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TheCarConnection.com’s SUV experts have combed the latest reviews of the 2008 Mitsubishi Endeavor to bring you the facts and thoughtful opinions. TheCarConnection.com’s editors have also driven recent editions of the Mitsubishi Endeavor, to provide you a clear opinion on this SUV and to compare the 2008 Mitsubishi Endeavor with other vehicles in its class.
- Standard V-6 power
- Roomy interior
- Good warranty
- No third-row seat
- Design is getting old
- Doesn't stand out from crowd
Back in 2002, Mitsubishi created a roomy mid-size crossover SUV called the Endeavor. It has received continuous improvements, with the last significant changes happening in 2006. The original SUV's styling became less forced with the most recent makeover, but this vehicle has never been exceptionally popular. Editors from TheCarConnection.com agree that while the 2008 Mitsubishi Endeavor is a good crossover-type SUV, it's not a great one.
The basic 2008 Mitsubishi Endeavor package includes a 225-horsepower 3.8-liter SOHC V-6 engine that requires regular-grade fuel. A four-speed automatic is also standard. In today's market, this powertrain is merely capable. Many competitors, including the popular Toyota Highlander, feature more powerful standard V-6 engines that send power to transmissions with more gears and, therefore, deliver better acceleration with modest improvements in fuel economy.
All of the equipment you expect to be standard on the 2008 Mitsubishi Endeavor is present, including Active Stability and Traction Control (ASTC) systems. All Endeavor models also come equipped with dual front airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and rollover-sensing side curtain airbags, plus anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Endeavor’s available all-wheel-drive system divides power evenly front to rear, adjusting the distribution in response to wheel spin.
While the above list is complete, the 2008 Endeavor is hardly the only vehicle in this class to offer those features. Frankly, these features are required just to be competitive. But it's good to be competitive.