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2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse

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$5,628 — $12,608 USED
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Convertible
4 Seats
20-23 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Styling
  • Performance potential of GT
  • Warranty

The Bad

  • Front-wheel-drive layout
2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Coupe or convertible
  • Black roof (coupes)

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Vehicle Overview

The four-seat Eclipse is Mitsubishi's performance two-door sports car and is offered in coupe and convertible (Spyder) forms, both with a choice of four-cylinder or V-6 power. Competitors include the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and Honda Civic Si. This is the final model year for the Eclipse.

New for 2012
The Eclipse's 18-inch alloy wheels have a dark finish, but there are no other significant changes for 2012.

Exterior
GS models have similar two-tone front and rear bumpers like the GT for a more intimidating look. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Available backup camera
  • Available aero kit
  • Available power glass sunroof

Interior
Although they're listed as four-seaters, for practical purposes the Eclipse and Spyder are suitable for two adults in front and one or two children in the cramped backseat. The backseat folds on the coupe for additional cargo space. All versions have an MP3 jack. Interior features include:

  • Standard air conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry
  • Optional Rockford Fosgate sound system
  • Optional leather upholstery
  • Optional power driver's seat

Under the Hood
The base engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder 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. Mechanical features include:

  • Five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission with ...
Vehicle Overview

The four-seat Eclipse is Mitsubishi's performance two-door sports car and is offered in coupe and convertible (Spyder) forms, both with a choice of four-cylinder or V-6 power. Competitors include the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and Honda Civic Si. This is the final model year for the Eclipse.

New for 2012
The Eclipse's 18-inch alloy wheels have a dark finish, but there are no other significant changes for 2012.

Exterior
GS models have similar two-tone front and rear bumpers like the GT for a more intimidating look. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Available backup camera
  • Available aero kit
  • Available power glass sunroof

Interior
Although they're listed as four-seaters, for practical purposes the Eclipse and Spyder are suitable for two adults in front and one or two children in the cramped backseat. The backseat folds on the coupe for additional cargo space. All versions have an MP3 jack. Interior features include:

  • Standard air conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry
  • Optional Rockford Fosgate sound system
  • Optional leather upholstery
  • Optional power driver's seat

Under the Hood
The base engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder 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. Mechanical features include:

  • Five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission with four-cylinder engine
  • Five-speed automatic with V-6

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Side-impact airbags for front seats
  • Side curtain airbags (coupe)
  • Electronic stability system

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
19 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

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(5.0)

I Said Yes

by msJules from Palm Springs on July 23, 2018

From The Moment I sat in the driver seat I knew I wanted it,took it on test drive{fwy just happen to be right there)on the onramp I tapped the gas and said Oh yea ILL take it..I bought the GT V6 ... Read full review

(5.0)

I love this car!

by ak from Angier, NC on February 4, 2018

This is a great reliable car. I feel very safe traveling in this car. Sexy and safe what more can you ask for. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs 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

    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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