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Review of 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse

2008 Mitsubishi EclipseThe Mitsubishi Eclipse has gone through multiple revisions and updates over the years. Now in its fourth generation, the 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse coupe offers a power-packed V6, balanced handling, comfortable front seats, a Rockford Fosgate stereo system, and a hatchback body perfect for your cargo needs. New in 2008, all Mitsubishi Eclipse models ordered with the optional stereo system also come equipped with satellite radio.

The Mitsubishi Eclipse coupe offers an available 263-horsepower V6 providing speed and low-end affordability. Providing front wheel drive and a relaxed ride perfect for your daily commute, Mitsubishi designed the Eclipse as a surprisingly enjoyable long-distance car. The front-wheel drive coupe has a fine tuned suspension and steering, providing sharp responses in corners and handling well in turns. It provides a comfortable interior with supportive seats and an optional killer sound system. The Eclipse, however, maintains its traditional drawback – the uncomfortably cramped backseat.

The 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse coupe can be purchased with either a four-cylinder or six-cylinder engine. For buyer’s who have the means, upgrading to the more powerful V6 engine is high on our list of recommendations. The one drawback is that the V6 engine occasionally provides more power to the front wheels than they can handle, making full-throttle starts difficult. This type of behavior is to be expected, however, from a front wheel drive car with a large engine.

If you’re looking for a comfortable ride for your freeway commute, an attractive body, and a killer sound system, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Coupe just might be the right fit for you. With its high performance engine, head turning style, and generous standard equipment, the 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse provides a great value for the dollar.

Body Styles and Options

The 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse comes in four trim levels – GS, ST, and limited edition SE and SE-V6.

Standard equipment on the GS includes 17 inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, fog lights, MP3 capable six speaker CD stereo, split folding rear seats, keyless entry, power locks, windows, and mirrors.

The ST includes all of the above, as well as a V6, 18 inch alloy whells, vented disc brakes, outside temperature display and compass, and traction control.

Two optional packages are available for the Mitsubishi Coupe – the Sun & Sound Packagea and the Premium Sport Package. The Sun & Sound Package is optional on either the GS or GT and includes a sunroof, 650 watt Fosgate stereo and six disc CD changer, satellite radio with steering wheel audio controls, outside temperature display and compass, and an auto dimming rearview mirror.

Available only on the GT is the Premium Sport Package, including all the items above as well as a power driver seat, leather front seats, heated mirrors, and automatic climate control. The Premium Sport Package is the ultimate in luxury, with everything the discriminating driver needs to commute in comfort and style.

The Mitsubishi Eclipse SE is a Sun & Sound equipped GS with additional cosmetic upgrades both inside and out, 18 inch wheels, and the GT’s upgraded suspension, providing extra stability for long distance drives.

The Mitsubishi Eclipse SE-V6 is essential an Eclipse GT equipped with the premium Sport Package and a V6 engine for that extra power boost.


The Mitsubishi Eclipse GS and SE both have a 2.4 liter 4 cylinder engine (162 horsepower, 162 pound feet of torque). You can choose either a five speed manual transmission or four speed automatic transmission with a manual shift mode. If you opt for the V6 power of the Eclipse GT or SE-V6, you move up to 263 horsepower and 260 pound feet, with an additional gear for each transmission. Driving an Eclipse GT with a six speed manual transmission is a great way to go from 0 to 60 in under 7 seconds, leaving you with the thrill only a quickly responding engine can provide.


The new for 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse offers superior protection to the front seat passengers, providing standard side and head curtain airbags. The rear seat, however, lacks head restraints. All models feature antilock disc brakes as standard equipment – the GT adds traction control as well. Drivers who upgrade to the SE-V6 gain the added bonus of stability control, in addition to all previously mentioned standard features.

Interior Design

The Eclipse boasts a unique and stylish interior. A wave shaped dash with blue backlighting highlights details such as flip phone shaped door latches. The Rockford Fosgate stereo is top of the line, providing hours of listening pleasure. Front seats are roomy and comfortable, however, back seat passengers may not fare so well. The Eclipse also boasts a hatchback body style allowing for 15.7 cubic feet of cargo space – without folding the backseats! For two person long distance travel, the Eclipse provides the ultimate in comfort. However, if you have a family or regularly have backseat passengers, the Eclipse may not be the most comfortable option.

Driving an Eclipse

The 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse has a short wheel base and handles nicely on twisty roads, providing an entertaining drive. It provides easy handling and a smooth ride, perfect for long distance travel or commuting. It does have an average braking distance and a wide turning radius, so be prepared for these drawbacks. When choosing options, we recommend opting for the V6 engine, as it’s higher power does a better job of handling the Eclipse’s mass.

If you’re looking for an affordable commuter car, with many upgrade packages to choose from to suit your needs, look no further than the 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse. Perfect for the single driver or couple, it provides an attractive body and interior, with an amazing Sun & Sound upgrade package available. The Mitsubishi Eclipse also has large amounts of cargo room in it’s hatchback trunk, without requiring the seats to be folded down. For two person long distance travel, the daily commute, or simply enjoying a scenic drive, you can’t beat the 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse. If you’re in the market for a commuter car, consider test driving one today!

By JSC Editor.

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