By KBB.com Editors
Mitsubishi's crossover entry is more highway cruiser than rugged off-road truck but, given how most SUV owners use their vehicles, it actually makes quite a sensible choice. With room for five, a versatile and ample cargo hold and a powerful V6 engine, the Endeavor has all the attributes to compete in this class, and its stylish exterior may appeal to those unimpressed by more pedestrian offerings.You'll Like This Car If...
If you're looking for a tough- and rugged-looking crossover that doesn't guzzle gas and feel top-heavy in turns, a vehicle like the Endeavor should suit your needs.You May Not Like This Car If...
If you need the added capacity a third-row seat provides, the Endeavor won't work for you. The Endeavor cannot tow as much as a truck-based SUV, nor is it designed for serious off-road use.What's Significant About This Car?
Endeavor models equipped with all-wheel drive receive Active Skid and Traction Control (ASTC), while side-curtain airbags become standard on both the LS and SE trim levels. A navigation system is now offered, but only on the upscale SE model.Driving It Driving Impressions
The Endeavor tracks straight and true, with no play felt in the direct and responsive steering. Its sleek shape also seems to be immune to strong crosswinds and buffeting. Around town, the Endeavor's modest size translates into easy parking and maneuverability, and even the shortest drivers will find they have not only a commanding view of the road, but also good visibility all the way around.
Mitsubishi's impressive Sportronic Sequential-Shift automatic transmission is standard on the Endeavor, allowing you the option of selecting your own gear changes without the need for a clutch pedal. Another especially nice feature is the incorporation of small triangular front A-pillar windows that allow you to see people and objects that might otherwise be blocked from view by the thick windshield pillars.
Blue Dash Lighting
The Endeavor's neat blue dash lighting has a hip, youthful appeal.
Handy Power Outlets
You shouldn't have a problem finding places to plug in your accessories; the Endeavor features four 12-volt power outlets.
A look inside the Endeavor reveals a modern, clean interior with seating for five and a wide rear cargo area. The dash is rather pronounced, with a strong center section that stands out and is flanked by two wing-like vents. In the center of the console are the climate and audio controls, as well as an LCD graphic display screen that shows various functions and information and the optional DVD navigation. The large cargo area can be expanded by folding down one or both rear-seat backs.Exterior
With its chiseled good looks and tall body, the Endeavor stands apart from the mundane "overgrown station wagon" crowd. It has a bold look that is pure SUV, yet under its bulging flanks resides a two-wheel-drive unit-body platform shared with the new Galant sedan.Notable Standard Equipment
Standard equipment on the Endeavor includes a 3.8-liter V6, Sportronic Sequential-Shift four-speed automatic transmission, manual air conditioning, front side-impact airbags, front and rear side-curtain airbags, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), power windows, power locks, power mirrors, rear defroster, remote keyless entry, four 12-volt outlets, AM/FM stereo with CD, cruise control, remote tailgate release, tire pressure monitor, 17-inch alloy wheels and a rear wiper/washer.Notable Optional Equipment
Options include a tow package, all-wheel drive, heated front seats and mirrors, leather-wrapped steering wheel, power sunroof, skid control, 360-watt Rockford Fosgate audio, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, navigation and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system.Under the Hood
The Endeavor offers only one engine choicea powerful V6 that pulls strongly and achieves acceptable fuel economy.
225 horsepower @ 5000 rpm
255 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/23 (2WD), 17/21 (AWD)
The Endeavor LS two-wheel-drive model has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $27,624, while the all-wheel-drive version stickers for $29,624. A fully-loaded SE tops out around $35,000. A look at the Fair Purchase Price will show you what others in your area are paying for their vehicles, so be sure to check it out before you begin negotiations. The Endeavor is expected to retain a less-than-average residual value, below that of the Nissan Murano, Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Chevrolet Equinox and Ford Freestyle.