The Endeavor is the first midsize SUV from Mitsubishi that's truly competitive. The old Montero and Montero Sport were already outdated when they landed on our shores, which explains why they were so rapidly dismissed. Then came the Outlander, which takes on the compact SUV segment.
Introduced as a 2004 model year, the odd-looking Endeavor immediately made a splash with its strong personality and equally strong fenders and fascia. It's a true utility vehicle and not some sort of crossover, despite sharing its platform with the Galant sedan and Eclipse coupe.
Generously equipped, the Endeavor comes with 17-inch wheels, side steps and a towing package allowing it to tow up to 1,587 kilos (3,500 pounds).
For 2008, the essence of the vehicle remains the same. There may have been a few tweaks here and there, particularly inside, but the Endeavor as a whole is virtually unchanged.
The interior is once again radically styled. The layout is quite unorthodox, with a bulging central display that looks as if Mitsubishi had forgotten to include it during the design process and later realized their mistake.
Beyond the overabundant plastics, occupants find a plethora of standard amenities like heated front seats, power accessories and a sunroof. The sound system is first-grade; while it may not look like it, the audio interface is actually a 360-watt Rockford Fosgate unit. Navigation is optional.
My tester was all black inside. To brighten up the atmosphere a little, Mitsubishi tastefully incorporated brushed aluminum accents. I also liked the pleasant vivid blue interior lighting and instrument backlighting.
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