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The Eclipse is a sports coupe in Mitsubishi’s repertoire. Starting at just under $20,000, the car is attractively priced. However, as a buyer in the market for a new car, you should know that the costs don’t stop at the sticker price. You should also take into consideration the associated costs of ownership like: fuel economy, repair costs, and insurance costs. For example, this model gets 20city/28hwy MPG. If you’d like to learn how to save more on your Mitsubishi Eclipse insurance, please read on.
The Eclipse comes in 3 trims: the GS, GS Sport, and the GT. All models come equipped with front-wheel drive, and have the following features as standard: air conditioning and a full assortment of power features. The base GS and GS Sport come equipped with a 2.4 liter 4 cylinder engine.
The only difference between the GS and the GS sport is that the latter comes equipped with many of the GT’s handsome and aggressive styling factors as well as additional features like heated, power and leather front seats.
The GT on the other hand comes equipped with a powerful 3.8 liter 6-cylinder engine, and comes standard with sports suspension. If you want the fun car, opt for the V6, as the 4 cylinder engine can be a bit slow to pick up the pace. However, this comes at a tradeoff, the V6 gets worse fuel economy than other cars with V6s in its class.
Insurance rates will vary across the country, but there are ways that you can lower your monthly premium. The easiest way is simply to do your research before sticking to a car insurance company. Shop around, and get quotes from different insurers so that you can compare rates. Remember that not all car insurers will have the same offers and discounts.
Another thing you might consider doing is reviewing your current insurance policy. Look through it carefully, and decide whether certain levels of coverage in there are still relevant for you. Have you been accident free for a couple of years? Congratulations, you’re a safer driver than most. You might consider raising the deductible on your collision coverage. You’ll see lower monthly rates, though you’ll be responsible for more up-front costs. It’s a tradeoff, but if you’re a safe driver, there is a lower likelihood of being involved in an accident.
The safer your car is perceived to be by your insurer, the more you’ll save on your premium. The 2011 Eclipse hasn’t been tested by the federal government, but it scored well with the IIHS. The Eclipse got the top score of “Good” on both front and side impact crash tests. The IIHS is still testing it further. In addition to this, it has several safety features to protect the driver.
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