2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse

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2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse was new.

Though it has the style of top-tier cars, the 2008 Eclipse ranks low within its class because it can't match them in performance.

Pros & Cons

  • Sleek exterior design
  • Spectacular sound quality from optional Rockford Fosgate stereo
  • "Sophisticated" ice-blue cabin backlighting
  • Lengthy warranty coverage
  • Mixed opinions on braking and ride quality
  • Noted torque steer with the GT trim
  • Rear visibility issues

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Mitsubishi Eclipse has a score of 7.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 49 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 6.9
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse Overview

Auto reviewers say prospective buyers of the 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse will get the look and feel of a sports car but will have to forgo power and agility. Motor Trend insists that the 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse is a "buy it if you like it" type of car. "Some folks need more room. Others will want a harder-edged performer ... if you like the style, and want a car that's fast and fun without being a high-buck sports car, the Eclipse appeals." Whatever perspective writers take on the Eclipse, none of them deny that its price is a plus for any car shopper.

The 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse is part of Mitsubishi's "Project America" platform, featuring other front wheel drive vehicles like the Endeavor and the Galant. The Eclipse comes in two trims, the base model GS and the GT, and is available as a convertible, the Eclipse Spyder.

  • "Not everyone in this world wants a fire-breathing, rough-riding but fun-to-drive sports car. An older crowd may seek a coupe that features a bit of a softer ride and a few more luxuries while still offering that sporty look. For those of you who fit the latter category, let us now offer up the new Eclipse." -- MarketWatch
  • "[I]f you don't want your car to feel old in a couple of years, Mitsubishi's futuristically retro, sporty-sounding Eclipse will keep both of you feeling young." -- Road and Track

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