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Pros: Driveability (acceleration, handling, braking)
Cons: The premium fuel requirement
Advice: Try to find a year or two old Endeavor in good condition and save yourself some money!After comparing against several other vehicles (including Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Freestyle and Explorer, VW Touareg), I chose the Endeavor and have been very satisfied overall. The size is just right, both for passengers and cargo, the powertrain is peppy, the handling is responsive, and the ride is comfortable. The warranty coverage is great but so far has not been needed after two years and 48,000 miles. The styling is a little unusual both inside and out, but the control layout is very logical inside, and there are plenty of interior storage areas plus 3 12 volt outlets (one unswitched up front, one switched up front, plus a third unswitched in the cargo area. The audio system is the best factory system I have ever had the pleasure to use with a built-in 6 CD changer in the dash. Rear seats easily fold almost flat to carry long loads. Considering the price compared to the competition, I think the Endeavor is an excellent value. The only downside is that you must use 91 octane fuel, and if you don't your mileage and performance will suffer. However, I get around 18 mpg in town and 24 mpg highway, which is not all that bad for a SUV of this size.
Pros: Solid ride and handling
Advice: Don't believe the 'premium fuel' requirement - do your research and run regular - you'll never notice the difference and it's fine for the engine.You have to drive one to understand what a great vehicle this is. Compared it to Pilot, Highlander, and the Acura MDX. The Endeavor blows them away. Roominess, power, quiet, looks - it's got it all. Plus an unbeatable warranty. And for thousands less than the others!
Pros: Innovative styling and handling
Cons: luggage rack crossbars are an option on the LS? (come on)
Advice: Just take a test drive and then get educated and make your best deal.I have owned much more expensive vehicles of this type and I drove just about everything comparable in the marketplace, but I bought this one and I am thrilled! It is powerful, has great traction in wet and slippery conditions. I love the size and room, not too big but not too small. Tows my small boat just fine. Good fuel ecomomy compared to others. Drives and rides like a luxury vehicle (thanks to the independent rear suspension) I really like the way it looks, it is not a copy cat or wanna be, it is what it is and it is a solid vehicle! Great crash test scores, 100,000 mile drive train warranty. What else could you possibly expect in this price range? I think the best way to find out about the Endeavor is to drive one, that is what sold me!
Pros: Acceleration, Unique exterior styling, Handling, Audio System sound quality
Cons: Overdone interior, rubber-like upper dash
Advice: Have fun with it!Well i own the 2004 Endeavor LS...my mom bought it for me as a graduation gift. I like acceleration so at first i was weary about getting the endeavor..but i needed alot of space to commute back and forth from school and home. The Endeavor has ended up the be the best vehicle for me...it has radical styling so i always get attention wherever i go....The interior might be a little to futuristic for me, espcially with all of the rubber-like material that covers the large expanse of the upper dashboard. There is plent of room for me and four of my friends and the cargo bay handles all of our stuff with ease. What impressed me most was acceleration. Using the sport tronic shifter you can get this truck to sprint. One night i out accelerated a Cadillac CTS (no lie). I would recommend this SUV to anybody. The main gripe for me had to be the starting price of the base model (almost 26k) but hey i didn't pay for it!!!
Pros: Smooth driving.
Cons: Premium Fuel
Advice: Buy it! If you like frills go with the XLS, if not stick with the LSI absoultely love this SUV. I never thought I would like an SUV but this car is a dream. Not only was it 1000's less than the Pilot, it handled better, felt better, looked better, had 0% financing, and a 5 year warranty. You can't beat the value. I opted for the LS because I thought the upgrades in the XLS didn't warrant the price increase.
Cons: Premium Fuel
Advice: Opt for the XLS is your budget allows for it. The LS is wonderful also.I had not even considered the Endeavor although it had caught my eye on their commercials I thought it would be to expensive. I have driven the 1st generation Lexus RX300 and that is what this truck feels like, of course interiour materials are cheaper than the Lexus but it's more than adequate for the price. I was coming out of my beloved Montero Sport and was not thrilled about getting a new vehicle but I am enjoying this SUV more and more everyday. Only setback is that it takes Premium Fuel but the difference (some where of $5.00 more a tank) does not offset the value. I almost paid 10,000 more for a 4runner with less comfort and options.