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The Spyder is the more enjoyable of the two body styles; get it with the V-6 and the great-sounding Rockford Fosgate audio system and the 2010 Mitsubishi Eclipse feels like a more expensive vehicle.

The 2010 Mitsubishi Eclipse is based on the Galant sedan, so it doesn't handle with much finesse or brake with the same verve as true sports car rivals; that's the only truly disappointing aspect of the Eclipse if you can get past the tight cabin and slightly overstyled exterior. On the upside, the Eclipse exhibits excellent ride quality.

The 2010 Mitsubishi Eclipse isn't particularly agile, but still offers head-turning styling with strong straight-line performance.

Stability control is now standard on the Mitsubishi Eclipse for 2010; also included are anti-lock disc brakes, side impact airbags, and side-curtain bags (except on the Spyder). Although the federal government hasn't crash-tested the Eclipse, the model receives top "good" ratings for frontal and side impact protection.

For 2010, a Bluetooth hands-free calling interface and rearview camera system are offered on the GS Sport and GT models; the GS Sport is the pick for those who want the fuel efficiency of the four-cylinder engine but are pulled in by the features on the V-6. A Rockford-Fosgate 650-watt audio system is available as part of the optional Sun & Sound Package on the GS or GT models. Other top options include heated leather seats and automatic climate control.

Other Choices:

If you like the 2010 Mitsubishi Eclipse, also consider:

  • Honda Accord Coupe
  • Hyundai Genesis Coupe
  • Ford Mustang
  • Chevrolet Camaro

Reason Why:

With its silky V-6 engine and responsive handling, the Honda Accord Coupe feels like it's worth its higher price. The new Hyundai Genesis coupe has a rear-wheel-drive layout and more of a performance focus, with powerful V-6 and turbo four-cylinder engines. And for those looking for a different sort of style, the base V-6 versions of the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro both bring crisp retro styling; the Mustang is available as a convertible.

The Bottom Line:

The 2010 Mitsubishi Eclipse isn't particularly agile, but still offers head-turning styling with strong straight-line performance.

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