Mitsubishi Montero Sport: Effortless Climb

MANILA, Philippines - The new Mitsubishi Montero Sport proved to us why it's the "Best Selling SUV" since it was launched in September 2008 when we drove it over 800 kilometers from Manila to Manila. We crossed the Cordillera Mountains through the Halsema Highway in La Trinidad, to Banaue, crossing the Sierra Madre Mountains in Nueva Vizcaya, and entering the SCTEX through Tarlac, and then NLEX. The four-day road trip was a test drive that could lead many to ownership of the Montero Sport. There was no type of terrain that could have been missed in that long drive to Banaue where Mitsubishi Motor Philippines Corp. (MMPC) prepared the trek to Batad for their CSR project to help rebuild the rice terraces.

The Montero proved it is more than capable of mounting a long journey across high altitudes effortlessly while keeping its passengers comfortable and safe.

Our journey started from the Mitsubishi dealership in Balintawak, with a stop over for lunch in Gerona, Tarlac. We were taking the long route to Banaue Rice Terraces; driving to Baguio City first before continuing on to Banaue via the Halsema Highway.

Having started with the travel after noon, we reached the foot of the Baguio boonies by dusk. The Montero Sport's new 2.5 liter DI-D Hyper Common Rail 4- cylinder 16 valve DOHC VG Turbo Intercooler engine worked effortlessly as we started to climb the 32 kilometers of steep, tight and winding Kennon Road.

The new Montero Sport generates a maximum output 178 PS at 4,000 rpm with a maximum torque of 350 N-m at 1,800-3,500 rpm that made the steep inclines of Kennon Road no challenge for the Montero's diesel engine.

It also has an INVECS - II 5-Speed automatic and Sportronic transmission that optimally matches shift points to engine speed at all times in order to deliver responsive and smooth acceleration while returning with excellent fuel economy.

Its paddle shifters also allowed us to shift gears without taking our hands off the steering wheel providing better driving comfort and better control.?

The HID headlamp with auto leveling system and headlamp washers together with auto rain sensors also made sure that we had good visibility up ahead despite driving in the totally dark roads leading to the City of Pines.

The driving position aboard the Montero also provides the driver excellent visibility of the road ahead and the high seat position makes sure that the driver sees what is immediately in front of the bumper.

The vast interior space of the Montero Sport provided us with more than enough space for all of our camera and climbing gear while ensuring passenger comfort. The cabin of the Montero can comfortably fit seven passengers in three rows and can be reconfigured to provide more cargo space. The second row seat can be adjusted reclining, sliding and tumble-type fold-up function with 60:40 separated while the third row seat can be reclined and fold flat down to accommodate the bags of vegetables we bought from the Mountain Province.

Providing us entertainment all throughout the drive is the Montero's new CD, MP3 player and AUX in with USB port where our iPods connected easily. The only thing we were not able to try, thank God, was the Montero's dual side airbags and anti-lock braking system with electronic brake distribution as the entire drive was totally event free.

Another great feature of the Montero Sport is its AVT GPS Mapping System which has been integrated into its entertainment system. It really helped us find our way in Baguio City where driving around is really confusing.

Overall the Montero Sport is a great mid-sized SUV. Not only does it look sporty and gives good fuel economy, it also provides excellent comfort and driving satisfaction.


Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Philippine economic growth slows to three-year low
    Philippine economic growth slows to three-year low

    Philippine economic growth in the first quarter slowed to a three-year low of 5.2 percent, well below forecasts, due to lethargic government spending and weak exports, officials said Thursday. "While growth in the private sector remains robust, the slower than programmed pace of public spending, particularly the decline in public construction, has slowed down the overall growth of the economy," Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan told reporters. "Exports were the other source of the …

  • EM ASIA FX-Won near 2-month low on plunging yen, peso pares gains as growth weakens

    * S.Korea intervention spotted, won hits 7-year high vs yen * Philippine peso briefly weaker after Q1 growth disappoints (Adds text, updates prices) By Jongwoo Cheon SEOUL, May 28 (Reuters) - South Korea's ... …

  • Britain's tied visa rules fuel abuse of live-in maids, nannies

    By Katie Nguyen LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Susi, a single mother from the Philippines, left for a job in Qatar, she convinced herself it was a sacrifice worth making for her children at home. For more than a year, Susi's sacrifice involved waking before dawn and working past midnight, cooking, cleaning and looking after a Qatari family. Conditions deteriorated when Susi was brought to Britain by her boss. …

  • SE Asia Stocks - Philippines at four-month low after Q1 GDP miss

    BANGKOK, May 28 (Reuters) - Philippine shares hit a more than four-month low on Thursday after economic growth in the first quarter was slower than expected, while Thai stocks retreated after disappointing ... …

  • Philippine economic growth slows to 5.2 percent in 1Q

    Sluggish government spending slowed Philippine economic growth in the first quarter of this year, officials said Thursday. The country's gross domestic product grew by 5.2 percent in the first quarter, ... …

  • PSE to sell Makati and Ortigas offices
    PSE to sell Makati and Ortigas offices

    Set to move to a unified headquarters in Bonifacio Global City in 2016, the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) has issued plans to sell their offices in Makati and Ortigas. PSE President Hans Sicat issued that PSE means to sell the offices, but that they may also opt to rent them out instead. …

  • ‘Inland areas could be exposed to tsunami-like waves’
    ‘Inland areas could be exposed to tsunami-like waves’

    While strong earthquakes cause tsunamis in coastal areas, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) warned that inland areas could also be exposed to tsunami-like waves, or seiche, if located near or around bodies of water. In a recent earthquake awareness seminar in Muntinlupa, Phivolcs supervising science research specialist Joan Salcedo explained that a seiche is a large wave similar to a tsunami, triggered by strong ground shaking from an earthquake or volcanic …

  • China gives ‘gentle reminder’ to Phl, warns small nations
    China gives ‘gentle reminder’ to Phl, warns small nations

    China gave the Philippines a “gentle reminder” last Tuesday that Beijing will not bully small countries but warned these nations not to make trouble willfully and endlessly. “Here is a gentle reminder to the Philippines: China will not bully small countries, meanwhile, small countries shall not make trouble willfully and endlessly. The Chinese Foreign Ministry also said that China would continue to build other civilian facilities on relevant maritime features in the disputed Spratly Islands …


Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Poll Choice Options