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