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2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor

2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor

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$1,708 — $8,196 USED
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Sport Utility
5 Seats
19-20 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Interior space
  • Easy maneuverability
  • Ride comfort
  • Automatic-transmission operation
  • Visibility

The Bad

  • Interior materials
  • No transfer case

What to Know

about the 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor
  • 225-hp V-6
  • Sportronic automatic transmission
  • FWD or AWD
  • Available side-impact airbags

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2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Not long after introducing the compact Outlander sport utility vehicle, Mitsubishi now has another SUV ready for sale — which makes a total of four in its lineup. Slotted squarely between the larger Montero and the smaller Montero Sport, the midsize Endeavor differs from those two in that it’s intended mainly for on-road motoring and bad-weather usage. A dual-range transfer case is not included, so its offroad capabilities are somewhat limited. Mitsubishi considers it a crossover model, and it is built on an all-new chassis.

During its introduction at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show in January 2003, Pierre Gagnon, chairman and chief executive officer of Mitsubishi Motors North America, noted that the Endeavor is the first product of Project America, which emphasizes vehicles that are designed, built and sold on this continent. Mitsubishi isn’t shy about extolling the Endeavor’s appeal, stating that it “promises to connect with one’s emotions and stir the soul.”

Three versions will be available: the LS, midrange XLS and top-of-the-line Limited. Each is offered with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Endeavors are manufactured in Normal, Ill.; they went on sale in February 2003.

Exterior
The Endeavor’s styling evolved from that of Mitsubishi’s SSU concept vehicle, which was seen at the 1999 North American International Auto Show. Mitsubishi describes the exterior as “sophisticated, intimidating, yet handsome.” A particularly bold front ...

Vehicle Overview
Not long after introducing the compact Outlander sport utility vehicle, Mitsubishi now has another SUV ready for sale — which makes a total of four in its lineup. Slotted squarely between the larger Montero and the smaller Montero Sport, the midsize Endeavor differs from those two in that it’s intended mainly for on-road motoring and bad-weather usage. A dual-range transfer case is not included, so its offroad capabilities are somewhat limited. Mitsubishi considers it a crossover model, and it is built on an all-new chassis.

During its introduction at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show in January 2003, Pierre Gagnon, chairman and chief executive officer of Mitsubishi Motors North America, noted that the Endeavor is the first product of Project America, which emphasizes vehicles that are designed, built and sold on this continent. Mitsubishi isn’t shy about extolling the Endeavor’s appeal, stating that it “promises to connect with one’s emotions and stir the soul.”

Three versions will be available: the LS, midrange XLS and top-of-the-line Limited. Each is offered with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Endeavors are manufactured in Normal, Ill.; they went on sale in February 2003.

Exterior
The Endeavor’s styling evolved from that of Mitsubishi’s SSU concept vehicle, which was seen at the 1999 North American International Auto Show. Mitsubishi describes the exterior as “sophisticated, intimidating, yet handsome.” A particularly bold front end features a louvered grille that leads to accent lines along the hood. Large wheel openings are joined by accent lines to prominent, creased wheel arches. Cast-aluminum wheels hold 17-inch tires, and they are rated for mud and snow usage.

The Endeavor rides a 108.7-inch wheelbase, stretches 190.2 inches long overall and measures 73.6 inches wide. Ground clearance is 8.3 inches. The bumper garnish is black on the LS, chrome-plated on the XLS and body-colored on the Limited edition. The Limited model also features fog lamps. The exterior mirrors are black on the LS and body-colored on the other models. The Endeavor has a fully independent suspension and all-disc brakes. A power sunroof is optional.

Interior
Five occupants fit inside the Endeavor, which has the same capacity as the Outlander and Montero Sport. (Mitsubishi’s Montero seats seven.) Rear passengers in the Endeavor get a 60/40-split, folding backseat. Cargo capacity behind the rear seat is 40.7 cubic feet, which grows to 76.4 cubic feet when the seat is folded down. The back window opens independently of the liftgate.

At night, the center controls emit blue backlighting. The XLS is equipped with such extras as premium seat upholstery, a power driver’s seat and a 315-watt CD stereo with controls mounted on the steering wheel. Options include leather upholstery and an anti-theft system. Leather backseat vent controls and a tire-pressure monitor are standard in the Limited.

Under the Hood
Derived from the engine in the Montero Sport, the Endeavor’s 3.8-liter V-6 generates 225 horsepower and 250 pounds-feet of torque. The four-speed-automatic transmission incorporates a Sportronic manual gear-change provision. Models with all-wheel drive have a viscous coupling that transfers torque between the front and rear axles. Towing capacity is 3,500 pounds in Endeavor models equipped with all-wheel drive and a Towing Prep Package.

Safety
Antilock brakes are optional on the front-drive XLS and standard on the Limited and all all-wheel-drive versions. Side-impact airbags are standard in the Limited and optional in the XLS. An Active Skid and Traction Control (ASTC) electronic stability system on the Limited model will be offered later as an option.

Driving Impressions
Despite being Mitsubishi’s largest SUV, the Endeavor is a surprisingly enjoyable vehicle of manageable size. It handles with a light touch and maneuvers with easy agility in corners. The Endeavor is almost fun to drive — which is hardly the case with many SUVs — as its ride quality beats the class norm, thanks to the vehicle’s somewhat cushiony suspension. The V-6 engine delivers a satisfying burst of power when needed for passing. Mitsubishi’s automatic transmission yields prompt, confident responses, devoid of awkwardness.

The Endeavor’s visibility from the inside is great all around. Even with a sunroof, front headroom is good; elbow space is abundant. The seats are rather softly cushioned, with only modest bolstering and mediocre support. Backseat space is roomy at the sides and tolerable in the center. The high-mounted information screen is helpful and easy to read. The interior looks a little on the cheap side with a rough edge or two. The SUV’s controls are near and clear, and the bright-rimmed gauges are easy to read.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
39 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Hands down the best vehicle I have ever owned.

by KAJAZZ from Kent, Washingotn on November 3, 2020

Hands down the best vehicle I have ever owned. Mine is 17 years old, and still runs and performs like a new car. Have never had a serious problem. In fact the biggest problem ever experienced is a ... Read full review

(5.0)

Felt just like the one I own.

by Terry from Bowling Green on October 25, 2020

Excellent SUV, stylish, comfortable, easy to handle. Economical to operate, no major mechanical issues, just normal and scheduled maintenance. Easy on the pocketbook! Really enjoy the ride! Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor currently has 6 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor LS

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Driver's
5 Star
Passenger's
4 Star
Front Seat
5 Star
Rear Seat
4 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Endeavor received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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