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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
“a sensible choice for families on the go”
Kelley Blue Book
“the seats are flat but comfortable”
Car and Driver
“center control stack feels both too low and too upright”
“Smoother than most SUVs we’ve driven”
“gauges are easy to read”
The 2008 Mitsubishi Endeavor generally scores high marks for comfort, quality, and quietude, and it proves a capable cargo hauler to boot.
In the front row, ConsumerGuide finds “generous headroom, but tall folks might wish for more legroom. Cloth seats are generously padded; leather almost coddles.” Car and Driver considers the seats “flat but comfortable.” Edmunds, like others, feels “materials quality could be better, however, as there's more low-grade hard plastic than you'll find in a Nissan Murano or Hyundai Santa Fe.” MyRide.com complains that “too many parts of the interior exhibit a cheap gloss, from the switchgear on the door panels to the upper dash pad.” At least the ergonomics are “a strong point,” according to ConsumerGuide, who reports “the gauges are easy to read…audio and climate controls are large, clearly marked, and easy to reach.” They also like the “smooth, precise switchgear and trendy blue dashboard lighting.”
The Endeavor features only two rows, a definite hurdle in the burgeoning crossover class. In the Mitsubishi's only rear seating area, ConsumerGuide catalogs “ample head, leg, toe space, even with the front seats well aft. Three adults fit with some squeezing.” They also like the large door openings that ease entry and exit. Cars.com attests “backseat space is roomy at the sides and tolerable in the center.” And Car and Driver cautions “having no third row may be a strategic mistake.”
“At 76 cubic feet, the Endeavor's maximum cargo capacity falls between midsize five-passenger SUVs like the larger Murano and smaller Ford Edge,” says Edmunds, who conclude it “should be adequate for most families.” “Opening tailgate glass is handy,” affirms ConsumerGuide, “but the load deck is relatively high. Rear seatbacks fold with a single motion and sit nearly flat with the floor, even with the headrests in place.”
The Endeavor starts at about $28,000 and goes to $35,000 loaded, but ConsumerGuide warns of “Mitsubishi's troubled image, lower-rung customer-satisfaction scores, and mediocre resale values.” “With a $4,000 rebate on the LS model,” points out Jalopnik, “you could come out ahead. That is, as long as you don't sweat the catastrophic depreciation.”
Finally, ConsumerGuide is pleased to find “engine and road noise are nicely hushed.”
With huge rebates most likely available, the 2008 Mitsubishi Endeavor’s solid comfort and refinement become that much more attractive.