Inside Story: 2008 Mitsubishi Endeavor –

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Mitsubishi Endeavor

December 4, 2008

The more some Mitsy#8217;s change, the more a certain three-diamond SUV remains frozen in time. Such is the case with the Mitsubishi Endeavor, and perhaps, a cautionary tale for the current snafu amongst the Big Three; not every vehicle that an automaker parachutes into a product segment is going to be a winner.

The Endeavor, much like the current Galant, has had to make do with minor facelifts over the last five years, while such Mitsy notables as the Lancer and Outlander revisions have stolen the spotlight. In fact, the current propaganda states that the Endeavor will be #8216;facelifted#8217; for 2009. At Inside Story, we#8217;re far more concerned with useful innovation, instead of re-arced headlamp brows. This week, Inside Story punts the rubber on the Limited AWD top-juice edition, with an MSRP of $44,643.94 as equipped. (Prices shown do not reflect freight, taxes, or regional incentives.)

2008 Mitsubishi Endeavor. Click image to enlarge

Audio controls are found on the rear of the horizontal spokes, apparently lifted from a Chrysler product. The cruise control lever is the industry-familiar multi-function stalk, found at the 4 PM position. While the headlamp switch does not label a specific Auto setting, they will shut off automatically in the On position as you exit the vehicle. Wipers provide intermittent swipe for front and rear panes.

Dial controls adjust the HVAC settings, which include Auto climate positions. Bear in mind that there is only one zone setting for the front passengers.

Mitsubishi Endeavor

The six-CD Rockford-Fosgate audio head unit has simplistic controls: what would be even simpler is an auxiliary audio jack; cable interfaces for audio devices are available at extra cost. The hooded Navi touch screen is as scary as a hooded goon. Display contrast, icons, and Navi clarity have all the love of a $29.95 DVD player.

Your inner meteorologist will crave the barometric pressure graph, when the outside temperature gauge just isn#8217;t good enough. In the Obvious Afterthought Department, we find the Navi DVD tray below the HVAC controls. (Most manufacturers have been successfully hiding this portal to the direction dimension.) The Navi hood plastic appears to be a refugee from the top of a fast food restaurant waste bin.

The driver#8217;s door pod houses the power exterior mirror controls, with the driver window receiving an Auto descent. The parking brake is a floor-mount pedal, with no snag issues.

The glove-box is a somewhat cavernous bin, once you remove the literature. The weird part is that there is an obvious location on the glove-box door for a lock cylinder, which must have been nixed at the last minute. The centre console gets a unique spin on the bin.

The fold-up armrest reveals tissue and pen holders on its underbelly, but we#8217;re still not in. A thin flip-top tray reveals the main cavity. The 12-volt DC powerpoint is kept outside of the console cavern.

In a word, this storage configuration is best described as semi-secure.

The front door panels present larger than average bottle holders, assuming your bottle is a Big Gulp. In the second row, the driver#8217;s side seatback adds a mesh pocket. The front passenger seatback removes the pocket, which gave me hope that the seatback would flip forward for long cargo or Road Warrior workstation space. Much cussing and owner#8217;s manual flippage confirmed that this is not the case.

Rear door panels add thin pockets, with dual cupholder duty supplied by the fold down armrest. At least Mitsy recognizes the need for a cup cinch system for the rear seat; the dual front cupholder has neither cinch nor depth. Note the second 12-volt DC powerpoint on the rear of the centre console, as well as HVAC vents with fan-only adjustment.

Mitsubishi Endeavor
Mitsubishi Endeavor
Mitsubishi Endeavor
Mitsubishi Endeavor
Mitsubishi Endeavor
Mitsubishi Endeavor

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