2006 Mitsubishi Montero

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Key Specs

of the 2006 Mitsubishi Montero. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Passenger room
  • Cargo space
  • Low-range gearing
  • Versatile 4WD system

The Bad

  • Difficult entry and exit
  • Maneuverability
  • Abundant size
  • Fuel economy

Notable Features of the 2006 Mitsubishi Montero

  • 215-hp V-6
  • Five-speed automatic
  • Standard 4WD
  • Unibody construction

2006 Mitsubishi Montero Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Attesting to its offroad prowess, Mitsubishi's largest sport utility vehicle has dominated recent Paris-to-Dakar rallies. In addition to the Montero, Mitsubishi also produces the slightly smaller midsize Endeavor and the compact Outlander. All of Mitsubishi's SUVs have suffered from sluggish sales lately.

For 2006, only a Limited model is offered. Other than a smaller selection of color choices, nothing has changed for the 2006 model year.


Exterior
Not much in the Montero's appearance has changed since it was updated in 2003. Changes then included a restyled grille, new integrated side steps and fresh bodyside cladding. The front and rear ends have a rounded profile, and the Montero has minimal overhangs.

Measuring 190.2 inches long overall on a 109.7-inch wheelbase, the four-door Montero is comparable in size to the Endeavor but nearly 2 inches taller. A full-size spare tire sits on the tailgate, and a power sunroof, tire-pressure-monitoring system and 17-inch alloy wheels are standard.

Monteros have a fully independent front and rear suspension, which Mitsubishi says is a benefit for offroad travel. Illuminated running boards, flip-open third-row windows, rear privacy glass and door-mounted puddle lamps are standard. A removable tool kit includes a flashlight.


Interior
The Montero seats up to seven people using two front buckets, a folding three-person middle bench seat and a removable two-place rear seat that folds flat into the floor.

The SUV com...
Vehicle Overview
Attesting to its offroad prowess, Mitsubishi's largest sport utility vehicle has dominated recent Paris-to-Dakar rallies. In addition to the Montero, Mitsubishi also produces the slightly smaller midsize Endeavor and the compact Outlander. All of Mitsubishi's SUVs have suffered from sluggish sales lately.

For 2006, only a Limited model is offered. Other than a smaller selection of color choices, nothing has changed for the 2006 model year.


Exterior
Not much in the Montero's appearance has changed since it was updated in 2003. Changes then included a restyled grille, new integrated side steps and fresh bodyside cladding. The front and rear ends have a rounded profile, and the Montero has minimal overhangs.

Measuring 190.2 inches long overall on a 109.7-inch wheelbase, the four-door Montero is comparable in size to the Endeavor but nearly 2 inches taller. A full-size spare tire sits on the tailgate, and a power sunroof, tire-pressure-monitoring system and 17-inch alloy wheels are standard.

Monteros have a fully independent front and rear suspension, which Mitsubishi says is a benefit for offroad travel. Illuminated running boards, flip-open third-row windows, rear privacy glass and door-mounted puddle lamps are standard. A removable tool kit includes a flashlight.


Interior
The Montero seats up to seven people using two front buckets, a folding three-person middle bench seat and a removable two-place rear seat that folds flat into the floor.

The SUV comes standard with leather first- and second-row seating surfaces, a leather- and wood-trimmed steering wheel, imitation wood accents, heated front seats, a 14-way adjustable driver's seat, heated mirrors and six passenger-assist grips. Rear air conditioning is included. The 315-watt Mitsubishi/Infinity sound system includes a six-CD changer.

A backseat DVD entertainment system is optional. Maximum cargo space totals 91.7 cubic feet, but drops to 39.8 cubic feet when all the seats are in their upright position.


Under the Hood
The Montero's 3.8-liter V-6 produces 215 horsepower and 248 pounds-feet of torque. The V-6 teams with a five-speed Sportronic automatic transmission that permits manually selected gear changes. Four-wheel drive with a Low range and a locking center differential is standard.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes, traction control, an electronic stability system and seat-mounted side-impact airbags for the front seats are standard.

Driving Impressions
Though it is capable for ordinary driving and built for offroad prowess, Mitsubishi's flagship SUV has an old-fashioned feel to it. The Montero's excessive size and trucklike sounds won't appeal to buyers who prefer a more modern — and perhaps smaller — SUV. The Montero's rally racing dominance is an interesting aside, but won't matter much to most SUV buyers unless they plan to engage in serious offroad driving.


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
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(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(5.0)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Not so subtle perfection. Great car.

by Aqua from Los Angeles, CA on August 27, 2018

Exceeded expectations of an SUV. Reliable transportation. Minimum repairs. Traveled extensively, rain, snow, rough roads, and Montero took on the challenge. Only regret, vehicle no longer sold new in ... Read full review

(5.0)

reliable old fashion suv

by almost retired from seattle on July 14, 2016

96k miles later and we love this suv. No powerhouse but reliable. i love the 4x4 capability we do use that a lot. not greatest to tow, brakes are little weak for that too. we get more than 17 MPG, Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2006 Mitsubishi Montero currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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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 Montero 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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