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  • (4.6) 18 reviews
  • MSRP: $3,049–$11,129
  • Body Style: Coupe
  • Combined MPG: 20-24
  • Engine: 162-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse

What We Don't Like

  • Front-wheel-drive layout

Notable Features

  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Coupe or convertible
  • New stability system for GT

2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse Reviews

Vehicle Overview
The Eclipse is Mitsubishi's performance two-door sports car and is offered in coupe and convertible Spyder form. The 2009 version receives some styling tweaks, and the GT trim level gains some new features, but besides these changes the car is much like it was previously. Competitors include the Ford Mustang, Honda Civic Si and Hyundai Tiburon.

The major difference between the new Eclipse and its predecessor can be seen at the front of the car. A new grille and bumper design make the front look much more intimidating, as both parts are now finished in black. V-6 GT models now have twin tailpipes, and their appearance brings to mind the pipes on the Nissan 350Z. The big rear wing on the coupe is also new.

Base GS trim levels feature 17-inch alloy wheels, while the GT has 18-inch rims. GT trim levels also have high-intensity-discharge headlights.

Mitsubishi says new fabric is used in the cabin in order to enhance the appearance of the car. Standard features include air conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry and a 50/50-split folding backseat (coupe only).

The optional Sun and Sound Package for the coupe includes a Rockford Fosgate audio system, aluminum pedals, a power moonroof and audio controls on the steering wheel. The GT Premium Sport Package for the coupe, as its name implies, is only for GT trim levels and includes Rockford Fosgate audio, automatic air conditioning, heated front seats finished in leather and a power moonroof.

Under the Hood
GS models are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 162 horsepower and 162 pounds-feet of torque. Stepping up to the GT trim brings a 3.8-liter V-6 that delivers 265 hp and 262 pounds-feet of torque. That's slightly more horsepower and torque than the V-6 made last year.

Both engines are available with either a manual or automatic transmission, though the transmissions used with the V-6 each have one more gear than the five-speed manual and four-speed automatic that are used with the four-cylinder.

Antilock brakes and side-impact airbags for the front seats are standard. The coupe also comes with side curtain airbags, and GT trim levels feature a standard electronic stability system that's new for 2009.

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by Clemson Tigers from Flatrock on September 22, 2017

Awesome Car. Bought as a second vehicle to scoot around in. Had Construction Co. Truck always loaded. Now have Job with Co. Car.

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There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

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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.

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