Mitsubishi Pajero GLS
Mitsubishi Pajero GLS
The inside of the vehicle is equipped with some great features. Each different driving mode has their strong points. The driver can choose from 2WD or 4WD which is basically decided by what type of driving you will be doing. Off-road driving in this vehicle is fun! With the strong engine and the layout of the vehicle (especially the high ground clearance) it can take pretty rough terrain while other 4WD vehicles with lower ground clearance can only take minimal off-road driving. There are actually three rows of seats-front middle and back.
Once you start the vehicle you will hear the 3.8 Liter V6 engine shift into gear with a 5 speed manual transmission and go. You will feel the power automatically. While most manual transmissions are quite nice to drive this manual transmission can sometimes be hard to shift between 2nd and 3rd. Luckily it makes up for this by having a great get-up-and-go value in those two particular gears. This is actually quite special for this type of vehicle considering bigger vehicles aren’t necessarily known for their fast acceleration rates. One of the things that makes this vehicle different is the capability to switch between driving modes just by using a lever. Each different driving mode has their strong points. The driver can choose from 2WD or 4WD which is basically decided by what type of driving you will be doing. If you are going off road you will most definitely need the 4WD. If you are doing in city driving the 2WD will be the most appropriate. In addition the 4Hc or 4Lc options are available. These to both pertain to 4WD modes and just provide different characteristics. It is up to the driver which driving mode he/she will want to use. Off-road driving in this vehicle is fun! With the strong engine and the layout of the vehicle (especially the high ground clearance) it can take pretty rough terrain while other 4WD vehicles with lower ground clearance can only take minimal off-road driving. Shifting could be improved in this area however.
The Mitsubishi Pajero GLS has a look of a sporty SUV capable of off-roading and that’s exactly what it is. Towering fairly high off the ground the Pajero exudes power. Unfortunately it is not the most beautiful vehicle out there with a rather bulky unstylish front end. There is a method to the design that gives it an excuse however. The angles on the vehicle are specifically made that way so that obstacles will not touch your vehicle as often.
Going on a straight stretch in this vehicle is a piece of cake. However going along curvy roads can be a little intimidating. Since the car has a high center of gravity it is easy to feel like you might topple over at any minute when going around corners and turning on streets. It has been said that the car handles in-city driving best in 2WD but if you are taking the vehicle anywhere that requires handling curves it is best to switch into 4WD simply because it handles better. The driver can switch on the traction and stability controls at any time that they choose and they both work very successfully.
One of the most negative things about the vehicle is the fact that it has a gigantic gas tank and not the best fuel efficiency which is not a good combination. When you finally do run out of gas and pull into the gas station you will not be pleasantly surprised. Refilling the 90 Liter tank will be quite expensive and the gas doesn’t last quite as long as you would hope-the fuel efficiency has been officially reported as 13.6L/100KM but has been reported by other drivers to be as much as 15.21L/100KM which is significantly more than the official report. Other than that outrageous fuel efficiency the Pajero would make a great option for a trip with a lot of passengers. There are actually three rows of seats-front middle and back. The front seats are certainly the most comfortable and are designed to hold the person in place no matter what kind of terrain is being driven on. If you have only two passengers in the middle row it will be moderately comfortable for them. They have plenty of space but they will not be riding comfortably in the hard seats. The middle seat has an area for cup holders which will be convenient for any passengers riding in the middle seat but will not be comfortable for anyone who has to sit in that seat and put their back against that part of the seat. The back seats can be folded down to make more storage space which is nice. Other than that these back seats are primarily meant for children-it is very difficult to squeeze a fully grown adult into this area so keep that in mind. In addition to the abundance of space in the inside of the vehicle there is a lot of space in the boot for luggage or for every day transporting such as groceries or sporting equipment. In addition to this area of storage there is storage in the area where the 3rd row of seats can be folded down that is available when those seats are upright. Unfortunately storing things in this area might not be the best idea since it is not equipped with a cargo blind that would mask the things in the back.
Hop up into the driver’s seat (which you really have to do) and you will feel instant comfort. There is a ton of space inside and since you are so high off the ground it feels like you are in ultimate control of driving-you can see everywhere around you and your car is bigger than almost all of the others surrounding you. One of the more sporty components inside the vehicle is the RV meter that contains information such as the time and date and barometric pressure. It also has an altimeter and a compass which is great for those who plan on taking this vehicle into the great outdoors. The inside of the vehicle is equipped with some great features. The audio system features not only a 6-disc CD player but a single disc CD player as well. It doesn’t have the most speakers for the car-only four but they work just fine. The cruise control can be activated by a control near the steering wheel but can be difficult to find at night. Once it is on it is operated by an electronic throttle.
In conclusion there are some things about this vehicle that leave much to be desired such as the uncomfortable middle row of seats the horrific fuel efficiency the fact that only children can fit in the back seat and the shifting of gears in off-road situations. However coupled with the enjoyment you can get by driving it and the many types of driving it can do it is worth looking at for those in the market for this type of vehicle.