Fellow About Cars writer Jason Fogelson spent a day with the Eclipse and wondered aloud how those of us without psychic powers are supposed to park this car. In one respect, Mitsubishi put the Eclipse’s swoopy rear to good use: It’s a hatchback. The four-cylinder Eclipse GS is powered by a 2.4 liter engine that puts out a V6-like 162 horsepower. Numbers that high indicate that the Eclipse GS won’t feel gutless with an automatic transmission. Handling is sports-car-solid rather than economy-car-timid, but if you’re looking for big-time smiles, this isn’t it.
The 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse comes in GS, SE and GT trim levels. Included as standard on the GS are 17-inch alloy wheels; power windows, mirrors and locks; keyless entry; cruise control; air-conditioning; a height-adjustable driver seat; a CD player; a spoiler and a split-folding rear seat. Additional GT options include 18-inch wheels, automatic climate control and a power driver seat — all are part of the pricey Premium Sport Package.The Eclipse’s biggest problem is the rear visibility (or the absence thereof). The Eclipse GS is a sporty car, and a great one at that.