1998 Mitsubishi Montero

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1998 Mitsubishi Montero Review

Off-road ruggedness blends with modern conveniences.

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Overview

The 1998 Mitsubishi Montero is an SUV known as the Pajero in other markets and as the Shogun in the United Kingdom. The first prototype of the Montero was introduced in 1973 at the Tokyo Motor Show, and the second prototype followed in 1978. The Montero made its debut at the Paris Dakar Rally in 1983 and claimed the first place two years later after only its third attempt. The Montero is the most successful vehicle to date in the Dakar Rally, and this has been a prominent selling point for the vehicle.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Mitsubishi Montero

What's New

The 1998 Mitsubishi Montero has a revised grille and front bumper, along with new rear quarter panels. The interior of the SUV has also been changed to a degree in this model year and has a new steering wheel. The standard equipment in all models has been revised to include air-conditioning, alloy wheels, third row seats, and anti-lock brakes.

Exterior

The 1998 Mitsubishi Montero is one of the oldest SUVs imported into the U.S. market with its first generation dating back to 1983. However, the vehicle’s current generation has been around only since 1991. The 1998 Mitsubishi Montero is still available in two body styles, but its exterior is a lot more city-friendly and rounder than its previous bulky version. The long wheelbase version of the 1998 Mitsubishi Montero has a wheelbase of 107.3 inches and an overall length of 185.2 inches. It has a height of 73.8 inches. The short wheelbase Montero has a wheelbase of 95.3 inches and an overall length of 158.7 inches. It has a height of 72.8 inches. Both versions have the same width, that is, 66.7 inches.

Interior

The 1998 Mitsubishi Montero has seven-passenger seating, four doors, which offer lots of passenger and cargo space all around. However, the high ground clearance of the vehicle requires passengers to more or less leap in and out of the vehicle. Cargo space is abundant, too. With all the seats placed upright, the Montero offers enough room for several grocery bags. When the jump seats are stored against the side, the Montero offers a long and wide cargo space. The dashboard for the 1998 Mitsubishi Montero is well designed with all the gauges and controls being conveniently-marked and within easy reach for both the driver and front passenger. However, the Multi Meter seems to serve a more cosmetic purpose rather than a useful one.

Performance & Handling

The 1998 Mitsubishi Montero is available with just one engine: a 3.5-liter, 24-valve, DOHC V-6 engine with ECI-Multi. This engine delivers 200 horsepower and 235 lb-ft of torque. It is only combined with a four-speed automatic transmission. Unlike the three-liter V-6 engine that was used in previous models, the 3.5-liter V-6 engine used in the 1998 Mitsubishi Montero offers plenty of power. The high torque figure means that the Montero is powerful enough at low revs for better off-roading capabilities. Of course, the Active-Trac four-wheel-drive system used in this generation of the Montero is very convenient and easy to use.

Safety

The 1998 Mitsubishi Montero has anti-lock brakes and airbags as standard safety features. The SUV, however, received a mediocre three out of five stars for driver and passenger safety during frontal impact tests conducted by the NHTSA.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mitsubishi Montero: 16/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • The Active-Trac 4WD system
  • Good off-roader
  • Powerful acceleration
  • Quite performance
  • Good ride quality

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Difficult entry and exit

Sum Up

Off-road ruggedness blends with modern conveniences.

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