2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse SE, a small sport car for teenagers

The first eclipse car model from Mitsubishi was launched in the 90’s. The small sport car is very impressive because it is fast, light, stylish and most of all cheap. This is perfect for teenagers. However things have changed and the car manufacturer is trying to capture the heart of fashionable and fickle minded market. After the Probe, Prelude and Cougar that are out in the market, it is time for Mitsubishi to come up with a great sport car. It is not a simple sport car and the price tag is not a bargain. For the past few years, the Eclipse has undergone changes and the new model is so cool to drive.

2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse SE front view
2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse SE front view

The engine is a 5-speed 4cylinder with a lot of power and great acceleration. The all wheel drive is giving the car a much more grip especially when the weather is bad. This is the advantage of the car over the others.

2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse SE engine
2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse SE engine

Although this is the case, it is not something that you want to take off road or other major snow roads. Definitely this car is quite low. The car has sporty handling with firm suspension. The road grip is great but expect some harsh times since is a very low sport car. This is not ideal for everyday driving. Its brakes are okay. Comfort is not the nickname of the Eclipse. It is hard to enter and exit unless you want to become a contortionist. You have to fold yourself when inside the car. This is the same for cars that falls under this category.

2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse SE rear view
2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse SE rear view

The ergonomics of the car is on the average.  Everything is reachable. The front seats can be adjusted however they are quite low. There is no room to move around. Definitely this car is meant for young ones, for average size persons and the space for the legs is only enough. The steering wheel is also limited if you want to make adjustments.

2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse SE interior
2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse SE interior

The rear area is meant for children, grocery bags and maybe small dog or car. It is not ideal for adult who will be seating for five minutes. Although the rear seats are foldable, it doesn’t give enough room. Visibility is also a problem in front and back.

2102 Mitsubishi Eclipse SE rear seats
2102 Mitsubishi Eclipse SE rear seats

Eclipse also has high noise level.  The turbo powered engine is something that you will love. In terms of maintenance, the parts are pretty expensive and a little bit hard to find. This is not recommended for those who like to do things on their own. You will want to save yourself from hassle by hiring a repairman in case of problems.

2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse SE
2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse SE

Overall the look of the car is dependent on your age. For young professionals, this is a good looking car but for those who belong to older generation, they might think that it is over styled.

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