2006 Mitsubishi Endeavor SUV Review | Edmunds.com

2006 Mitsubishi Endeavor SUV

We didn't find any results. You can try changing your zip code, or check another model year.

We found matches for you!

Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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.

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.


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.


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.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Great suv

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

Performance has been great,comfort is very good, I have a very long torso and dont fit well in many cars and SUVs including Pathfinder. Could be a 9 or 10 with an adjustable up & Down Seat Fuel Economy could be better in light of premium only fuel. Great SUV drives like a car! The design is good the materials not as good (plastic interior) Exterior build great would be better than 5 if interior was better. Reliability has been great so far. Caution on the trans see below do the maintenance. I had been told to watch for trans issues. Probably would be eliminated with a bigger trans. EXT Design AWESOME A.W.D. and stability control Awesome 1st winter was very icy handled very well.

Good vehicle for the price

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

I purchased this vehicle used from a dealership 3 months ago, and so far it has lived up to my expectations. It has plenty of power for mixed city/highway driving. The interior is very comfortable. The center information display is a nice feature, but sometimes I get weird readings. If the AC is on it will say the outside temperature is 35F when it is really about 80F. Also, sometimes the fuel economy gauge will lock up and say I am getting 65 MPG for an entire trip. (If only it were true.) My average gas mileage is actually 23 MPG. I bought my Endeavor for $5000 less than a comparable Honda Pilot or Nissan Pathfinder, and I think it was a good deal.

Great suv, slaughters toyota

by on
Vehicle: 2006 Mitsubishi Endeavor Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 4A)

The car has performed flawlessly since the get go and everyone I talk to says it'll go 200K easy. Those only problem I here of is a clogged A/C drain that backs up into the cab and its a $1,200 fix. A simple coat hanger or air gun up into the drain would do the trick people. Easiest car to maintain and cheap to fix.

So far really good

by on
Vehicle: 2006 Mitsubishi Endeavor Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 4A)

Bought our endeavor used last spring and it has turned out to be a really nice SUV for us. Haven't run it in the snow yet but it has a nice ride, good performance, decent mileage, and is overall a good car.

Love, love, love it!!

by on
Vehicle: 2006 Mitsubishi Endeavor Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 4A)

I owned a Land Rover previous to this, and had to call AMA about 7 times in the winter and it had problems every 2 to 3 weeks. I needed a more reliable vehicle, and was ecstatic when I found a 3 year lease return 2006 Endeavor (so, only 1 previous owner!). I've had it for almost a year and it drives incredibly, and I've had NO problems with it so far. Everything works perfect, plus it is a beautiful, spacious, comfy ride. I couldn't be more thrilled with this vehicle! Even if something did go wrong, I'm still covered under the 100,000 km warranty. No worries!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

After 3 years, still love

by on
Vehicle: 2006 Mitsubishi Endeavor Limited 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 4A)

This vehicle is Mitsubishi's best kept secret. It handles with ease in all types of weather & road conditions. We are quite comfortable traveling long distances, no back aches... no more leg pains! We are tall people and having the leg & head room plus comfy seating is simply awesome! I get exceptional gas mileage in town, averaging 19-24 and on the highway our best was 29 mpg! Can't beat that for this sized vehicle. The engine runs smooth, automatic shifts easily and steps right into passing gear when you need it!

Talk About The 2006 Endeavor

2006 Mitsubishi Endeavor Discussions See all Started By

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...

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....

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

Gas Mileage


  • 16
  • cty
  • 21
  • highway
Calculate Yearly Fuel Costs
Have a question? We're here to help!
Chat online with us
Email us at help@edmunds.com
*Available daily 8AM-5PM Pacific
Call us at 855-782-4711
Text us at ED411