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Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.8 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 260 hp @ 5750 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/24 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder

  • The 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder's mix of stylish design, comfortable seating and sporty performance make it a worthy choice if you're shopping for a convertible under $30,000.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Stylish design, well suited for top-down cruising, V6's ample power, comfortable front seats, powerful Rockford Fosgate audio system.

  • Cons

    Barely usable backseat, poor top-up visibility, sluggish four-cylinder engine, torque steer on V6 models, large turning radius, no stability control.

  • What's New for 2007

    After a one-year hiatus, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder returns for 2007. It features the same full redesign modifications applied to the 2006 Eclipse coupe. Highlights include new styling, improved interior quality, more power and better handling.

Full 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder Review

What's New for 2007

After a one-year hiatus, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder returns for 2007. It features the same full redesign modifications applied to the 2006 Eclipse coupe. Highlights include new styling, improved interior quality, more power and better handling.

Introduction

When it comes to motoring, few things have such an immediate and positive effect on one's mood as dropping the top of a convertible on a gorgeous day. With the sun and breeze streaming in and "The Big '80s" blasting out of a megawatt sound system, the minor annoyances in life melt away.

One of the newer automotive conveyances to offer this state-of-mind shift is the 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder. It has been fully redesigned this year to address many of the faults of the previous-generation Eclipse. As with the Eclipse hardtop coupe, the Spyder is now based on Mitsubishi's Project America platform that's used for the Galant and Endeavor. It's a stiffer and wider foundation than before, which correlates to improved handling and more interior room. Higher-quality interior materials and more power from the available four-cylinder and V6 engines are also part of the upgrade.

Mitsubishi has done well with its new Eclipse Spyder. The step up in quality as compared to earlier versions is very apparent, and this has elevated the car from being an also-ran in the convertible segment to true contender status. Though the GS trim's lower price will be attractive to many potential buyers, we recommend the GT as the model to get as its snarling V6 and higher equipment levels are worth the price premium.

The Eclipse's main appeal is its balanced approach to sport and comfort. It's more stylish and fun to drive than the Toyota Solara or Chrysler PT Cruiser and more substantial than a Mini Cooper convertible. True, it comes off rather flabby when compared to a 350Z, but it doesn't cost as much either. Its main competition, therefore, comes from the Ford Mustang convertible. We'd give the edge to the Mustang based on its stiffer structure, rear-wheel-drive layout and more usable backseat, but interested shoppers will want to test-drive both cars before making a decision.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder is a convertible version of the Eclipse coupe. Two trim levels, GS and GT, are available. Both come standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, a power convertible soft top with a glass rear window and defroster, power windows and mirrors, keyless entry, cruise control and air conditioning. A premium Rockford Fosgate audio system with nine speakers, a subwoofer, an in-dash six-CD changer, MP3 CD capability and speed-compensating volume is also standard. The GT is very similar but also features a slightly sportier state of suspension tune and a dash-mounted display for exterior temperature and compass. For the GS, Mitsubishi offers a leather package that adds leather-trimmed and heated front seats, heated mirrors and the GT's aforementioned display. A similar package is also available for the GT that also adds 18-inch wheels with wider tires, a wind deflector (delayed availability) and a power driver seat. A couple of exterior trim packages are also available for buyers seeking a sportier look.

Powertrains and Performance

The front-wheel-drive Eclipse is available with two different engines. The GS model comes with a four-cylinder engine that displaces 2.4 liters and produces 162 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. The GT model features a 3.8-liter V6 engine capable of 260 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The GS can be equipped with either a five-speed manual transmission or four-speed automatic with a sequential-shift Sportronic mode. Mitsubishi upgrades the GT with a six-speed manual or an optional five-speed Sportronic automatic.

Safety

In addition to the government-mandated equipment, all Eclipse Spyders have front-seat side airbags and four-wheel antilock disc brakes. GT models further benefit from traction control and bigger rear disc brakes. Stability control is not offered.

