Compare Mitsubishi Eclipse vs. Ford Mustang vs. Mini Cooper Roadster

Compare the Mitsubishi Eclipse against the Ford Mustang and Mini Cooper Roadster. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the Eclipse, Mustang and Cooper Roadster stack up against each other in terms of performance, features, safety prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new Eclipse, Mustang and Cooper Roadster. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse 2012 Ford Mustang 2012 Mini Cooper Roadster
2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse 2012 Ford Mustang 2012 Mini Cooper Roadster
Auto SE
  • Man GS
  • Auto GS
  • Auto SE
  • Auto GS Sport
  • Auto GS Sport
  • Auto SE
  • Auto GT
  • Auto GT
2dr Cpe V6
  • 2dr Cpe V6
  • 2dr Cpe V6 Premium
  • 2dr Conv V6
  • 2dr Cpe GT
  • 2dr Conv V6 Premium
  • 2dr Cpe GT Premium
  • 2dr Conv GT
  • 2dr Conv GT Premium
  • 2dr Cpe Boss 302
  • 2dr Cpe Shelby GT500
  • 2dr Conv Shelby GT500
  • 2dr
  • 2dr S
  • 2dr John Cooper Works


MSRP $24,699 $22,310 $24,350
Invoice $23,657 $21,245 $21,915
Avg. Paid $13,847 $16,431 $18,245

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.2 8.4 7.2
Critics' Rating 6.9 9.3 7.4
Performance 7.0 8.2 8.2
Interior 6.9 8.0 7.4
Cost to Own 9.0 8.5 8.7
Safety N/A 9.0 N/A
Reliability 3.0 3.5 2.5

Pros & Cons

  • Good acceleration with V6
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Powerful base engine
  • Good fuel economy
  • Nimble handling
  • Nimble handling
  • Great fuel economy
  • Good cargo space for a convertible
  • Underpowered base engine
  • Poor rearward visibility
  • Cheap interior materials
  • Base model’s unrefined interior
  • Cramped back seat
  • Stiff ride
  • Noisy at highway speeds
  • Poor top-up visibility

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I4 2.4L/145 Gas V6 3.7L/227 Gas I4 1.6L/98
MPG 20 City / 28 Hwy 19 City / 29 Hwy 27 City / 35 Hwy



Body Style 3 Door Coupe 2 Door Coupe Convertible


Wheelbase(in) 101.4 107.1 97.1
Length, Overall (in) 180.4 188.1 146.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.2 73.9 66.3
Height, Overall (in) 53.2 55.6 54.5

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Convertible Soft Top Standard
Sun/Moon Roof Standard
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Standard
Rear Spoiler Standard Optional Standard


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3377 3453 2635

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Optional
Tires - Front Performance Standard Optional Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Optional
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Optional Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Optional
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Locks Optional Optional


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Optional Optional
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Optional
HID headlights Standard Optional
Interior Cargo Shade Standard
Keyless Start Standard
Rear Parking Aid Optional Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Optional
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Optional
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors Optional
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 4 4 2
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 80.2 83.3 - TBD -
Front Head Room (in) 37.5 38.5 39.6
Front Leg Room (in) 42.8 42.4 41.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.2 55.3 50.3
Front Hip Room (in) 53.7 53.4 - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 34.6 34.7
Second Leg Room (in) 29.2 29.8
Second Shoulder Room (in) 51.2 51.6
Second Hip Room (in) 44.4 46.8
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 15.7 13.4 8.5


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Changer Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
HD Radio Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Standard
Premium Sound System Standard Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Optional
A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Optional


Cloth Seats Standard Optional
Leather Seats Standard Optional
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard
Heated Driver Seat Standard Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Standard


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard


Engine & Performance

Locking Rear Differential Standard
Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas V6 Gas I4
Displacement 2.4L/145 3.7L/227 1.6L/98
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 162 @ 6000 305 @ 6500 121 @ 6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 162 @ 4000 280 @ 4250 114 @ 4250
Transmission Sportronic Auto w/OD Manual Manual
Turning diameter 40.0 33.4 35.1


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 20 19 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 28 29 35
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.7 16.0 13.2


Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut MacPherson
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link 3-Link Solid Axle Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Stabilizer Bar w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Stabilzer Bar w/Panhard rod w/Coil Springs


Automatic Standard Optional Optional
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard Optional
4-Speed Automatic Standard
6-Speed Automatic Optional Optional
Manual Standard Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.