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Kelley Blue Book ® - 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse Overview

Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book

KBB.com 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse Overview


The Eclipse coupe has long been a favorite with those who cherish value as much as they do performance. The base RS—powered by a responsive 4-cylinder engine—comes nicely equipped with standard 15-inch wheels, stainless-steel exhaust, 4-speaker AM/FM stereo with CD, air conditioning, power window and door locks and carpeted floor mats. The GS model ups the ante with leather seating surfaces, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, cruise control, 16-inch wheels and tires, rear stabilizer bar, split-folding rear seats and a 6-speaker AM/FM stereo with CD. The racy GT adds a 200-horsepower V6 engine, 17-inch wheels and rear-disc brakes.

The cockpit is clearly designed with the driving enthusiast in mind. Mitsubishi has angled the shift lever down and away from the driver, allowing the ventilation and radio controls to be lower without being obstructed. To aid in keeping the driver's eyes on the road, the display for the radio and CD player is mounted high up on the dash, on the same plane as the base of the windshield. The front bucket seats will keep two full-sized adults comfortable for hours on end. Alas, the same cannot be said for the tiny backseat. Though technically a 2+2, the Eclipse's backseat is best reserved for small people or soft luggage. Flip the rear seats down, pop the large rear hatch and the sporty Eclipse becomes a quasi-pickup truck with nearly 17-cu.ft. of cargo space.

On the road, you will find the Eclipse to be a very livable car. The ride is controlled without being harsh, even over broken surfaces, and the steering response is excellent. While the 4-cylinder is well suited to cruising, the V6 is the engine that brings this car to life. Whether mated to the 5-speed manual or optional 4-speed automatic, the V6 pulls strongly and emits a nice, throaty note from the tail pipe. It should be noted that the GT does exhibit some torque steer—a FWD car's tendency to pull in one direction or another upon hard acceleration—especially while turning. Mitsubishi does not provide a limited slip differential for the Eclipse and the optional traction control is available only with the automatic transmission.

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