• Sign in
  • |
  • Sign up

Consumer Reports: Montero Unsafe

RELATED READING
See all Mitsubishi Montero articles
RESEARCH BY MAKE
Mitsubishi cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Hyundai cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs
Acura cars, trucks and SUVs Alfa Romeo cars, trucks and SUVs Aston Martin cars, trucks and SUVs Audi cars, trucks and SUVs Bentley cars, trucks and SUVs BMW cars, trucks and SUVs Buick cars, trucks and SUVs Cadillac cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Chrysler cars, trucks and SUVs Dodge cars, trucks and SUVs Ferrari cars, trucks and SUVs FIAT cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Freightliner cars, trucks and SUVs GMC cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs Hyundai cars, trucks and SUVs Infiniti cars, trucks and SUVs Jaguar cars, trucks and SUVs Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs Kia cars, trucks and SUVs Lamborghini cars, trucks and SUVs Land Rover cars, trucks and SUVs Lexus cars, trucks and SUVs Lincoln cars, trucks and SUVs Lotus cars, trucks and SUVs Maserati cars, trucks and SUVs Mazda cars, trucks and SUVs McLaren cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs MINI cars, trucks and SUVs Mitsubishi cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs Porsche cars, trucks and SUVs RAM cars, trucks and SUVs Scion cars, trucks and SUVs smart cars, trucks and SUVs SRT cars, trucks and SUVs Subaru cars, trucks and SUVs Tesla cars, trucks and SUVs Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Volkswagen cars, trucks and SUVs Volvo cars, trucks and SUVs
RESEARCH BY STYLE
AWD/4WD
Commercial
Convertible
Coupe
Hatchback
Hybrid/Electric
Luxury
Sedan
SUV/Crossover
Truck
Van/Minivan
Wagon
ADDITIONAL MODEL INFORMATION
2001 Mitsubishi Montero

Mitsubishi’s big sport-ute rated "not acceptable" by consumer publication.

by Marty Padgett

Mitsubishi executives are defending the safety of their popular Montero sport-utility vehicle in the wake of a Consumer Reports assertion that the vehicle is unsafe.

The consumer magazine, best known for awarding the same black mark to the Suzuki Samurai and Isuzu Trooper/Acura SLX, says the 2001 Montero Limited is especially prone to tipping on two wheels, making it unacceptable for buyers.

The magazine says that in eight of nine runs through a specially designed course, taken at speeds greater than 36 mph, the Montero Limited tipped on two wheels eight out of nine times. The test is intended to simulate an emergency avoidance maneuver, such as an animal or other vehicle in the road.

By its own earlier judgements, Consumer Reports judged the Montero unremarkable. "Routine handling is sound if unexceptional, and the ride is compliant and well controlled," the magazine wrote of the vehicle in its April 2001 issue. However, in preparations for an SUV comparison test for an upcoming issue, the CR staff says it uncovered the problem with tipping. On the same day, CR reports that it ran the other six vehicles in the test - the Dodge Durango, Ford Explorer, GMC Envoy, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Pathfinder, and Toyota 4Runner - through the same course and could not reproduce what the Montero had done.

For its part, Mitsubishi is insisting that its vehicle is safe. "We have searched our records and found no reported incidents or complaints of rollover crashes in this vehicle - not one," said Pierre Gagnon, Mitsubishi’s chief American executive. "We have invested thousands of hours in the design and testing of the 2001 Montero, and we have validated its stability with additional testing over the past two weeks," he noted in a release. In a press release, the company also says it repeated the magazine’s tests with another Montero Limited and was unable to reproduce the results. 

Mitsubishi instead points to the Consumers Union and its tests as being unreliable. "In the real world, this vehicle's performance has been outstanding," Gagnon said.  "We are disappointed that Consumers Union chose to attack our vehicle despite overwhelming evidence that their conclusions are wrong."

The Montero Limited has been a mainstay of Mitsubishi’s American lineup for more than a decade, gradually migrating from an entry-level sport-utility vehicle to a luxury SUV with a notable heritage in world rally and endurance events such as the Paris-Dakar rally.

Mitsubishi recently partnered with DaimlerChrysler, which took a 34-percent controlling stake in Japan’s fifth-largest automaker in 2000. Also in 2000, Mitsubishi announced a broad new product initiative dubbed Project America, which would build three new vehicles - including a new sport-utility vehicle, a new coupe and a sedan - from a common platform.

This month’s Magazine X, a Japanese spy photo publication, has obtained pictures of the AirTrek, a model that Mitsubishi says will launch in Japan this year and in the U.S. soon after. The AirTrek, which will likely get a different name, is thought to be the Project America sport-ute, and is estimated to sell some 40,000 units in America beginning in 2003. However, the Montero is expected to remain in the Mitsubishi product lineup for the foreseeable future.

© 2001 The Car Connection

RELATED INVENTORY
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2001 Mitsubishi Montero XLS
Used 2001 Mitsubishi Montero
$4,999
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2001 Mitsubishi Montero XLS
Used 2001 Mitsubishi Montero
$4,999
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2004 Mitsubishi Montero Limited
Used 2004 Mitsubishi Montero
$4,995
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2003 Mitsubishi Montero Limited
Used 2003 Mitsubishi Montero
$6,995
This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
Close 
Consumer Reports: Montero Unsafe - Autotrader