2000 Mitsubishi Montero

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2000 Mitsubishi Montero

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2000 Mitsubishi Montero review: Our expert's take


If you think young guys look at sports cars with admiring glances, you obviously haven’t spent much time in the rugged Mitsubishi Montero Sport.

Redesigned for the 2000 model year, the vehicle features crisp roof lines and pillars, nestled upon a bulging, muscular body. Up front, a deft balance of angular blackout trim and chrome gives this vehicle a tough, macho appearance.

This is no styling illusion. The Montero Sport is derived from Mitsubishi’s old Mighty Max pickup, so this isn’t the plush minivan-esque cruiser that many SUVs have become. Instead, this is a T-R-U-C-K, with all the bounce and body lean that implies.

Not to say this is a bad place to spend some time.

There are four trim levels, ES, LS, XLS and Limited. The first three trim levels get a 3-liter single-overhead-cam 24-valve V-6 engine good for 165 horsepower. Opting for the top-of-the-line Limited nets a 197-horsepower 3.5-liter single-overhead-cam V-6, good for 197 horsepower and similar to the mill found on the larger Montero. All models are available with either rear-wheel-drive or part-time four-wheel-drive.

The test vehicle was the full-zoot Limited with part-time four-wheel-drive. Although the extra oomph of the 3.5-liter is welcome, it never feels overly quick off the line, but power is more impressive once up to speed.

Handling is about average for this type of truck: somewhat cumbersome, but easy to control. Suspension is independent up front, torsion bar out back. The ride only gets choppy over the broken, bombed-out craters that appear this time year.

A four-speed automatic is standard across the line and features adaptive shift control. The transmission adapts its shift points to the driver’s driving style. In addition, there’s a winter driving mode which starts the vehicle in second gear from a stop.

If you’re actually going off-road, the Montero’s four-wheel-drive is engaged by a console mounted lever with high and low range. A limited-slip-differential is available for both two-wheel- and four-wheel-drive models, but you have to pop for the XLS and Limited trim levels to get it.

Two-wheel-drive models make do with front disc, rear drum brakes. Better to opt for four-wheel-drive which nets you discs at all four corners and ABS.

Tow hooks are standard front and rear and skid plates cover the engine, fuel tank and transfer case.

Aside from the engine, what separates the Montero Sport Limited from more plebeian Montero Sports is its somewhat cushy cabin. The cabin itself doesn’t have as much height as you might expect, meaning some tall passengers might feel cheated of headroom. Watching traffic lights means ducking to see them.

The seats are firm and supportive. The test vehicle’s gray leather didn’t appear opulent, but it gave the cabin an upscale feel. That can’t be said of the fake wood trim, which seemed less tasteful.

The amenities are all here, with power windows/locks/mirrors, power sunroof, keyless entry, security system, mud guards, seat heaters and a decent, if powerful stereo. Sadly, the sound from the Infinity 7-speaker AM/FM/CD 210-watt audio system is just average.

Mileage was low, even for an SUV. City driving yielded a paltry 13 mpg, with 16.6 in highway driving. At least it takes regular gas.

Like other Mitsubishis, the Montero Sport has styling that is truly distinctive, even if its performance and amenities are mid-pack. But style is what the SUV market is about right now, and that the Montero Sport has in spades.

Engine: 3.5-liter SOHC V-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic only
Tires: 255/70R16 mud/snow
Wheelbase: 107.3 inches
Length: 181.1 inches
Width: 69.9 inches
Curb weight: 4,330 pounds
Cargo volume: 43.4 cubic feet (seats up), 79.3 cubic feet (seats down)
EPA rating: 16 city, 20 highway
Test mileage: 14.75 mpg

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior design 5.0
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 5.0
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews


Best car I've ever owned

There is a cult following for this vehicle . The generation called the 2.5 generation (made from 98-00) is very rare and very desirable. They still command great sums of money.


Posh, Reliable SUV

Great vehicle. Goes well in snow/mud and is a champ in tight off-road maneuvers. Handles well on road for such a high profile vehicle, although this is no sports car. I travel a lot with friends/family and this is a great vehicle to do so in. Love the super sized sunroof, heated seats, mitsu/infinity sound system, passenger space, and best of all the view over traffic. It's awesome! I do wish however that Mitsubishi would've offered a V8, or even a high output V6 such as Nissan's 3.5 240hp/265lb. ft offering. I'm dropping a 4.0 300hp Lexus motor in mine and updating the suspension as well. Great truck, utterly reliable, and safe too.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Mitsubishi
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
84 months/100,000 miles
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 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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