Kelley Blue Book ® - 2001 Mitsubishi Montero Sport Overview

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KBB.com 2001 Mitsubishi Montero Sport Overview

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The Montero Sport doesn't have lots of fancy hardware or make a fashion statement; it's just a nice 4x4 SUV with no illusions of being something more. We tested the 3.5XS, which came nicely loaded for just under $30K. It features the 3.5-liter engine from the larger Montero, 4-wheel drive, power windows and door locks, AM/FM stereo with CD, machined aluminum alloy wheels and fog lights. Base Montero Sports come standard with a smaller but still competent 3.0-liter V6. There are no less than five separate trim levels and all are available in either 2WD or shift-on-the-fly 4WD.

Most people agree that from the outside, the Montero Sport's sharply angled lines, flush-mounted rear-privacy glass and thick black wheel moldings make it an attractive vehicle. Inside you will find firm yet comfortable seating with ample legroom—both front and rear. Headroom, on the other hand, is not as generous and those with tall torsos may find the tops of their heads brushing against the roof liner.

On the road, the Montero Sport delivers a surprisingly pleasant ride. Expansion joints usually make their presence known in this type of vehicle, but the Montero Sport sails right over them with hardly a shudder. The silky smooth 3.5-liter V6 pulls strong from a dead stop and keeps right on pulling up to the legal speed limit. Wind and road noise is evident but not obnoxiously so and the comfortable seats and excellent sound system contribute to making the Montero Sport's interior a pleasant place to be.

You may want to play around with a few features if you drive the Montero Sport. Notice how the washer/wiper control stalk hides itself behind the steering wheel when moved to the "on" position. The radio sounds great, but the buttons are small and the liquid crystal display window needs to be brighter. The driver's door armrest needs a little more padding and the dash vents could be bigger. These few observations notwithstanding, you will find the Montero Sport a very-livable daily driver with the added bonus of universal off-road ruggedness.

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