2005 Mitsubishi Endeavor

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2005 Mitsubishi Endeavor

Key specs

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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
  • FWD or AWD
  • Standard side-impact airbags

2005 Mitsubishi Endeavor review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Shortly after introducing its compact Outlander sport utility vehicle, Mitsubishi added a larger “crossover” SUV. Similar in size to the automaker’s seven-passenger Montero, the midsize Endeavor is intended primarily for on-road motoring. A dual-range transfer case is not included, so offroad capabilities are limited.

A mid-2004 update gave the Endeavor an additional 10 horsepower and more standard features, including a tire-pressure monitor and daytime running lights. For 2005, all models get seat-mounted side-impact airbags and the XLS edition adds an anti-theft system.

Three trim levels are available: the LS, midrange XLS and top-of-the-line Limited. Each is offered with either front- or all-wheel drive.

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 and creased wheel arches are present. Cast-aluminum wheels hold 17-inch tires.

The Endeavor rides a 108.3-inch wheelbase and has 8.3 inches of ground clearance. The bumper garnish is black on the LS, chrome-plated on the XLS and body-colored on the Limited, which also features fog lamps. The Endeavor has a fully independent suspension and all-disc brakes. A power sunroof is standard on the Limited.

Five occupants fit inside the Endeavor. Rear passengers 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 cloth upholstery, a power driver’s seat and a 315-watt stereo with a six-CD changer. Leather seating surfaces and backseat climate controls are installed in the Limited edition.

Under the Hood
The Endeavor’s 3.8-liter V-6 generates 225 hp and 255 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. Towing capacity is 3,500 pounds in all-wheel-drive Endeavors equipped with the Towing Prep Package.

Antilock brakes are optional on the front-drive LS and standard on all other versions. Side-impact airbags are standard. An Active Skid and Traction Control electronic stability system is optional on the all-wheel-drive Limited.

Driving Impressions
Overall, the Endeavor is a surprisingly enjoyable vehicle of manageable size. It handles with a light touch and maneuvers with agility in corners. Ride quality beats the class norm, thanks to a 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 that are devoid of awkwardness.

Visibility is great all around. Front headroom is good, even in models equipped with a sunroof. The seats are softly cushioned, with only modest bolstering and mediocre support. Backseat space is roomy at the sides and tolerable in the center. The interior looks a little on the cheap side with a rough edge or two, but the controls are clear and the gauges are easy to read.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 3.9
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.3
  • Exterior styling 4.4
  • Reliability 4.4

Most recent consumer reviews


Most reliable vehicle I owned.

Purchased 2005 Mitsubishi Endeavor Limited Edition vehicle in 2004. I still have my vehicle in 2020. I wanted to purchase SUV for family travel. I was the first customer who had test driven my vehicle which coinincedentally came straight from its manufactures that same day. I like to think that was a sign for me to purchase this vehicle. I also investigated what kind of SUV would be safe and lasting. I had one too many bad experiences with a pre-used vehicle. I been recieving maintnance service every 3000 miles at Mitsubishi Parts and Service Department since 1990 when I purchased my first Mitsubishi vehicle.


Very disappointed in the overall vehicle

This vehicle is driven short distances every day. Consequently it’s a 2005 Endeavor limited with only 70,000 miles and always garaged . (Currently 2019) The transmission failed at 60,000 miles with no help from the manufacture. The traction control system is worthless, there is no gradual increase or decrease in power or distribution of power. It’s either on or off with no in between. It’s like driving a bucking bronco. Although this may be nitpicking you would think a limited would have an automatic dimming rear view mirror. This is the old conventional lever for day and night driving. The information system mounted in the center of the dash cannot be read during the day. The air conditioner evaporator core had to be replaced at 65,000 miles due to corrosion Resulting from a plugged drain which caused dried leaves and debris buildup. Took three trips back to the dealer to get the drain operational. The sunroof does not seal properly consequently leaks water when it’s raining or when taken through the car wash. The fact that they discontinued building this vehicle should tell you something. Recommend sticking with the major brands .


Most reliable vehicle I have EVER owned

I have owned this vehicle for 10 years. Besides regular maintenance, this vehicle has had very little issues. I am in the process of getting the coil packs replaced along with plugs and wires. The only downfall is that it seems to go through tires quickly.

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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/unlimited distance
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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