There is no doubt that the Montero SUV from Mitsubishi has some good qualities going for it. These SUVs are extraordinarily good looking and have comfortable, well equipped cabins. The 2004 Mitsubishi Montero fits right in with the rest of the family. This SUV is well equipped with standard features and safety features as well. The leather upholstery is a nice bonus and one can’t forget that this vehicle is very good at taking on all kinds of off road terrain. On the other hand, the Montero’s performance on the road leaves a bit to be desired. This SUV would be ideal for the owner that wants the all-terrain abilities and good looks.
Body Styles: sport utility vehicle
Engines: 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Mitsubishi Montero Limited
For the 2004 model year, Mitsubishi chose to discontinue the base XLS model, leaving the Limited as the only trim level for the year. New standard features include rear air conditioning, dual power seats, and automatic climate control. The Montero also received a tire pressure monitoring system and a revised gauge cluster design.
Much like the Montero Sport, the 2004 Mitsubishi Montero is a good looking SUV with plenty of character inside and out. This SUV features a rather boxy design with slight curves on the fenders and sides. The front end and grille are assertive with a unique design and the Mitsubishi logo placed in the center of the grille. The rear end of the Montero is squared off and the roof is equipped with a rack. Mitsubishi offered this model in several colors including Memphis Blue Pearl, Sudan Beige Metallic, and Champagne Metallic. The Montero also had two-toned exterior color choices as well. Cambridge Red Pearl/Sudan Beige Metallic and Solano Black Pearl/Sudan Beige Metallic was a couple of the available options.
The first thing one notice about the interior of the 2004 Mitsubishi Montero is the elegant design and high quality materials used in the cabin. Though not a luxury SUV, the Montero has the look and feel of one on the inside. There is plenty of head and leg room in the Montero and the front bucket seats are upholstered with comfortable leather. Both seats are power adjusted. The driver’s seat also features adjustable lumbar support. Both the driver’s and the front passenger seat are heated as well. In the rear of the vehicle, the seats are split folding and can recline too. There is a folding center armrest in the back of the cabin as well. Door locks, windows, and mirrors are power operated. Mitsubishi made every attempt to add some luxury in the Montero. This SUV has faux wood trim located on the doors, dash, and center console. The tilt adjustable wood and leather steering wheel offers controls for the cruise control on the column for convenience. A seven speaker audio system is standard as well.
Performance & Handling
With some of the models available, it can be a challenge to remember that SUVs were actually made for off road adventures originally. The 2004 Mitsubishi Montero has that trait well in hand. Test drivers were pleasantly surprised to discover this SUV really can go off road well. There is naturally a trade -off for its all -terrain abilities. The Montero isn’t the best option available for on road driving. It isn’t as powerful as some of the competition and the handling isn’t up to par. The V-6 engine is capable of 215 hp and offers 248 lb-ft of torque.
Mitsubishi added plenty of standard safety features to the Montero in the 2004 model year. This model is equipped with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, dual front side mounted airbags, and traction control. It also has tire pressure monitoring system, new for this model, and electronic brake force distribution. For parents or child caregivers, the Montero is equipped with child seat anchors and rear door child safety locks. Headrests are in the front and rear of the cabin. Two are located in the front with the remaining three in the rear of the vehicle. An engine immobilizer is standard as well.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mitsubishi Montero: 13/18 mpg city/highway
- Impressive off road capabilities
- Excellent materials in the cabin
- Nice cabin design
- Lots of cargo space
You Won't Like
- Limited space in third row
- Lacks power compared to the competition
- Handling mediocre on road
Great for off road driving, but lacks passenger capacity and performance of other competitor’s models.
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