2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse

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Key Specs

of the 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Styling
  • Acceleration in GT
  • Rigid structure
  • Side-impact and side curtain airbags (coupe)
  • Side-impact airbags (Spyder)
  • Interior comfort

The Bad

  • Stability system only on V-6 SE coupe
  • No stability system (Spyder)
  • No curtain airbags in backseat (coupe)
  • Small trunk (Spyder)
  • Understeer
  • Many features packaged
  • No auxiliary stereo input

Notable Features of the 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse

  • Available as coupe or convertible
  • Special Edition trim level (coupe)
  • New stability system (coupe)
  • New paint colors
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Manual or automatic

2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
The Eclipse, available in coupe and convertible (Spyder) body styles, is Mitsubishi's front-wheel-drive sports car. The curvy, haunchy design surprised all by appearing in dealerships looking almost exactly like the exotically styled concept car on which it's based.

Previously, the Eclipse came as the GS with a four-cylinder and the GT with a V-6. Among the changes for 2008 is the addition of an SE (Special Edition), a limited-production coupe-only trim level that has the GT's firm suspension but comes with either the four- or the six-cylinder engine. It also has some distinguishing exterior and interior characteristics.

Another notable change for 2008 is the first-ever electronic stability system in an Eclipse, exclusively on the SE with the V-6 engine.


Exterior
Design touches include a split grille flanked by large headlights. In profile, the Eclipse has an arched roofline and what Mitsubishi calls flexed surfaces. An integrated rear spoiler is standard, and the GT coupe has a large stainless-steel tailpipe. The new SE trim level adds a chin spoiler, trunklid spoiler and SE body graphics.

Aluminum-alloy wheels hold 17-inch tires, and GT coupes have 18-inch wheels as standard equipment. The optional GT Premium package gives these wheels a "sword silver" finish. Built on a 101.4-inch wheelbase, the Eclipse is 179.7 inches long overall.

Although the Spyder's resemblance to the coupe is apparent, particularly in the beltline and the rear end, its ...
Vehicle Overview
The Eclipse, available in coupe and convertible (Spyder) body styles, is Mitsubishi's front-wheel-drive sports car. The curvy, haunchy design surprised all by appearing in dealerships looking almost exactly like the exotically styled concept car on which it's based.

Previously, the Eclipse came as the GS with a four-cylinder and the GT with a V-6. Among the changes for 2008 is the addition of an SE (Special Edition), a limited-production coupe-only trim level that has the GT's firm suspension but comes with either the four- or the six-cylinder engine. It also has some distinguishing exterior and interior characteristics.

Another notable change for 2008 is the first-ever electronic stability system in an Eclipse, exclusively on the SE with the V-6 engine.


Exterior
Design touches include a split grille flanked by large headlights. In profile, the Eclipse has an arched roofline and what Mitsubishi calls flexed surfaces. An integrated rear spoiler is standard, and the GT coupe has a large stainless-steel tailpipe. The new SE trim level adds a chin spoiler, trunklid spoiler and SE body graphics.

Aluminum-alloy wheels hold 17-inch tires, and GT coupes have 18-inch wheels as standard equipment. The optional GT Premium package gives these wheels a "sword silver" finish. Built on a 101.4-inch wheelbase, the Eclipse is 179.7 inches long overall.

Although the Spyder's resemblance to the coupe is apparent, particularly in the beltline and the rear end, its retractable top gives the Spyder an identity separate from the teardrop-shaped coupe. The cloth top folds under a tonneau cover that keeps the Spyder's lines clean.

New paint colors for 2008 are called Optimist Green, Rave Red and Northstar White.


Interior
The four-seat cabin has high-back front sport seats with integrated head restraints. The eight-way manually adjustable driver's seat incorporates adjustable lumbar support. The driver faces a four-spoke steering wheel and a soft-touch instrument panel. Motorcycle-inspired gauges are backlit in blue. The SE trim level includes dark charcoal leather and a terra cotta color pallet, and it adds logo floor mats and aluminum scuff plates. The plates can be added to the Eclipse GT by optioning the Premium package.

