2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor
This 2004 review is representative of model years 2004 to 2011.
By Dan Jedlicka of MSN Autos
The new Mitsubishi Endeavor midsize sport-utility vehicle is above-average, although many might not expect that to be the case because it lacks an illustrious nameplate such as Toyota or Honda.
On the other hand, Mitsubishi does attract an unusually large number of young buyers with its sporty image, and the Endeavor thus might do fine.
This early 2004 model was designed with the U.S. market in mind. It was styled in California, had engineering work done in Michigan and is built at the automaker's Illinois plant. It's part of Mitsubishi's "Project America," which is this automaker's plan to develop and make core products in this country.
The 4-door Endeavor fits in the Mitsubishi sport-ute line between the new compact Outlander and fairly big—but not outrageously large—Montero Sport and Montero.
Endeavor is the first Mitsubishi to be put on a new platform—also to be used by the upcoming Galant sedan and sporty Eclipse cars. Like most car-based sport utes, Endeavor is offered with either front- or all-wheel drive.
Car-like Ride and Handling
For instance, while the Montero rides like a truck when roads get a little rough, the Endeavor rides much like a car with its supple all-independent suspension. However, occupants still can feel some road imperfections such as prominent tar strips.
For On-Road Use
The Endeavor starts at $25,597 and ends at approximately $32,000. There are base LS, mid-range XLS and top-line Limited (LTD) trim levels.
The Endeavor weighs about 4,000 pounds, so it's no fuel miser. Estimated economy is 17 mpg in the city and 23 on the highway with front-wheel drive and 17 and 21 with all-wheel drive. Premium fuel is recommended.
But the V6 loafs at 2600 rpm at 75 mph, and a 21.4-gallon fuel tank allows a decent cruising range on open roads.
The engine is hooked to a responsive 4-speed automatic transmission with an easily used manual shift feature.
The brake pedal has a nice linear action, and stopping distances with the all-disc-brake setup are short. Anti-lock brakes are standard on the LS and XLS all-wheel-drive versions and also on the Limited.
An anti-skid and traction-control system is optional for the Limited, and front-seat side torso airbags are optional for the XLS and standard on the Limited.
There also is a split-folding rear seat that flips forward to enlarge the cargo area, which is even impressive with that seat in its normal position.
The XLS has such items as a better sound system, and the Limited's standard equipment includes leather upholstery.
The outside door handles are easily gripped for quick entry. Once inside, occupants will find seats that are supportive, but rather firm.
Cupholders are conveniently placed at the front of the console, which has two power outlets on the front of it and one on the back. Front doors have storage pockets, and the glove box and console bin are deep.
The Endeavor is both practical and fun to drive. It's the best sport ute that Mitsubishi has come up with, and is competitive with rivals that carry those illustrious nameplates.