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2008 Mitsubishi Endeavor Review

Capable but doesn’t perform well enough against the flooded crossover market.

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Overview

The Mitsubishi Endeavor may look unattractive on the exterior but underneath is a pretty little machine waiting to be discovered. Granted, there are some cheap plastics inside, and the steering can be a bit underwhelming at times, but the torque on the V-6 engine is pretty astonishing, and the cabin very roomy. The SUV market is fairly crowded, so it is pretty impressive that the Mitsubishi Endeavor can still turn a head or two. It might be worth checking out some of the competition, but it wouldn’t hurt to give this fine machine a test drive.

The Range

Body Styles: four-door midsize crossover SUV
Engines: 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Mitsubishi Endeavor SE, Mitsubishi Galant Endeavor LS

What's New

The Mitsubishi Endeavor is now available with traction control on all trim lines as a standard feature. Two-trim upholstery is standard on the SE trim line as well as contrasting stitching. Glass on the back hatch down not open independently on the LS trim level this year. Otherwise, the Mitsubishi Endeavor remains unchanged in the 2008 model year.

Exterior

The Mitsubishi Endeavor is a standard, big, and chunky SUV. It is a big, truck-like body with lots of bulges and squared off areas that make the vehicle look a bit unwieldy and puffy around the face. This is not the most elegant SUV out there for sure. Features include 17-inch wheels on the LS model, privacy glass, rear defogger, variable intermittent wipers, power mirrors, and remote door power locks. A sunroof is optional on the SE version of the vehicle.

Interior

The interior of the Endeavor has a lot to offer. It has plenty of room for five passengers. There is plenty of room for tall passengers in both the front and the back. The interior design of the Mitsubishi Endeavor was changed in the 2007 model year, toning down some of the sharp edges. There is blue mood lighting along the dash that makes the interior feel very cozy. Unfortunately, like many of the Mitsubishi models in 2008, there is a lot of hard plastic material ruining the overall appeal of the interior.

There is lots of cargo room, measuring around 76 cubic feet. Features on the LS model include air-conditioning, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, cloth upholstery, full power accessories, keyless entry, and a six-speaker audio system with a CD changer. The SE trim line adds leather upholstery, a power driver seat, trip computer, heated front seats, flip-up rear glass window, and a nine-speaker Rockford Acoustics stereo system with a six-CD changer and satellite radio. Rockford is one of the best speaker producers for automobiles in the business, so this is a very nice add-on. Optional features include a sunroof and a navigation system. A towing package is also available that includes a power steering fluid cooler for heavy off-road and towing tasks.

Performance & Handling

The Mitsubishi Endeavor comes equipped with a 3.8-liter V-6 engine that produces 225 horsepower with 250 lb-ft of torque. The engine comes with a four-speed automatic transmission. This, unfortunately, is the only transmission available, although it is competent enough. The engine is not the most powerful out there, but the torque gives it a lot of pulling power in low-rev situations. Fuel economy is simply appalling with only 16 mpg in the city, far below the average for other midsize SUVs on the market.

The torque gives the Mitsubishi Endeavor a lot of take-off power, even with the high curb weight. That four-speed engine can be a bit slow when downshifting when going at high speeds. The Mitsubishi Endeavor would be greatly improved with another transmission choice. The chassis is modeled after a car chassis, so it feels very comfortable on the road and in the city. In fact, the Mitsubishi Endeavor handles better than average in tight corners. Steering is a bit muddy though, somewhat destabilizing that confident handling.

Safety

The 2008 Mitsubishi Endeavor has standard anti-lock disc brakes, traction control, front-seat side airbags, and full-length curtain airbags for the front and back. All-wheel-drive models get the benefit of standard stability control. The NHTSA gave the Mitsubishi Endeavor five stars, its top mark, for driver protection, and four stars for front passengers. The IIHS gave the Mitsubishi Endeavor its best grade of ""good"" for front-offset and side-impact testing.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mitsubishi Endeavor: 15/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Car chassis and ride
  • Roomy seating and cabin
  • V-6 engine with lots of torque

You Won't Like

  • No third row seats
  • Less than average cargo area
  • Cheap plastic parts

Sum Up

Capable but doesn’t perform well enough against the flooded crossover market.

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