEV 21 31 $23,035 $23,995
4-Door HB Manual 21 31 $23,611 $24,595
4-Door HB Manual PZEV 21 31 $23,611 $24,595
2-Door HB DSG 24 33 $24,091 $25,095
2-Door HB DSG PZEV 24 33 $24,091 $25,095
4-Door HB DSG 24 33 $24,667 $25,695
4-Door HB DSG PZEV 24 33 $24,667 $25,695
2-Door HB Manual w/Convertible & Sunroof 21 31 $25,224 $26,275
2-Door HB Manual w/Convertible & Sunroof PZEV 21 31 $25,224 $26,275
4-Door HB Manual w/Convertible & Sunroof 21 31 $25,801 $26,875
4-Door HB Manual w/Convertible & Sunroof PZEV 21 31 $25,801 $26,875
2-Door HB DSG w/Convertible & Sunroof 24 33 $26,281 $27,375
2-Door HB DSG w/Convertible & Sunroof PZEV 24 33 $26,281 $27,375
2-Door HB Manual w/Sunroof & Navi 21 31 $26,731 $27,845
2-Door HB Manual w/Sunroof & Navi PZEV 21 31 $26,731 $27,845
4-Door HB DSG w/Convertible & Sunroof 24 33 $26,857 $27,975
4-Door HB DSG w/Convertible & Sunroof PZEV 24 33 $26,857 $27,975
4-Door HB Manual w/Sunroof & Navi 21 31 $27,307 $28,445
4-Door HB Manual w/Sunroof & Navi PZEV 21 31 $27,307 $28,445
2-Door HB DSG w/Sunroof & Navi 24 33 $27,787 $28,945
2-Door HB DSG w/Sunroof & Navi PZEV 24 33 $27,787 $28,945
4-Door HB DSG w/Sunroof & Navi 24 33 $28,363 $29,545
4-Door HB DSG w/Sunroof & Navi PZEV 24 33 $28,363 $29,545
2-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn 21 31 $28,795 $29,995
2-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn PZEV 21 31 $28,795 $29,995
4-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn 21 31 $29,371 $30,595
4-Door HB Manual Automaticbahn PZEV 21 31 $29,371 $30,595
2-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn 24 33 $29,851 $31,095
2-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn PZEV 24 33 $29,851 $31,095
4-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn 24 33 $30,427 $31,695
4-Door HB DSG Automaticbahn PZEV 24 33 $30,427 $31,695
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,874
$23,035
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,499
$23,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$325 / month
$400 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse marks the end of an era, and leaves us nostalgic for the Eclipses of the early 1990s. It isn't the fastest or flashiest sporty hatchback around, but the 2012 Volkswagen GTI may well be the most balanced, carrying forward its legacy into the 21st century.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sub-Compact Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
51.2 53.1
Front Leg Room (in)
42.8 41.2
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.7 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
29.2 35.5
Front Head Room (in)
38.5 39.3
Second Hip Room (in)
44.4 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.2 54.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
81.6 93.5
Second Head Room (in)
34.6 38.5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
53.2 57.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.8 59.7
Wheelbase (in)
101.4 101.5
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.2 70.0
Track Width, Front (in)
61.8 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.7 5.0
Length, Overall (in)
180.4 165.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.7 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 15.3
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- 46.0
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x - TBD - 11.3 x 0.5
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.6 x - TBD - 12.3 x 1.0
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.7 14.5
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.64 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.1 15.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.0 35.8
Tires
Spare Tire Size
T125/70D16 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/45R18 225/40R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/45R18 225/40R18
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3272 3034
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 18 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 18 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 8.4
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 120
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
525 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
162 @ 6000 200 @ 5100-6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
MPI Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
162 @ 4000 207 @ 1800-5000
Engine Order Code
4G69 NA
Displacement
2.4L/145 2.0L/121
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 31
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.36 1.64
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.95 2.09
Trans Order Code
5MT NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.31 3.94/3.09
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 1.10
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.93
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.58 3.36
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.38 1.47
Trans Type
5 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 1.11
Summary
Body Style
3 Door Coupe Hatchback
Vehicle Name
Mitsubishi Eclipse Volkswagen GTI
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer Bar NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.79 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer Bar NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.87 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.1 7.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- TBD - 6
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
- --
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
- --
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
- --
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
- --
Overall Side Crash Rating
- --
Side Barrier Rating
- --
Side Barrier Rating Driver
- --
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
- --
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
- --
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
- --
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
- --
Rollover Rating
-

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