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Mitsubishi Eclipse Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.4 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 162 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 20/28 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse

  • The 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse offers an appealing blend of touring car and sport coupe, all wrapped up in a sexy package.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Torquey V6 with great exhaust note, outstanding seat comfort, nimble handling for a front-driver, stylish interior with simple controls and ample cargo space, exceptional Rockford Fosgate stereo.

  • Cons

    Heavy for a sport coupe, sluggish four-cylinder engine, excessive torque-steer on GT, big turning radius, cramped backseat, no stability control.

  • What's New for 2006

    The Eclipse returns for 2006 with a dramatic redesign.

Full 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse Review

What's New for 2006

The Eclipse returns for 2006 with a dramatic redesign.


When it debuted back in 1990, the Mitsubishi Eclipse was a feisty little sport coupe with a nimble chassis that could be had with a powerful turbocharged engine and all-wheel drive. The second generation, introduced in 1995, brought a bulbous yet eye-catching body while preserving the scrappy character. Another redesign in 2000 returned a more refined, though much softer sportster. While this Eclipse was a comfortable and fairly swift coupe, the entertainment quotient wasn't nearly as high as in the previous versions.

The 2006 Eclipse looks a little like the second-generation Mitsubishi car, a return to its roots. But the company hasn't come back to turbos or AWD. Instead, there's an even bigger V6 under the hood of GT models. It displaces 3.8 liters, same as in the Galant. Variable valve timing and lift results in considerably more horsepower, now rated at 263 at 5,750 rpm. Torque is up to 260 pound-feet at 4,500 rpm. The base GS model keeps last year's 2.4-liter inline four but picks up variable valve timing, which helps it to 162 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. The 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse moves to the Project America platform used for the Galant and Endeavor. It's a stiffer foundation, but the GT now tips the scales at about 3,500 pounds -- heavy for a sport coupe.

The new chassis has a 0.8-inch-longer wheelbase and a 2.4-inch-wider track. A widened track is almost always good for handling, and inside the new Eclipse, it opens up a couple extra inches of shoulder and hiproom. The old Eclipse had a mishmash interior loaded down with cheap plastics. In the new car, you can tell some thought went into the design. The cockpit has an attractive flowing dash, simple controls and better-than-expected materials. All in all, it's a stylish design and certainly the best interior of any Mitsubishi car to date. The Eclipse is not a model athlete, but turn onto a twisty road, and it's ready to run.

However, with 62 percent of its weight up front, the coupe never turns in with the eagerness of most competitors. A mostly smooth ride makes the Eclipse an excellent candidate for a road trip, not something we can say of the RX-8 or Z. In low-adrenaline moments, the Eclipse rides more comfortably than the 350Z or RX-8, but its 40-foot turning radius wins it no fans in tight parking lots. The 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT is a huge improvement over its predecessor.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse is offered in two trim levels: GS and GT. Standard equipment on the GS includes power windows, mirrors and locks; keyless entry; cruise control; air conditioning; a height-adjustable driver seat; a CD player; alloy wheels; a spoiler and a split-folding rear seat. Next up is the GT, which in addition to more power, adds a compass display, a front strut tower bar and foglights. The GS can be upgraded with a power moonroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and steering wheel audio controls. Additional GT options include leather seating, automatic climate control and a power driver seat. Both models can upgrade to a 650-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system with nine speakers and a 10-inch subwoofer.

Powertrains and Performance

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 is equipped with a 3.8-liter V6 engine making 263 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The GS can be equipped with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission with a sequential-shift Sportronic mode. The GT comes with a six-speed manual, with a five-speed Sportronic automatic optional.


Four-wheel disc antilock brakes, and side-impact and head curtain airbags are standard across the board. The Mitsubishi Eclipse GT also includes traction control, but stability control is not available on either model.

Interior Design and Special Features

The stylish cockpit features a dash that flows in a soft wave. Although there are still some hard plastics here and there, materials quality is generally high with attractive metallic detailing and good-looking cloth upholstery. The gauges live in their own pods, and although the markings are smaller than we'd like, ice-blue backlighting makes everything crystal clear at night. For storage, you're limited to a center console container and a glovebox, but a sizable rear hatch gives the Mitsubishi Eclipse edge over most coupes in its class. Huge C-pillars are an obstacle to rear visibility, and backseat passengers will find precious little space. The Rockford Fosgate audio system is buried in a pricey option package, but its sound quality is easily best-in-class. If you like deep, clean bass, it's a must-have.

