in 2012 Affordable Sports Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $12,694 - $17,964
Original MSRP: $19,499 - $32,599
MPG: 20 City / 28 Hwy
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2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Interior

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While reviewers say the 2012 Eclipse has a good interior design and comfortable front seats, they’re less enthusiastic about the cheap interior materials and tiny back seat. And while the Eclipse coupe offers decent utility with 15.7 cubic feet of cargo space, you’ll have to pack much lighter in the Eclipse Spyder, which has a 5.2 cubic-foot trunk.

  • "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
  • "Both the Eclipse and Eclipse Spyder offer attractive interiors, though the overall impression is cheapened somewhat by the use of low-quality plastics." -- Edmunds
  • "Mitsubishi has given the 2012 Eclipse Coupe an artful interior rich in curves and quality materials. The Coupe provides impressive outward visibility thanks primarily to an abundance of side glass." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The interior was laid out well, with simple-to-understand controls coming easily to hand." -- MarketWatch

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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. The second row is tiny, even by sports car standards. Still, reviewers say the Eclipse’s front seats are comfortable and supportive, albeit not the easiest to get out of due to the car’s low stance. Shoppers looking for more comfort features may be drawn to GS Sport and higher trims, which get heated leather front seats.

  • "Nicely bolstered seats are comfortable and provide good support in fast turns. Low-slung styling and long doors make entry and exit a bit difficult." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Front seats are comfortable and supportive, but the lack of a telescoping steering wheel means some drivers may struggle to find an ideal driving position." -- Edmunds
  • "Nicely bolstered front bucket seats strike a balance between being supportive during sporty drives, and supremely comfortable on longer trips. Rear-seat passengers, however, will find almost no legroom and very little headroom." -- 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
  • "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 generally impresses reviewers with its interior design, but disappoints with cheap plastic materials and some controls that reviewers say can be difficult to reach.

The base Eclipse comes equipped with air conditioning, power windows and door locks, a tilt steering wheel and a six-speaker stereo with CD player and auxiliary input jack. GS Sport and higher trims carry these features, as well as Bluetooth, a backup camera, steering wheel-mounted controls and a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate stereo with satellite radio and a six-disc CD changer.

  • "Switchgear is logically placed, though a couple of controls might be a bit of a stretch for some drivers." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Hooded gauges and circular air vents create a cozy cockpit-like environment, which is made even more alluring by blue backlighting of the instruments and controls." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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


The 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse coupe features 15.7 cubic feet of cargo space, which is more than any other vehicle in the class of affordable sports cars. The Eclipse Spyder, however, only provides 5.2 cubic feet, which is slightly less than the highly-ranked MX-5 Miata.

  • "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
  • "Seatbacks split 50/50, however, and folding down both sections creates a healthy 15.7 cubic feet of cargo room." -- Edmunds
  • "The Coupe's large rear hatch is becoming an increasingly novel feature in the coupe world, but its practicality can not be overlooked." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The cargo hold is surprisingly roomy and easily accommodates half a dozen grocery bags and other shallow gear." -- The Detroit News
  • "The hatchback configuration with the flip-down rear seats makes the car practical for something other than boulevard inspection." -- Los Angeles Times

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