Used 2006 Mitsubishi Montero

2006 Mitsubishi Montero
List Price Estimate
$2,204 - $3,607

Pros & Cons

  • High-quality interior materials, sharp cabin design, large cargo capacity, excellent off-road capability.
  • Serious lack of power compared to rivals, mediocre on-road handling, cramped third-row seat, no side curtain airbags.
Mitsubishi Montero years

Edmunds' Expert Review

The 2006 Mitsubishi Montero is an old-school SUV that excels off-road, but when it comes to overall performance and passenger-carrying ability, it can't match its more modern rivals.

Vehicle overview

The first Mitsubishi Montero was introduced in 1982 as a compact two-door, no-nonsense SUV. Looking like a Tonka trunk, the feisty Montero proved its toughness by winning the grueling 6,000-mile Paris-to-Dakar rally race in 1983 and 1985. A four-door model eventually joined the line, and in 1992 the Montero was revamped and sported a larger body, more powerful V6 engine and a more luxurious cabin.

After years of having a generic angular body style, the Montero adopted a curious mix of rounded front fenders and an upswept beltline when it was redesigned for 2001. As is usually the case with major redesigns, it also gained size, luxury and safety features -- and weight. In our 2002 midsize SUV comparison test, the Mitsubishi Montero finished last. Although it proved capable in off-road treks and felt sprightly around town, its 3.5-liter V6 lacked sufficient mid- and high-end power, making the Mitsubishi SUV feel sluggish when passing or merging power was needed. The other reasons for its back-of-the-pack rating were a relatively high price and a mostly useless third-row seat.

However, kudos went to the Montero for its serious off-road prowess, luxurious and well-finished cabin and safari-size sunroof. In 2003, Mitsubishi put a more powerful 3.8-liter V6 (215 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque) engine under the Montero's sculpted hood, and celebrated the modest increase with styling tweaks. We still don't think it is enough to make it competitive with class leaders that offer V8 (or V8-like) power and more passenger room, but if the off-road ability and unique styling appeal to you, the 2006 Mitsubishi Montero may provide a satisfying drive.

Mitsubishi Montero models

The four-door Mitsubishi Montero comes in Limited trim only. Standard equipment includes leather upholstery, a 315-watt Infinity audio system with a CD changer, 17-inch alloy wheels, power-adjustable front seats, a sunroof, a trip computer, automatic climate control and a leather-and-wood steering wheel. A DVD entertainment system is optional, which deletes the standard six-disc CD changer and sunroof.

2006 Highlights

There are no changes in store for the Mitsubishi Montero SUV this year.

Performance & mpg

The only engine available on the Mitsubishi Montero is a 3.8-liter V6 that generates 215 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. It's matched to a five-speed automatic transmission with "Sportronic" shifting that allows manual gear selection. Mitsubishi's "ActiveTrac" four-wheel-drive system comes standard and offers both full- or part-time operation. The Montero's 5,000-pound towing capacity is modest compared to V8-powered midsizers like the Durango and Explorer.

Safety

Antilock brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and a stability control system are standard. Side airbags for front occupants are also included, but full-length side curtain airbags are not available. In frontal-offset crash testing, the Mitsubishi Montero earned an "Acceptable" rating (second highest) from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Driving

On the road, the Montero's suspension is firm enough to keep it under control during evasive maneuvers, but don't expect carlike handling. The dual-wishbone front and multilink rear suspension results in an overall feel that is soft and forgiving, but minor road irregularities can transmit a surprising amount of harshness throughout the otherwise isolated cabin. The Montero's off-road ability is exceptional. Whether it's rugged washboard pathways, fast fire roads or technical rock-strewn riverbeds, the 2006 Mitsubishi Montero never flinches as it stays the course.

Interior

The Montero has seating for up to seven passengers. Although the overall interior design is a bit dated, quality materials give the cabin of this Mitsubishi SUV a rugged, upscale feel. Maximum cargo capacity is a solid 91.7 cubic feet. A third-row seat is standard, though flat cushioning and a shortage of legroom limit its use to carrying small children. An optional DVD entertainment system is available for rear passengers' amusement.

