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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: Looks, comfort, ride
Cons: brakes, size of the dash, engine noise, placement of cup holders and audio controls, auto lights
Advice: For what you pay, you get a lot, but shop around more than I did.I previously drove a Montero Sport and was very impressed with it. After a three year lapse, I leased an Endevour this time. Although I am happy with the way it handles, its looks, and equipment, there are certain things I would most definitely like to see changed. The brakes require a good deal of force to stop. For power brakes I find this disconcerting. The top of the dash is ridiculously too large. I placed a large size pizza box on it quite comfortably. Perhaps if it were reduced by a foot, the entire vehicle could possibly be reduced by the same amount and it may improve gas mileage. The cup holders are placed in front of the gear shift level. I find this uncomfortable. If anything glaringly detracts from the looks of the vehicle it would be the roof rails. Many friends comment on the the roof rails resembling steam pipes. I have to agree. The engine is much too loud to suit me. The automatic lighting feature is much too complicated. The owners manual is confusing and does not help much in understanding this feature. I personally do not like the placement of the audio controls on the underside of the steering wheel. On the plus side: you get the feeling of being surrounded by glass. All around visibility from the inside is great and gives the impression of openness. The ride is comfortable even if the seats are a bit stiff.
Cons: having to drive anything else.
Advice: Drive it.You will buy it.I feel like a member of a secret society.It is called 'People who have driven and purchased an Endeavor'. The Endeavor is not only a pleasure to drive,it is actually almost exciting.I have owned several SUVs and they all felt like I was driving a truck. The Endeavors power, suspension and handling make it feel more like a sports sedan.Coupled with all the features that I drive SUVs for,I cannot praise this vehicle enough. I also have first hand experience with Mitsubishi safety, as my previous vehicle was a 2000 Montero Sport which I walked away from uninjured after flipping it once and rolling 3 times after hitting black ice. All of this for a very reasonable price? I say join the club!
Cons: NOTHING, I LOVE THE CAR
Advice: DRIVE IT - YOU'LL BUY ITI will remain an Endeavor fan! This car is a total class act with an extremely comfortable ride. Can't imagine ever owning anything else.
Advice: Go drive it!This crossover SUV has more room than Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander. The build quality, ride and power are the main reasons to buy this SUV. Dealer service is great! Drive one and you will buy it.
Pros: reliability and gas mileage for a mid size suv
Advice: buy it!!!!Everyone complains about the 91 octane thing, but when you do the math, that is how they make it possible to get such great gas mileage out of a mid size suv with great interior space. Plus the vehicle will last a heck of alot longer because the higher octane rating burns cleaner. This vehicle is a breath of fresh air, I don't know why domestic manufacturers can't produce anything that even slightly mesures up.
Cons: runs on 91 octane
Advice: beware it runs on 91 octaneI am struggling with whether I should buy this vehicle or not. The vehicle is an '05' with a 3.8 liter engine. this vehicle looks great and performed well, but can any one tell me why in 2005 any manufacturer would build an SUV that runs on 91 octane(or higher). I want the truck but unwilling to pay the extra money for gas. The performance will suffer if I use 87 octane, this is a shame.