1999 Mitsubishi Montero

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1999 Mitsubishi Montero Review

A pleasant surprise from a lower tier company.

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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 was brought onto the market. This vehicle has a choice of three different engines and two different transmissions. This vehicle has tinted privacy glass standard, which may please buyers who are used to seeing this feature as an option in a luxury package. A leather-wrapped steering wheel, power windows, and power door locks are other nice features that come standard on this 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

There are no changes for this vehicle for the 1999 model year, except for an exterior color choice, Tropical Green Pearl, is now discontinued.

Exterior

There are many different exterior color choices to choose from. The ES and Limited sub-models offer five color choices, the LS offers six and the XLS offers eight. Standard exterior features include 15-inch alloy wheels, tinted privacy glass, power antenna, power exterior mirrors, and a flip up rear windshield. Optional exterior features include a power moon roof, sport suspension, a trailer hitch, chrome wheels, and a roof rack.

Interior

The ES and Limited sub-models only offer one color choice for the interior, while the LS and XLS sub-models offer two color choices. Standard interior features include cloth bucket seats, a leather-trimmed steering wheel that is also powered and tilting, and power windows and door locks. Air-conditioning is standard on all sub-models except for the ES, where it is an optional feature. Unfortunately, there is no standard audio system for this vehicle, although there is an optional AM/FM/Cassette audio system with eight speakers that can be added to the XLS sub-model. This vehicle also has plenty of storage space.

The center front armrest provides a place to store small items 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 total cargo room with the seats up is 43.4 cubic feet, while the total cargo room with the seats folded is 79.3 cubic feet.

Performance & Handling

The Montero Sport 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 vehicle’s stability. This vehicle’s maximum towing capacity is 5000 pounds. This SUV also utilizes re-circulating ball steering, which helps the driver to drive more easily, and more comfortably, over rough terrain.

Safety

Although the Montero Sport received poor safety ratings from the IIHS overall, this vehicle is still 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 include four-wheel anti-lock brakes, front and rear anti-roll bars, a day-night rearview mirror, rear child safety door locks, and a locking glove box. Since the glove box on this vehicle 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 rating
  • No standard audio system

Sum Up

A pleasant surprise from a lower tier company.

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