2001 Mitsubishi Montero - Road Test Specs

2001 Mitsubishi Montero SUV

(3.5L V6 4x4 5-speed Automatic)
Model year2001
StyleLimited 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)
Base MSRP$35,492
As-tested MSRP$36,392
Drive type4WD
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3.5
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)200 @ 5000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)235 @ 3000
Transmission type5-speed automatic
Steering typespeed-proportional power steering
Tire size, frontP265/70SR16
Tire size, rearP265/70SR16
Brakes, frontfront and rear ventilated disc
Track Test Results
0-60 mph (sec.)11.6
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)18.3 @ 74.6
60-0 mph (ft.)136
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)53.2
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)37.4
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsAll gauges are attractive and easy to decipher. The split tach and speedo is cumbersome. Redline is tagged at 6000 rpm with cutoff coming at 6500 rpm. Smooth engagment when the limiter does come on. No wheelspin while brake torquing, even while in 2WD. Very underpowered. Auto shifts come right at 6,000 rpm. While in "D," vehicle shifts to 3rd before 60 mph. In sport mode, holding 2nd gear past 60 mph does not help 0-60 times. Brake torque to 2200 rpm. Hits 1/4 mile in third gear. Without brake torquing, and just doing a casual street start the 0-60 time is within a tenth of a second.
Braking commentsDistances are decent for an SUV of this size. Pedal travel is unexpectedly short. Pedal is firm, but there's no feedback. It's almost a complete blackhole. ABS noise is unrefined but controls skidding fairly well. Strange ABS...it's arhythmic but does the job. Bobs up and down quite a bit when coming to a complete stop. Straight line stability is good, but not perfect. Fairly consistent.
Handling commentsSlowest ratio steering ever tested. Nice thick rim. Communicative steering, but far too many turns lock to lock. Suspension is sloppy and too softly damped. High center of gravity. All runs were perfomed in third gear. You must prepare way early for each transition due to the slow steering.
Testing Conditions
Elevation (ft.)85
Temperature (F)67
Wind (mph, direction)4 mph N
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)Auto 13/18 Manual /
Edmunds observed (mpg)14.1
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)23.8
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4675
Length (in.)188.9
Width (in.)73.9
Height (in.)73.1
Wheelbase (in.)109.5
Legroom, front (in.)42.7
Legroom, rear (in.)37.6
Headroom, front (in.)41.4
Headroom, rear (in.)40.2
Seating capacity7
Cargo volume (cu-ft)42.1
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)96
Bumper-to-bumper3 years / 36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years / 60,000 miles
Corrosion7 years / 100,000 miles
Roadside assistance3 years / 36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenance3
Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakesStandard
Traction controlN
Stability controlN
NHTSA crash test, driverN
NHTSA crash test, passengerN
NHTSA crash test, side frontN
NHTSA crash test, side rearN
NHTSA rollover resistanceN

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