Interior Design and Special Features

The Eclipse's cockpit has an attractive flowing dash, simple controls and better-than-average interior material quality, although some of the plastics are low-grade for this class. Front-seat comfort is also notably good for this type of vehicle but the two-person rear seat is suitable for children only -- and small ones at that. The Spyder features a three-layer convertible top. Dropping it is a cinch. Release the header latches, hit the button and the top stows itself under the tonneau cover in 19 seconds, and it goes up just as rapidly. Unfortunately, this design takes up some trunk space, and there's only 5.2 cubic feet of luggage space available.

Driving Impressions

The Eclipse Spyder GS's four-cylinder engine is fine for normal driving but the V6 is clearly a better match for this relatively heavy car. Not only does it add some personality to the car, but it also helps to overcome the Spyder GT's 3,700-pound curb weight. The manual transmission is recommended if you're so inclined, as it's easy and fun to shift. On the road, the 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder handles well for a front-drive convertible and delivers a supple ride that makes it ideal for longer drives. There is a little more chassis flex over bumps than we would like, but it's not enough to spoil an otherwise enjoyable driving experience.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Poor top quality

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Vehicle: 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT 2dr Convertible (3.8L 6cyl 5A)

I bought my car brand new in 2007 and have been nothing but disappointed since. I had to take it back to the dealer 3 times in the first month, and had to fight to get anything fixed on it. I noticed some slight tears in my top at about 60,100 miles and when I took it to the dealer and they told me the car was no longer under warranty even though I purchased it with 596 miles on it. They refused to fix it even though it is obvious its their mistake. All I can say is I will never buy any Mitsubishi again.




My new hot ride

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Vehicle: 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT 2dr Convertible (3.8L 6cyl 6M)

This will be my 4th Mitsubishi and I've said it before and I'll say it again...they are highly under rated! I have no complaints about any of them. I had two 30000GTs, then I bought an 06 Elipse that I loved and now I will be picking up my new 2007 GT convertible and I can't wait! It only has 25K miles on it so it's practically new. Its red with black leather and 6speed! I'm going to have alot of fun this summer!!!! I know already from reading all the reviews that this will be another great car from Mitsubishi!




What a ball, but read

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Vehicle: 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GS 2dr Convertible (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

It's been a really fun car for 6000 miles in 2 months. From Phoenix to Ohio and back, it was great. Not quite enough leg support for longer journeys for tall people, but a small price. I've read multiple reviews here, and those with certain issues should read their owner's manual. It specifically conveys to NOT clean the car via an automated car wash. It specifically conveys that if the CD changer "overheats", it WILL shut down to protect the system. These are really incidentals in the grand scheme. I do wish that I didn't have to take it to a dealer to change the gear box fluid of my 5 speed. I've never done that in my life for cars that went 200K, but it is what it is.




Great car!

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Vehicle: 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT 2dr Convertible (3.8L 6cyl 5A)

So much fun to drive! Definitely has a blind spot without the top down. To me driving this car in sunny weather is like having a little bit of vacation right on your local streets!




Love the car!

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Vehicle: 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GS 2dr Convertible (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

Just purchased this 3 weeks ago, having a blast driving it! The only complaint is the blind spot with the top up, but I am just driving it in the summer! I think it is a great car and reasonably priced compared to other convertibles!




What's not to like

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Vehicle: 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GS 2dr Convertible (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

I bought this spyder new and now have only 23,000 on it. Not much has gone wrong yet. There is a heat shield that rattles because of the Ohio winters and the salt on the roads corroded it loose. It handles quite well for a 4cyl. but wish I had gotten the 6. Gas mileage is good, not great, but what do you want for 170 horses. Needs a place to put your left arm when it is not on the wheel. CD changer would not play some CDs when it got very hot outside, then it fixed its self when it cooled down. Top is well designed and works very fast. Top material seems to be high quality and does not make much noise at highway speeds. Aerodynamics with top down are very good.



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