Advertisement
Go
2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse Photo
7.0
/ 10
On Performance
BASE INVOICE
$19,149
BASE MSRP
$20,249
On Performance
Reviewers agree that the 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse offers a throaty, sexy-sounding engine with plenty of power, but handling isn't always up to the job.
7.0 out of 10
Browse Mitsubishi Eclipse inventory in your area.

SEE LOCAL CLASSIFIEDS

PERFORMANCE | 7 out of 10

Expert Quotes:

twist-free and solid, with no excessive cowl shake
Popular Mechanics

nearly drove the new Mitsubishi Eclipse GT into a parked car
Jalopnik

plenty of grunt from low engine speeds
Cars.com

This engine is supremely smooth, yet it provides a welcome mellow snarl
Road and Track

If you want true sports car handling, you may want to check out the competition, but if you want a car that looks and sounds sexy and powerful, the 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse might be right for you.

Overall, the 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse has the looks and sounds of a fast performance vehicle, but according to Motor Trend, "as a modern sport coupe, it's not quite there yet." Jalopnik remarks that the sexy styling and throaty purr of the engine could "seduce you into serious speed."

Popular Mechanics declares the 2009 Mitsubishi "to be twist-free and solid, with no excessive cowl shake." Cars.com reports that "the Eclipse is front-heavy and understeer is prevalent, even when off the throttle.” One test driver for Jalopnik "squeezed the gas [entering a curve] and nearly drove the new Mitsubishi Eclipse GT into a parked car."

The 3.8-liter V-6 engine produces 265 hp with a six-speed manual gearbox or a five-speed automatic. According to Motor Trend, the V-6 clocks a "0-to-60-mph acceleration time of 5.8 seconds," and Car and Driver rates the Mitsubishi Eclipse the seventh quickest car in 2007. The 2.4-liter, four-cylinder produces 162 hp when teamed with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.

Conclusion

Reviewers agree that the 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse offers a throaty, sexy-sounding engine with plenty of power, but handling isn't always up to the job.

« Prev: Interior / Exterior Next: Comfort and Quality »
Advertisement
Advertisement
Other Choices Read More
8.4
/ 10
TCC Rating
9.2
/ 10
TCC Rating
7.2
/ 10
TCC Rating
Used Cars
Go!
Related Used Listings
Browse used listings in your area
Advertisement

How does the
TCC Rating work?
The TCC Rating is a clear numeric rating value based on a 10-point scale that reflects the overall opinion of our automotive experts on any vehicle and rolls up ratings we give each vehicle across sub-categories you care about like performance, safety, styling and more.

Our rating also has simple color-coded “Stop” (red), “Caution” (orange),
or “Go” (green) messages along with the numerical score so you can easily understand where we stand at a glance.

Our automotive experts then also collect and show you what other websites say about these different aspects of any vehicle. We do this leg work for you to simplify your research process.

Learn more about how we rate and review cars here.

 
© 2014 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by izmo, Inc. Send us feedback.