The larger and older of Mitsubishi's two sport utility vehicles, the Montero is unchanged for 2000 because it is scheduled to be replaced next spring by a new model. Montero has the same 107.3-inch wheelbase as the Montero Sport but is about eight inches longer and comes in one price level.
A pair of front buckets, a three-place middle bench and two rear jump seats give the Montero seven-passenger capacity. Leather upholstery is optional. The jump seats, which are better suited to children than adults, fold outward against the sides of the interior, and the middle seat folds forward to create 67 cubic feet of cargo space.
At nearly 75 inches high, Montero is among the tallest SUVs, more than seven inches taller than the best-selling Ford Explorer. That can make for a tight fit in some garages, and it means a tall step up into the interior. The one-piece tailgate opens to the right.
Under the Hood
A 200-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 and four-speed automatic transmission is the only drivetrain available. The Montero comes standard with Mitsubishi's Active-Trac 4WD system, which can be used on dry pavement.