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Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.8 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 265 hp @ 5750 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/25 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder

  • Though it's not without its flaws, the 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder's mix of unusual styling, comfortable front seating and sporty performance make it a worthy choice among sub-$30,000 convertibles.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Avant-garde styling, powerful V6 engine, well-suited for drop-top cruising, comfy front seats.

  • Cons

    Poor outward visibility with top raised, sluggish acceleration from four-cylinder model, small backseat, wide turning circle, no auxiliary audio jack.

  • What's New for 2009

    The convertible Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder receives mildly restyled front and rear fascias for 2009. The GT trim gets standard stability control and xenon headlights, while a new dual exhaust system results in a 5-horsepower increase for the optional V6 engine.

Full 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder Review

What's New for 2009

The convertible Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder receives mildly restyled front and rear fascias for 2009. The GT trim gets standard stability control and xenon headlights, while a new dual exhaust system results in a 5-horsepower increase for the optional V6 engine.


Affordable convertibles with backseats are usually not the most thrilling automobiles in the world. Normally, they're the darling of Florida rental car fleets, offering a pleasant top-down motoring experience with little flair and little fuss. The 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder is not without flaws, but a handful of appealing attributes help it avoid this rental-car stigma.

Item number one is the Eclipse's swoopy styling. The bulbous fenders give the car an aggressive look, and there's a new blacked-out front fascia this year that mimics the look of cars like the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and Nissan GT-R. Also, while the front-drive Eclipse will never be able to keep up with an Evo, it does boast decent handling and an optional 265-horsepower V6. In short, the Eclipse is considerably more entertaining than the typical rental-fleet fare.

However, while the 2009 Spyder's styling and power help set it apart, its practicality pales when compared with other four-seat convertibles. The upright backseat is all but uninhabitable, and rearward visibility with the roof raised is notably poor. Speaking of which, the Spyder's soft top is less appealing than the quieter retractable hardtops offered by many competitors.

Overall, deciding on a 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder is all about priorities. If you want a comfy cruiser or something with a usable rear seat, consider a Chrysler Sebring, Pontiac G6 or Volkswagen Eos. Alternatively, if you want a truly sporty convertible, the Ford Mustang is a better option. But if what you're looking for is something that can do a little of everything, the Eclipse Spyder is a respectable choice.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder is a four-seat convertible available in GS and GT trim levels. Standard equipment on the GS includes 17-inch alloy wheels, a power cloth soft top, foglights, keyless entry, air-conditioning and a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate stereo with a subwoofer and in-dash six-CD changer. No auxiliary audio jack is available. The GT adds a V6 engine, 18-inch alloy wheels, larger rear brakes, xenon headlamps, an outside temperature display and a compass.

The Deluxe Leather Package available for the GS adds upgrades such as leather upholstery, heated side mirrors and heated front seats. The GT's Premium Sport Package adds those items plus machine-finish wheels, automatic climate control, a six-way power driver seat and a removable wind deflector.

Powertrains and Performance

The base Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GS features a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 162 hp and 162 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual is standard and a four-speed automatic is optional. Fuel economy is 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined. The Spyder GT receives a powerful 3.8-liter V6 that makes 265 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. It gets a six-speed manual standard with a five-speed automatic optional. The GT's fuel economy is a crossover-like 16 city, 24 highway and 19 combined with the automatic transmission, and virtually identical mpg with the manual.


The 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder comes standard with antilock disc brakes and front-seat side airbags (with head and torso coverage). GT models further benefit from traction control and stability control. Stability control is not offered on the GS. In testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Eclipse Spyder was given the highest rating of "Good" in both frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests.

Interior Design and Special Features

The Eclipse Spyder's cockpit has an attractive flowing dash, simple controls and generally high-quality materials, although there are some cheap bits here and there. The available two-tone color schemes are an attractive touch; however, some may find the terra cotta and white combo a little like sitting inside a Creamsicle. (With that color combo, oddly enough, the backseat remains black.) Front-seat comfort is above average for this type of vehicle, but the upright two-person rear seat is suitable for children only -- and small ones at that.