Scorecard

Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

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Average user rating: 5.0 stars based on 11 total reviews

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5 out of 5 stars, Go Buy One - You Won't Regret it!
WRM,

My wife wanted her SUV back after a year driving an economy car. I bought her a Montero Limited and she loves it - it is just the right SUV for a woman, she says. It is easy to drive, has a great warranty, 5 years of roadside assistance, it is comfortable, roomy, has easy to use 4WD, etc. She was so happy I brought this truck home. She had a Ford Explorer last time and said the Montero beats the Explorer by a mile. This SUV is well built, rides smoothly, looks great, and I like it too. I stand 6'3" tall and I can ride in this SUV no problem. Take the time to test drive this SUV and compare it to what you want to buy. Oh, my wife loves the rear tail gate. It swings out like a gate and is very easy to use. Try it out!

5 out of 5 stars, My Second Montero
Ronnie,

This is my second Mitsubishi Montero, I still have my first one 1998). The performance is more than I need, I don't need more of a gas-eater when gas costs $3.00 per gallon. This Montero is fast, shift smoothly, has good fuel economy and I feel safe in it. If I were to tow anything, I have all the pep that I need. I compared the Montero to the Dodge Durango, but I have had past service problems with Dodge dealers. Ford Explorers' double timing belt costs $2,000 to replace. The Volkswagen Touareg and BMW X5 are way out of my budget. Even the Toyotas in this segment are expensive. My Montero is a 2006 XLS. I got it at a "Buy It Here" lot in Puerto Rico. I paid $29,000 for it. I decided not to pay $34,000 for the Montero Limited with leather, moonroof, and wood dash. I didn't need the DVD system either.

4.875 out of 5 stars, Excellent Truck
seminole_67,

I wanted one of these when they changed the body style in 2000. I now have the last Black Limited in my area. It is by far a great vehicle. Comfy, roomy, leather, heated seats, moonroof, all a plus. It has excellent quality, no issues what-so-ever to date. I get many complements on my truck, as many people haven't had the pleasure to have seen the Montero Limited. Coming from a 1998 Expedition, this was big change for me. I had looked at the Toureag, H3, and Aspen, this is the one I came away with. I am truly happy. Would buy another one.

5 out of 5 stars, Excellent Monty
Ronnie,

This is not my first Montero, I just bought a 2006 XLS model that I found for sale In Puerto Rico. It's about $4,000 less than the Limited model, but I don't want leather, wood in the dash, or a sunroof for $4,000. It has power. This SUV can "only" tow 5,000 pounds with the V6 engine, but what the heck this is a luxury vehicle if I wanted to haul something I would buy a beefy gas eating pickup like the Chevrolet Silverado Z71 that I used to have. The Montero is a winner. I hope that the engine has stong seals, that is a well known problem with the Montero, but with a 100,000 mile warranty I can handle that.

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Features & Specs

Limited 4dr SUV 4WD features & specs
Limited 4dr SUV 4WD
3.8L 6cyl 5A
MPG 13 city / 17 hwy
Seats 7
5-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
215 hp @ 5500 rpm

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Safety

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact TestNot Tested
Roof Strength TestNot Tested
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Poor
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Acceptable

FAQ

Is the Mitsubishi Montero a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2006 Montero both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Mitsubishi Montero fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Montero gets an EPA-estimated 15 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Montero has 39.8 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Mitsubishi Montero. Learn more
Is the Mitsubishi Montero reliable?
To determine whether the Mitsubishi Montero is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Montero. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Montero's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2006 Mitsubishi Montero a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2006 Mitsubishi Montero is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2006 Montero is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2006 Mitsubishi Montero?

The least-expensive 2006 Mitsubishi Montero is the 2006 Mitsubishi Montero Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.8L 6cyl 5A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $36,159.

Other versions include:

  • Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.8L 6cyl 5A) which starts at $36,159
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What are the different models of Mitsubishi Montero?
If you're interested in the Mitsubishi Montero, the next question is, which Montero model is right for you? Montero variants include Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.8L 6cyl 5A). For a full list of Montero models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2006 Mitsubishi Montero

Used 2006 Mitsubishi Montero Overview

The Used 2006 Mitsubishi Montero is offered in the following submodels: Montero SUV. Available styles include Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.8L 6cyl 5A).

What do people think of the 2006 Mitsubishi Montero?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2006 Mitsubishi Montero and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2006 Montero 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2006 Montero.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

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Our Review Process

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