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Mitsubishi Endeavor Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.8 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 225 hp @ 5000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/21 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2006 Mitsubishi Endeavor

  • The 2006 Mitsubishi Endeavor is a solid all-around crossover SUV for those who crave nontraditional styling in a comfortable, easy-to-drive package. If you don't need a third-row seat, it's definitely worth a look.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Rides and handles like a car, roomy seating front and rear, torquey V6 power plant, solid build quality, good crash test scores.

  • Cons

    No third-row seat or side curtain airbags available, less cargo capacity than peers, mediocre interior materials.

  • What's New for 2006

    For 2006, the Mitsubishi Endeavor gets revised front and rear styling and some interior trim revisions. The XLS trim level has been dropped, while the Limited's leather seating and heated seats are now optional instead of standard. On the positive side, antilock brakes are now standard on all Endeavors and 2WD versions receive standard traction control.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 16
  • cty
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  • 21
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



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Vehicle: 2006 Mitsubishi Endeavor LS 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 4A)

This car is very comfortable and also has a powerful engine. Also is very reliable and it has a lots of space.




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Vehicle: 2006 Mitsubishi Endeavor LS 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 4A)

My Endeavor gets 17 mpg around town and 22 on the higway. Its V6 engine pulls the Sierras with no problems at all. It is a solid vehicle and it is dependable. It has had very few reported call backs. With the seats folding flat, it does everything I need it to do and more. My wife now wants a second one for herself - I can't think of another car or SUV that can do what the Endeavor does for the same price/performance.




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Vehicle: 2006 Mitsubishi Endeavor LS 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 4A)

My 2006 Mitsubishi Endeavor is better than I had expected. It has excellent handiling and a nice ride. It did well in heavy snow, however the all season Bridgestone tires are not agreesive enough for heavy snow conditions. It provides an all around great driving experience!




Best vehicle i've ever owned

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Vehicle: 2006 Mitsubishi Endeavor LS 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 4A)

I love my 2006 Mitsubishi Endeavor. I have owned Lincolns, Cadallacs, and lots of other cars in the past, but this is the best driving vehicle I have ever owned. I have 56,000 miles on it and have never rotated or balanced the tires, and it still hits the road like a dream. The only time its has been in the shop is for oil changes.



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Full 2006 Mitsubishi Endeavor Review

What's New for 2006

For 2006, the Mitsubishi Endeavor gets revised front and rear styling and some interior trim revisions. The XLS trim level has been dropped, while the Limited's leather seating and heated seats are now optional instead of standard. On the positive side, antilock brakes are now standard on all Endeavors and 2WD versions receive standard traction control.

Introduction

In some ways, Mitsubishi has embraced its role as a niche player in the bigger automotive picture. Mitsubishi cars and trucks used to be nothing more than second or third runners-up to more popular brands like Honda and Toyota, but recent strides in both product and marketing have helped it to carve out its own unique niche. Based on the SSU concept vehicle that first made the auto show rounds in 1999, the Endeavor adds, as Mitsubishi calls it, "Urban Chic" to the SUV mix. Admittedly, Mitsubishi has not reinvented the midsize crossover SUV, but it has put its own stamp on it with regard to styling, comfort and performance.

The Endeavor shares its prominent front-end design, a recent Mitsubishi styling cue, with such vehicles as the Galant and Outlander. Built on the "Project America" platform specifically designed for the U.S. market, the Endeavor is aimed at SUV buyers who want a large helping of style mixed in with their utility. Because of its car-based underpinnings, the Mitsubishi Endeavor is a crossover vehicle rather than a traditional SUV. By combining carlike characteristics like sharp handling and a smooth highway ride, the Endeavor doesn't force buyers to choose between sport and utility.

