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2000 Mitsubishi Montero Review
The Montero lags behind
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The 2000 Mitsubishi Montero is the legacy of one of the oldest SUV models on the market. It was first introduced all the way back in 1983, when there were few consumer comfort SUV models available on the market. The current four-door package with seven-passenger seating was first introduced in 1992.
The Mitsubishi Montero has received a lot of new standard features for the 2000 model year to keep up with the competition. Even with the luxurious Endeavor package, the Montero is still lacking. The exterior styling is old school, and lacks the smoothness of other modern SUVs. Also, the engine could use a power upgrade. If you’re looking for a full-size SUV, look elsewhere.
- Body Styles: SUV
- Engines: 3.0-liter V-6, 3.5-liter V-6
- Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
- Models: Mitsubishi Montero
The 2000 Mitsubishi Montero has received a new standard feature list that is greatly expanded compared to previous years. The Endeavor trim package adds a lot of nice features, including interior wood trim, leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, a power driver’s seat, a power sunroof, and an eight-speaker Infinity audio system.
The 2000 Mitsubishi Montero is one of the tallest vehicles on the SUV market, measuring in at 75 inches tall. This can make parking the SUV is some smaller areas somewhat difficult. The design seems ancient, and looks like some of the earlier SUV models that were available on the market. In other words, the Mitsubishi Montero is due for an upgrade.
Standard exterior features include fog lights, a power antenna, power brakes, a rear window defroster, tinted glass, 16-inch wheels, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, an anti-theft alarm system, intermittent windshield wipers, a rear window wiper, a roof rack, and skid plates for off-road driving.
The 2000 Mitsubishi Montero has a pair of bucket seats in the front of the vehicle. They are very comfortable for the driver and passenger alike. Three passengers can sit on the middle bench. A pair of rear jump seats also allow for two passengers, bringing the total capacity to seven-passenger seating. The jumps seats cleverly hide away when not in use, allowing for greater cargo capacity if necessary. Really, the jumps seats are only suitable for children and smaller passengers.
Standard features in the base Mitsubishi Montero include bucket seats, front console, keyless entry, tachometer, cloth seating, power steering, tilt steering, leather steering wheel, air conditioning, power windows, privacy glass, power door locks, power exterior mirrors, and an AM/FM/CD audio system.
Optional features include a CD player, heated front seats, power heated mirrors, a power moon roof, leather seating, power driver’s seat, headlight cleaners, and Infiniti Audio.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Mitsubishi Montero comes equipped with one engine type, a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 200 horsepower. The engine is paired with a four-speed transmission. The engine will accelerate well when asked, giving the Montero a better drive feel than its smaller sibling, the Mitsubishi Montero Sport.
The high amount of torque gives the Mitsubishi Montero a lot of power when driving off-road. The ActiveTrac four-wheel-drive system has shifting on the fly with several presets for varying road conditions. Shock absorbers also have three settings: hard, medium, and soft.
According to the stats, the Mitsubishi Montero has the ability to carry 5,000 pounds. However, we wouldn’t recommend putting this to the test. Even with lighter loads, the Mitsubishi Montero struggles. The vehicle, like the Montero Sport, could use quite a bit more power to make it a real contender in the big-power SUV market.
The 2000 Mitsubishi Montero comes equipped with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, an anti-theft alarm system, driver and passenger front airbags, and fog lights. The NHTSA did not test the Mitsubishi Montero in crash tests. The IIHS did several tests and concluded with mixed results. The Mitsubishi Montero received a score of ""Good,"" the best score, for chest, legs, and feet protection. Bumper protection received the worst score from the IIHS, ""Poor."" Overall, the 2000 Mitsubishi Montero received a score of ""Acceptable,"" the second-best score available.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mitsubishi Montero Sport, 3.0-liter five-speed manual: 14/17 mpg city/highway
Mitsubishi Montero Sport, 3.5-liter four-speed manual: 14/18 mpg city/highway
- Off-road capabilities
- Seven-passenger seating
- Great maneuverability
You Won't Like
- Old design
- Slow acceleration
- Dash layout very cluttered
The Montero lags behind
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