The Spyder features a three-layer convertible cloth top. Dropping it is a cinch. Release the header latches, hit a button and the top stows itself under the solid tonneau cover in 19 seconds -- and it goes up just as rapidly. Unfortunately, this design severely limits rear visibility with the top up, and trunk space measures only 5.2 cubic feet.

Driving Impressions

The 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder handles well for a front-drive convertible and delivers a fairly supple ride given its sporting pretensions. There is a little more chassis flex over bumps than we'd like and the car's turning circle is a shade south of nautical, but that's not enough to spoil an otherwise enjoyable driving experience. The base four-cylinder engine found in the Spyder GS will get you where you need to go, but the GT's V6 is a better choice. Not only does it add some personality to the Eclipse thanks to its snorty exhaust note, but it also compensates well for the GT's portly 3,700-pound weight. (Four-cylinder models are a couple hundred pounds lighter.) The manual transmission is recommended for those so inclined, as it's easy and fun to shift.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

I am a spyder man!

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Vehicle: 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GS 2dr Convertible (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

My fourth convertible. The most fun car I have ever owned. We also have a 2003 GS (the 2nd most fun car I've ever owned). Looks & feels like a high end sports car at an affordable price. For a convertible the trunk is relativity large. I can get two medium suit cases into it. There is nothing better for spring, summer, or fall road trip with your babe. The air flow in the cockpit is very minimal. The only knock I have (at 60k miles) is that with the top down & the windows down & the stereo up, there is an subtle intermittent rattle in the drivers door. I constantly recommend it to family & friends. I plan to keep this car. It's UAW built.

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Fun in my 60's

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Vehicle: 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT 2dr Convertible (3.8L 6cyl 5A)

This is the third Eclipse spyder( 1998 and 2003) I have owner. Traded my 2003/manual for the 2009 automatic 3.8 V6 spyder. Just love the auto trans (tired of the shifting in city) Never too late to tan the top of your head. Get one and enjoy the outdoors. This car like the ones that it follows has been trouble free, spirited and a pleasure to drive. See very few on the streets and mine draws attention everywhere I go.

My first convertible

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Vehicle: 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GT 2dr Convertible (3.8L 6cyl 5A)

I've always wanted a convertible and after a lot of research chose the Eclipse Spyder. Wish I'd done it sooner. As long as nothing is falling from the sky my top is down! Heated seats and wind deflector makes it comfy and fun. Has a good sized trunk for a convertible. Back seat for kids only, but my son loves it back there. Handles well and accelerates great. Tried the 4 cylinder first, but went with the 6 despite the octane needed. Definitely more get up and go. The car is definitely an eye-catcher and I just love driving it. I put smaller concave mirrors on both side mirrors and that took care of blind spots. Like glass back window rather than plastic, it could be larger.

Granny's new toy

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Vehicle: 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GS 2dr Convertible (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

Just purchased the GS convertible 2 mos ago. What a blast driving this thing. Always have a smile on my face. Wish I had bought it sooner as the winter is here and cannot enjoy the top down. Good acceleration and handling. Back seat space for sitting is limited, and hard to get things in and out of, but decent trunk space. I'm having issues with fogging on the inside of the front window after it rains (don't have access to garage parking). I'm going to get a cover to see if that helps. Also when it rains the water drips into the car if you put the windows down. Got space for a car seat since I'm a new grandma, so I will enjoy for years.

09 gs spyder great ride

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Vehicle: 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GS 2dr Convertible (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

This is a serious head turner. Feels like a high end sports car without the high end price. Fast, and furious handles great, drop the GT and your high test and go for the GS with regular gas you will not be sorry. Upgrades for 2010 were a bummer as key issues were solved - wish I had waited, but they were pricey. Acceleration around corners is nothing but WICKED!!

Spyder fun

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Vehicle: 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder GS 2dr Convertible (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

This is my second Spyder, the first being a 2003. Love this newer model with all of its perks. Fun to drive and quite a beauty on the road.

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