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You'll Like The 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse If...

This would be a good choice if you want a well-equipped, reasonably priced open-air sportster with look-at-me styling, moderate-to-good performance and token rear seats. Compared to its closest competitors, Ford's reborn Mustang and Toyota's Solara, it's less common than the former and less pricey than the latter.

You May Not Like The 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse If...

If you want the lithe agility of a Mazda MX-5, Pontiac Solstice or Saturn Sky, the aggressive dynamics of a Nissan 350Z or the raw performance of a Chevy Corvette (two-seaters all), this is not your ride. It is fun to drive, but it's no true sports car.

What's New

There are not a lot of affordable 2+2 sport convertibles, and this distinctive drop-top Eclipse arrives just in time to reinforce the positive impression made by its 2006 curvacious coupe stablemate. It provides the recently struggling Japanese maker a one-two image punch that says, "Hey, look at us! We have exciting products today and there's more to come."

Interior Features

The "wave form" instrument panel houses easy-to-reach controls and motorcycle-inspired gauges lit at night by ice-blue LEDs. The high-back, adjustable-lumbar-support "race-inspired" bucket seats have open headrests for enhanced rear visibility, and the faux leather-covered four-spoke tilt steering wheel has remote buttons for the standard Rockford Fosgate premium audio system. Compared to the previous Eclipse, interior room has increased in every dimension, and the legroom-challenged rear seats (really, for kids only) have three-point belts and anchor points for child restraints. The center console offers storage pockets, large covered cupholders, a covered storage box big enough for CD cases and a pair of 12-volt power outlets.

Exterior Features

Compared to the previous-generation Eclipse, this new one is wider, taller and three inches longer on a wider track and a half-inch longer wheelbase; yet its curvaceous body, muscular shape and crouching-tiger presence make it look somewhat smaller than it is. With jet nacelle-inspired grilles, an aero-wedge profile, tightly stretched skin and a laid-back windshield, it makes a bold statement. Despite the inclusion of rear seats, the car comes off visually as a two-seater with a low, tight-fitting "speedster" top.

Driving Impressions

At nearly 3,500-pounds base curb weight - more with the V6 engine and a load of options - the Eclipse Spyder is no lightweight, ultra-agile sports car. That said, it looks terrific top-up or down and can be great fun to drive on twisty two-lanes, especially the V6-powered GT with its available Premium Sport Package, which includes 18-inch performance tires. On-road handling is good, steering crisp and braking strong, but accelerating hard out of a tight turn or from a stop is asking a bit much of the front-drive layout and therefore results in noticeable torque steer. Despite that, 60 miles per hour from rest comes up in a respectable seven seconds. The attractive interior is ergonomically excellent, and the seats are first-rate. But be careful: the low, thick-pillared convertible top leaves substantial blind spots to the rear quarters.

Pricing Notes

The well-equipped Eclipse Spyder GS powered by the 162-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder and five-speed manual transmission has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $26,014, including destination charge. The optional four-speed automatic adds $900, while Accessory, Appearance and Leather packages list for $179, $1,999 and $980, respectively. The Eclipse Spyder GT with the 3.8-liter 260-horsepower V6 is $28,894 with the six-speed manual and $29,794 with the five-speed automatic. The 2006 Eclipse coupe has sold well at very close to MSRP, and we expect the relatively rare convertible to do the same, at least at first. By comparison, the Kelley Fair Purchase Price of the base V6 Mustang Convertible is a bit under $24,000, the soft-top Toyota Solara is about $26,500 and the new Pontiac G6 retractable hardtop convertible goes for roughly $28,500. Be sure to check the Fair Purchase Prices to see what people are actually paying for their Eclipse Spyders in your area. We expect that the Eclipse Spyder GS will retain its value better than both the Mustang Convertible and Toyota Solara Convertible over a 60-month period.

Notable Equipment

The four-cylinder base GS is well-equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, air conditioning, cruise control, remote keyless entry, power windows, locks and mirrors, power cloth soft top with powered tonneau cover, theft-discouraging engine immobilizer and a noteworthy 650-watt Rockford Fosgate premium audio system. Standard safety features include dual-stage front airbags with front-passenger occupant sensors, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags and anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). The GT adds the V6 engine, electronic traction control, an outside temperature and compass display and larger ventilated rear disc brakes in place of the GS model's solid rear discs.

