2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor

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$24,999

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2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

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

The bad:

  • Interior materials
  • No transfer case

3 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Our 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

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

2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor review: Our expert's take

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The verdict:

Versus the competiton:

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 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.4
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

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...

5.0

Hands down the best vehicle I have ever owned.

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 dead worn out battery, which has nothing to do with the car. People who see my 2004 Endeavor are astonished to hear that I have owned it since October 2003, thinking that it must be at least 10 years newer than that. I never have kept one car this long, and did not intend to when I purchased it in October 2003 - But I intend to keep it the rest of my life, ans expect that it will outlive me.

5.0

Felt just like the one I own.

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!

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Mitsubishi
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
Powertrain
Remainder of original 10-year/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
123-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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