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STYLING | 7 out of 10
open-top version was engineered to be topless from inception
the roof, dash, and door panels seem shrink-wrapped around you
flair in a market in which flair sells
Road & Track
a backside rounder than the Death Star
The Mitsubishi Eclipse offers hardtop and convertible options that turn heads with their sleek styling. 2009 Eclipses receive restyled front and rear bumper fascias. GT models also gain a new large rear spoiler. New colors include Maizen Blue Pearl, Quick Silver Metallic, and Solar. Models with the standard cloth interior feature upgraded fabrics.
Overall, reviews gathered by TheCarConnection.com agree that the curvy style and powerful look of the 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse recall muscle cars of the past. Motor Trend remarks that the 2009 Eclipse's "spaceship styling has aged well," while Road & Track says that the stylized elements of the Eclipse "add flair in a market in which flair sells." Though the 2009 Eclipse sports the same body style created in 2004, Cars.com notes, "the look is what turns you on." Edmunds.com agrees, remarking that the Eclipse GT "does merit more serious consideration" when looking for a vehicle that will turn heads.
This curvy fluidity lends a sexiness to the 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse that is lacking in some of the other front-wheel-drive coupes. To Motor Trend, the front end looks like a "gaping maw" but is "offset by fluid curves." While most convertible versions of cars are manufactured from the hardtop version, Popular Mechanics notes that the "open-top version was engineered to be topless from inception." This lends to a more normal look when the Spyder rolls back the cloth top for quick cruise up the Pacific Coast Highway.
The 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse draws good reviews on styling, as well as look and feel, as it cruises past on any back road or the highway.