Torque steer is what happens when the front wheels are overpowered. Because they pivot to steer the car, routing too much power through them can jerk the wheels in either direction if you're not paying attention or have a less-than-adequate grip on the wheel. The problem gets worse as power increases, and with 263 horses roaring through its front end (few front-wheel-drive cars have that much power, for exactly these reasons), the Eclipse has some of the worst torque steer of any car. It manifests itself most when taking off--go easy on the pedal, or you'll take about 5,000 miles off your tires in about five feet. In fact, too much gas at any time in first or second gear will net prodigious wheelspin. There is a traction-control button, but it doesn't help much. And to be fair, that's not really its job; traction control is meant for limited-grip conditions, not limited-skill drivers.