The 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor is a midsized crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV) that was manufactured by the Japanese carmaker in their U.S. assembly facility in Illinois. The vehicle was built on the Mitsubishi PS chassis, alternatively known as ""Project America"". The Endeavor was introduced in 2003 as part of Mitsubishi’s program of release vehicles in the North American market without relying on export markets. The Mitsubishi Galant and Eclipse are also a part of this program. The last model year of the vehicle was 2011, with production ending in August of that year.
The 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor was exclusive to the North American market. The Endeavor was launched in 2003 with three available trim levels – base model LS, mid-range XLS and top-end SE. However, the XLS model was cancelled by the 2006 model year.
The 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor can be a good choice for people, especially frequent shoppers, who are looking for a reliable and decently-priced SUV that lacks a third row seat. Overall, however, the glaring absence of a third row passenger seat makes it lag behind other vehicles in its segment. It is not an appealing option for consumers who need SUVs to seat big families.
The 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor is a reliable vehicle, requiring the same service and maintenance required in the average crossover SUV.
Body Styles: midsize crossover SUV
Engines: 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: LS, LE
- The Navigation package and Sunroof package are now included as standard features of the SE trim – previously optional.
From an exterior design perspective, the 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor looks good, thanks to the DNA it shares with the sporty Eclipse and urban Galant.
The 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor LS is the base model, and it comes standard with a CD player with Bluetooth, power windows and full power accessories, and air conditioning. A 3.8-liter V-6 engine delivers 225 hp of power and 225 lb-ft of torque to the 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor. The engine is mated to a four-speed automatic transmission gearbox with manual shift mode. The vehicle is available with a front- wheel-drive system only.
The 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor SE is the top-end variant, but it features the same engine, transmission, and suspension as the LS. This variant also comes with front-wheel drive as standard, but there is an all-wheel drive option available.
The SE trim comes with the same luxury and safety features available in the base version, but it includes other features as well. These additional features include a navigation system, leather seats, heated front seats, and sunroof. Moreover, the SE trim has an improved audio system that includes satellite radio.
Performance & Handling
The design of the 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor derives from the pre-millennium Mitsubishi SSU concept vehicle that was exhibited at the North American International Auto Show in 1999. While both vehicles are similar on the side, there were considerable differences under the hood. The SSU prototype used a 305 hp 2.5-liter 6A13TT twin-turbo V-6, an all-wheel drive system, and a five-speed semi-automatic transmission gearbox with Active Yaw Control (AYC). All these components were different on the 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor.
Apart from the missing third row, the 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor is a very good crossover SUV. The vehicle performs quite well on and off-road. This can be attributed to the PS chassis that it shared with the urbanized Eclipse sports car and Galant sedan. At 225 hp, the 3.8-liter, V-6 engine does not deliver as much power as other SUVs in the segment. However, the engine delivers lots of torque and gives the SUV an energetic feel.
The gearbox of the 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor is not appealing. The vehicle had a four-speed automatic gearbox at a time when five-speed and six-speed automatics were commonplace. Moreover, the 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor only had around 76.4 cubic feet of cargo space, which was one of the lowest in the segment.
The 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor is fitted with traction and stability control, rollover sensor-activated side curtain airbags, tire pressure monitoring, and anti-lock disc brakes.
EPA Fuel Economy
2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor: 15/21 mpg city/highway
- Spacious interior
- Extensive warranty
- Smart styling, performance, and fuel economy
You Won't Like
- No third-row seating
- Dated four-speed automatic transmission
- Cargo capacity is limited compared to competition
Overall, the 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor is clearly not a good choice for families. Even though a lively engine is fitted underneath the hood and the vehicle exhibits notable off-road and on-road characteristics, the 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor is outclassed by other competitors. Its smart styling, performance, and fuel economy makes it a possible choice for shoppers, but definitely not the first choice.
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