|Sporty/performance car; Built in USA|
|Good condition price range: $1,000 – $2,100*|
1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS
1992 Mitsubishi Eclipse
1993 Mitsubishi Eclipse
1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse interior
1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse 2.0-liter engine
In our view, the first-generation Mitsubishi Eclipse ranks as one of the best values among small sports coupes. We rate the GS with the 135-horsepower DOHC 4-cylinder and the turbocharged all-wheel-drive GSX as the “picks of the litter.”
Built on the same assembly line as the similar Plymouth Laser and Eagle Talon, the Eclipse is a rakishly styled sporty coupe. Base and ES Eclipses offered a 92-horsepower 1.8-liter 4-cylinder. Move up to the the GS, and Mitsubishi mounted a 135-horsepower 2.0-liter, twin-cam 4-cylinder. The GS Turbo and all-wheel-drive GSX got a 195-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder. A 5-speed manual gearbox was standard, with an optional 4-speed automatic (not available initially on turbo models). Antilock brakes were optional, but airbags were not.
Antilock brakes and a 4-speed automatic are new options for the Eclipse GS Turbo and all-wheel-drive GSX. When mated with the automatic, however, horsepower dips from 190 to 180. A limited-slip differential is now standard on the GSX, but requires you to forfeit antilock brakes.
A new nose with exposed headlamps replace the previous rendering with its pop-up lenses. The 1992 Eclipse also sports a new front air dam and trim accents in back.
Antilock brakes become standard on the GSX rather than optional, while the other versions of the 1993 Eclipse receive several cosmetic and equipment changes. The GS receives a new free-standing rear spoiler, while all but the base model come with a wraparound spoiler with the ubiquitous center high-mount stoplamp.
Few changes are instituted for 1994 in anticipation of an all-new version for 1995.