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1999 Mitsubishi Montero Sport

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1999 Mitsubishi Montero Sport Review

A pleasant surprise from a bottom barrel company.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

Mitsubishi’s full-size sport utility vehicle, the Montero Sport, has been on the market since 1983. In 1992, the current four-door, seven-passenger version appeared on the market. The 1999 Mitsubishi Montero Sport offers a choice of three different engines and two different transmissions.

The Montero Sport includes tinted privacy glass standard, which may please buyers who usually see this feature as a luxury option. This begins a long list of luxurious standard features found on the SUV.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 3.0-liter V-6, 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Mitsubishi Montero Sport ES, Mitsubishi Montero Sport LS, Mitsubishi Montero Sport XLS, Mitsubishi Montero Sport Limited

What's New

Mitsubishi makes no changes to the Montero Sport for 1999, except that one exterior color choice, Tropical Green Pearl, gets discontinued.

Exterior

Mitsubishi offers many different exterior color choices to choose from. The ES and Limited offer five color choices, the LS offers six, and the XLS offers eight. Standard exterior features for the 1999 Mitsubishi Montero Sport include 15-inch alloy wheels, tinted privacy glass, a power antenna, power exterior mirrors, and a flip-up rear window. Optional exterior features include a power moonroof, sport suspension, a trailer hitch, chrome wheels, and a roof rack.

Interior

The ES and Limited only offer one color choice for the interior, while the LS and XLS offer two color choices. Standard interior features include cloth bucket seats; a leather-trimmed steering wheel with power and tilting; and power windows and door locks. Air-conditioning comes standard on all versions except for the ES, where it provides an optional feature. Unfortunately, the Montero Sport includes no standard audio system, although it offers an optional AM/FM/cassette audio system with eight speakers that can be added to the XLS. The 1999 Mitsubishi Montero Sport also provides plenty of storage space.

The center front armrest provides a place to store small items, along with storage pockets on the backs of both front seats. Door bins provide additional space for small items and cargo tie downs are available in the rear to secure larger items. The cargo room with the seats up totals 43.4 cubic feet, while the total cargo room with the seats folded increases to 79.3 cubic feet.

Performance & Handling

This SUV uses an independent front suspension that allows for superior ride quality over rough terrain. It also has both a front and a rear anti-roll bar built in to increase the 1999 Mitsubishi Montero Sport’s stability. Its maximum towing capacity reaches 5000 pounds. This SUV also utilizes re-circulating ball steering, which helps the owner drive more easily, and more comfortably, over rough terrain.

Safety

Although the Montero Sport receives poor safety ratings from the IIHS overall, it still remains as safe as many other full-size SUVs. It comes with fog lights to improve visibility in fog and other low-light conditions; intermittent windshield wipers to keep the windshield clear; and a rear window defroster and wiper to keep the rear window clear during icy or rainy conditions.

Other standard safety features for the 1999 Mitsubishi Montero Sport include four-wheel anti-lock brakes, front and rear anti-roll bars, a day/night rear-view mirror, rear-door child safety locks, and a locking glove box. Since the glove box on the Montero Sport locks, it can be safely used to store valuable items out of sight.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mitsubishi Montero Sport ES: 19/22 mpg city/highway
Mitsubishi Montero Sport LS: 16/20 mpg city/highway
Mitsubishi Montero Sport XLS: 16/20 mpg city/highway
Mitsubishi Montero Sport Limited: 15/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Engine choices
  • Safety features
  • Decent fuel economy for an SUV

You Won't Like

  • Poor safety ratings
  • No standard audio system

Sum Up

A pleasant surprise from a bottom barrel company.

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