The Eclipse isn't particularly fun to drive. The handling lacks agility, 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 visibility falls short. IIHS crash-test results for the convertible are good.
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Goodbye Eclipse by An MSN Autos Consumer on 03/04/2012. Trim: 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS Sport Spyder, Owned 1 year.
Pros: The Eclipse has more room than the Miata for a weekend getaway. Its more a cruse around car but I think still fun to drive. I get a nice car comment every time I'm out in it. I have a 2010 model and I just spent two thousand dollars for custom wheels and tires. I wouldn't have done that if I didn't like the car. Of course I would rather have a more expensive sports car but for the money its just fine. I don't think all the bad reviews the car has gotten are warranted. My friend has a Miata and his wife likes my Eclipse more. She won't even ride in his Miata!
Overall review: Even with all the bad reviews, I'm still happy with my Eclipse and I know I will have many good times with it.
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