Used 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse Pricing

Consumer Rating

1997 Highlights

Revised styling makes the attractive 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse drop-dead gorgeous. New interior fabrics and paint colors debut as well. Antilock brakes are now available on the GS model, and a CD player joins its standard equipment list. Two new exterior colors, new seat fabrics and a new interior color combination round out the changes.


  • Sleek styling, comfortable front seats, great cargo space, and barn-storming performance.


  • Puny back seat and harsh ride.

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Features & Specs

RS 2dr HatchbackGS 2dr Hatchback2dr Hatchback
Transmission5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual
Horsepower140 hp @ 6000 rpm140 hp @ 6000 rpm140 hp @ 6000 rpm


NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating

    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover

    RolloverNot Rated
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

Top Consumer Reviews

Read what other owners think about the 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse


Consumer Rating

You're gonna like it.
I have owned my Eclipse almost 2 years now. This car is really good and fun to drive. I use it for everyday driving so don't be afraid to do so youeself.
Beautiful car and very fun to drive
I brought this car with only about 110,000 miles and the only thing I had to replace was a valve cover gasket. The power on the car is ok just enough for passing. With the amount of performance parts out there, theirs a lot of potential for the 420A. It really shines in handling. The low stance makes it fun to drive when going around sharp corners or mountain passes. The cabin noise is a tiny bit loud, but it is a sports car so you can expect that. The outside is just simply amazing to look at. I fell in love with it once I seen it.
A Solid Entry-level Sports Car
Overall I've been very happy with my 97' Eclipse GS. For starters, the car is absolutely gorgeous... easily one of the most attractive 90's sports cars. The interior is also very well designed. Small back seats.. but really, you shouldn't buy a car like this with backseat comfort in mind. No problems with reliability... give it routine maintenance and watch the gasket (as it seems to be the least reliable part of the car). The engine itself is decent in terms of performance. It is competant, but not particularly fast... If you're serious about speed look into a GST or GSX. Fuel economy is excellent, and the car handles very nicely. Pretty good sound system, too.
Used 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse Overview

The Used 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse is offered in the following submodels: GS-T, GSX, Hatchback. Available styles include RS 2dr Hatchback, GS 2dr Hatchback, 2dr Hatchback, GS-T Turbo 2dr Hatchback, and GSX Turbo 2dr Hatchback AWD. Pre-owned Mitsubishi Eclipse models are available with a 2.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 140 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 5-speed manual.

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