$19,890 – $28,445 MSRP
$18,685 – $26,722 Invoice
15 / 19 MPG City/Hwy
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Mitsubishi has streamlined its model offerings for the Raider midsize pickup truck for 2007. There is now one Extended Cab model and three Double Cab choices. Two engines will be offered, a V-6 or a V-8, making the Raider the only midsize import pickup truck with a V-8 option. Other changes include an improved second-generation transfer case for the 4-wheel-drive Double Cab. The LS Extended Cab with the Convenience package gets satellite radio and silver wheel center caps. The Raider DuroCross V-6 will include the same satin interior trim found in the V-8, plus P-Metric Rugged Trail tires.
Does every manufacturer need a pickup Mitsubishi thinks so, and offers the Raider, a redesigned version of the Dodge Dakota pickup. It is evident Mitsubishi designers spent a lot of time distinguishing the exterior styling of its truck from the Dodge. Many styling elements, such as oversized fender flares, a sculpted front hood, and a bold front end, set it apart from the Dakota.
The Raider sits on a fully-boxed steel frame that gives it a maximum towing capacity of 6,500 pounds with the Double Cab SE and the V-8 engine. The Double Cab gets the short box at about 5.5 feet in length; if you need to carry longer cargo, the Extended Cab gets the larger 6.5-foot box. Regardless of box or cab size, all Raiders have the same 131.3-inch wheelbase and 219.9-inch overall length. Double Cab models feature forward-hinged doors front and rear for easy entry/exit, as well as power side-view mirrors and a sliding rear cab window with privacy glass.
As with most Mitsubishi models, value is a big story; the Raider offers a long list of standard features. Air conditioning, power windows/door locks, cruise control, carpeted front-row floor mats, and an AM/FM/CD audio system are always welcome features at no extra charge. Exterior standard items include a bedliner, tubular steel assist steps, a hinged/removable tailgate, a cargo bed lamp, variable intermittent front windshield wipers, and a color-keyed fascia grille crossbar.
Power comes from either a 3.7-liter V-6 that generates 210 hp and 235 lb.-ft. of torque or a V-8 with 235 hp and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. The V-6 is mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic with overdrive. The V-8 gets a 5-speed automatic standard. And although rear drum brakes are standard, the Raider is equipped with standard anti-lock brakes and a full-size spare tire.
The Mitsubishi Raider competes in the Midsize Pickup segment, which consists of 11 models. Buyers in this segment look for reliability, quality, and performance, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Toyota Tacoma (178,351 units sold), Chevrolet Colorado (93,876), and Ford Ranger (92,420). The Mitsubishi Raider sold 7,595 units in 2006, an increase of 563.3 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Midsize Pickup segment include the Nissan Frontier, Dodge Dakota, Honda Ridgeline, Ford Explorer Sport Trac, and GMC Canyon.
|LS||6 speed manual||$19,890||210-hp / 3.7L 6-cyl||16/22|
|SE (A5)||5 speed automatic||$24,005||235-hp / 4.7L 8-cyl||15/20|
|Duro Cross V6 (Discontinued)||4 speed automatic||$26,750||210-hp / 3.7L 6-cyl||16/22|
|LS V8||5 speed automatic||$28,445||235-hp / 4.7L 8-cyl||15/20|