Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse

Mitsubishi Eclipse 2012

2012 marks the end of an era for the Eclipse and Mitsubishi sends the sporty little car off in style. As affordable sports cars go, the Eclipse has served its segment well with stylish looks, respectable performance, and a reasonably gentle hit to the wallet.

Key Features

Standards include A/C, keyless entry, power everything, a 6-speaker stereo system with auxiliary input jack, tilt steering and more. The GS Sport adds a sunroof, heated power mirrors, leather upholstery, Bluetooth, a six-way power driver’s seat, steering wheel controls and a 9-speaker stereo system.

Changes for 2012

Mitsubishi made the finale special for the little coupe with a special edition (SE) that incudes some cosmetic flourishes like smoked alloy wheels and black mirrors. The Eclipse is available in the base GS, GS Sport, GT, or SE.

What We Like

The Eclipse has boasted visually pleasing exterior style from the very beginning. This model’s swooping lines, flared fenders, and 18” standard wheels are bound to attract second looks. The optional Rockford Fosgate audio system offers an explosive 650 watts of sound and the 10 year/100,000 mile warranty is one of the most benevolent in the business.

What Concerns Us

While the front bucket seats cradle the occupants pleasantly, the rear is cramped to say the least. The engines, even in the available GT variant, don’t offer the kind of performance that true sports-car aficionados are after, with the most powerful option sitting at just 265 HP. For the price point there are competitors that offer more power under the hood, like the Chevy Camaro or Mazda Miata.

Available Models

The GS, GS Sport, and SE are available in a 2.4L 4-cylinder 4-speed automatic (with the GS also available in a 5-speed manual) with 162 lb.-ft. torque, 162 HP, 20/28 mpg in the coupe and 20/27 mpg in the Spyder.

The GT comes with a 3.8L V6 5-speed automatic offering 262 lb.-ft. of torque, 265 HP, 17/25 mpg in the coupe and 16/24 mpg for the Spyder.

Major Recalls

There is no recall information available for the 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse.
Most Common Issues While complaints on this model are rare, there is one report registered with the NHTSA regarding a collision with a deer in which the airbags did not deploy, despite the vehicle traveling at 55mph at the time of the crash.

Mitsubishi Eclipse 2012 Interior

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

P2159 OBD-II Trouble Code: Vehicle Speed Sensor B Range/Performance
Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC): P2159 P2159 code definition Vehicle Speed Sensor B Range/Performance...
P2422 OBD-II Trouble Code: Evaporative Emissions Control System (EVAP) Vent Valve Stuck Closed
Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC): P2422 P2422 code definition Evaporative Emissions Control System (EVAP)...
Auto Safety Tips
Driving is more than a way to get from point A to point B. Owning and driving a car can also be a highly enjoyable experience. Whether a person is driving...


Related questions

Q: My harmonic balancer/crankshaft pulley broke in my 1996 3000GT. When installing new one, I noticed that part of the drive belt tha

Hi there. Absolutely, there is a chance that there could be a damaged timing belt or it has jumped time. However, there is also the possibility that the debris has damaged the crank/cam position sensors. With a capable scan tool/...

Q: The car was rebuilt after a front end collision and looks new Ford Fusion se 2015 it looks new they listing it for 9000 is it fair

You should be cautious of purchasing a vehicle with a rebuilt title or has been in a major accident. The vehicle typically never gets back to 100% of what it was before the accident and the value for you will...

Q: if I'm at stand still it goes hot once I travel it cools yesterday that happened and it stAll I crank it starts but shut off audi

A low coolant level can cause overheating however there are lots of additional causes of overheating. Coolant leaks are easy to find via pressure testing. In the context of such a test, if pressure falls and yet no external leak...