Not a mere show piece.
By Reggie on
2004 Mitsubishi Montero Sport XLS 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)
A solid off and on road vehicle. Bought it primarily for off road and touring. Ample seating and cargo. Take it to San Gabriel OHV, CA and Hungry Valley SVRA, CA (Gorman), up Los Angeles National Forest roads when it snows. Have taken it from Palm Springs to Joshua Tree N Park via the Berdoo Trail. It's a XLS A4WD and the rest. Majestically conquers terrain, climbs effortlessly, fords above knee deep, traverses narrow passes, handles well over snow and ice, amply protected underbelly and axles over boulders especially submerged ones, coasts effortlessly @ 85 mph on freeways and gives 18 mpg combined. Add to it killer looks. The last Mits with a body on frame construction.
Solid but not a jarring ride. Reassuring reliability out there. High ride. Great off road.
Tail pipe once dug in the dirt at the bottom of an incline while backing. ABS limits it to 30" tires max. A shifting shudder (lower gears) if taking off in a hurry.