Beginning in 1982, the Mitsubishi Pajero, or Montero as it is known in North America, began production and is still being produced today. For 29 years, the Montero has been a flagship mid-size SUV from the Mitsubishi brand. In that time, it has evolved in style and shape, from a Jeep look-alike in the early 1980s to the sleek and modern SUV of today. The Montero is built for power and comfort, and Mitsubishi introduced new safety standards beginning in the 2006 model year.
As a standard model, the Montero sports a 3.2 Di-D engine that produces a solid 167 horsepower, which is also equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is less than average compared to other SUVs and crossovers in the Mitsubishi lineup, having only 13 miles per gallon in the city and 17 on the highway. As a mid-size SUV, the Montero has plenty of interior space for four to five passengers.
Earlier Montero models resembled Jeeps; this is because of its box-like frame and large, circular headlamps set within its flat frontend. By 1992, a redesign was introduced that featured more rounded curves and rectangular lights. Five engine sizes were available on the second generation model, which was increased to seven options in the 1999 third-generation models. Since the introduction of the fourth-generation models in 2006, only three engines are available, including the large 3.8 liter V6 with 247 horsepower.
The newest Montero offers all-new safety features, such as improved active stability and traction control, electronic brakeforce distribution, SRS front airbags and new side-impact and curtain airbags. Leather interior is available in the Limited Edition, along with remote power door locks, power mirrors, cruise control, leather and wood steering wheel. The clock, tachometer, compass, external temperature display and low fuel level warning were also revised. The Montero provides seven total speakers and a powerful Infinity stereo system with AM/FM six-CD player stereo.
Over the course of its 29-year history, the Mitsubishi Montero won a few awards, such as the IntelliChoice Best Overall Value of the Year Award in 1998. In 2001, it was nominated for Car and Driver's Ten Best List, and it was praised by Consumer Guide for its passenger and cargo room. AAA Auto Guide gave the 2003 model positive points for its performance, while Both Consumer Guide and Edmunds reported that the 2005 Montero was comfortable and had spacious seats and large cargo capacity
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