2001 Montero New Car Test Drive
Mitsubishi Montero has always been one of the more serious sport-utility vehicles. By serious, we mean the Montero was one of the toughest truck-like entries in the category. It has traditionally been designed to be fully capable of trekking across the Great Outback with nothing more than a dirt path and a compass--the Montero supplying the latter.
But as the public hunger for SUVs has grown ravenous, not one in a thousand of these trucks will likely ever leave the pavement. Accordingly, the all-new third-generation 2001 Montero has been tailored to provide the kind of comfort, convenience, and even graciousness, expected by pavement-only, soccer-practice-and-mall-shopper tastes. The tough truck is still there underneath, but now it is concealed in a carefully civilized package that will ruffle feathers only when specifically asked to do so. As an all-weather highway cruiser and part-time backcountry buster, the new Montero is one of the most versatile and successful trucks in its category.
The 2001 Montero is available in two models, the XLS ($30,997) and the fully loaded Limited ($34,997). Both use the same 3.5-liter V6.
XLS is supplied with a 4-speed automatic, part-time 4WD and a 2-speed transfer case. A limited-slip rear differential and sunroof are optional ($1,150).
Limited comes with a 5-speed automatic with a Sportronic sequential shifter and ActiveTrac electronic full-time AWD coupled with a torque-sensing automatic limited-slip differential. Additionally, the Limited comes standard with the sunroof, leather interior, heated front seats, a power driver's seat, heated mirrors, fog lights, chrome exterior accents, premium audio and the LCD Information Center, which includes the aforesaid compass and readouts for outside temperature, date and time. Optional for Limited is automatic front climate control, rear air conditioning and heating and mid-cabin climate controls ($900).