The Mitsubishi Montero LS is a seven-passenger, four-wheel-drive sport-utility vehicle that boasts on the window sticker of "contemporary styling." In its dreams.

Montero is a box that sits high and feels top heavy in the entrance/exit ramp. You'll want to ease off the gas pedal whenever not traveling a straight line.

Base price is $29,360, brought to more than $32,000 with options. Dual air bags are standard but ABS is an $1,159 option.

Comfy seats, but you have to step high to get to them. The outside mirrors are large but need to be wider. A vehicle for those who want the function of an SUV, if not the cleaner looks of a Toyota 4Runner or Jeep Grand Cherokee.