I'm a women in my late 40s and this is the first car I ever got to pick out brand new and buy just because I liked it. I've had it now over two years and I love it. I still smile every time I see it in the driveway. It runs great and is very fun to drive. My only complaint is that shortly after I bought it, I bumped into a pole (too low to see at my son's baseball field) and it creased the bumper. I thought for a hit that light, it should have not shown any damage but it did. So I think the body is not very forgiving. Still wouldn't want anything else, it's a fun car.
I actually love the cobalt blue color of mine. Everything you need on the dashboard is easy to reach.
Better bumpers! lol! Also mine doesn't have electric seat adjustments and it's a weird turning thing to adjust your seat.
I am very pleased with my Eclipse. Though, this is the second one I've owned since 2001. The car extremey fun to drive and not something that becomes burdensome after a short while. The leather seating is comfortable, and the interior is roomy enough for the driver and passenger. I don't consider this car a true "Sports Car" by definition, but I would call it a "Sporty" vehicle. It has enough power and torque to get you where you're going as fast as you want, but don't expect to race your neighbor's flashy Nissan 350Z. Mitsubishi has definately upped their build quality since the '90's. This Eclipse feels solid and is extremely reliable. The clutch on the 5-speed models is very forgiving and easy to drive.
The car is actually very fun to drive. It has plenty of room for the driver and passenger. The torquey V6 engine makes accelerating from a stop enthralling, but watch out for the torque steer, this FWD car definately has it.
The turning radius of the V6 models is rougly 36 feet. I find myself making 3 point u-turns constantly, and taking wide approahes into parking spots. The V6 powerplant and vehicle's sheer weight make this car uderpowered when compared to other low to mid $20,000 sport vehicles. It needs better seat support, side / lumbar.
My 2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse GTS is fun to drive, especially during warm weather with the sunroof open. It is as powerful as many of the V8s were several years ago. Its price wasn't too bad for a sports car. The cost of insurance is kind of high though.
The style, appearance, and strong V6 engine. It handles great and is easy to park or back up.
It could use a little more head room. it needs an electronic rear hatch opener for the keys. I have to be careful not to scratch the rear bumper with my excessive number of keys when unlocking the rear hatch.
We have only had our Eclipse since Feb 2005....so far we love it! We are in our 40's and this car has a way of making you feel 20 years younger. With the sunroof open, and the whole day ahead of us.......we are young again. Our Eclipse is Pearl White, and we put a black bra on the front, I truely think it's the sharpest looking car in our city.
I love everything about our Eclipse.
The one thing I would suggest is.....a remote trunk opener. This could be an option ours did not come with, but it's about the only thing I don't like about the car. The remote has buttons to unlock the doors, but it would be great if it unlocked and opened the hatch too.