2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse

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$20,249

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2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Updated exterior appearance
  • Convertible styling
  • Performance potential of GT
  • Warranty

The bad:

  • Front-wheel-drive layout

4 trims

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Our 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

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

2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse review: Our expert's take

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.

Exterior
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.

Interior
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.

Safety
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.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior design 4.3
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

4.0

Great power, terrible AC & suspension

I have a 2006 Eclipse GT and love it, but it's near the end of its life so I wanted another. I got this 2009 with 80,000 miles. Fantastic car, great acceleration. Supposedly it was "Certified", but in my test drive I noticed the A/C light wouldn't stay on. I asked the dealer to fix it. He said A/C worked, but light did not. That's wrong. Module was bad. Worse, Mitsubishi discontinued and offered no solution, so I had to get one from a junk yard. Also, Right Rear Strut was improperly installed (dealer's fault, not car), and after a few months the left rear strut was also bad. Not the worst thing that can happen, but it's loud when I hit bumps. Anyway, the exterior design is dated, but the 3.8L engine is still terrific (accelerates very well off the light, even though this car weight 2 tons). That's the primary reason I bought a second one. They discontinued the GT about 10 years ago, but you can get them dirt cheap, however do NOT buy one of the ones with the smaller engines, they have no acceleration and there is no reason to get one. Oh, another thing. My 2006 is orange. Great color, but notorious for having the clear coat peel and bubble (skin disease). It costs over $5k to get it repainted with the same dealer color, and $2,500 to get it painted a stock color, so beware of the orange Eclipses.

4.7

Great little sports car.

I love my Mitsubishi. The only issue I have is due to its size, its got a lot of blind spots but otherwise its been a great car . It has virtually needed nothing throughout the 70 k miles Ive owned it other than regular maintenance like tires, oil etc. Nice looking, running, dependable car.

5.0

This car is reliable, fast, comfortable and fun.

The eclipse gt has been a pleasure to own. Has never given me any problems. It's fast. Beautiful eye candy. The exhaust sounds amazing. Too bad Mitsubishi no longer makes these.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Mitsubishi
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Less than 5 years/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Remainder of original 5 years/60,000 miles
Powertrain
Remainder of original 10-year/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
123-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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