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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
deep cutouts in the doors that give front-seat riders extra elbowroom
wind and road noise, and the body doesn't feel...solid
Front seats are comfortable and supportive on long trips
the tighter confines of the Eclipse make it feel sporty
Road & Track
The 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse sports enough quality and comfort for the coupe enthusiast who doesn’t plan on starting a large family soon.
Overall, the 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse rates acceptable for the front-seat comfort and low for backseat space. Experts at TheCarConnection.com and elsewhere dock Mitsubishi for the small rear seating area, although Cars.com points out that "the 50/50-split rear seatback folds down for more capacity."
While the backseat is a little cramped, the interior envelops the driver as if in a womb when driving the 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse. Motor Trend reports "the roof, dash, and door panels seem shrink-wrapped around you"—perhaps it's not for the claustrophobic.
Road & Track likes the feel of the front seats but points out that "rear-seat head room suffers." The 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse's front seats are built to feel more like a cockpit than a car. "The low-slung driving position makes you feel like you're inside the car, not riding on top,” says Road & Track, and Cars.com calls out the "deep cutouts in the doors that give front-seat riders extra elbowroom."
Edmunds likes the 2009 Mitsubishi and the way it greets "occupants with solid-quality materials, supportive seats and an especially nice optional stereo." Motor Trend criticizes the Mitsubishi Eclipse's greater "wind and road noise, and the body doesn't feel...solid"
The Eclipse Spyder convertible offers many of the same comforts as the hardtops. Popular Mechanics says "its folding cloth top, which disappears beneath a hard tonneau cover at the touch of a button, helps distance it from" the competition.
The 2009 Eclipse offers two options packages that incorporate different cosmetic appearances in the interior. However, neither package helps much with backseat endurance.
Reviewers agree that the 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse has an intimate cabin, with just enough space in front, but beware the tight space in back.