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2006 Mitsubishi Montero

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2006 Mitsubishi Montero Review

Excellent small SUV for both off-road and city use.

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Overview

The rugged 2006 Mitsubishi Montero is an SUV that really stands out from other sport utility vehicles in its class. Fans of off-road rally races will surely love it, as well as drivers on their daily commute to the city. They can make use of features such as the automatic transmission and comfortable interior. The remarkably luxurious interior comes somewhat unexpected when you consider its off-road and towing capabilities. It perfectly suits those looking for an all-around small SUV. It is not too big for the city but rugged enough for off-road driving.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 3.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Mitsubishi Montero Limited

What's New

The 2006 Mitsubishi Montero shows no real change from the 2003 model. You can, however, choose from two new colors. That being said, the Montero marks one of the most technologically advanced production vehicles and it outsmarts competitors in many ways. No wonder it sells in 170 countries and has been participating in prestigious off-road auto events like Dakar for 18 years.

Exterior

The Mitsubishi Montero remains quite similar to the Endeavor. However, it stands almost two inches higher and sports a full-size tire on the tailgate. Puddle lamps and roof rails come standard on the Montero. It has standard 17-inch alloy wheels. The four-door design has not changed, and illuminated running boards come standard. It provides a true off-road vehicle choice with a hint of luxury.

Interior

2006 Mitsubishi Montero accommodates up to seven passengers. It has two seats at the front accompanied by a comfortable middle-row seat for three. The third row seat fails to accommodate tall people or fully grown ones for that matter. Fortunately, it can fold flat into the floor to increase space. Leather seating also comes standard on the first two rows.

The rear passengers of this SUV will enjoy air-conditioning and privacy glass. It has six cup holders, two in each row. Mitsubishi offers optional DVD entertainment equipment; however, buyers must sacrifice the Infinity 315-watt six-CD changer and the sunroof to get the DVD option. The one-touch control for the sunroof offers power tilt-and-slide. The steering wheel uses leather and wood to give the upscale interior an extra touch of luxury. Add the trip computer and the heated and power-adjustable driver’s seat and you will get a complete idea about how nice it would feel like to sit inside this SUV.

Performance & Handling

The Mitsubishi Montero has a 3.8-liter V-6 engine that produces 215 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. It does not have a lot of power like its V-8 competitors, but the off-road capabilities more than compensate for the lack of power. In fact, its independent suspension, ride height, and ActiveTrac four-wheel-drive system makes it a good competitor in its range. It can tow up to 5000 pounds without any trouble—quite impressive for a V-6 when compared to the V-8-powered Ford Explorer or Dodge Durango.

The Montero employs a Sportronic automatic transmission system that allows manual gear change. It is a clutch-free manual mode that comes in handy during off-road driving.

The Montero’s off-road capabilities remain the strongest selling point for this SUV.

It performs well on the road thanks to the ActiveTrac four-wheel-drive system that can be partially or fully engaged on the driver’s discretion. That means you can make use of all four wheels for driving off-road and only two of them while in the city. Of course, it will not handle as well as a sedan but the highway maneuvers should satisfy most drivers. With a vehicle this tall, you cannot expect crisp handling on the road, although off-road driving proves quite fun. This helps it do well in the rallies.

Safety

Seat-mounted side airbags come standard for front passengers. Full-size side curtain airbags are not available, which results in an ""Acceptable"" rating for frontal-offset crash testing from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The 2006 Mitsubishi Montero includes anti-lock disk brakes on all four wheels and electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) standard. Traction control and an electronic stability system also come standard. It offers a tire pressure monitoring system as well.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mitsubishi Montero Limited: 13/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Luxurious interior
  • Amazing off-road capability
  • Spacious interior

You Won't Like

  • Lack of power due to the V-6
  • On-road handling inferior to a sedan
  • Third-row seating not suitable for adults

Sum Up

Excellent small SUV for both off-road and city use.

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