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in 2010 Affordable Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $11,639 - $13,484
Original MSRP: $27,999 - $31,499
MPG: 15 City / 21 Hwy
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2010 Mitsubishi Endeavor Performance

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Reviewers said the Endeavor's performance is solid, but doesn't really stand out within its competitive class. A big plus is that all models are powered by a 225-horsepower V6 engine, which offers a lot of power for the class. But that power takes a big toll on fuel economy.

  • "Overall, the Endeavor is a surprisingly enjoyable vehicle of manageable size. It handles with a light touch and maneuvers with agility in corners. The V-6 engine delivers a satisfying burst of power when needed for passing. Mitsubishi's automatic transmission yields prompt, confident responses that are devoid of awkwardness." -- Cars.com
  • "Not quite car-like, but Endeavor is pleasant with moderate cornering lean and good highway stability. This crossover is subject to some wander in gusty crosswinds. Steering feel is precise, but feels too light as speed rises. Good stopping control, but the brake pedal travel is longer than ideal." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Its car-based chassis provides a comfortable ride on the street, adept handling in the corners and above-average capability on mildly rutted dirt roads." -- Edmunds
  • "On-road ride and handling is pleasant, and the Endeavor feels agile for its size." -- Road and Track

Acceleration and Power

The 2010 Mitsubishi Endeavor comes with a 3.8-liter V6 engine that makes 225 horsepower. It’s mated to a four-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift mode. Test drivers said the engine has more than enough power, though a few of them found the transmission slow to downshift.

The Endeavor’s fuel economy is a big disadvantage. According to the EPA, the 2WD model achieves 15/21 mpg city/highway and the AWD model achieves 15/19 mpg. These ratings are very low for the class.

  • "Due to the Endeavor's impressive 250 lb-ft of torque, the 3.8-liter engine feels responsive off the line and into the midrange. The transmission can be a little slow to downshift on highway grades, but overall the 2010 Mitsubishi Endeavor performs as well as most other vehicles in the class.” -- Edmunds
  • "Strong off the line -- an AWD SE did 8.4 sec 0-60 mph in Consumer Guide testing. Good midrange response requires a heavy throttle foot to get a downshift from the smooth-acting transmission, making its manual-shift feature useful on congested freeways and in hilly terrain." -- Consumer Guide

Handling and Braking

Test drivers considered the Mitsubishi Endeavor’s handling to be pleasant enough, though some said steering feel can be too light. All-wheel drive is available on the Endeavor SE model.

  • "Not quite car-like, but Endeavor is pleasant with moderate cornering lean and good highway stability. This crossover is subject to some wander in gusty crosswinds. Steering feel is precise, but feels too light as speed rises. Good stopping control, but the brake pedal travel is longer than ideal." -- Consumer Guide
  • “The steering is a little slower than we'd like, but the weighting seems perfectly balanced for everyday errand-running and commuting." -- Edmunds

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