• (4.5) 17 reviews
  • MSRP: $6,269–$13,929
  • Body Style: Convertible
  • Engine: 162-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
  • Seats: 4
2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse

What We Don't Like

  • Front-wheel-drive layout

Notable Features

  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Coupe or convertible
  • Black roof (coupes)

2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Reviews

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

4.5

Average based on 17 reviews

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Budget Sports Car

by House0fWolves from Scranton on September 23, 2017

I love this car. Third vehicle I've owned, & by far my favorite so far. I've had no mechanical issues besides a gauge constantly telling me air pressure is low in my tire when it's not. Acceleration ... Read Full Review

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3 Trims Available

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

60mo/60,000mi

Powertrain

120mo/100,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

60mo/unlimited

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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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