Year-to-year changes[edit | edit source]

1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996
Base 2DR Hatchback DL 2DR Coupe
Base 4DR Sedan DL 4DR Sedan LX 4DR Sedan
N/A ES 2DR Coupe ESi 2DR Coupe
ES 4DR Sedan ESi 4DR Sedan
N/A DL 4DR Wagon
LX 4DR Wagon
Base (AWD) 4DR Wagon

1991[edit | edit source]

Built by Mitsubishi and based on the Mirage, the Eagle Summit was a front-drive subcompact originally available as a 2-door hatchback or 4-door sedan, each with two trim levels: base and ES. All four were powered by a 92-hp 1.5-liter sohc Four with three valves per cylinder (two intakes and one exhaust). This engine met California's tough "Transition Low-Emission Vehicle" standards. A 5-speed manual was the only transmission offered on all four trim levels.

1992[edit | edit source]

Introduced for the 1992 model year, the Eagle Summit Wagon straddled two different worlds. It offered the maneuverability of a small station wagon as well as the versatility and roominess of a minivan, albeit a smallish minivan. It had three trim levels -- all-wheel-drive base, DL and LX.

Sitting at the entry-level end of the minivan segment, the Eagle Summit Wagon was designed to appeal to economy-minded singles or young couples who might have needed the versatility of a minivan but a smaller, less bulky vehicle.

Sedans were powered by a 113-hp 1.8-liter Four with four valves per cylinder. A 5-speed manual was standard and a 4-speed automatic optional.

1993[edit | edit source]

In 1993, the 2-door hatchback was replaced by a 2-door coupe, and the base models were renamed as DL models. The coupe and sedan competed with the Ford Escort, Toyota Corolla, Geo Prizm, Mazda Protege and Hyundai Elantra.

1994[edit | edit source]

Three more models were added to the lineup: the 4-door sedan now had new ESi and LX models, and the wagon also had an ESi.

1995[edit | edit source]

Models have been simplified for 1995, reduced to four models. The base 2-door was now the DL, and the uplevel model the ESi. 4-door sedans were available in base LX and upscale ESi versions. The former ES model was now an option package. The DL sedan and ESi wagon were discontinued.

A 3-speed automatic was optional on the ES coupe. Dual airbags were standard across the board this year, augmenting the 1994 Summit's driver's-side-only bag.

The ESi package, available on the 2-door coupe and 4-door sedan, included a rear spoiler, 1.8-liter engine, a sport suspension and vented front disc brakes. ABS and 14-in. aluminum wheels with bigger tires were available only on ESi sedans. A split, folding rear seat was standard on ESi sedans and optional on ESi coupes.

Air conditioning, rear-window defroster, tinted glass and sound systems were optional on all models. Power windows and a tilt steering wheel were optional only on upscale models.

As for the wagon, it featured standard driver and passenger airbags. Also new were multireflector headlights, a new hood and grille and a center console with a fabric-covered armrest. Later in 1995, it also offered a pull-out cup holder.

With the deletion of its kissing cousins the Plymouth Colt Vista and Mitsubishi Expo LRV the front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive Eagle Summit Wagons had no direct competitors, with the exception of the all- wheel-drive Subaru Legacy and Impreza station wagons.

The Summit's base engine remained the 16-valve sohc 113-horsepower inline 1.8-liter 4-cylinder. The optional engine choice, which was standard equipment on AWD models, was a 16-valve sohc 136-horsepower 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder. The base transmission was a 5-speed manual. A 4-speed automatic overdrive was optional.

Major options included air conditioning, a rear-window defroster and dual outside power mirrors.

1996[edit | edit source]

No changes whatsoever to the Eagle Summit's lineup, but the wagon got new colors and seat fabrics. As of 1996, the Summit has been discontinued.

Retail prices[edit | edit source]

  • $9,319 (1994 Eagle Summit DL 2DR Coupe)
  • $10,277 (1994 Eagle Summit ES 2DR Coupe)
  • $11,545 (1994 Eagle Summit LX 4DR Sedan)
  • $12,298 (1994 Eagle Summit ES 4DR Sedan)
  • $13,114 (1994 Eagle Summit DL 3DR Wagon)
  • $14,340 (1994 Eagle Summit LX 3DR Wagon)
  • $15,018 (1994 Eagle Summit LX 3DR Wagon with all-wheel drive)

As of late 1994:

  • $9,836 (1995 Eagle Summit DL 2DR Coupe)
  • $10,859 (1995 Eagle Summit ESi 2DR Coupe)
  • $12,221 (1995 Eagle Summit LX 4DR Sedan)
  • $13,025 (1995 Eagle Summit ESi 4DR Sedan)
  • $14,056 (1995 Eagle Summit DL 3DR Wagon)
  • $15,274 (1995 Eagle Summit LX 3DR Wagon)
  • $15,931 (1995 Eagle Summit LX 3DR Wagon with all-wheel drive)

As of August 7, 1995:

  • $10,090 (1996 Eagle Summit DL 2DR Coupe)
  • $11,154 (1996 Eagle Summit ESi 2DR Coupe)
  • $12,537 (1996 Eagle Summit LX 4DR Sedan)
  • $13,334 (1996 Eagle Summit ESi 4DR Sedan)
  • $14,499 (1996 Eagle Summit DL 3DR Wagon)
  • $15,737 (1996 Eagle Summit LX 3DR Wagon)
  • $16,374 (1996 Eagle Summit LX 3DR Wagon with all-wheel drive)

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