2008 Mitsubishi Endeavor Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Mitsubishi Endeavor was new.

The Endeavor is a solid performing SUV with a unique exterior and stylish interior, but it ranks in the bottom half of its competitive class.

8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 7.4
Safety: 8.6
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Solid performance and sedan-like ride
  • Distinctive styling sets it apart
  • Exceptional warranty coverage
  • Poor resale value
  • No third row seat available

2008 Mitsubishi Endeavor Overview

Despite its five-year-old design, the 2008 Mitsubishi Endeavor still gets good reviews for distinctive styling, a strong engine, and responsive handling. However, it doesn't offer a stand-out total package like others in the class. Its most criticized element is the lack of a third-row seat option, available with several crossover competitors including the Honda Pilot, GMC Acadia, and Hyundai Santa Fe. "The Endeavor isn't the SUV for everyone," says Car and Driver. "It looks too zany, even though otherwise it's a conservatively conceived machine. It's the crossover SUV for those who can't stand fading into the crowd." For 2008, traction control is now standard on all Endeavors, and the rear glass no longer opens independently of the hatch on the LS trim level.

The 2008 Mitsubishi Endeavor is available in two trims: the base LS and the premium SE. Both are available in 2WD and AWD models.

  • "The Endeavor impresses me with its size and roominess and its driving dynamics." -- Detroit News
  • The Endeavor "mixes the most desirable attributes of a car and truck better than most. Indeed, giving up only extreme off-road capabilities in exchange for top-notch, car- like, all-weather street performance seems like a compromise that most could ''Endeavor'' to live with." -- Motor Week
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