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PERFORMANCE | 7 out of 10
plenty of grunt from low engine speeds
twist-free and solid, with no excessive cowl shake
This engine is supremely smooth, yet it provides a welcome mellow snarl
Road and Track
nearly drove the new Mitsubishi Eclipse GT into a parked car
“Mitsu SOHC four-banger isn't quite as contemporary as some of its contemporaries”
Car and Driver
If you want true sports car handling, you may want to check out other models, but if you want a car that looks and sounds sexy and powerful—with plenty of straight-line oomph in the V-6 models—then the 2010 Mitsubishi Eclipse might be right for you.
Overall, the performance of the 2010 Mitsubishi Eclipse doesn’t quite match its extroverted looks. Motor Trend argues that "as a modern sport coupe, it's not quite there yet."
The 3.8-liter V-6 engine produces 265 hp with a six-speed manual gearbox or a five-speed automatic, and for those who want the Eclipse to feel even remotely sporty, it’s the only choice. 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. Jalopnik remarks that the sexy styling and the throaty purr of the V-6 engine could "seduce you into serious speed."
Other reviewers aren’t quite as happy with the performance of the Mitsubishi Eclipse near the limit or when the roads turned twisty. 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."
Convertible versions aren’t always as solid-feeling as the coupes that they’re based upon, but the 2010 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder models were conceived from the beginning as part of the model line, with a reinforced structure. Popular Mechanics declares the Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder "to be twist-free and solid, with no excessive cowl shake."
The 2010 Mitsubishi Eclipse sounds as sexy and powerful as it appears—if you opt for the V-6 engine. But if you want true sports-car handling you should look elsewhere.