In 2004 Mitsubishi launched the Endeavor, which was a surprise win in an Edmunds comparison test of the day. However, despite continued improvements to the model, it has started to slip under heavy pressure from other car makers in this highly competitive category. After the Montero left the lineup in 2006, the Endeavor was left as the largest SUV in Mitsubishi’s fleet. To compete in this class, a third seat has become almost a price of entry and the Endeavor lacks one.
The Endeavor is available in two different trim levels; both are powered by the same 3.8 liter V-6 engine which surprisingly is only able to generate 225 HP. This is further hampered by the fact that it is shifted through a far from cutting edge four speed automatic transmission. Though Mitsubishi has tried to give it a trendier feel with the addition of paddle shifters. The engine offers plenty of torque, but combined with the transmission from days gone by cannot pull it along like a more modern 5, 6 , or even 7 speed automatic would be able to do.
Engine: 3.8L V-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Models: LS 2WD, SE 2WD, SE 4WD
For 2010 the Endeavor receives a convenient Bluetooth hands-free phone system with voice recognition. To spice up the exterior, the Endeavor wears a restyled tailgate and front grille. Further, Mitsubishi has added two new exterior colors to the Endeavor’s palette. Finally, the base LS model now offers color-keyed door handles and side mirrors, while the top-level SE comes standard with all-new 18-inch alloy wheels.
Entering its seventh year, the Endeavor’s style looks conspicuously dated next to newer designs from the U.S., Japan, Korea, and Europe. To maintain some freshness, the Endeavor wears color-keyed bumpers, chrome grille trim, and a revised tailgate for 2010.
The base LS comes well equipped with a 140-watt audio system, Bluetooth phone capability, cruise control, and keyless entry. The premium SE adds a 360-watt Rockford Acoustic Design audio system, leather seating, and heated seats.
The Endeavor offers a 3.8-liter 225-horsepower, 255 pound-feet V-6 mated to a four-speed automatic with manual shift. Front-wheel drive is available on both LS and SE models, while full-time all-wheel drive can be had only on the SE. Speaking of which, the SE 4WD is not intended for serious off-roading; rather, it is designed to tackle inclement weather and light off-pavement excursions.
Endeavor features dual front, front side, and side curtain air bags, the latter with rollover sensors. Standard dynamic safety technology includes stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
LS 2WD, SE 2WD: 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway
SE 4WD: 15 mpg city/19 mpg highway
- Standard Bluetooth
- Low-end torque
- Available backup camera
- Lots of cargo room
- Four-speed auto
- Long-lived design
- Subpar fuel economy
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