2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor

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2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor Review

The total package for those looking for unique styling over traditional SUV traits.

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Overview

The Mitsubishi Endeavor is new for the 2004 model year. Midway through the model year, Mitsubishi chose to redesign the model a bit to address some problems and customer feedback. In the end, the company made several changes to the Endeavor, including adding to its standard features list. In the revised and original form, the SUV impressed some of the industry’s biggest critics with its impressive handling, good off road capabilities for a crossover model, and comfortable ride. The Endeavor is a good choice for anyone looking for room for five, as well as all of their stuff. Cargo space is roomy for a two row SUV.

The Range

Body Styles: sport utility vehicle
Engines: 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Mitsubishi Endeavor LS, Mitsubishi Endeavor XLS, Mitsubishi Endeavor Limited

What's New

The Mitsubishi Endeavor was released for the first time for the 2004 model year. In a unique twist, the company chose to make some modifications to the design and release the upgrades midway through the model year. Some of these changes include daytime running lamps, more horsepower under the hood, and a tire pressure monitor. Mitsubishi also added advanced dual head airbags and ABS and traction control for the LS. XLS, and Limited in the two-wheel drive models. A full sized alloy spare was offered on the all-wheel drive LS and optional for the two-wheel model. A towing prep package is available on these models as well. The Endeavor XLS also gained side impact airbags for the front seats. An entertainment package for the rear of the XLS and Limited versions was added as an option too. The Limited all-wheel drive models also gained traction and stability control.

Exterior

The 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor is an attractive SUV with the classic front end and grille this brand is famous for. The grille is divided with a solid piece of metal embellished with the company logo. Square headlights and a matching bumper round out the look. The sides of the Endeavor are sleek and modern with crisp lines and a slightly rounded design. All models have a roof rack and the back end is squared off nicely for an assertive look and easy access to the cargo area. Each trim level of the Endeavor offers its own selection of exterior colors.

Interior

Even the LS, as the lowest trim level offered on the Endeavor, have plenty of features in the cabin to ensure convenience and comfort. In the front of the cabin, the driver and passenger seats are cloth upholstered and bucket style. Power accessories, a split folding back seat, and lots of storage compartments are available as well. This model also comes with cruise control and air conditioning. In the highest trim level, the Limited, Mitsubishi added leather bucket seats, a leather steering wheel, and leather trim on the shift knob. The steering wheel is equipped with audio controls for the driver’s convenience as well.

Performance & Handling

Even as a new model for the 2004 model year, the Endeavor gained a great deal of attention. With its solid powertrain and V-6 engine capable of substantial torque, this SUV offered impressive handling and a pleasant driving experience. It certainly didn’t hurt that it offers a ride more like a car than a truck or standard SUV. The solid build and suspension system is a plus for maintaining the Endeavor’s reputation as a comfortable ride. In addition to its smooth handling, the Endeavor is unique as a crossover in that it does decently well off road.

Safety

Each model of the 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor is a little different, but several safety features have been added to all of them. These SUVs are equipped with four-wheel ABS, dual front side mounted airbags, and an engine immobilizer. Child seat anchors and rear door child safety locks are standard equipment as well. Both the front and rear headrests are height adjustable to ensure proper fit for every passenger in the car. The front seatbelts are pre-tensioning and the rear seat features a center three point system. Electronic brake force distribution is available as well.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mitsubishi Endeavor, 3.8-liter V-6: 15/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Good crash test ratings
  • High quality materials
  • Solid build
  • Impressive V-6
  • Spacious seating
  • Comfortable, carlike ride

You Won't Like

  • Unusual interior design
  • Far less cargo space than class leaders

Sum Up

The total package for those looking for unique styling over traditional SUV traits.

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