2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor
Smooth, torquey powertrain; tough enough for most needs; seating and cargo space; long list of standard equipment
All Endeavor models are powered by a 225-horsepower, 3.8L V6 engine, a 4-speed automatic transmission with Sportronic manual mode.
The all-wheel drive system that's available in the Endeavor is intended for slick roads, snow and light-duty off-roading, such as driving up the two-track to a backwoods campsite. A viscous coupling center differential divides power 50/50 between the front and rear wheels, and if either the front or rear wheels slip it transfers more power to the opposite axle. Traction is assisted by the electronic traction control system. Electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes are also featured on all Endeavors, along with front seat-mounted side airbags and rollover-sensing side-curtain bags.
The Endeavor rides and handles more like a car than a truck, with a multi-link independent rear suspension and all-season tires. The interior comfortable and reasonably quiet; there's seating for five, including plenty of legroom for back-seat passengers. The 60/40-split rear seatbacks fold forward to expand the already ample 40.7 cubic feet to 76.4 cubic feet. The Endeavor has a reasonably low cargo floor-capable of holding a 4-foot-wide sheet of plywood-and also includes tubular roof rails.
The base Endeavor LS comes very well equipped, with air conditioning, rear ducts, cruise control, power windows, mirrors, locks, keyless entry and a 6-speaker MP3/CD sound system all on the standard-equipment list. The SE models add leather upholstery, a navigation system, automatic air conditioning, heated front seats, a power driver's seat and a multi-information display.
The 2011 Endeavor gets standard fog lamps and Bluetooth. The SE trim gets a standard navigation system and automatic climate control.
The Endeavor is an often-overlooked alternative for active families looking for a well-rounded vehicle to fit a wide range of needs. While the Endeavor has chunkier, more angular styling, it's a roomy, car-based crossover vehicle geared more toward on-road performance. The Endeavor comes well-equipped, so it isn't necessary to option-up to get a comfortable ride.
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