2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor was new.


Performance: 7.7

The Endeavor's performance is solid, but doesn't really stand out within its competitive class. A big plus is that all models are powered by a 225-horsepower V6 engine, which offers a lot of power for the class. But that power takes a big toll on fuel economy.

  • "Overall, the Endeavor is a surprisingly enjoyable vehicle of manageable size. It handles with a light touch and maneuvers with agility in corners. The V-6 engine delivers a satisfying burst of power when needed for passing. Mitsubishi's automatic transmission yields prompt, confident responses that are devoid of awkwardness." -- Cars.com
  • "Not quite car-like, but Endeavor is pleasant with moderate cornering lean and good highway stability." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Although the Endeavor lacks the higher horsepower of its competition, its V6's torque output is ample enough to give it some decent punch." -- Edmunds

Acceleration and Power

The 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor comes with a 3.8-liter V6 engine that makes 225 horsepower. It’s mated to a Sportronic four-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift mode. Test drivers say the engine is powerful enough, though a few of them find the transmission slow to downshift.

The Endeavor’s fuel economy is a disappointment to reviewers. According to the EPA, the 2WD model achieves 15/21 mpg city/highway and the AWD model achieves 15/19 mpg.

  • "With the Endeavor's respectable 250 lb-ft of torque, the 3.8-liter engine feels responsive off the line." -- Edmunds
  • “Strong off the line -- an AWD SE did 8.4 sec 0-60 mph in Consumer Guide testing. Good midrange response requires a heavy throttle foot to get a downshift from the smooth-acting transmission, making its manual-shift feature useful on congested freeways and in hilly terrain." -- Consumer Guide

Handling and Braking

Test drivers consider the Mitsubishi Endeavor’s handling to be pleasant enough, though some say steering feel can be too light. All-wheel drive is optional, but you have to upgrade to the Endeavor SE model to get it. That means it adds about $4,200 on to the Endeavor’s base price. The system is probably only worth it if you live in an especially snowy or rainy climate.

  • "Good stopping control, but the brake pedal travel is longer than ideal." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The ride quality is pretty comfortable, and the handling and steering are suitable for everyday errand-running and commuting." -- Edmunds

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