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2000 Mitsubishi Montero Sport LS 4WD

Last Updated: Thursday, 02-Nov-00 23:15:41 EST

Make: Mitsubishi
Model: Montero Sport
Year: 2000
Class: Sport Utility
Bodystyle: Wagon
Drive Type: 4WD
Where Built: Oye, Japan
2000 Mitsubishi Montero Sport LS 4WD
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The 2000 Montero Sport receives significant interior and exterior styling updates like a new grille, revised headlights, body-colored bumpers and new center console design, as well as several technical improvements, including a limited-slip differential on XLS and Limited models, and 16-inch alloy wheels.

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Comfortable seats, spacious interior, quiet cabin, good looks.
Underpowered at high altitudes, difficult to park.

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Mitsubishi was in the vanguard at the beginning of the sport-utility boom. Way back in 1989, when the Explorer was yet to be introduced and the Grand Cherokee was little more than scribbles in a designer's notebook, the Montero had already evolved into a wonderfully practical four-door design that offered excellent utility and go-anywhere capability. As the years passed, however, the Montero moved further and further up-market as Mitsubishi lavished additional equipment and expensive gee-whiz components on its only sport-ute.

Realizing that they were losing sales because of the Montero's high price, Mitsubishi penned a newly shaped truck, placed it on a proven platform and came up with a not very original name for a smaller, less-expensive SUV in 1997 - the Montero Sport. The Sport shares a frame with the larger Montero, which is good news for those seeking off-road capability, but it is shorter overall due to decreased front and rear overhangs. The Montero Sport's cabin holds five passengers instead of seven but the Sport's cargo space actually surpasses that of the full-size Montero.

Today, the Montero Sport is available in four trim levels: ES, LS, XLS and Limited. Each trim level comes with two- or four-wheel drive except the ES, which is available only as a 2WD model. All 2000 Montero Sports are powered by one of two 24-valve, SOHC V6 engines: the 3.0-liter model or the 3.5-liter version.

Mitsubishi revamped the Montero Sport's exterior and interior for the millennium, adding a new center console with two cupholders, additional power outlets, new seats with lumbar support, two-tone interiors and new fabrics. Outside, the vehicle receives a new body-colored front bumper, cross-hatch black grille, black tailgate garnish, new headlights and bezel, bodyside molding, 16-inch alloy wheels, and 255/70 tires for the LS, XLS and Limited. For 2000, Mitsubishi offers a limited-slip differential for both 2WD and 4WD models - available as part of the XLS premium package or standard on the Limited.

Standard on all but the Limited models is the smaller, 3.0-liter, 173-horsepower engine. ES buyers receive power windows and door locks, AM/FM/CD tuner, rear window wiper/washer and an overhead console with digital clock, map lights and compartments for sunglasses, garage door openers and security cards. Consumers stepping up to the LS will get three-spoke, 16-inch alloy wheels, tube-style side steps, a luggage rack, antilock brakes, driver's seat-height adjuster, 60/40 split-folding rear seat and tinted privacy glass. Montero Sport XLS adds integrated fog lamps, eight-spoke alloy wheels, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass and outside thermometer, leather-wrapped steering wheel and remote keyless entry. The Limited trim level comes standard with a 3.5-liter, 200-horsepower V6 engine. Other standard features on the Limited include body-colored door handles, mirrors and fender flares, integrated side steps, power sunroof, machine-finished alloy wheels and rear seat heaters.

Even with the larger engine, we found the Montero Sport to be underpowered when gaining elevation at a steady pace, with its four-speed transmission hunting for the appropriate gears. Slipping into four-wheel drive on-the-fly is easy with Montero Sport's well-placed shift lever, and there are seven available grab handles when the road gets rough. The interior layout is ergonomically sound and user-friendly, though door handles seem small and the stereo buttons are cluttered. Overall, the 2000 Montero Sport is significantly improved and worth looking into.