In the Spyder, as in any convertible, the backseat has to sacrifice to make room for the top and its machinery. It's tiny back there; don't expect to be able to carry four full-size adults in this car.

Elsewhere, though, the interior is largely the same as in the coupe, including the deep cutouts in the doors that give front-seat riders extra elbowroom. The biggest difference up here is that the Spyder's 650-watt stereo system automatically adjusts the volume when the top is lowered.

The coupe's cargo volume totals 15.7 cubic feet, and the 50/50-split rear seatback folds down for more capacity. The convertible's trunk is just 5.2 cubic feet.

Standard equipment includes air conditioning; remote keyless entry; cruise control; power windows, locks and side mirrors; a leather-wrapped steering wheel; and a 140-watt six-speaker CD stereo that plays MP3 files on CD-ROM discs. The car doesn't have an auxiliary input for connecting a portable player like an iPod.

A Premium Sport Package for the GT coupe adds heated leather front seating surfaces, automatic climate control, heated mirrors, aluminum pedals and a Rockford Fosgate audio system.


Under the Hood
The GS coupe is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 162 horsepower and 162 pounds-feet of torque; it teams with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The GT's 3.8-liter V-6 develops 263 hp and 260 pounds-feet of torque and can work with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a five-speed automatic. The new SE trim level comes with the four- or six-cylinder. The SE V6 is the first Eclipse ever to include an electronic stability system.

The automatic transmission incorporates Sportronic, which permits manually selectable gear changes. The Spyder has the same mechanicals as the Eclipse coupe.

MacPherson struts are used in the front suspension, while a multilink configuration goes in the rear. Front and rear stabilizer bars are standard, with a stiffer rear one in the GT. The GT also has larger ventilated rear disc brakes and traction control.


Safety
The coupe's six standard airbags include the required frontal-impact airbags and seat-mounted side-impact devices to protect front occupants. Oddly, there are side curtain airbags, but they only protect front, not backseat, occupants. Typical of convertibles, the Spyder does without the curtains altogether; they're mounted in the coupe's door frame, which goes away when a soft-top is added.

Antilock brakes are standard in both the coupe and Spyder, and a tire pressure monitoring system is now standard. As noted above, the Eclipse's first electronic stability system comes on the V-6-equipped Eclipse SE.


Driving Impressions
If the look is what turns you on, you might be happy with the standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder. Most will prefer the Eclipse GT's 3.8-liter V-6 we tested. The V-6 has a very broad torque curve — plenty of grunt from low engine speeds all the way up the tach. Despite its considerable weight — a far-reaching drawback — this is a lot of engine for the Eclipse. The ever-ready torque gives you much range to work with, all the way up to the 6,500-rpm redline. The Eclipse GT can get to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds. The shifter and clutch pedal have a sports-car feel. The stick isn't particularly precise, like that in the Nissan 350Z, but it feels substantial.

There's some torque steer in straight-line acceleration, but not nearly as much as expected. The ABS-based traction control did its job without bucking the steering wheel left and right. Once you get aggressive, though, the car's dynamics start to spoil the fun. The Eclipse is front-heavy and understeer is prevalent, even when off the throttle.

The driver's seat has a height adjustment — manual is standard, and power is available. Visibility to the rear is typical of a coupe; the car and its belt line are low enough that passenger cars are visible. The backseat is of limited usability. Children should be OK back there, but it depends: The front seats move back far enough to practically eliminate backseat legroom. There are no cupholders or storage provisions back there. The cushions are contoured in such a way that you're unlikely to get a child-safety seat to secure properly.



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What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Sporty Car with Great Value!

by Eclipse Lov r from Windsor Mill on May 17, 2018

In my opinion I believe this car is a great value. Now please don't get me wrong it's not the king of the street in regard to 0-60 times but it is an overall good value. I have t1he 2.4 liter ,4 ... Read full review

(5.0)

Love this car!

by Steve from Royersford, PA on March 12, 2018

I recently bought the 4 cylinder Eclipse, and the power is still there. I am over 6 feet tall, and there is plenty of room for my comfort. The only downfalls to this car are back seat is not really ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

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The 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse currently has 1 recall

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Eclipse received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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