On the Road with Rex & Carol: 1996 Mitsubishi Montero SR

Mitsubishi Montero

1996 Mitsubishi Montero SR 4WD.

on the road The 1996 Mitsubishi Montero RS 4WD is a luxury four-wheel drive sport utility vehicle built to handle rugged conditions. The Montero has a distinctive town and country look inside and out. Equipped with many features and seating for up to seven people, it is a versatile vehicle.
   The solid green pearl body color has contrasting lower body silver cladding and fender flares that protect the finish. The rear door, with the spare mounted on it, swings outward, allowing full access to the back. Equipped with a trailer hitch (optional), the vehicle can pull up to 500 lbs.
   Powered by a 3.5-liter, single overhead camshaft (SOHC) 24-valve V-6 engine, the Montero responds well. Our test model came with the 4-speed overdrive automatic transmission, which has a driver-controlled electronically shifting system. The driver can choose power, normal, or hold mode settings depending on road conditions. The Active Trac 4WD is Montero's "shift-on-the-fly" all-terrain drive system that allows smooth engagement of the 4-wheel from 2-wheel to all-wheel drive mode at all times on any surface at speeds up to 62 mph.
   The two-button keyless entry is handy and a positive safety factor. When you push the button once, only the driver's door opens. The other doors and back gate remain locked until the second push.
   For someone 5'3" tall, it is quite a step up to get into the driver's seat. Side steps are optional, but did not come with our test drive model. The hand grips inside the car, both on the door and above the windows, allow passengers to get a firm grasp for both entry and off-road driving.
   The driver has excellent visibility with the wide expanse of glass and large side mirrors. We found the steering wheel adjustment, which is on the underside of the wheel, rather limited and somewhat cumbersome compared to the Montero's other attributes.
   The all leather interior, power seats, powered sunroof, CD and cassette player, easy-to-read-and-use instrument panel, and fun driving status and information controls in the cab all contribute to making the drive comfortable and interesting. We particularly liked the graphic showing the current drive train, and the rocker control for a three-way adjustment of the shocks. The full compass display comes with an adjustment for deviation angles (declination). It adjusts in 5 degree increments.
   We liked the Montero's ride and its performance.

1996 Mitsubishi Monterro SR 4WD