2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse vs. Its Competition

2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse SE
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Mitsubishi Eclipse had a proud past, but the latest edition suffered from drab, big-car handling.

Today's Scion tC has more of the character we want in sporty coupes, but there's no convertible available, and only four-cylinder power on tap.

Volkswagen's GTI hits the hot-hatch mark squarely, with excellent steering, turbo thrust and an unadorned look that lands on the right side of spartan.

If you're hooked on a convertible, the base Mustang now sports more than 300 horsepower and has all the infotainment features lacking in the Eclipse.

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Quick Specs
7.2
The 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse marks the end of an era, and leaves us nostalgic for the Eclipses of the early 1990s.
8.4
The 2012 Ford Mustang doles out all the tire-smoking pony-car thrills, but it's also grown to become quite a sophisticated car.
7.8
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.
7.6
The 2012 Scion tC is starting to develop an interesting personality, though it's still not very fast or exceptionally nimble.
MSRP From   
$19,499$22,310$23,995$18,575
Gas Mileage   
16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas I4Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class   
Sub-CompactCompactCompact CarsCompact Car
Style Name   
3-Door Coupe Manual GS2-Door Coupe V62-Door HB Manual2-Door HB Manual (GS)
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
4455
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
3 Door Coupe2 Door CoupeHatchback3 Door Hatchback
Transmission   
Manual w/ODManualManualManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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