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Kelley Blue Book ® - 2002 Mitsubishi Montero Sport Overview

Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book

KBB.com 2002 Mitsubishi Montero Sport Overview

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The Montero Sport is an excellent vehicle for those who demand the rugged off-road capabilities of an SUV without the gargantuan size or thirsty V8 engine that sometimes accompanies such a choice.

There are now four separate trim levels—ES, LS, XLS and Limited—and all are available in either 2WD or shift-on-the-fly 4WD. The ES and LS models employ a 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces a respectable 165 horsepower. The XLS and Limited models get the 3.5-liter engine from the larger Montero, which raises the horsepower rating to 195. XLS and Limited models also include power windows and door locks, AM/FM stereo with CD, 16-inch wheels and fog lights. 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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