Used 2002 Mitsubishi Montero Sport SUV

2002 Mitsubishi Montero Sport

2002 Highlights

The 2002 Montero Sport receives a few changes and upgrades this year. Four-wheel-drive Montero Sports have a new mode called ALL4 four-wheel drive. This full-time all-wheel-drive mode automatically provides the appropriate traction for most on-road and light off-road situations -- without the driver having to activate anything. Engine choices remain the same, though the 197-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 is now standard on XLS. In terms of features, there's a new appearance package for Montero Sport ES, and packages for XLS have been revised. Mitsubishi has also changed the seat fabrics and included metallic-faced gauges on LS, XLS and Limited. In case you are wondering, last year's XS "special edition" apparently wasn't special enough and has been discontinued.


  • Attractive inside and out, comfortable front seats.


  • Soft suspension, lethargic transmission, sloppy steering.

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Features & Specs

XLS 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)XLS 2WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)ES 2WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)LS 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)LS 2WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)ES 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A)LTD 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)LTD 2WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)
Transmission4-speed automatic4-speed automatic4-speed automatic4-speed automatic4-speed automatic4-speed automatic4-speed automatic4-speed automatic
Horsepower197 hp @ 5000 rpm197 hp @ 5000 rpm165 hp @ 5250 rpm165 hp @ 5250 rpm165 hp @ 5250 rpm165 hp @ 5250 rpm197 hp @ 5000 rpm197 hp @ 5000 rpm


NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover

    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

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My dad bought this car brand new in 2002. That was the golden era of SUV's, so I was surprised he picked the Montero Sport. Since the beginning, it's never been a "wow" car. The interior is extraordinarily basic. Looks very outdated now. The exterior looks cool, but not as cool as other SUV's from the same time. We took trips across country with it and it never gave us major issues. He passed it down to me two years ago with 147k miles. He never did major work on it. Routine stuff like brakes and fluids. But I think he replaced the entire rear axel because it went out. In the past two years I've replaced the thermostat, valve cover gasket, alternator, battery, struts, tires and spark plugs. After 150k miles that kind of stuff is to be expected. Never had major issues with the engine or transmission. Mitsubishi reliability is pretty good. The ride height compared to the wheel base is a little off. It's tall and narrow so it gets sketchy at high speeds. They come with a torsion bar suspension so I raised the front 1.5". It sits much better and even fits 31" all terrain tires. It's pretty reliable and has nostalgia to me because of the road trips we took with it. I even named mine "Monty." I've contemplated selling it but the resale value is atrocious. It's worth it to me to keep it. Most of the ones you see on the road are beat to hell. So find one that's been taken care of and has low miles. This is a basic SUV so don't expect luxury or anything over the top. But if you're looking for a good budget SUV, a Montero Sport is a decent choice. It would also make a great first car.
One of the best cars I've owned
Having owned at least 20 cars in my time, the Montero Sport is hands down one of my favorites. It has it all in terms of reliability, versatility, dependability, and value, and it looks pretty decent to boot. Having just turned 140,000 miles, I can honestly say nothing has gone wrong with the car, it still gets around 19 MPG combined, and I've only done the recommended maintenance. The interior is simple yet durable, and stands up to the daily abuse my two young kids submit to it. If I could find another Montero with fewer miles, I would purchase another one without hesitation and own two.
It's a Jeep thing--You WOULD understand
I'm 53 years old and had reconstructive spinal surgery. I got rid of a Cherokee country after too many problems. I have always disliked driving but now I drive as often as I can. Extremely comfortable, the A.C. will chill you out, and if you think it's a bit top heavy, SLOW DOWN for cryin' out loud. You're probably an Explorer owner or you still have your old MG in your blood. Stick to the speed limits and use some good old fashioned common sense. You can't turn a corner in any city, going 50 mph in anything safely. Go buy a Schwinn and learn to drive all over again.
Used 2002 Mitsubishi Montero Sport SUV Overview

The Used 2002 Mitsubishi Montero Sport SUV is offered in the following styles: XLS 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A), XLS 2WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A), ES 2WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A), LS 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A), LS 2WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A), ES 4WD 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl 4A), LTD 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A), and LTD 2WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A).

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