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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 Performance

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Reviewers report that the Eclipse is a comfortable daily driver with a sporty edge. Still, for real sports performance, critics suggest you look at its competitors like the Mazda RX-8 and Hyundai Genesis Coupe.

  • "The Eclipse isn't a complete impostor. In GT trim, it's got a throaty V6 that cranks out 265 horsepower -- a healthy number for this type of car. And its handling is sportier than that of most other midsize coupes. But the Eclipse is still mostly a sleek ride for those who appreciate style more than performance. And that's what the current Eclipse has been serving up since it took to the stage in 2006." -- Edmunds

Acceleration and Power

The 2011 Eclipse is available with two engine options. The GS and GS Sport feature a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 162 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 162 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. Test drivers, however, prefer the GT's 3.8-liter V6 engine that makes 265 horsepower at 5,750 rpm and 262 pound-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm. While drivers can choose between five-speed manual and four-speed automatic transmissions for the GS, the GT is only offered with a five-speed automatic (previous year’s six-speed manual has been discontinued).

  • "The base GS comes with a 2.4-liter, 162-horsepower I-4 that, while not as refined as some of the Honda fours, is most pleasant to live with." -- MarketWatch
  • "Its standard four-cylinder doesn't move the heavy coupe and convertible with any semblance of authority and its fuel economy isn't especially impressive. The big V6 found in the GT boasts robust power, but it overwhelms the front wheels with torque steer." -- Edmunds
  • "Both engines provide plenty of low-end torque -- a plus when the light turns green and you've got to get across the intersection and then into another lane, for example." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Manual-transmission GS models have adequate pep for most needs, but demand fairly frequent shifting to coax real life from the 4-cylinder. With automatic transmission, 4-cylinder models are acceptable around town, but lack highway passing punch. A test hatchback did 9.2 seconds 0-60 mph. The torquey V6 shines in highway passing and helps GTs to robust acceleration. A test GT hatchback automatic did 6.5 seconds 0-60. Convertibles are slightly slower due to some 200 pounds of additional weight." -- Consumer Guide

Handling and Braking

Test drivers report that the front-wheel drive Mitsubishi Eclipse is a sporty car, but not a sports car. It’s unable to match the performance dynamics of class competitors, but serves as a comfortable daily driver with a sporting edge. And while a 265 horsepower V6 engine is available in the GT trim, test drivers complain that it’s plagued by too much torque steer.

Among other modern performance technology, the 2011 Eclipse features an Anti-lock Braking System, Traction Control and Active Stability Control.

  • "Not quite as sporty as its looks imply, but any Eclipse corners with ample grip and minimal body lean. Convertibles are impressively solid, suffering no noticeable handling penalty. Lighter GS models feel a bit better balanced than GTs. GTs do suffer torque steer in brisk acceleration, though convertibles slightly less so. A surprisingly large turning circle is a real hassle in tight spots. Good stopping control and brake-pedal feel." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The car's chassis is considerably stiffer than that of its predecessor, improving handling. Meanwhile, four-wheel independent suspension ensures the ride is still comfortable." -- Left Lane News
  • "Twisty back roads are welcome when driving the Eclipse and, although the V6 has enough power to generate some torque steer (a tendency for the steering of a front-drive car to pull to one side or the other during hard acceleration), it's not unmanageable by any means." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Brakes are spot-on in feel and apparent prowess." -- USA Today

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