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Performance Data
  • Acceleration (0-60 mph): 11.2 sec.
  • Braking Distance (60-0 mph): 144 ft.
  • Roadholding Index: 0.67
  • Base Number of Cylinders: 6
  • Base Engine Size: 3 liters
  • Base Engine Type: V6
  • Horsepower: 173 hp @ 5250 rpm
  • Torque: 188 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm
  • Maximum Cargo Capacity: 79 cu.ft.
  • Maximum Payload: 1365 lbs.
  • Maximum Towing Capacity: 5000 lbs.


  • Length: 178.3 in.
  • Width: 66.7 in.
  • Height: 65.6 in.
  • Weight: 3985 lbs.
  • Wheelbase: 107.3 in.
  • Turning Circle: 38.8 ft.
  • Ground Clearance: 7.7 in.
  • Front Headroom: 38.9 in.
  • Rear Headroom: 37.3 in.
  • Front Shoulder Room: 55.5 in.
  • Rear Shoulder Room: 55.5 in.
  • Front Hip Room: 53.1 in.
  • Rear Hip Room: 50.8 in.
  • Front Leg Room: 42.8 in.
  • Rear Leg Room: 33.5 in.
  • Maximum Seating: 5
Safety Features
  • Four-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes: Standard
  • De-powered Air Bag: Not Available
  • Head Air Bag: Not Available
  • Side Air Bag: Not Available
  • Integrated Child Seat: Not Available
  • Traction Control: Not Available
  • Stability Control: Not Available
Crash Test Results
  • Driver: Rating = Average
  • Passenger: Rating = Average
  • Side Impact Front: Not Tested
  • Side Impact Rear: Not Tested
  • Crash Offset: Poor
  • Bumper Bash: Poor
Fuel Data

Fuel Tank Capacity: 19.5 gal.

EPA Mileage Estimates: (City/Highway)

Automatic: 18 mpg / 21 mpg

Range in Miles: (City/Highway)

Automatic: 351 mi. / 410 mi.

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Montero Sport

MT45-F Wagon LS 4-Dr

Invoice:  $24,384
MSRP:  $26,807
TMVSM:  $24,908 Effective until 11/9/2000 Learn more about Edmund's True Market Values (TMVSM)
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Gas Guzzler Tax:  NA
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(if appropriate, differences between alternative models are listed):

ES 2WD (4A): 3L V6 SOHC MPI 24-valve engine; 4-speed electronic OD automatic transmission with lock-up; 60-amp alternator; transmission oil cooler; rear-wheel drive, 4.64 axle ratio; stainless steel exhaust; front independent double wishbone suspension with anti-roll bar, front torsion springs, front torsion bar, rigid rear axle multi-link suspension with anti-roll bar, rear coil springs, gas-pressurized rear shocks; power re-circulating ball steering; front disc/rear drum brakes; 19.5 gal. capacity fuel tank; front and rear mud flaps, skid plate(s), side impact bars; liftback rear cargo door; front and rear body-colored bumpers with front and rear tow hooks, rear step; clearcoat monotone paint; aero-composite halogen headlamps; driver's and passenger's power remote black folding outside mirrors; front and rear 15" x 6" silver styled steel wheels; P235/75SR15 BSW M&S front and rear tires; underbody mounted full-size steel spare wheel; air conditioning; AM/FM stereo, seek-scan, single CD, 4 speakers, fixed antenna; power door locks with 2 stage unlock, child safety rear door locks, remote fuel release; 3 power accessory outlets, front lighter element(s), driver's foot rest, retained accessory power, smokers' package; instrumentation display includes tachometer, water temperature gauge, overhead console clock, trip odometer; warning indicators include oil pressure, battery, lights on, key in ignition, low fuel, door ajar, brake fluid; driver's and passenger's front airbags; ignition disable; tinted windows, power front and rear windows with driver's 1-touch down, fixed 1/4 vent windows; fixed interval front windshield wipers, rear window defroster; seating capacity of 5, front bucket seats, adjustable headrests, center armrest with storage, driver's seat includes 4-way direction control, lumbar support, passenger's seat includes 4-way direction control; full folding rear bench seat with reclining adjustable headrests; front height adjustable seatbelts; cloth seats, cloth door trim insert, full cloth headliner, full carpet floor covering with carpeted floor mats, plastic/rubber gear shift knob; interior lights include dome light, front reading lights; steering wheel with tilt adjustment; vanity mirrors; day/night rearview mirror; full floor console, full overhead console with storage, locking glove box, front cupholder, instrument panel covered bin, 2 seat back storage pockets, driver's and passenger's door bins; carpeted cargo floor, plastic trunk lid, cargo tie downs, cargo light; black grille, black side window moldings, black front windshield molding, black rear window molding and black door handles.

