The tested GSX is the all-wheel-drive iteration of the Eclipse, which means that it is the most versatile of the lot. The thing runs and corners like a demon... Show more on wet and dry roads. It has an overall nice feel at speed. But "overall" does not include shifting feel, which is choppy, to put it mildly.
The GSX's engine, shared with the GS-T, is a rascal. It's a turbocharged, two-liter, inline four-cylinder job rated 210 horsepower at 6,000 rpm, with torque rated 214 pound-feet at 3,000 rpm with standard five-speed manual transmission.
The Eclipse GSX comes with lots of standard equipment, including air conditioner, cruise control, power door locks and windows, chromed dual exhaust pipes, dual front air bags, four-wheel disc brakes and 17-inch radial all-weather tires.
Complaints: Useless rear seats. Problematic exit-entry in rear. Optional, high-rise rear deck spoiler looks silly and interferes with rear vision while contributing nothing to the drivability of the car.
Praise: With the exception of shifting feel, the car is lots of fun to drive. So much fun, in fact, you could be seduced into ignoring its not able shortcomings. Excellent overall assembly quality.
Head-turning quotient: Split decision. Those who love it really love it; and those who hate it, who find it somewhat adolescent, hate it with a passion. I vote with the lovers on this one. The Eclipse GSX's aggressive bubble styling is funky.
Mileage: About 23 miles per gallon (16.9-gallon tank, estimated 380-mile range on usable volume of recommended premium unleaded), combined city-highway, running with one to three occupants and light cargo (which is about all you can carry in a 5.1-cubic-foot trunk).
Sound system: Eight-speaker AM/FMstereo radio and console-mounted, single-disc CD changer with an optional trunk-mounted, remote control 10-disc CD changer. By Mitsubishi. Boss boogie.
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