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2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse (continued)


2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse

The 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse is truly new. It's roomier and should appeal to a wider audience, but it still delivers sporty transport and good looks.

New Car Test Drive correspondent Tom Lankard filed this report from Northern California.

Model Line Overview

Model lineup:Mitsubishi Eclipse GS ($19,399); Eclipse GT ($23,699)
Engines:2.4-liter single-overhead cam 16-valve inline-4; 3.8-liter sohc 24v V6
Transmissions:5-speed manual; 4-speed Sportronic automatic; 6-speed manual; 5-speed Sportronic automatic
Safety equipment (standard):dual-stage front seat airbags; front seat-mounted side airbags; front seat side curtain airbags; rear seat child safety seat anchors; antilock brakes; and traction control
Safety equipment (optional):N/A
Basic warranty:5 years/60,000 miles
Assembled in:Normal, Illinois

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP):Mitsubishi Eclipse GT ($23,699)
Standard equipment:air conditioning; cruise control; power windows, central locking and outside rearview mirrors; AM/FM/CD/MP3, 6-speaker stereo; 6-way manually adjustable driver's seat with lumbar adjustment; and tilt steering wheel
Options as tested (MSRP):5-speed Sportronic Automatic ($900)
Destination charge:($595)
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): $25,194
Layout:front-wheel drive
Engine:3.8-liter sohc 24v V6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):263 @ 5750
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):260 @ 4500
Transmission:5-speed Sportronic automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:19/28 mpg
Wheelbase:101.4 in.
Length/width/height:179.7/72.2/53.5 in.
Track, f/r:61.8/61.8 in.
Turning circle:40.0 ft.
Seating capacity:4
Head/hip/leg room, f:38.5/53.7/42.8 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:34.6/44.4/29.2 in.
Cargo volume:15.7 cu. ft.
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:independent, MacPherson, coil springs, gas-pressure shocks, stabilizer bar
Suspension, r:independent, multi-link, coil springs, gas-pressure shocks, stabilizer bar
Ground clearance:5.8 in.
Curb weight:3538 lbs.
Brakes, f/r:disc/disc with ABS and EBD
Fuel capacity:17.7 gal.

Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of May 19, 2005.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-648-7820 -

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