The 2000 Mitsubishi Montero Sport is a variation on one of the first real consumer SUVs available, the Montero, which was introduced way back in 1989. The Montero was one of the first SUV models to come with four-door comfort and a huge passenger area. The Montero Sport is a smaller, more affordable model, a variation on the larger Montero. The Sport shares the same frame as that of the Montero but has shorter overhangs in the front and back of the vehicle.
Although the Montero is still a SUV, you can count on in many situations, the Sport falls short in terms of power. If you’re looking for a midsize SUV, look elsewhere.
Body Styles: midsize sport SUV
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6, 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Mitsubishi Montero Sport ES, Mitsubishi Montero Sport LS, Mitsubishi Montero Sport XLS, Mitsubishi Montero Sport Limited
The 2000 Mitsubishi Montero Sport has received a large amount of exterior and interior upgrades. New styling cues including a new grille, revised headlights, and body colored bumpers to the exterior make the Montero Sport very attractive on the road. A new slip differential, new springs on the suspension, and other changes improve the driving experience as well.
The 2000 Mitsubishi Montero Sport has received several new styling cues. Redesigned for 2000 are the headlamps, the grille, and the bumper. The rear of the vehicle also has new trim that gives the vehicle a nice little accent. The exterior styling is one of the best arguments to buy the Mitsubishi Montero Sport. The XLS and the Limited have standard fender flares and runner boards. Skid plates also come as standard on all models for off-road driving, although you might not want to with the weak engine. The suspension is also changed, with coil springs being added to the rear. The LS, LXS, and Limited models come equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels with 255/70 tires.
The 2000 Mitsubishi Montero Sport is a bit smaller than the larger Montero, and holds fewer passengers. The Sport will comfortably seat five passengers in comparison to the Montero’s seven passengers. The rear seat of the vehicle will seat three, the second row two, and the front two. The rear seat also folds down to create more cargo space. The rear tailgate has a flip-up window that allows you to load without pulling down the tailgate.
Standard features on the 2000 Mitsubishi Montero Sport include bucket seats, a center console, overhead console, 12V plugs, a tachometer, cloth seating, tilt steering wheel, air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, power exterior mirrors, and an AM/FM/CD changer.
The XLS and Limited models add an automatically dimming rearview mirror with an integrated compass, and a temperature display. Leather upholstery is also available as an option on the Limited model.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Mitsubishi Montero Sport comes equipped with one of two engine types. The ES, LS, and XLS models come equipped with a 3.0-liter engine that produces 173 horsepower. The Limited model comes equipped with a 3.5-liter engine that produces 200 horsepower. Both engine models come equipped with a four-speed automatic. All models except the ES are available as two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The ES is only available as a two-wheel-drive model.
Even with the larger engine equipped, the 2000 Mitsubishi Montero Sport feels underpowered, especially when climbing a hill or when driven in high elevation areas. The four-speed transmission is also flawed, often searching for hears when trying to get up a hill. The four-wheel-drive option adds a bit of extra grip. Switching to four-wheel drive is a snap with the handy lever. If you are looking for an SUV with power and great handling, it is best to look elsewhere.
The 2000 Mitsubishi Montero Sport comes equipped with driver and passenger front airbags. The Montero Sport was not tested by the NHTSA. However, the IIHS did test the Mitsubishi Montero Sport, and the results were not good. The vehicle received a rating of ""Poor"", the IIHS’ worst, for leg, restraints, and foot safety. The bumpers also received a rating of “poor”. The only safety features to receive a top score were for chest and head/neck. Overall, the IIHS gave the Mitsubishi Montero Sport a score of ""poor.""
EPA Fuel Economy
Mitsubishi Montero Sport 3.0-liter two-wheel drive : 16/19 mpg city/highway
Mitsubishi Montero Sport 3.5-liter two-wheel drive : 15/19 mpg city/highway
Mitsubishi Montero Sport 3.0-liter four-wheel drive : 15/19 mpg city/highway
Mitsubishi Montero Sport 3.5-liter four-wheel drive : 14/17 mpg city/highway
- Comfortable seating
- Big interior
- Whisper quiet cabin
- Great styling
You Won't Like
- Lacks power
- Big blind spots
- Hard to park
Not exactly a class leader
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