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2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor

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2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor Review

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In a sea of car-based, crossover sport-utility vehicles, it's easy to overlook the 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor. Although the Endeavor has been around for a number of years, it is still not on many consumers' radar. For those not needing rock-climbing off-road ability or the need to tow a big boat, a vehicle like the Mitsubishi Endeavor makes good, practical sense. With room for five and available all-wheel drive, the Endeavor competes with such venerable favorites as the Toyota Highlander, Nissan Murano and GMC Terrain. However, it's the Mitsubishi Endeavor's long list of standard features and competitive price that will probably motivate most consumers to give this sporty crossover a second look.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a car-like ride in a rugged-looking crossover that offers plenty of ground clearance and a plethora of standard features, the 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor is not to be overlooked.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're looking for maximum fuel economy in a roomy all-wheel-drive vehicle, the Subaru Outback 2.5 might make a better choice. Those who tow heavy loads or venture into rugged off-road territory will probably be better off in something like the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

What's Significant About This Car?

For 2011, Mitsubishi adds the Navigation and Sunroof package to the up-level Endeavor SE. The package comes at no additional cost and includes touch-screen navigation, rear backup camera, a power sunroof, and a rear cargo cover.

Driving the Endeavor

Driving Impressions In our few days spent behind the wheel of the 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor, we found the vehicle delivered good ride quality with steering that was direct and responsive. On long...

highway stretches, the Endeavor tracked straight and true, and was seemingly impervious to strong crosswinds and buffeting. In city and suburban driving, the car's modest size translates into easy parking and maneuverability. Thanks to its high seating position and low beltline, drivers of all sizes will find they have a commanding view of the road. Rated at 225 horsepower, the Endeavor's V6 isn't as strong as some competitors, nor is it as quiet. We could live with both attributes if the trade-off was great gas mileage, but the Endeavor is rated at a mere 15 miles per gallon in the government's city driving cycle and 21 miles per gallon in the highway driving test.

Rockford Fosgate Audio System
This mild family cruiser gets a little extra kick over its competition, thanks to the
360-watt Rockford Fosgate system.

Handy Power Outlets
You shouldn't have a problem finding places to plug in your accessories: The Mitsubishi Endeavor features four 12-volt power outlets.

2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor Details
Interior

The 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor provides plenty of passenger space both front and rear. Fold down the Endeavor's rear seats and its cargo hold expands to fit any number of items, from bags of mulch to a flat screen TV. The instrument panel is rather pronounced, with a bulging center stack containing the climate and audio controls, flanked by two wing-like vents. Atop the stack is a large LCD graphic display screen that shows various functions and information and, on Endeavor SE, houses the DVD navigation. One particular feature that caught our eye is the small corner window forward of the front door that provides a clear, unobstructed view of pedestrians and other traffic normally blocked by the mirrors and windshield pillar.

Exterior
2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor photo

While Mitsubishi identifies the 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor as a crossover, its sculpted lines and muscular fender flares give it the appearance of a capable SUV. Far from being just another overgrown station wagon, the Endeavor impresses with its good ground clearance, tall roof, and large cargo hold. Clever design elements include a low load-in height at the rear hatch, pedestal-style folding side mirrors, and an integrated roof rack. The base LS trim features color-keyed door handles and mirrors, while the up-level SE gets heated side mirrors.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Standard equipment on the base 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor LS includes a 225-horsepower, 3.8-liter V6 engine connected to a Sportronic Sequential-Shift four-speed automatic transmission. Other standards include remote keyless entry, four 12-volt outlets, remote tailgate release, and 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels. Standard audio is an AM/FM stereo unit with a CD player. The up-level Endeavor SE adds heated outside mirrors, steering wheel audio controls, leather seating, a DVD-based navigation system, a power sunroof, rear backup camera, and a 360-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system.

Optional Equipment

Options for the Endeavor LS and SE trims include a tow package (trailer hitch and wiring harness) and the Appearance Package (rear mud guards, rear cargo tray and black side steps).

Under the Hood

The 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor offers only one engine choice: a 225-horsepower, 3.8-liter V6 that pulls adequately 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.

3.8-liter V6
225 horsepower @ 5000 rpm
255 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21 (2WD), 15/19 (AWD)

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2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 298 Ratings for the 2004 - 2011 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Have own since new Great suv going to 200K

By on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 115,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Would buy again if they still made them"

Cons: "Wheel's appearance did not hold up"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Many people don,t know they must use Plus gas. 2MPG more with plus gas. Also use Prem. on trips, get 20.1 MPG at only .20 cents more per gal. normal with Plus is 18.3 Save $4 to $6 on total fill ups This SUV is very agile, surefooted."

Great dependable vehicle, smoothest ride ever with

By on Saturday, June 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 249,744

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"4 wheel independant suspension. On the downside, it's not fuel efficient or as peppy as my Kia sorento. the black paint was defective but 4 years later Mitsubishi paid for a complete new paint job. Transmission went out at 210,000 and had to be rebuilt. My wife will miss it. Handles great in bad weather conditions, excellent cornering and spacious interior. Minimal blind spots with large windows. Cabin is fairly quiet on open road. Mitsubishi blew it when they failed to upgrade and finally stopped making these gems."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Never had a problem with my Endeavor

By on Thursday, June 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 142,100

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Extremely reliable"

Cons: "Power windows break easily"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I bought a new endeavor in 2004, the first year the model was available. At the time, they were a great value. Their prices have gone up since then so they are not as great a value anymore. I have never had a single problem with the powertrain. I'm approaching 150K miles and have never had a single problem. Very reliable. The only issue I had was with the power windows. They've broken 3 times. A little plastic piece inside is very cheap. And the factory tires didn't last 40K miles. But other than that, a very reliable car."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Good family car

By on Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Decent price, GREAT sound system, family car"

Cons: "Gas mileage, AWD"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"When my husband and I went car shopping I was looking for a jeep grand cherokee and found this instead. At first I was kinda dissapointed that it is AWD but, after driving it through this whole winter and NOT having any problems at all staying on the road I love it. I have 2 kids and their carseats have enough room plus when I have our 3'rd child I will be able to fit that as well. The sound systemis awesome!! It may not be important to some people but there are 4 cup holders up front 2 in the center console and then 1 on each door, plus if you have older kids/adults in the back seat then there are also 2 more back there as well. The trunk is large enough to hold our double stroller with out any problems, plus I can add groceries in as well (not as many as an empty trunk but still). The front seats will lay right down if you need them to I love that feature. The back seats will lay down flat as long as you take out the headrest, if you need to carry something big inside your car. The one big thing that I do not like about the car is the gas mileage though. To get to work I need to take the interstate a lot and doing so I will go through a tank of gas in 3 days round trip which is about 250 miles, compared to the 300+ taking back roads that I get."

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Reliable but roadnoisy

By on Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 135,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Very reliable and performs well on long trips."

Cons: "Road noisy. Cannot enjoy long trips due to this."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"This could have been the best designed vehicle. All they needed to do was insulate the interior better. I could not carry a conversation with my wife on long trips. As far as performance and reliability, the car has been flawless. I still regret not having noticed the immense road noise this vehicle had during my test drive. The passenger door handle broke twice in 3 years. The rear hatch door handle broke after 6 years."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Great car for the price

By on Monday, April 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 115,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I owned this car for 7 years and never had any major problems with it. Would buy another one if Mitsubish was still making them. The Outlander is too small and has a generic body style. I loved the sporty look and size of the Endevor. I'm gonna miss it but it is time to move on. I am giving this to my 16 year old because it is just what he needs and I know it will last another 70,000 miles."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

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