Driving Impressions

The 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse has a well-tuned suspension that keeps it buttoned down in the turns despite its hefty curb weight and front-drive layout. It's not as athletic as the RSX, 350Z or RX-8, but it's still a lot of fun on a twisty back road. Like the Galant, it feels smaller the harder you push it. Plus, nimble handling doesn't come at the expense of smooth ride quality. The Eclipse curb weight taxes the base four-cylinder during passing maneuvers, but the gutsy V6 boasts plenty of power for most any situation.

Read our Mitsubishi Eclipse Long-Term 20,000-Mile Test

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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Vehicle: 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT 2dr Hatchback (3.8L 6cyl 6M)

Ive had my eclipse for 3 months now and it's been a bast to drive! Bought it used with 130 000km on it. Painted the front center black, fake diffuser black to make it look real, and the roof too, and put ralliart badges on. Had no problems with the engine, however... the cheap sh*t door handles did break and even the new ones make that bending plastic quealing noise, the cheap plastic key also broke, and so did the cheap plastic a/c control. But that's why it costs so little, you do get a great 3.8L v6 that could use a little more power if your used to driving high hp vehicles, but if your not its more then enough. It always pulls in any gear with no hesitation but road noise is horrendous!!

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Overall a good buy

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Vehicle: 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS 2dr Hatchback (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

This is a fun car to drive and a headturner for sure. I have 62K on the car and have had virtually no problems except one big problem. My breaks became spongy after 50K. Since it was past the 5 year warrenty I had to pay for the repairs myself. Bleeding the breaks worked for a few months, then the problem came back. Next, it was thought to be the master cylinder, that was replaced and then the problem came back after a few months. Now all thats left is the booster, which may be faulty. So overall this problem is going to end up costing me over $800. Also outside trim/molding for this car is HORRBle. It was worn out after only 6 1/2 years. Cost to fix? $925

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Vehicle: 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT 2dr Hatchback (3.8L 6cyl 6M)

Okay...I have only had this car for a week. I bought it used with 55k miles. I will update this if I run into any problems, but I am confident that I won't have to. The car looks sweet and turns heads. I took the Eclipse lettering off of the back to create an extra clean look. It is extremely powerful and responsive with acceleration and handling thanks to the 6 speed manual transmission. The RF sound system is one of the best systems I have heard. The car feels sturdy too. No rattles out of the hatchback or anywhere for that matter. The blue instrumental lighting is nice too. As for the person that paid $300 per tire, I found good year 18in tires for $140, and that was brand new.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Awesome compromise

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Vehicle: 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT 2dr Hatchback (3.8L 6cyl 6M)

I bought my Eclipse used with 17K miles on it. I now have 29K and it has not so much as hiccuped. It's powerful, fun to drive, and I get compliments almost daily. The RF system is AWESOME, best stock system I've ever owned (and there have been many). It's a relatively comfortable ride for a sports car and I've taken it on several long road trips. The backseat is best suited for those under 5'4" but at least it has one. The curb weight gives the car a substantial, safe feel. The stock tires are not as sticky as I'd like in slippery conditions. Probably the main negative point for me is the turning radius. Also, the powerful engine combined with FWD equals major torque steer at times.

Can't wait to sell it

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Vehicle: 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS 2dr Hatchback (2.4L 4cyl 4A)

I bought my Eclipse new and the second week I had a tick in the engine and my exhaust rattled. The dealer had no explanation for the tick except to change the oil...did nothing. My CD changer went out in year 3. The air conditioning controls also went out...the fan works but no cold air except for #1 on the dial. I now also have some loud rubbing noise coming from the back end. When driving it sounds like something is open as you hear all road noises. When it rains something in the hatch leaks. The gas mileage is good however and this car has pep even with the air on (if the air works that is). This is my first foreign car and will be my last. Mits has made me frown on foreign.

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Vehicle: 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT 2dr Hatchback (3.8L 6cyl 5A)

This was the 1st 2006 sold in the Middle TN area and my 2nd Eclipse. I now have 57,000 miles and is still going strong. The original brakes squealed and had to replace with ceramic brakes. It is extremely quick and fun to drive. The sound system is top notch but the display could be a little more sophisticated. The original tires have lasted 57,000 miles and just now need to be replaced. If only the resale value was better.

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Gas Mileage


  • 20
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  • 28
  • highway
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