2008 Mitsubishi Endeavor

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Key Specs

of the 2008 Mitsubishi Endeavor. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

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

The Bad

  • No transfer case
  • Seat support

Notable Features of the 2008 Mitsubishi Endeavor

  • Electronic stability system
  • FWD or AWD
  • Carlike construction

2008 Mitsubishi Endeavor Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Shortly after introducing its compact Outlander sport utility vehicle, Mitsubishi added the Endeavor, 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. The Endeavor's competition includes the Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder, Buick Rendezvous and Chevrolet Equinox. For 2008, all Endeavors get a standard electronic stability system and a new exhaust finisher, but the rear glass no longer opens independent of the rear hatch on the LS model.

Two trim levels are offered: LS and SE. Each is available with either front- or all-wheel drive. Antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution are standard.


Exterior
The Endeavor has a front end that features a chrome grille set above a chin-type spoiler. The bodyside cladding has been removed, and the LS has body-colored bumpers. SE models get body-colored door handles, side mirrors and rear license plate garnish. Large wheel openings and creased wheel arches are present, as is a rear bumper extension. The 2008 Endeavor gets a new exhaust finisher and three new exterior colors: Rave Red, Quick Silver and Canyon Beige.

The Endeavor rides a 108.3-inch wheelbase and has 8.3 inches of ground clearance. A fully independent suspension and all-disc brakes are utilized. The SUV has 17-inch tires.


Interior
Five people can fit inside the Endea...
Vehicle Overview
Shortly after introducing its compact Outlander sport utility vehicle, Mitsubishi added the Endeavor, 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. The Endeavor's competition includes the Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder, Buick Rendezvous and Chevrolet Equinox. For 2008, all Endeavors get a standard electronic stability system and a new exhaust finisher, but the rear glass no longer opens independent of the rear hatch on the LS model.

Two trim levels are offered: LS and SE. Each is available with either front- or all-wheel drive. Antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution are standard.


Exterior
The Endeavor has a front end that features a chrome grille set above a chin-type spoiler. The bodyside cladding has been removed, and the LS has body-colored bumpers. SE models get body-colored door handles, side mirrors and rear license plate garnish. Large wheel openings and creased wheel arches are present, as is a rear bumper extension. The 2008 Endeavor gets a new exhaust finisher and three new exterior colors: Rave Red, Quick Silver and Canyon Beige.

The Endeavor rides a 108.3-inch wheelbase and has 8.3 inches of ground clearance. A fully independent suspension and all-disc brakes are utilized. The SUV has 17-inch tires.


Interior
Five people can 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 can no longer open independent of the liftgate on the LS model.

Cloth seating surfaces are standard, and leather seating surfaces are optional. Two-tone leather seating is now available on the SE. Numerous option packages that bundle features like satellite radio, a power driver's seat, leather seating surfaces, heated mirrors and a navigation system are available.


Under the Hood
The Endeavor's 3.8-liter V-6 generates 225 horsepower and 255 pounds-feet of torque. The four-speed automatic transmission incorporates a Sportronic manual-shift provision. Models with all-wheel drive have a viscous coupling. When properly equipped, maximum towing capacity is 3,500 pounds for all-wheel-drive Endeavors. For 2008, the tow package includes a power-steering fluid cooler.

Safety
Antilock brakes and side-impact airbags for the front seats are standard. Side curtain airbags with rollover protection are standard in all Endeavors, and all models get a standard electronic stability system and tire pressure monitoring system.

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.

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. Controls are clear and the gauges are easy to read.



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.1)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Very happy

by shanna from albuquerque on May 18, 2018

I like this car a lot . I got room for DAAys . I feel very safe it this car. the car good for rood trips. Read full review

(5.0)

Highly rated, Low priced

by Mountainman from Aurora, CO on November 15, 2017

I can't say enough good things about the Endeavor. I bought it in 2009 after studying SUV's and found it was one of the highest rated SUV's. When I started looking into them I was pleasantly surprised ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2008 Mitsubishi Endeavor currently has 3 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2008 Mitsubishi Endeavor LS

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
acceptable
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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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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