Notable Options

An optional Leather Package available on the GS includes leather seating surfaces, heated outside mirrors, heated front seats and an outside temperature and compass display. A Premium Sport Package for the GT adds all that plus 235/45 R18 tires on 18-inch alloy wheels, aluminum pedals, automatic climate control system, eight-way driver's seat and a removable wind deflector.

Favorite Features

Power cloth soft top

The multi-layer fabric top, with its polyester/cotton interior headliner and heated glass rear window, provides a surprisingly quiet cabin when it's up, and a new hydraulic system, quieter than the previous model's electric motors, folds it completely out of sight under a flush-fitting power tonneau in about 19 seconds.

Rockford Fosgate Premium Audio

This surprisingly standard high-end system pumps 650 watts of peak power through nine speakers, including an eight-inch, long-throw subwoofer in a designed-in, fiberglass-reinforced, acoustic-suspension enclosure between the rear seats. It includes a six-disc CD changer with MP3 playback capability, plus unique automatic sound equalization for top-up or top-down driving, custom music genre and sound field settings and an industry-first memory that stores DSP settings in six presets.

Under the Hood

The standard GS 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine generates decent performance, at least partially due to its patented Mitsubishi Innovative Variable timing Electronic Control (MIVEC) system, which varies intake valve timing to enhance both low-end torque and high-rpm power. The GT's 3.8-liter V6, which also benefits from MIVEC, offers 98 additional horses (three fewer than in the Eclipse coupe due to a different exhaust system) to much better motivate the convertible's considerable mass. Both available automatics feature Sportronic shifting for manual control of gear changes when desired.

2.4-liter in-line 4

162 horsepower @ 6000 rpm

162 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/29 (manual), 22/28 (automatic)

3.8-liter V6

260 horsepower @ 5750 rpm

258 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/26 (manual), 18/26 (automatic)

Editors' Notes

Mitsubishi touts its U.S. cars and trucks as "Driven to Thrill," and its boldly-sculpted 2007 Eclipse Spyder as the "attainable exotic." Based on the all-new for 2006 fourth-generation Eclipse coupe, the Spyder is available as the four-cylinder GS or V6 GT, and features a standard premium audio and a power cloth top that tucks away under a flush tonneau in about 19 seconds. It looks great and is pleasant to drive, especially the 260-horsepower V6 GT, but it's also bigger and heavier than before. And, unlike some previous generations, it's front-wheel drive only - there's no available all-wheel drive.

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Mitsubishi eclipse. Sporty, comfortable, surprisingly large on the inside.

2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT

My car is very comfortable considering it is a 2 door vehicle that is low to the ground. The back two seats fold down completely flush with the trunk of the vehicle, and being that it is a hatchback, I have used it for moving large furniture and everything in between over the years. My vehicle is completely standard, with no automatic options but that being said the clutch is very forgiving and very smooth. Easy for first time manual drivers, or just for the comfort of it all. Tiny downside is only 2 cup holders. Also my passengers have complained the car seat is way too low, but me personally I have found them comfortable. Also there was no options to easily change out the radio without changing out the entire front area because it is all one solid piece and had to special order the whole front piece just to get an updated radio.

- Marie C

Our Love/hate relationship

2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse

Me and my car have a love hate relationship I purchased used a year ago in Texas 87k miles on it had it almost a year and it wouldn't start one day we could've sworn it was the starter or battery replaced both and no finally found out it was the timing and being a single mom my car being my only means for work and I was out in the country I ended up losing my job my rental house and almost my kids finally got it fixed almost 6 mo later and I still am struggling to get back on my feet but it runs again so I guess I should be thankful but I plan to upgrade to a truck soon or a more family oriented vehicle

- Rachel J

Mitsubishi Eclipse is a great, low maintenance car with unique features.

2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse

My vehicle is very reliable, only discomfort is the lowness of the car. The Eclipse includes a retractable window on the roof that can also pop up if you do not want the full retraction. The trunk of the car is a hatchback and is very spacious, which is convenient for transporting luggage or other large loads. The back seats can even be reclined so as to watch outdoor movies, etc. From the trunk. It would be great if this car had an auxiliary cord or other easy for of connecting a smart phone to the Audio system because I have had to buy adapters off of amazon to play my own music.

- Lulu A

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