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UPDATED: Aug 14, 2019

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The 2011 Mitsibushi Eclipse is well known but also one of the lowest-ranked affordable sports cars in American dealerships. The 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse has been said to look sportier than it is and while the V6 Eclipse offers a bit of punch, the auto press is disappointed with the 4-cylinder model.

All Eclipses are equipped with front-wheel drive, which produces less responsive handling and the car’s suspension is tuned for commuting, rather than racing, auto critics say.

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Despite its lackluster performance, the 2012 Eclipse is priced at just $19,499, making it the most affordable vehicle in its class. If you need a car that looks good and is comfortable for commuting, the Mitsubishi Eclipse is a logical choice.

Mitsubishi also offers a longer warranty than those for American-made cars like the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Auto Insurance

According to reports from the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), Mitsubishi Eclipse auto insurance is significantly more expensive than insurance for its major competitors.

Average premiums are projected to total $9,885 over five years, which is equal to an average annual rate of $1,977, and an average monthly rate of $165.

Drivers who opt for a Mazda MX-5 will pay an average yearly car insurance rate of just $1,038, the NADA reports. Compared to the rates that Mitsubishi Eclipse drivers pay, MX-5 drivers may save almost $950 per year, and almost $4,700 over five years.

Typical annual auto insurance rates for the Hyundai Genesis Coupe are only slightly higher than the Miata’s, at $1,106.

The NADA reports that Ford Mustang drivers pay an average premium of $1,137 annually for auto insurance, and the typical annual premium for the Chevrolet Camaro is nearly identical, at $1,138.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Repair Costs

The expected 5-year repair costs for a Mitsubishi Eclipse are $1,500, reports the NADA. That’s a fairly low rate for an affordable sports car. The Ford Mustang costs the typical owner about $1,627 to repair over five years, and the average repair cost for the Hyundai Genesis Coupe is $1,727.

For Chevrolet Camaro repairs, you should expect to pay roughly $1,835 over five years. Estimated 5-year repair costs for the Mazda MX-5 Miata are a bit lower than the 2012 Eclipse’s, at approximately $1,422.

The most plausible explanation for the Eclipse’s low repair costs relative to those of its competitors is its long warranty. Since repairs for the Eclipse are covered for five years or 60,000 miles, typical owners don’t pay anything out of pocket for them until sometime during the fifth year they own their vehicles.

The Hyundai Genesis Coupe’s warranty is nearly identical to the Eclipse’s, but most affordable sports cars have limited warranties that last only three years or 36,000 miles.

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Mitsubishi Eclipse Maintenance Expenses

The NADA estimates that maintenance expenses for the 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse will total nearly $3,000 by the 5-year mark. The maintenance bill during the first year you own the car is expected to cost you just $144, and the second-year bill is projected to be only $160.

The cost of the third-year overhaul will be something of a shock after these small initial maintenance bills, since it is expected to total $1,941. For the fourth year of maintenance, expect to pay roughly $485. Fifth-year scheduled service should cost just $270.

Routine maintenance expenses for the Hyundai Genesis Coupe are costlier than those for the Eclipse, at an estimated $3,120 for five years. However, other competing sports cars are much more affordable to maintain.

For instance, the NADA projects that it will cost just $2,143 to maintain a Chevrolet Camaro for five years, and only $2,160 to maintain a Ford Mustang for the same length of time.

Anticipated 5-year maintenance costs for the Mazda MX-5 Miata are a bit higher, at $2,462, but they’re still over $500 less than the Eclipse’s 5-year expenses.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Safety Ratings

No crash testing has been conducted on the 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse yet. However, the 2011 Eclipse Spyder features a similar design, and it was tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

In the IIHS’ side and front impact tests, the Eclipse received the IIHS’ highest rating of “Good,” and it earned a less-impressive score of “Marginal” on the institute’s rear impact test. No rollover testing was conducted since this vehicle is a convertible.

The 2012 Eclipse Spyder was also subjected to side and front-impact testing, and it earned “Good” scores on both of these tests as well.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Reliability

In addition to its 5-year/60,000 mile limited warranty, the 2012 Eclipse’s powertrain is also warranted for ten years or 100,000 miles. J.D. Power and Associates rates the 2011 Eclipse’s overall mechanical quality as “Average,” and its overall design quality receives the same score.

Only its powertrain was rated “Below Average” in terms of both design and mechanical quality. Quality ratings for the 2012 Eclipse aren’t available yet.

When it comes to dependability, J.D. Power also rated the Eclipse “Average” for both 2007 and 2008. These are the most recent years for which longer-term data is available.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Fuel Economy

The 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse gets solid gas mileage compared to the fuel-slurping Dodge Challenger and the Mazda RX-8. On the highway, it gets 28 mpg, and its city fuel economy is 20 mpg.

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is the most fuel-efficient affordable sports car on the road when it comes to city fuel economy, getting 22 mpg.

In terms of highway fuel economy, the Hyundai Genesis Coupe is the strongest performer, getting 30 mpg.

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