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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 16/22 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2007 Mitsubishi Endeavor

  • The 2007 Mitsubishi Endeavor is a well-rounded crossover SUV for those who crave edgy 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

    Carlike ride and handling, roomy seating front and rear, torquey V6 engine, solid build quality, long warranty coverage.

  • Cons

    No third-row seat available, less cargo capacity than peers, some mediocre interior materials.

  • What's New for 2007

    Only minor changes occur on the 2007 Mitsubishi Endeavor. Last year's Limited trim has been dropped and replaced by a new SE trim that comes standard with leather seating (heated in front) and a premium audio system with satellite radio. Safety is increased via the adoption of side curtain airbags and the expanded availability of stability control -- the latter is now standard on all AWD models.

Full 2007 Mitsubishi Endeavor Review

What's New for 2007

Only minor changes occur on the 2007 Mitsubishi Endeavor. Last year's Limited trim has been dropped and replaced by a new SE trim that comes standard with leather seating (heated in front) and a premium audio system with satellite radio. Safety is increased via the adoption of side curtain airbags and the expanded availability of stability control -- the latter is now standard on all AWD models.

Introduction

Upon its introduction three years ago, the Mitsubishi Endeavor, a crossover (car-platform-based) SUV, gave the company a solid entry in the very competitive midsize sport-ute segment. With its exaggerated styling cues such as muscular wheel arches and a prominent nose, the Endeavor looked different enough from the status quo to preserve Mitsubishi's somewhat quirky personality.

Thankfully, there was (and is) more to the Endeavor than its sheet metal contours, such as solid driving dynamics, a gutsy V6, a roomy cabin and fine build quality. Less endearing qualities include the lack of a third-row seat option, less cargo capacity than most rivals and some low-grade plastic trim in the cabin. All told, the Endeavor was good enough to win an Edmunds midsize crossover SUV comparison test, in which it beat the Nissan Murano, Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. And like the 2007 version of the Mitsubishi Endeavor, those SUVs haven't changed all that much since that test was conducted. However, several new models have joined the ranks since then, including the Ford Edge, Mazda CX-7/CX-9, Subaru B9 Tribeca and GMC Acadia/Saturn Outlook twins. Mazda's entries are the strongest candidates in this field, providing tough competition for the older nameplates in this class.

Still something of a dark-horse candidate, the 2007 Mitsubishi Endeavor remains a well-rounded SUV with a lot in its favor. Unless a third-row seat is a must, the Endeavor is still a smart choice for those looking for a well-built, safe, comfortable and easy-to-handle midsize crossover SUV.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

Two trim levels are offered on the 2007 Mitsubishi Endeavor: LS and SE. The LS comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, full power accessories, keyless entry, a 140-watt CD stereo and a full-size spare tire. The Endeavor SE adds leather seating, a power driver seat, trip computer, heated front seats and a 315-watt stereo with a six-disc CD changer and satellite radio. A sunroof and a navigation system are optional for the SE. An appearance package (which adds side steps, a cargo shelf and mudguards) and a towing package are optional on both trims.

Powertrains and Performance

Both front- and all-wheel-drive Endeavors are available, and all come with a 3.8-liter V6 that produces 225 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. The sole transmission choice is a four-speed automatic. Although the Mitsubishi's horsepower rating pales in comparison to some of its competition, the 3.8-liter V6's generous torque output gives the Endeavor plenty of punch. Fuel economy, however, is unimpressive -- AWD versions have a 17 mpg city/22 mpg highway rating. Maximum towing capacity, at 3,500 pounds, is average for this type of vehicle.

Safety

Antilock disc brakes, traction control, a tire-pressure monitor, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags are standard across the board, while stability control comes only on the AWD versions. In NHTSA frontal-impact crash tests, the Endeavor earned a perfect five stars for the driver and four stars for the front passenger. In side-impact testing, the Mitsu scored five stars across the board. In IIHS frontal-offset testing, the Endeavor earned the top rating of "Good."

Interior Design and Special Features

The five-passenger 2007 Mitsubishi Endeavor boasts a roomy passenger cabin that accommodates even the tallest folks, while the well-shaped seats prove comfortable on long trips. The edgy interior design that features plenty of metallic trim and cool blue backlighting is more exciting than what you'll find in a Honda Pilot or Toyota Highlander. Materials quality could be better, however, as there's more low-grade hard plastic than you'll find in those competitors. At 76 cubic feet, the Endeavor's maximum cargo capacity falls short of the Pilot and Nissan Murano but should be adequate for most families. A rear DVD player is unfortunately no longer an option on the Mitsubishi Endeavor, somewhat diminishing its appeal for families.

