The 2004 Mitsubishi Montero Sport is a midsize SUV with incredible good looks inside and out. This model offers loads of comfort in the cabin with bucket front seats and plenty of standard features. Unfortunately, most auto industry experts feel the Montero Sport lacks sufficient performance and its handling is uninspired to say the least. While the Montero Sport is effective for town or city driving, its weak powertrain makes it a bit slow on the highway for passing and merging maneuvers. Overall, this model is a good choice for anyone looking for external beauty and comfort.
Body Styles: midsize sport utility vehicle
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Mitsubishi Montero Sport LS, Mitsubishi Montero Sport XLS
For the 2004 model year, Mitsubishi chose to discontinue the base ES and the high end trim level the Limited. The features from those models can now be found in the LS and XLS. Due to this change, the Montero Sport now has 16 inch alloy wheels, improved interior cloth, and a more powerful engine in the 3.5-liter V-6. Both trim levels also have new roof rails.
There is no denying that Mitsubishi was paying attention when it designed the 2004 Montero Sport. This midsize SUV offers a great deal of attention getting design and good looks. While it may be outclassed in other areas, one would be hard pressed to find a more appealing SUV in terms of exterior design. The Montero Sport offers a distinctive front end and grille with the Mitsubishi logo placed in the center of the grille. The bumpers are painted to match the rest of the vehicle’s body giving the Montero Sport a cohesive and elegant look. The sides of the SUV are accented with modern lines and accents. The overall body shape is somewhat boxy and is sure to make an impression anywhere.
Like the exterior, the cabin space of the 2004 Mitsubishi Montero Sport is attractive and well equipped with plenty of standard features providing comfort and convenience. The front bucket seats are cloth covered and the driver’s seat offers adjustable height and lumbar support. In the roomy back seat, the seat is split folding to allow for more cargo space or the transportation of awkward items. Power door locks and mirrors are standard on the LS model. Storage can be found in the front of the cabin with the overheard unit as well as the center console. Front door pockets also provide excellent places to put away necessary items. Cup holders can be found in the front of the vehicle as well. Air conditioning and an audio system are standard for the LS too.
The XLS edition offers a few more options. This version is equipped with a center armrest in the backseat of the vehicle. Cruise control is standard and cup holders are added to the rear seat as well. The driver can find cruise controls located on the tilt adjustable steering wheel column.
Performance & Handling
While the 2004 Mitsubishi Montero Sport looks good inside and out, it seems to lack something important when it comes to performance and handling. Its V-6 motor is capable of 197 hp and 223 lb-ft of torque. When coupled with its four-speed automatic transmission, it makes sense to expect good things. Unfortunately, the Montero Sport just falls short. This SUV has a hard time with acceleration and isn’t the best bet for merging and passing on the highway. The transmission is sluggish and the steering is completely unrefined. The soft suspension will bother drivers more accustomed to a firmer ride.
The 2004 Mitsubishi Montero Sport comes equipped with several useful safety features. The company chose to make the SUV family friendly with child safety seat anchors and rear door child safety locks. This model is also equipped with an engine immobilizer that stops the motor in the event of an accident. Adjustable headrests are found in the front and rear of the car as well. The Montero Sport is also equipped with center lap seatbelt in the rear seat of the cabin.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mitsubishi Montero Sport: 15/19 mpg city/highway
- Very attractive interior and exterior
- Solid, strong build
- Comfortable front seats
You Won't Like
- Does not offer a V-8 engine
- Sluggish transmission
- Weak suspension
- Messing steering
An effective midsize SUV choice, though some of its competitors offer more.
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