Sporty with a slew of safety features; fuel efficiency; available as a convertible
The Eclipse comes as a GS or GT in either the coupe or Spyder configurations. The GS has a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with 162 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. The GT ups that to a 3.8-liter V6 with 265 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. The GS comes with a 4-speed automatic transmission, though a 5-speed manual is available; the GT has a standard 5-speed auto with an optional 6-speed manual.
Airbags, stability control, electronic brake force distribution, tire pressure monitoring and anti-lock brakes are standard on all Eclipses. The Spyder has an automatic cloth top with a glass rear window and full headliner that folds in 19 seconds.
The GS includes standard power mirrors, 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control and a split-folding rear seat. The GT and all Spyder models add standard Bluetooth connectivity and a Rockford-Fosgate sound system with Sirius satellite radio. The GT models add 18-inch wheels, auto climate control, steering wheel audio controls, power sunroof, heated six-way power driver's seat and a rearview camera.
The Sun and Sound package adds the sunroof, upgraded sound system, steering-wheel mounted audio controls and alloy pedals to any model that doesn't already have them standard. The Premium Sport/Accessory package adds these options as well as automatic climate control and leather seating surfaces.
The 2010 Eclipse got a few updates in the middle of 2009. For model year 2010, the Eclipse remains pretty much unchanged; its new, more powerful engine, updated fascias and high-intensity discharge lights remain on board.
For sporty driving on the cheap, the Eclipse has been a go-to car for years in either coupe or spyder form. Standard safety features, a long list of available appointments, and a top fuel economy of 28 miles per gallon on the highway make it a solid choice for sporty commuting.
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