Summary, Prices, Specs

By May 29, 2005

Summary

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 (MSPR):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 (MSPR):5-speed Sportronic Automatic ($900)
Destination charge:$595
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$25194
Layout:front-wheel drive
Engine:3.8-liter sohc 24v V6
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ 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.
Payload:N/A
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 weigth:3538 lbs.
Tires:P225/50VR17
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 (MSPR) effective as of May 29, 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 - www.mitsubishicars.com