The Montero handles like a small car with SUV capabilities. It tows 5000 pounds without a problem. Its third seat is a bit cramped for an adult though. I dislike the spare tire on the tailgate because it makes the trailer hitch difficult to access. I plan to purchase Montero #3 soon.
The only gripe I have is this vehicle should be two inches wider and two inches shorter. I am not a boulevard cruiser and use this vehicle to get me to some pretty rough terrain here in Oregon. This is my fourth one and I will snub Mitsubishi for not keeping this line going. It is a tough truck with a quality build and it holds up well on USFS roads and trails, unlike the Endeavor, which cannot clear rocks and ruts. Who supplies the paint for these vehicles? It has a deep finish and holds up to backroad rocks. Good job on the Monteros, Mitsubishi!
Very pleased with overall performance of the vehicle. One criticism the vehicle had was acceleration, and that is unnoticeable. We have a family of four and with all passengers in car we have more than ample acceleration. We are definitely pleased with the vehicle.
When driving my new Montero from Michigan to Florida and back I was able to find a lot of new reasons to like my new SUV. The head rest you can easily lean back on, the 7 disks of music I had loaded, the automatic air control for front and for back. The leather heated seats is awesome in the winter and the sunroof is immense in the summer. The ride is so smooth over the pothole and ruts of northern roads as well as easy over off road conditions. Power everything! All the other joys I have yet to discover.
This is my 3rd Mitsubishi Montero . I really love the vehicle. The only problem I have with all of my Monteros is gas mileage. I have been across the U.S.A twice, encountering, all kinds of good/bad roads/weather.and my Monteros never fail me. I am happy for the extra engine power my 2005 especially when pulling 5&6 percent road grades in Nevada / Colorado (faster than a 18 wheeler, slower than Grey Hound bus). I am sorry to hear of the montero's demise in '06 or '07. There was so much Mitsubishi could have done to inprove it's Monteros. You have a very good vehicle.