Ride, noise, visibility, turning circle, driving position, rear seat and access, fit and finish, weak high beams.
Despite the sporty styling, the Eclipse isn't particularly fun to drive. The handling lacks agility, but the car is ultimately secure. The 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine is noisy, and the manual transmission is clunky. The V6 in the GT paired with the automatic is more pleasant. The driver's seat doesn't provide enough support, and the driving position and visibility fall short, particularly in the convertible. The rear seat is pretty much unusable for adults. The hatchback offers some versatility. IIHS crash-test results for the convertible are good. This year marks the swan song for the Eclipse.
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