2003 Montero New Car Test Drive
Mitsubishi Montero continues to provide the tailored comfort, convenience and gracious toughness that its buyers seek in their sport-utility vehicles.
The Montero is one of the most versatile trucks in its category. It offers serious off-road capability and a sumptuous interior. It's an all-weather highway cruiser and a part-time backcountry buster. It offers a smooth ride, whether on the highway or on rippled dirt roads. The Mitsubishi Montero Sport boasts rough and ready looks backed up by truck-tough underpinnings and a part-time four-wheel-drive system for serious off-road use. It's tough enough to tackle rugged terrain, yet stylish enough for a night out on the town.
For 2002, Mitsubishi adds a full-time four-wheel-drive mode designed to improve traction in slippery or inconsistent conditions, such as snow, ice, gravel, dirt, or rain-slick roads. This all-wheel-drive system enhances the safety of the Montero Sport when bad weather hits civilization.
The Montero Sport continues to offer more cargo space than a Nissan Pathfinder or Isuzu Rodeo. You can dress it up or dress it down, with optional leather and an available 3.5-liter V6 that delivers gutsy performance.
The 2002 Montero is available in two models: XLS ($31,687) and the fully loaded Limited ($35,797).
All Monteros are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine.
XLS is supplied with a four-speed automatic transmission, part-time 4WD and a two-speed transfer case.
Limited comes with a five-speed automatic with a Sportronic sequential shifter and ActiveTrac electronic full-time AWD coupled with a torque-sensing automatic limited-slip differential. 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.
New option packages are available for 2002. XLS now offers a Touring Package ($2230) that includes a power sunroof, rear air conditioning, upgraded seat trim, an upgraded Infinity audio system with seven speakers and a CD player, power antenna and limited-slip differential.
The Limited model can be equipped with a Premium package ($1,200) that includes automatic front air conditioning controls, rear air conditioning with mid-cabin controls and a power front passenger seat. For 2002, Montero Sport comes in five different trim levels: ES, LS, XLS, Limited. Each trim level is available with two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.
ES, LS, and XLS variations are powered by a 165-horsepower 3.0-liter V6. Even the base ES, which retails for $22,777 for 2WD, $25,087 for 4WD, boasts a long list of luxury goodies.
LS ($25,637) adds rear privacy glass, more adjustments for the front seat, a 60/40 split rear seat, larger alloy wheels. LS 4WD models ($27,777) come with four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes.
XLS ($27,397) and XLS 4WD ($29,627) bring color-keyed fender flares and other styling enhancements, plus a security system in case the wrong sort of people notice.
Limited ($31,317) and Limited 4WD ($32,887) come with four-wheel-disc brakes and ABS, a limited-slip rear differential, plus monochromatic paint, an Infinity stereo, tilt-and-slide one-touch power moonroof, LCD trip computer, leather upholstery, heated front seats, separate rear heater controls. Powering the Limited is Mitsubishi's top engine, a 3.5-liter V6 producing 197 horsepower.
For 2002, all four-wheel-drive models are equipped with the new all-wheel-drive system.
A Luxury Package ($2310) available for all models adds leather seating surfaces, 210-watt Infinity audio, and one-touch power sunroof.