About the Mitsubishi Endeavor
The Mitsubishi Endeavor is built on the Mitsubishi PS platform, which is the same platform used for the Mitsubishi Galant and Eclipse. Although the Eclipse and the Galant are cars and the Endeavor is an SUV, all three are equipped with a front-wheel-drive system and are classed as midsize vehicles. The launch of the Endeavor provided a larger vehicle that could comfortably seat five passengers, while providing a smooth ride that was closer to a car. It also provided better gas mileage than a full-size SUV.Mitsubishi Endeavor Features
Mitsubishi discontinued the Mitsubishi Endeavor line in 2011 before any 2012 models could be produced. It is thought that disappointing sales right from the beginning are behind the company’s decision to halt its production. As such, the 2011 model year for the Mitsubishi Endeavor was the final year of production. Both LS and SE trim levels are available for the 2011 model year, and all-wheel drive is available only for the SE trim version. The engine was modified slightly so that it continued to produce 225 horsepower, but the torque was increased to 255 lb-ft from 250 lb-ft. Both trim levels were still equipped with a four-speed, semi-automatic transmission.
The Mitsubishi Endeavor’s sole generation spanned several years, starting with its launch in 2003 for the 2004 model year. The first models to roll off the production line were equipped with a 3.8-liter, V-6 engine that produced 215 horsepower and 250 lb-ft. Mid-way through that model year, the engine was modified so that it had an increased power output of 225 horsepower. Front-wheel drive was standard, but all-wheel drive was available as an option. All models were equipped with a four-speed, semi-automatic transmission only. Due to the fact that the transmission was semi-automatic, gear changes could be made by the driver without the need for a clutch pedal.
Drivers could choose from three trim levels: base LS, mid-level XLS, or premium Limited. As part of the mid-year changes in 2004, an antilock braking system was added to the LS trim level. All three trim levels received daytime running headlights, a tire pressure monitoring system, and dual-stage front airbags. Standard features added to the XLS included front side airbags and a leather steering wheel. Optional features included a rear-seat DVD system and stability control for the all-wheel-drive vehicles.Mitsubishi Endeavor Evolution
Very little changed for the 2005 Mitsubishi Endeavor, but with the launch of the 2006 model year, the mid-level XLS trim level was dropped from the line. When the 2007 model was introduced, the Limited trim line was changed to the SE trim level. For this model year, a navigation system became available as an optional feature, but the rear-seat DVD system was dropped. Curtain side airbags became standard on all trim levels in 2007. In 2008, the antiskid system that had been standard on all-wheel-drive vehicles only became standard on both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive Endeavors.
During 2008, there were no Mitsubishi Endeavors produced for the market place. Vehicles were produced for corporate and fleet customers, but Mitsubishi did not produce a new model for the 2009 model year. Instead, the company put the crossover SUV on hiatus until 2009, when it launched the 2010 model year vehicles. The Endeavors that were produced for fleet customers in 2008 and 2009, before the launch of the 2010 models, had fabric interiors and were equipped with Bluetooth capability. Externally, they looked very similar to the models that were launched for the 2010 model year.
The 2010 Mitsubishi Endeavor underwent some minor updates to its exterior. In particular, the front and rear fascias were changed from those previously used. Otherwise, the size and look of the Endeavor was very similar to all the previous model years. The 2010 models were equipped with Bluetooth capability to provide hands-free calling. Also, a rear-view camera was added to the navigation system, which was still an optional feature for all trim levels. All-wheel drive became limited to the SE trim level only, as did the option to have a sunroof.