By KBB.com Editors
The 2010 Mitsubishi Endeavor crossover 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 for families on the go. 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. Mitsubishi is also making some great deals to move the Endeavor, another favorable reason to test drive this often overlooked value.You'll Like This Car If...
If you're looking for a tough- and rugged-looking crossover that drives like a car, yet offers plenty of ground clearance, a vehicle like the 2010 Mitsubishi 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, and its fuel economy numbers fall far short of similar-sized all-wheel-drive competitors such as the six-cylinder Subaru Outback 3.0.What's New for 2010
Changes for the 2010 Mitsubishi Endeavor include a new grille and tailgate design, new 18-inch alloy wheels on the SE trim and the addition of Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity with voice recognition.Driving It Driving Impressions
The 2010 Mitsubishi 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.Favorite Features
Rockford Fosgate audio system
360-watts and a built-in subwoofer give this mild family cruiser a little extra kick over its competition.
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 2010 Mitsubishi Endeavor reveals a modern, clean interior and a wide rear cargo area. Passenger space is more than acceptable for four adults, and with the rear seats folded, the Endeavor can swallow quite a few mulch bags. We particularly appreciate the small corner window forward of the front door, providing a clear, unobstructed view of pedestrians and other traffic normally block by the mirrors and windshield pillar. 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.Exterior
With its chiseled good looks and tall body, the 2010 Mitsubishi Endeavor stands apart from the mundane "overgrown station wagon" crowd. The LE trim features color-keyed door handles and mirrors, while the SE gets heated side mirrors. The Endeavor may be a classified as a crossover, but it has a bold look that is pure SUV. What may surprise many consumers is the fact that under its bulging flanks resides a two-wheel-drive unit-body platform shared with the 2010 Mitsubishi Galant Sedan.Notable Standard Equipment
Standard equipment on the Endeavor LS 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), Active Skid and Traction Control, power windows, power locks, power mirrors, rear defroster, remote keyless entry, four 12-volt outlets, AM/FM stereo with CD, Bluetooth, cruise control, remote tailgate release, tire pressure monitor, 17-inch alloy wheels and a rear wiper/washer. SE trims add heated outside mirrors, steering wheel audio controls, leather seating, heated front seats, eight-way power driver's seat, 360-watt Rockford Forsgate audio, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and a color LCD center display screen.Notable Optional Equipment
Options for the LS trim include a tow package (trailer hitch and wiring harness) and the Appearance Package (rear mud guards, rear cargo tray and black side steps). Optional on the SE AWD is the Sunroof and Navigation Package that adds a power sunroof, rear cargo cover and a DVD navigation system with rear backup camera.Under the Hood
The Endeavor offers only one engine choice – a powerful 3.8-liter V6 that pulls strongly but achieves marginal fuel economy. The engine is teamed to a four-speed Sportronic automatic transmission that features a manual shift mode good for passing or engine braking when descending steep grades.
225 horsepower @ 5000 rpm
255 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21 (2WD), 15/19 (AWD)
The Endeavor LS two-wheel-drive model's Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts just under $29,000, while the SE trim starts closer to $31,000. A fully loaded SE AWD tops out around $37,000. 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 Edge.