2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse - Road Test Specs

2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse Hatchback

(3.8L V6 6-speed Manual)


Model year2006
As-tested MSRPN/A


Drive typeFWD
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3.8
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)263 @ 5,750
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)260 @ 4,500
Transmission type6-speed manual


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson strut w/ stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent Multi-Link with coil springs
Steering typeRack-and-pinion
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelEagle RSA
Tire size, front235/45R18
Tire size, rear235/45R18
Brakes, front4-wheel ventilated disc w/ ABS

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.5
0-60 mph (sec.)6.8
0-75 mph (sec.)9.6
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.93@97.46
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32.52
60-0 mph (ft.)131.04
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)64.90
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)Not Tested
Sound level @ idle (dB)46
@ Full throttle (dB)78
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)70

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsLots of low-end torque combined with front wheel drive makes launching the Eclipse tricky. It's easy to smoke the tires with the traction control turned off. The shifter is ok, but not as precise as the stick in the 350Z and RX-8.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsThe brake pedal is fairly stiff with minimal movement, not nearly as progressive as we'd like. We noted moderate ABS noise and vibration toward the end of the run. Lots of tire squeal suggests the stops could be shorter, because too much lockup is happening.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsThanks to its short wheelbase and front wheel drive, the Eclipse absolutely shines in the slalom. We could enter the slalom really hot and scrub off speed without spinning or losing control. Steering feel and ratio are very effective for this type of racing. The big V6 provides plenty of torque for accelerating out of the final cones.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1050
Temperature (°F)81
Wind (mph, direction)6 mph.

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)18/27
Edmunds observed (mpg)19.2
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)17.7

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,472
Length (in.)179.7
Width (in.)72.2
Height (in.)53.8
Wheelbase (in.)101.4
Legroom, front (in.)42.8
Legroom, rear (in.)29.2
Headroom, front (in.)37.5
Headroom, rear (in.)34.6
Seating capacity4
Cargo volume (cu-ft)15.7 cu. ft.
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)15.7 cu. ft.


Bumper-to-bumper5 years/ 60,000 miles
Powertrain10 years/ 100,000 miles
Corrosion7 years/ 100,000 miles
Roadside assistanceN/A
Free scheduled maintenanceN/A


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsStandard
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsStandard
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlNot Available
Rollover protectionNot Available
Emergency assistance systemNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested

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