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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
the tighter confines of the Eclipse make it feel sporty
Road and Track
interior rates about average in materials but above-average for style
coupe's cargo volume totals 15.7 cubic feet
Front seats are comfortable and supportive on long trips
Reviewers agree that the 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse offers a wraparound, enveloped feeling in the front seat while cramping any passengers that may have to sit in the back.
The 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse's front seats are built to feel more like a cockpit than a car. Road and Track notes "the low-slung driving position makes you feel like you're inside the car, not riding on top," and Cars.com calls out the "deep cutouts in the doors that give front-seat riders extra elbowroom."
Edmunds.com likes the 2008 Mitsubishi and the way it greets "occupants with solid-quality materials, supportive seats and an especially nice optional stereo."
The 2008 Eclipse offers two options packages that incorporate different cosmetic appearances in the interior. Neither package helps much with backseat endurance, however. Road & Track likes the feel of the front seats but points out that "rear-seat head room suffers." Motor Trend criticizes the Mitsubishi Eclipse's greater "wind and road noise, and the body doesn't feel...solid"
Across the board, experts at TheCarConnection.com and elsewhere give Mitsubishi demerits for the small rear seating area, although Cars.com does admit that "the 50/50-split rear seatback folds down for more capacity."
Finally, the Eclipse Spyder convertible offers many of the same comforts as the hardtops. Popular Mechanics adds that "its folding cloth top, which disappears beneath a hard tonneau cover at the touch of a button, helps distance it from" the competition. Overall, the 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse rates high for the front passengers and low for the rear passengers.
The 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse sports enough quality and comfort for the coupe enthusiast who doesn’t plan a large family soon.