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2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse vs. Its Competition

2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse SE
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Mitsubishi Eclipse had a proud past, but the latest edition suffered from drab, big-car handling.

Today's Scion tC has more of the character we want in sporty coupes, but there's no convertible available, and only four-cylinder power on tap.

Volkswagen's GTI hits the hot-hatch mark squarely, with excellent steering, turbo thrust and an unadorned look that lands on the right side of spartan.

If you're hooked on a convertible, the base Mustang now sports more than 300 horsepower and has all the infotainment features lacking in the Eclipse.

2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse SE2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse
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Quick Specs
7.2
The 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse marks the end of an era, and leaves us nostalgic for the Eclipses of the early 1990s.
8.4
The 2012 Ford Mustang doles out all the tire-smoking pony-car thrills, but it's also grown to become quite a sophisticated car.
7.6
The 2012 Scion tC is starting to develop an interesting personality, though it's still not very fast or exceptionally nimble.
MSRP From  
$19,499$22,310$18,575
Gas Mileage  
16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Gas I4Gas V6Gas I4
EPA Class  
Sub-CompactCompactCompact Car
Style Name  
3-Door Coupe Manual GS2-Door Coupe V62-Door HB Manual (GS)
Drivetrain  
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
445
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
3 Door Coupe2 Door Coupe3 Door Hatchback
Transmission  
Manual w/ODManualManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse vs. 2012 Ford Mustang2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse vs. 2012 Scion tC