29 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on MITSUBISHI MONTERO SPORT LS New Car Review: MITSUBISHI MONTERO SPORT LS 4X4 ( 1998) New Car Prices for…


by Tom Hagin

For most, it’s to understand the lure of the sport vehicle, or SUV. For one, roomy – lots of inside. Secondly, it soldiers on snow, ice and mud when other bog down.

So when Mitsubishi’s began to creep up into the range, it created a new SUV, the smaller Montero Sport. It in three degrees of trim: ES, LS or with two-or four-wheel-drive.

– Montero Sport the long 107.3-inch wheelbase and stance of the more expensive but gives up six inches in height and Its lines are crisp and sharp, bulging fender flares give it a rugged, go-anywhere and the same applies to the optional 265/70R15 tires mated to alloy wheels. Our test came covered in a two-tone scheme with heavily rear windows and a thin of chrome under the grille.

This SUV sits over inches off the ground, so optional steps on our test vehicle shown) made climbing less of a chore. A rear- spare tire carrier is an option.

INSIDE – Its tweed-like grips the driver and passengers well, and its seats are suitable for – even those of us wider frames. Five can squeeze inside, with the rear passenger position the tightest. A manual height is standard on the driver’s seat, but hard to raise or lower seated.

The reclining rear fold forward, increasing the space to over 79 cubic though lifting the one-piece hatch requires some Lots of standard features things comfortable inside, and on our LS were an AM/FM cassette rear window defroster, and washer, height adjustable column, variable speed wipers and a digital clock. are lots of storage nooks and both up front and in back, but the dashboard cupholders are flimsy and located directly in front of the

ON THE ROAD – The base Montero Sport comes a 132 horsepower 2.4 liter four engine.

Ours, however, came a 165-horse (173 outside 3.0 liter V6. It sports a single atop each cylinder four valves per cylinder and fuel injection. It produces power for such a large but the acceleration necessary for entering the takes a heavy foot.

The is good gas mileage with city/highway miles per gallon by Mitsubishi. Two transmissions are offered on LS standard on LS four-wheel-drive models is a manual, while a four-speed is optional. Curiously, the automatic is on LS 2WD Montero Sport versions.

shift smoothly and accurately.

BEHIND THE WHEEL – Sport is softly sprung and a relatively smooth highway but is also very capable It uses independent double front suspension with springs, and a solid, truck-like axle carried on leaf A conventional, floor-mounted transfer-case offers shifting between 4High and 4Low, depending on

It also has the ability to be shifted by moving the lever between and 4High while at speed, comes in handy on snow-covered and highways. To engage 4Low, the vehicle must come to a stop. Traction-enhancing options both a limited slip and rear differential.

Braking hardware on LS 4WD models standard four-wheel disc with a multi-mode anti-lock system (ABS).

SAFETY Dual airbags, ABS, beams and child-proof rear locks are standard.

OPTIONS Convenience Package (cruise power windows/locks) $829; Package (alloy wheels/larger special paint trim) limited slip differential multimeter and rear heater) roof rack $260; mats $85; air conditioning

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