Mitsubishi Montero is the car to go with if you need a capable off-road vehicle that can ride on muddy tracks when needed but turns into a quiet car when you need to ride it in town.
The Montero is a rather new brand in Canada, but it gained the recognition of drivers. The midsize SUV that won Dakar Rally multiple times is a balanced mix between an adventure vehicle and a comfortable car. Since the first models came on the market, Montero went through a continuous improvement process, which enables it to turn into the Mitsubishi Montero we now know.
All Montero models, known as Pajero in some markets, are equipped with four-wheel drive, four-speed automatic transmission and can adapt both to muddy off-road tracks and pavement over tarmac, offering optimum traction. Montero ES and LS have 3.0-litre V6 engines, while the top versions have a 3.5-litre V6 engine.
Among the standard features in Montero, there are the roof rails, tube-type side steps, 15-inch alloy wheels, fender flares and body-side mouldings. On the inside, you can find an anti-theft engine system, cruise control, anti-lock brakes and front side airbags.
Power and Speed Off-road, Silence and Comfort in the City
Mitsubishi Montero has a rather modest horsepower of 165 for the 3.0-litre engine and 197 for the 3.5-litre engine, yet the engine does its job and can deliver a good pulling power on any type of terrain. The automatic transmission is able to adjust to the driver's style, giving you a customized experience.
Depending on the driver's needs, Mitsubishi Montero can split drive torque between the front and rear axles, providing the best traction for any situation. Latest models of Montero have a fully independent suspension and a lighter chassis. You can also find adjustable shock absorbers and locking differentials in certain model versions. This allows the SUV to deal with bumps more efficiently, delivering a more comfortable ride.
High Quality Interiors Deliver a High Quality Travel Experience
The interior of Mitsubishi Montero is spacious and comfortable. The SUV comes with an ergonomic design and high-quality materials, which give it the looks of a more expensive class of vehicles. The front seats can recline, offering the passengers two decent sleeping platforms. The second row of seats can be folded and there are storage compartments hidden in the floor. When they are flipped they reveal smart trays and cup holders, that can turn the Montero into a picnic site. There is also a third-row bench that can accommodate kids or two adults when needed. The dashboard is clean and simple, with straightforward gauges and easy to read and use controls.
Montero has a high step, which gives you the feel of a powerful off-road. Once in the driver's seat, you can get comfortable right away. Mitsubishi Montero is a powerful off-road SUV, but once on the pavement, it turns into a quiet vehicle. Despite it evolved from an off-road only vehicle to a comfortable ride, Montero never lost its roots.
Mitsubishi Montero is a reliable compact SUV in its class, delivering a good value for its price range. Thanks to its versatility, it can make a great car for families as well as adventurers, who need a spacious and powerful car.