$19,180 – $33,920 MSRP
$18,018 – $31,867 Invoice
15 / 19 MPG City/Hwy
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Mitsubishi re-enters the pickup truck market in 2006 with the launch of the new midsize Raider. Based on the Dodge Dakota, the Raider's design incorporates signature cues from the Mitsubishi family of vehicles-including the Endeavor SUV and the all-new Eclipse coupe. Powering the new pickup is either a V-6 or optional V-8 engine. The Raider is available in two different cab configurations-extended and double cab-with a choice of two-, four-, or all-wheel drive.
Mitsubishi's all-new Raider is available in three trim levels: base LS, mid-level DuroCross, and top-level XLS. The Raider LS and DuroCross V-6 models feature a 210-hp, 3.7L V-6 engine that produces 235 lb.-ft. of torque, and is available with a choice of 6-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. Powering the DuroCross V-8 and XLS models is a powerful, 230-hp, 4.7L V-8 mated to a 5-speed automatic. Safety equipment includes dual front air bags, optional side curtain air bags, and rear-wheel ABS-assisted brakes.
The Raider LS model features power rack-and-pinion steering, a heavy-duty suspension, vented front disc brakes and rear drum brakes with ABS, air conditioning, a tachometer, tinted glass, rear-access doors, a fixed rear window, large 5x7-inch adjustable side-view mirrors, a fender whip antenna, variable intermittent wipers, an AM/FM/CD player with four speakers, cargo bed tie-downs, a front bench seat (40/20/40 split), power outlets, dual front reading lamps, and front and rear cup holders. Optional on the LS model is the Power and Convenience Package that consists of power windows and locks, keyless entry, 5x7-inch power mirrors, a second-row seat, floor mats, cruise control, and a tilt steering column.
Opting for the Raider DuroCross V-6 adds 16-inch alloy wheels, 265/70R16 all-season tires, fog lamps, power 6x9-inch heated fold-away mirrors, deep-tinted side glass, a sliding rear window, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, DuroCross floor mats, fender flares with mudguards, side steps and a box bed liner, a heavy-duty cooling system and 750-amp battery, as well as a number of exterior trim enhancements. The four-wheel-drive model adds LT265/70R16 BFGoodrich All Terrain tires, high-pressure gas shocks, a skid plate package, and a limited-slip differential. The DuroCross V-8 gains machine-finished alloy wheels, a power driver's seat, satin-finish interior accents, and a Bluetooth hands-free phone link. A heavy-duty towing package is standard. The DuroCross V-8 may be had with an optional high-output premium sound system featuring AM/FM/SIRIUS Satellite Radio, a 6-disc CD changer, a subwoofer, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.
Selecting the XLS trim adds hands-free communication, an automatic-dimming rear-view mirror, a Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package, and a High-Output Audio Package. Also standard on the XLS are front bucket seats, a center console, a rear window defroster, power 6x9-inch heated mirrors, and the Leather Package, featuring heated leather seating surfaces. A Full-Time AWD Package also is available. In addition, a Security Package is offered with side curtain air bags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and an engine key immobilizer.
The Mitsubishi Raider competes against 11 other models in the Midsize Pickup segment, which caters to buyers seeking a little more size and power than compact pickups offer without having to purchase a full-size pickup.
According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM the segment is led by the Toyota Tacoma (168,831 sales in 2005), followed by the Chevrolet Colorado (128,359), and Ford Ranger (120,958). The Mitsubishi Raider, entering the field late in 2005, sold 1,145 units to rank 11th in the segment. Other major players in the segment include the Dodge Dakota, Nissan Frontier, Honda Ridgeline, Ford Explorer Sport Trac, and GMC Canyon.
|LS (M6)||6 speed manual||$19,180||210-hp / 3.7L 6-cyl||16/22|
|Duro Cross V6 (A4)||4 speed automatic||$23,440||210-hp / 3.7L 6-cyl||16/22|
|Duro Cross V8 (A5)||5 speed automatic||$25,440||230-hp / 4.7L 8-cyl||15/20|
|XLS (A5)||5 speed automatic||$30,675||230-hp / 4.7L 8-cyl||15/20|