NEW FOR 2008:
– Stability control and SIRIUS Satellite Radio standard on all models
– Tire pressure monitoring system improved to reduce false warnings in cold weather
– Redesigned rear nameplate
– Exterior colours: Rave Red, Canyon Beige and Quick Silver added; Ultra Red Pearl deleted
For 2008, the Mitsubishi Endeavor undergoes minor changes, the most important being the addition of stability control to the base two-wheel drive SE model, making the system standard on all models.
The Endeavor uses a 3.8-litre V6, mated to a four-speed automatic. SE models come in front- or all-wheel drive, while the top-line Limited is all-wheel only. The system splits torque evenly between the front and rear axles under normal driving conditions, and distributes it when necessary if any wheels slip.
Features on the SE models include 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, auto-off headlamps, intermittent rear wiper, privacy glass, roof rails, power mirrors, cruise control, wheel-mounted audio controls, power windows, power locks with keyless entry, manual driver’s seat height adjustment, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, floor mats, power sunroof, and six-CD/MP3 stereo with SIRIUS Satellite Radio.
The Limited adds automatic climate control, fog lights, roof rail crossbars, leather seats, six-way power driver’s seat and DVD-based navigation system.
The Endeavor is car-like in its handling, with a punchy engine, four-wheel independent suspension and manual-mode transmission that makes it sportier than much of its SUV competition. The addition of stability control across the board is a welcome one, and along with Mitsubishi’s extensive warranty coverage makes this a well-equipped vehicle for the price, although the premium fuel recommendation will increase the operating costs.