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 2007 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 than we'd like, but the weighting seems perfectly balanced for everyday errand running and commuting.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Not bad, but quite a

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Vehicle: 2007 Mitsubishi Endeavor LS 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 4A)

Pros: Comfy on long distances, good power & acceleration, good storage, nice looking car and great for a family. Both front seats have hard-plastic backs, so they're durable if you have kids who constantly put their feet on them. Cons: Liftgate is unnecessarily heavy, jack is hard to get to if you have a car seat. Mechanical issues explained below: Bought new, issues began with the A/C compressor (replaced under warranty). Replaced the battery twice (also warranty) & continue to have issues with a short circuit on the driver's side brakelight. Engine requires premium fuel but still knocks & pings at times.



6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Great value, best used suv

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Vehicle: 2007 Mitsubishi Endeavor LS 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 4A)

Just purchased it, much better deal than 2007 Honda Pilot or Toyota Highlander. Rapid depreciation in firts three years but holds up welll after. Top notch reliability, comfort and build quality.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Great value

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Vehicle: 2007 Mitsubishi Endeavor SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 4A)

Bought our 07 Endeavor with 15K miles on it for a terrific price. Have put 10K on it so far. Great car. Black exterior and black leather interior look awesome. AWD drives great. Only problem is that I recently found out from a Mitsu mechanic that it had been in an accident that was not on the Carfax. Which is why my engine rattles a little bit louder than normal. Nothing wrong with the engine, he said. Just something I have to live with since there are non- original parts in there. So, aside from a loud engine when idling. I love it. Also, battery died at 20K miles, but it was a quick fix.




Good mid size suv

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Vehicle: 2007 Mitsubishi Endeavor SE 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 4A)

Really like the exterior of the vehicle. Comfortable seats (have leather), love the heated leather seats in the winter. Fun to drive, outperformed the Pilot. Like the folding seats, prefer to the Escape where you have to remove the headrest. Fits two large dogs comfortably in the back (the main attraction for me as the dogs go everywhere). Love satellite radio. Wish that the wiper blades were quicker to respond to increase speed changes (live in the rainy Northwest, would love to have auto-adjusting wipers). Bought the ipod adapter - hate it!! It takes control from your ipod and is impossible to find your music once it's hooked up. Would rather have mp3 input jack.




Not a comfortable car

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Vehicle: 2007 Mitsubishi Endeavor LS 4dr SUV (3.8L 6cyl 4A)

Well, My husband traded my honda accord in for an Endeavor. They told me at the dealership that they will transfer my Sirius Radio into my new endeavor. They installed it only to find out that All I can hear it Static. Apparently they dont make a part that goes into the back of the radio to stop the interference with the radio. So I was pretty mad about that! Then I kept hearing the radio changing volumes, Like it was go in and out? It would drive me crazy. Next, I cant even keep a bottle of water in the cup holder without it flying all over the place. It's uncomfortable to drive. I just don't like it. I'm sorry for all you endeavor lovers out there.




2 years of loving it

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Vehicle: 2007 Mitsubishi Endeavor LS 4dr SUV AWD (3.8L 6cyl 4A)

This is my wife's car and she loves it as much as me. Strong engine, great ride, handles like a car, and she loves the no touch AWD. I know she and my boys are safe in any situation. Did I mention it is fun to drive, especially with the auto stick shift!



Talk About The 2007 Endeavor

2007 Mitsubishi Endeavor Discussions See all Started By

bcisland1
bcisland1
01-05-2008
So, if you could buy a used 2007 Outlander or a used 2007 Endeavor each with less than 20000 km for the same price which would you buy? Is there a reason you'd choose the Outlander over the Endeavor?...


bcisland1
bcisland1
01-02-2008
We're interested in a buying an Endeavor or Outlander but we're noticing some weird things with the pricing. In Canada, the list price for a new 2007 base Endeavour (taken from Mitsubishi Canada's we...


kodename
kodename
05-02-2007
Jeffer , I can tell you my experience has been all positive. Our first Endeavor was the 2004 LS AWD, and we drove it to just over 40K before trading it in on a 2007 Endeavor SE-AWD. The 04 was our ...



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