Used 1998 Mitsubishi Montero Review

Edmunds expert review

What's new for 1998

A revised front bumper and grille, new fenders and new rear quarter panels mark the exterior changes. Inside is a new steering wheel, while the standard equipment list now includes ABS, air conditioning, third-row seats and alloy wheels.

Vehicle overview

Marketed since 1983, Mitsubishi's sport-utility ranks as an old-timer in its field, though the current four-door seven-passenger version has only been around since '89. This year, Mitsubishi updates its veteran mountain machine with standard antilock brakes, air conditioning and a host of minor equipment that should be standard on a vehicle at this price.

Active Trac four-wheel drive can be shifted "on the fly," or set up to operate all the time. A power sunroof is available with the Luxury Package. Prior Monteros could tow as much as 4,000 pounds, but the current peak rating is 5,000. A variable shock-absorber system has three settings: hard, medium and soft.

The Montero is an interesting blend of gee-whiz gadgetry, luxurious conveniences, go-anywhere capability and unique styling. While it is true that all this cool stuff comes at a premium, buyers considering other luxury sport-utility vehicles will want to drop by the Mitsubishi dealer and consider this one as well.

Edmunds expert review process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.