2004 Mitsubishi Montero Sport

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Key Specs

of the 2004 Mitsubishi Montero Sport. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Ride quality
  • Quietness
  • Easy handling
  • Manageable size
  • Transmission operation

The Bad

  • Difficult entry and exit
  • Seat controls
  • Curiously light feel overall
  • Fuel economy

Notable Features of the 2004 Mitsubishi Montero Sport

  • 3.5-liter V-6
  • Heavy-duty construction
  • Curvy appearance for an SUV
  • Available A4WD
  • Low-range gearing

2004 Mitsubishi Montero Sport Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Unlike the larger, seven-passenger Mitsubishi Montero sport utility vehicle, the company’s midsize Montero Sport seats five people. Built on a truck chassis, the Sport got an elevated roofline for the 2003 model year.

The ES and Limited editions have disappeared from the 2004 lineup. Now, only the LS and XLS models are offered, and the automaker says that value has been added to both. The LS is now considered the base model and has lost some equipment, but those items are available in an option group. Both models now use the more powerful 3.5-liter engine that was formerly installed only on the more upscale versions. New roof rails and 16-inch alloy wheels are standard. Touring and Luxury packages are available for the XLS.

Rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive are available in the Montero Sport. Mitsubishi’s All 4-Wheel Drive (A4WD) system operates in full-time mode but has a choice of part-time operation in either High or Low range.

Exterior
At 181.1 inches long overall, the Montero Sport is approximately 9 inches shorter than the regular Montero, which is more upright and angular in appearance. The Montero Sport is a little more rounded and has standard fender flares and running boards. It rides a 107.3-inch wheelbase and measures 69.9 inches wide, while its 68.3-inch height gives a lower profile than the regular Montero’s.

A clamshell-type tailgate features a flip-up window on the top and a drop-down tailgate below. Alloy wheels hold 16-in...
Vehicle Overview
Unlike the larger, seven-passenger Mitsubishi Montero sport utility vehicle, the company’s midsize Montero Sport seats five people. Built on a truck chassis, the Sport got an elevated roofline for the 2003 model year.

The ES and Limited editions have disappeared from the 2004 lineup. Now, only the LS and XLS models are offered, and the automaker says that value has been added to both. The LS is now considered the base model and has lost some equipment, but those items are available in an option group. Both models now use the more powerful 3.5-liter engine that was formerly installed only on the more upscale versions. New roof rails and 16-inch alloy wheels are standard. Touring and Luxury packages are available for the XLS.

Rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive are available in the Montero Sport. Mitsubishi’s All 4-Wheel Drive (A4WD) system operates in full-time mode but has a choice of part-time operation in either High or Low range.

Exterior
At 181.1 inches long overall, the Montero Sport is approximately 9 inches shorter than the regular Montero, which is more upright and angular in appearance. The Montero Sport is a little more rounded and has standard fender flares and running boards. It rides a 107.3-inch wheelbase and measures 69.9 inches wide, while its 68.3-inch height gives a lower profile than the regular Montero’s.

A clamshell-type tailgate features a flip-up window on the top and a drop-down tailgate below. Alloy wheels hold 16-inch tires. Tubular side steps are standard on the XLS and optional on the LS.

Interior
The Montero Sport seats five people on front buckets and a three-place rear seat that reclines and folds forward. The SUV yields a maximum cargo space of 79.3 cubic feet when the rear seat is folded. A Convenience Package for the LS adds cruise control, remote keyless entry, side steps and privacy glass. A power sunroof, Infinity premium audio system, cargo cover and dimpled leather steering-wheel cover are included in the XLS Touring Package.

Under the Hood
Both models now use a 197-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine that teams with a four-speed-automatic transmission. Montero Sports may have either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, which includes a Low range.

Safety
Montero Sport 4x4s come with antilock brakes. Side-impact airbags are not available.

Driving Impressions
Is it a truck or isn’t it? Because it steers, handles and rides with exceptional lightness, the carlike sensations of the Montero Sport seem a little out of place. Otherwise, this SUV does all that it’s supposed to in a competent manner.

Despite its midsize dimensions, the interior feels slightly cramped. Entry into the driver’s seat is tougher than expected; you’ll need to duck your head considerably to get in. The seat controls are confusing, and headroom isn’t the most ample.

The Montero Sport runs quietly with minimal road and wind noise, and it responds eagerly to a light push on the gas pedal. The automatic transmission also reacts well and without any awkwardness. Quite a bit of body motion is evident, but it is limited in range even on moderately rough pavement.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com;
Posted on 8/27/03

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(4.4)
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(4.2)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

I loved this suv!!!small n sporty SUV!!

by Catherinem13 from Gadsden,Al. on July 27, 2017

Great SUV, loved the size,loved the sporty outside and interior.Great gas mileage! I would buy another one in 2 seconds! It NEVER gave my Any trouble. Read full review

(5.0)

Most amazing care I've drived

by Montero Sport from Casa Blanca Morocco on June 29, 2017

This car is so Attractive , it makes me feel happy when I drive it , I relly enjoyed using it.Also it has a big space for travel. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

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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 Sport 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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