2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse

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Key Specs

of the 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

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

The Bad

  • Front-wheel-drive layout

Notable Features of the 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse

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

2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 ...
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.


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Love My Eclipse

by Shawnze from Louisville on May 3, 2018

This car has to be the best car i have ever bought. Actually The Eclipse was and has been my dream car for years now and now i own one and love it so much. I take cae my eclipes cause its my baby. Read full review

(5.0)

Great car!

by Jmwhit from Minneapolis, MN on April 15, 2018

Nice pick up and peppy car. Great design. Very reliable. The looks of the car are very sharp. Great paint and love the color. In the market for a convertible. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Mitsubishi
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / unlimited distance

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 warranty

    Remainder of original 10-year/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    123-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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