2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse Interior
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Critics find that the Eclipse's cabin runs short on rear seat comfort, but looks attractive and offers some great features. While the coupe receives praise for its roomy trunk, the Spyder doesn't. The Eclipse also receives mixed reviews for its quality of interior materials.
- "[W]hile the 2009 Spyder's styling and power help set it apart, its practicality pales when compared with other four-seat convertibles. The upright backseat is all but uninhabitable, and rearward visibility with the roof raised is notably poor." -- Edmunds
- "An abundance of glass, coupled with more interior space, goes a long way toward alleviating feelings of claustrophobia." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The interior was laid out well, with simple-to-understand controls coming easily to hand." -- MarketWatch
- "The cabin's design, detailing, and materials also drew compliments. It's anything but bland." -- Motor Trend
- "Cabin has some padded panels, but suffers from too many hard plastic surfaces." -- Consumer Guide
Though the 2009 Eclipse provides seating for four, auto journalists assert that only its front seats are comfortable for passengers.
- "The well-bolstered sport bucket front seats work well for enthusiastic driving, but are still comfy enough for long road trips." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The Eclipse's seats could use firmer bolsters on the cushions for hard driving, but in general the low-slung driving position makes you feel like you're inside the car, not riding on top of it as with the Altima." -- Road and Track
- "Front-seat comfort is above average for this type of vehicle, but the upright two-person rear seat is suitable for children only -- and small ones at that." -- Edmunds
- "Inside, the front bucket seats, which have plastic mesh built into the headrests, are surprisingly roomy and comfortable, although the big handbrake in the center console rubs up against the driver's right leg." -- The Detroit News
- "Good adult leg room, but head room in coupes can be a problem for anyone over 6-feet tall. Steering wheel tilts but doesn't telescope, so some shorter testers find pedals a long reach." -- Consumer Guide
The 2009 Eclipse features a long list of standard and optional convenience features, including a 140-watt, six-speaker stereo system than can be upgraded to a 650-watt, nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate CD stereo system with a six-disc in-dash changer. Those opting for the Spyder get the Rockford Fosgate system standard. Overall, reviewers seem pleased with the Eclipse's interior features.
- "The wave-form instrument panel houses easy-to-reach controls and features distinctive motorcycle-inspired gauges and ice blue LED nighttime illumination." -- The Auto Channel
- "Several editors mentioned the Rockford-Fosgate audio system as one of the Eclipse's high points. It sounds great, with plenty of strong bass, clear highs, and crisp channel separation (although an iPod jack would be a nice addition)." -- Motor Trend
- "Available on many competitors and missing from the Eclipse's option list are Bluetooth hands-free communication and an on-board navigation system." -- Kelley Blue Book
The 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse coupe features 15.7 cubic feet of cargo space. The Spyder, however, only has 5.7 cubic feet of room.
- "[T]he hatchback body style and 50/50-split-folding rear seat make the Eclipse better than expected at carrying cargo." -- Edmunds
- "The cargo hold is surprisingly roomy and easily accommodates half a dozen grocery bags and other shallow gear." -- The Detroit News
- "[T]he hatchback configuration with the flip-down rear seats makes the car practical for something other than boulevard inspection." -- Los Angeles Times