2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor

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2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor

Key specs

Base trim shown


The good:

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

The bad:

  • Interior materials
  • No transfer case

3 trims

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Notable features

  • 225-hp V-6
  • Sportronic automatic transmission
  • FWD or AWD
  • Available side-impact airbags

2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor review: Our expert's take


As car-based, pseudo SUVs proliferate, so too do the names suggesting adventures in the great outdoors: Pilot, Highlander, Rendezvous, Escape and so on.

Ironically, buyers of these vehicles rarely venture off-road and they live in subdivisions that are gobbling up the acreage suitable for off-roading. But these vehicles aren’t really meant to go off-road, being little more than minivans gussied up in the latest automotive fashion chic.

So even if the new Mitsubishi Endeavor doesn’t have a name that suggests some far-off patch of wilderness, it does toe the line in delivering what this market expects.

Styling is typically SUV, with some surprising Japanese origami-like angles thrown in for good measure. It’s bold and different, hard to accomplish in an ever-more crowded segment of the market.

But overall, that’s as much chance as Mitsubishi, the Japanese affiliate of Germany’s DaimlerChrysler, takes with the Endeavor.

The Galant-based Endeavor is a nice step-up vehicle from the smaller, Lancer-based Mitsubishi Outlander. Both vehicles are more refined than the traditional SUV set up of the Montero and Montero Sport.

There are three trim levels: base LS, mid-level XLS and the luxury-oriented Limited available in either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive.

Mitsubishi provided an all-wheel-drive in Limited trim for reviewing.

No matter which version you choose, there is exactly one driveline: a 3.8-liter, single-overhead-cam V-6 that yields 215 horsepower, less than most competitors. Yet, it is more powerful than the V-6 that powers the Montero Sport. It proves up to the task without feeling underpowered. Still, it’s less refined than its Japanese competitors and seems winded at highway speeds.

Ride is average for the class; handling is car-like. Steering is slow compared to a car, but it’s just right for an SUV-like vehicle. The body leans predictably in corners and grip is excellent thanks to all-wheel-drive.

The Endeavor has a very commodious interior, that holds five passengers in comfort. The seats are a bit flat, but otherwise they proved acceptable.

Mitsubishi tries for an industrial look, with a big, block design and metallic-like finishes, but the inexpensive plastics did little to enhance the feel. The center of the dashboard houses a readout for time, temperature, compass heading and audio functions that resembles a poorly designed boombox. It’s more flash than substance. Information that you would expect to find there, such as fuel economy, is lacking.

Another thing to consider is the vehicle’s price.

At almost $35,000, it’s too bad that the Endeavor doesn’t have features common in other vehicles at this price range, such as third-row seating, adjustable pedals, traction control, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and rear-seat air-bags. If you consider a Ford Explorer, you’ll get all those features and a higher towing capacity.

But for some buyers, the Mitsubishi’s unique style will be all the reason that’s needed to purchase one. On that note, the Endeavor succeeds, even if its details disappoint.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.4
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews


240k and going strong

Bought in 2008 by my parents and has now been passed to me a couple years ago. Has 240k miles with the only major issue being that the sun roof doesn't work. The dash and leather seats have never cracked, this is by far my favorite car and I wish they kept making it.


Terrible car the worst everything brakes down goes

Everything is broken on car constant #6 misfire tranny replaced fails. Timing belt pulley rotors, wheel bearing. Only a fool would buy this car suv junk. So, do not it or you will regret it.


Best car I’ve ever owned!!!

Bought him new and I have 292,500 miles on him and still running strong!!! Wish they would bring this model back... I know I’ll see 300,000 miles on him so, I’m going for 400,000 miles...

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Mitsubishi
New car program benefits
60 months/60,000 miles
84 months/100,000 miles
120 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Less than 5 years/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Remainder of original 5 years/60,000 miles
Remainder of original 10-year/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
123-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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