The Endeavor's 3.8-liter V6 engine offers impressive torque as well, though it gives up some fuel-efficiency as a result. Mitsubishi has taken steps to ensure that the Endeavor's go-anywhere look is backed up by some off-road ability. Ground clearance is just over 8 inches. Inside, this five-passenger SUV is roomy enough to accommodate even the tallest adults, and the well-cushioned seats provide exceptional comfort on long road trips. Cargo capacity is a bit less than competitors offer, but should be adequate for most families. Entertainment options on the Mitsubishi Endeavor include a high-quality Infinity audio system and a rear DVD player.

The design of the interior is edgier than the conservative furnishings in the Pilot and Highlander, as there's plenty of metallic trim along with ice-blue backlighting. One downside is that the Endeavor's materials quality doesn't measure up to either of these rivals. While the Endeavor's lack of a third-row seat and side curtain airbags may limit its appeal on carpool days, family-oriented buyers would be wise to take a look at its well-rounded package. Along with unusual styling, the 2006 Mitsubishi Endeavor offers a very likable combination of performance, comfort and practicality.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The Mitsubishi Endeavor offers two trim levels: LS and Limited. The LS comes with standard features like 17-inch alloy wheels; air conditioning; power windows, locks and mirrors; remote keyless entry; air conditioning; a 140-watt CD stereo; a full-size spare tire; and towing preparation. The Limited adds items like a power driver seat, a 315-watt stereo with an in-dash six-disc CD changer and an automatic climate control system with separate rear controls. Available options include a sunroof, leather seating, heated front seats and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system (which unfortunately isn't available in conjunction with the sunroof). A navigation system is not available.

Powertrains and Performance

All Mitsubishi Endeavor models come with a 3.8-liter V6 coupled to a four-speed automatic transmission. Output is rated at 225 horsepower and a substantial 250 lb-ft of torque. Although many vehicles in this class offer more horsepower, the Endeavor's ample torque gives it an equally powerful feel. Two-wheel-drive models are front-wheel drive, and all-wheel-drive models utilize a full-time system with a viscous center differential. Fuel economy estimates are 17 mpg city and 22-23 highway.

Safety

Antilock brakes and traction control are standard on all models, as are front-seat side airbags and a tire-pressure monitoring system. A stability control system is optional on 4WD Limited models. Side curtain airbags are not available. The Mitsubishi Endeavor scored well in IIHS frontal-offset crash testing, earning the top mark of "Good." In government crash tests, it earned a perfect five stars for driver protection in frontal impacts and four stars for the front passenger. The Endeavor scored five stars across the board for side-impact protection.

Interior Design and Special Features

A large center console dominates the interior, giving the Endeavor a slightly different look than most other sport-utes. In keeping with the exterior's bold and unique design, sporty faux metallic trim is used throughout the cabin. A small screen placed atop the dash provides vital radio, compass and climate information, but it doesn't support an optional navigation system. Like most other sport-utes in its class, the Mitsubishi Endeavor uses a flip-up rear hatch along with a separate lift-glass for added convenience. Cargo capacity maxes out at 75 cubic feet, less than the Pilot, Murano or Explorer.

Driving Impressions

Due to the Endeavor's impressive 250 lb-ft of torque, the 3.8-liter engine feels responsive off the line and into the midrange. The transmission can be a little slow to downshift on highway grades, but overall the 2006 Mitsubishi Endeavor performs as well as most other vehicles in the class. Its car-based chassis provides a comfortable ride on the street, adept handling in the corners and above-average capability on mildly rutted dirt roads. The steering is a little slower to react than we'd like, but the weighting seems perfectly balanced for everyday errand running and commuting.

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Talk About The 2006 Endeavor

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marchigirl
marchigirl
10-06-2011
I have a mitsubishi endeavor 2006. 95,000 miles. the brake light came on for no reason and my brakes are not making any noises and appear to be working just fine. has this happened to anyone else? i a...


celdridge1
celdridge1
03-11-2014
I just bought a 2006 Endeavor LS and drove it back to MN from AZ. I used premium and overall MPG was 19.34. My average speed was 69.3....


psychogun
psychogun
08-24-2007
Unfortunately, neither the Galant nor Endeavor are getting a full redesign anytime soon (probably not before the 2011 model year)....



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