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in 2011 Affordable Sports Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $11,240 - $16,082
Original MSRP: $18,999 - $32,599
MPG: 20 City / 28 Hwy
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2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse Interior

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According to auto writers, the Eclipse's cabin looks attractive and offers some great features. However, its backseat is uncomfortable, its fit and finish garners mixed reviews and critics say the Spyder lacks adequate cargo room.

  • "The Eclipse's cabin is both stylish and simple, thanks to a sweeping dash and attractive chrome-rimmed gauges with cool blue backlighting. Unfortunately, this pleasingly modern design is tempered by the use of some low-quality plastic materials and a steering wheel that doesn't telescope." -- 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
  • "The cabin has some padded panels, but suffers from too many cheap-looking plastic surfaces. Several test models have been plagued by assorted interior squeaks and rattles." -- Consumer Guide

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Seating

Though marketed as a four-seater, critics believe that the Eclipse’s cabin is better suited for two passengers, with its rear seat serving as a storage shelf.

  • "Good adult legroom, but headroom in coupes can be a problem for anyone over 6-feet tall. The steering wheel tilts but is not telescopic, so some shorter testers find the pedals a long reach. Nicely bolstered seats are comfortable and provide good support in fast turns." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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
  • "The main drawback to its interior dimensions is the fact the rear passengers, unless very small, will be sitting with their knees in their chests in only 29.2 inches of legroom." -- Carseek

Interior Features

The Eclipse comes equipped with 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. In general, reviewers are pleased with the Eclipse's interior features.

  • "Switchgear is logically placed, though a couple of controls might be a bit of a stretch for some drivers. The audio-system display is atop the dashboard, far removed from the actual controls." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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

Cargo

The 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse coupe features 15.7 cubic feet of cargo space -- which is more than any other vehicle in the class of 2011 affordable sports cars. The Eclipse Spyder, however, only provides 5.7 cubic feet -- which is slightly more than the highly ranked MX-5 Miata.

  • "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
  • "Hatchbacks have a fairly shallow cargo bay with modest floor area and irregular shape. The bulky available subwoofer eats up space. Convertibles have a small trunk, narrow opening, and, like the hatchback, high liftover. In both, cabin small-item storage is subpar." -- Consumer Guide

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