2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse Overview


Looking for a Used Eclipse in your area?

CarGurus has 1,517 nationwide Eclipse listings starting at $2,498.

Average user score
4.3 5 stars
Based on 27 reviews

2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse Overview

The Mitsubishi Eclipse receives minimal changes for the 2002 model year. Highlights include two new paint colors and a new chrome badge. The coupe had lost two of its best selling points with the 2000 redesign: all-wheel drive and a turbocharged engine. More changes would follow in 2003, as Mitsubishi attempted to relieve the Eclipse of its lackluster image.

There are two separate Eclipse models: the coupe and the Spyder convertible. The coupes come in three styles: base RS, GS and GT. Standard equipment on all models includes alloy wheels, air conditioning, a rear spoiler a CD audio system, and full power accessories. Illuminated vanity mirrors have all been added this year.

The base RS and mid-level GS use a 2.4 liter inline four, making 154 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque. The GT houses to a 3.0 liter V-6, for a total output of 205 horsepower and 205 pound-feet of torque. Transmission options are a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic, with a manual shift feature on the GS and GT.

The Eclipse has received very positive reviews with regards to styling, fuel economy, and road manners. The most efficient Eclipse earns an EPA rating of 23/30 mpg, but drivers warn the four four-cylinder models are a bit underpowered, even with the manual transmission. The 0 to 60 mph time for the four-cylinder is 9.2 seconds. Eclipse handling is predictable and responsive, according to reviewers.

Owners commented that they would like to see the return of a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and more leg and head room. Drivers generally found the interior to be user-friendly, but plain looks an lower quality materials mar the overall ambiance.


What's your take on the 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse?

  • Report
  • Report

2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse Top Comparisons

Users ranked 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse against other cars which they drove/owned. Each ranking was based on 9 categories. Here is the summary of top rankings.

2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse vs:

    Have you driven a 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse?  
    Rank This Car

    Cars compared to 2002 Mitsubishi EclipsePeople researching a 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse contacted a dealer about


    Looking for a Used Eclipse in your area?

    CarGurus has 1,517 nationwide Eclipse listings starting at $2,498.

    Have questions?   Ask a question

    Mitsubishi Eclipse Questions

    2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse Get 24 Valve V6

    How many liters is the 24 valve v6

    6 views with 1 answer (last answer about a month ago)

    2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse Gt 3.0/6 Cyl. Manual

    My car needs new radiator, 63pt tune up, valve cover gaskets, Oxygen sensors, catalyst converter, radiator. They say...i need an alternator but my car fires up...i need plug wires... Is it cheaper ...

    7 views with no answers yet

    Why Is My Battery Draining The Juice?

    For some reason my battery goes dead whenever it feels like it. Usually after it has set for a couple of days. It is full of water and the cables are clean. Also when I turn the key to start it s...

    11 views with 2 answers (last answer 3 months ago)

    I Have A 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse Gt 5 Speed And I Lost The Original Key Wit...

    23 views with 3 answers (last answer 4 months ago)

    Where Is The Other Connection For The Battery Cable Besides The Terminal On...

    I need to replace the battery cables on my car and can not see where they lead from, where do they lead from?

    21 views with 2 answers (last answer 5 months ago)