Remember the Mitsubishi Endeavor? After taking a one-year sabbatical, the mid-sized crossover SUV rejoins the new Outlander on Mitsubishi’s show floors for 2010.

The Endeavor will still be assembled in Illinois on the same PS platform as the current-generation Eclipse and Galant, still obtain motivation from a single-cam V-6, still come with available all-wheel drive, and still tout backroads capability. Where it has been altered is in the appearance and features department, with fresh additions including Mitsubishi’s corporate front grille, a restyled tailgate, two new colors, and standard Bluetooth.

While the refreshed Outlander features a noticeably “crossover-ed” exterior, the unibody Endeavor retains a more classic SUV look, complete with muscular styling, pronounced wheel arches, large rear quarter windows, and a long, straight roofline. Up front, the old bar-design front grille has been replaced by styling that is more akin to Mitsubishi’s current stable. Out back, the tailgate is adorned with new chrome trim and larger taillights. With two new paint colors, the palette total sits at five: Carbon Pearl, Dover White Pearl, Kalapana Black, Maizen Blue Pearl, and Quick Silver Metallic.

Inside, the Endeavor’s spacious legroom makes fitting passengers a breeze, with 41.4 inches available in the first row and 38.5 inches available in the rear row. The CUV boasts 76.4 cu. ft. of cargo space with the rear seats folded, and 40.7 cu. ft. with the seats in place. Given the ample interior dimensions, the biggest setback is perhaps the lack of a third-row seat.

To keep the ordering process simple, the 2010 Endeavor comes in two trims: LS and SE. The front-wheel-drive-only LS model comes equipped with standard SUV-centric amenities such as 17-inch alloy wheels, a 21.4-gallon fuel tank, fog lights, tubular roof rails, front mud flaps, and a color-keyed front bug/stone deflector. The SE adds more features and creature comforts: upsized 18-inch alloys, heated leather seats, heated side mirrors, a multi-information display, and a 360-watt Rockford Acoustic Design sound system. All Endeavors are endowed with fully-independent, coil-sprung suspension, four-channel ABS with electronic brake-force distribution, and advanced Active Stability and Traction Control for a “virtual” limited-slip differential effect in low-grip environments.

As justified by multiple generations of the invigorating, rally-inspired Lancer Evolution, Mitsubishi is well-regarded for its all-wheel drive systems. The topline SE trim carries this feature-laden option, which is refined for sport/utility use. The AWD Endeavor SE utilizes a center differential with a viscous coupling to provide a 50-50 torque split between the front and rear wheels. In wheel slippage situations, the coupling will send an optimal amount of power to the set of wheels with more traction.

Beneath the hood, the 3.8-liter SOHC V-6 belts out 225 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque, which is diverted through a four-speed automatic transmission with Sportronic mode, for manual shifting. Compared to today’s five-, six-, and seven-speed gearboxes, the four cogs look aged; however, the engine’s torque characteristics ensure power is always on tap.

In terms of work capability, the 2010 Endeavor is rated exactly where a midsize CUV would be expected. The front-wheel-drive model is capable of towing up to 2000 pounds, while the all-wheel drive model can handle 3500 pounds. All Endeavors are equipped with a standard towing prep package, which includes a transmission cooler, power steering fluid cooler, a full-size spare wheel, trailer hitch wiring harness, and a larger radiator for all-wheel drive models.

The 2010 Mitsubishi Endeavor is currently available at dealers nationwide.

2010 Mitsubishi Endeavor
Base Price$28,739
Vehicle LayoutFront-engine, FWD, AWD, 5-door mid-size crossover SUV
Engine3.8L/225-hp/255 lb-ft SOHC 24-valve V-6
Transmission4-speed Automatic
Curb Weight3891-3980 lb (FWD), 4178 lb (AWD) (mfr)
Wheelbase108.3 in
Length x Width x Height190.8 x 73.6 x 69.8 in (FWD), 190.8 x 74.2 x 69.8 in (AWD)
EPA City/Hwy Fuel Econ15/19-21 mpg
On SaleNow

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