LS 2WD (4A) (in addition to or instead of ES 2WD (4A) equipment): 4.9 axle ratio; P255/70SR16 BSW M&S front and rear tires; remote keyless entry, and panic alarm.

XLS 2WD (4A) (in addition to or instead of LS 2WD (4A) equipment): Running boards, roof rack; body-colored bodyside molding colored fender flares; clearcoat lower accent two-tone paint; 6 speakers, theft deterrent, power retractable antenna; compass, exterior temp, ignition disable, security system; premium cloth seats, 2 door curb lights, illuminated entry; leather-wrapped steering wheel, auto-dimming day/night rearview mirror; mini overhead console, rear cupholders, interior concealed storage, cargo cover, cargo concealed storage and a chrome grille.

LTD 2WD (4A) (in addition to or instead of XLS 2WD (4A) equipment): 3.5L V6 SOHC MPI 24-valve engine; limited slip differential, 4.64 axle ratio; 4-wheel antilock braking system; power sliding and tilting glass sunroof with sunshade; body-colored fender flares; clearcoat monotone paint; additional exterior lights include front fog/driving lights; driver's and passenger's power remote body-colored heated folding outside mirrors; rear heater; premium AM/FM stereo, seek-scan, single CD, 8 premium speakers, amplifier, power retractable diversity antenna; leather seats, leatherette door trim insert, dual illuminated, and body-colored door handles.

3.5 XS 2WD (4A) (in addition to or instead of LTS 2WD (4A) equipment): 4.9 axle ratio; roof rack; AM/FM stereo, seek-scan, single CD, 6 speakers; cruise control and leather-wrapped gear shift knob.

ES 4WD (4A) (in addition to or instead of ES 2WD (4A) equipment): 85-amp alternator; part-time 4 wheel drive, auto locking hub control and manual shift, 4.9 axle ratio; 4-wheel disc brakes with 4-wheel antilock braking system; black bodyside molding black fender flares; front and rear 16" x 7" silver alloy wheels; P255/70SR16 BSW M&S front and rear tires; underbody mounted full-size alloy spare wheel; 6 speakers, cruise control; deep tinted windows, variable intermittent front windshield wipers, rear window wiper, driver's seat includes 6-way direction control, 60-40 folding rear bench seat with center armrest; 2 door curb lights; rear cupholders and interior concealed storage

LS/XLS/LTD/XS 4WD (4A) (in addition to or instead of LS/XLS/LTD 2WD (4A) equipment): 85-amp alternator; part-time 4 wheel drive, auto locking hub control and manual shift, limited slip differential, 4.9 axle ratio; 4-wheel disc brakes with 4-wheel antilock braking system; underbody mounted full-size alloy spare wheel and a cargo net.

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Note: The colors displayed are not exact due to technical limitations, and are based on content available at the time of publishing. Colors may change without notice. Please consult brochure for additional information. Two-tone colors are displayed only as their primary color.

Exterior Colors
  Interior Colors
Alpine White
Cambridge Red Pearl
New Zealand Green Pearl
Seattle Silver Metallic
Solano Black
Sudan Beige Metallic

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-- Alaska Destination Surcharge
$120 $120
DEST Destination Surcharge (Alaska)
Required for vehicles shipped to Alaska.
$125 $125
KS Security System (LS)
Includes keyless entry.
$250 $305
P9 Preferred Package (LS)
Includes roof rack, side steps and rear deflector.
$505 $755

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