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The Complete Guide to the Mitsubishi Raider

The Complete Guide to the Mitsubishi Raider

Are you currently in the market for a sporty mid-sized pickup truck?  Have you considered looking into the Mitsubishi Raider?  The Mitsubishi Raider, although one of the lesser-known pickup trucks on the market today, ranks very high in customer satisfaction and has received high marks by many of the more popular and authoritative consumer groups.  Here we will introduce you to the Mitsubishi Raider and highlight some of its more impressive features.

The Mitsubishi Raider

The name Mitsubishi is certainly no stranger to the automotive world, but few people actually associate the name Mitsubishi with pickup trucks.  Instead, Mitsubishi is more commonly associated with sport cars and SUVs, along with other non-automotive products such as televisions and other consumer electronics.  The truth of the matter, however, is that Mitsubishi has been making small pickup trucks for many years, albeit under the Dodge brand, which is why many experts in the automotive world liken the Mitsubishi Raider to Dodge’s mid-size Dakota pickup truck.

As of 2009 when the Mitsubishi was phased out, it was the only pickup truck still made by the Mitsubishi Corporation, and because it so resembles the Dodge Dakota you can expect several advantages.  For example, most truck enthusiasts praise the Raider for its strong towing capacity and admit that the spacious cabin is very comfortable.  This doesn’t mean that the Raider is without its disadvantages as well.  Since its introduction in 2006, until it was discontinued in 2009, the Mitsubishi Raider only featured a V8 option in its initial year, going instead to the less expensive V6 engine in the following three years, and has never been equipped with a long bed option—a fact that, according to many consumer groups, limited the truck’s sales, especially in the United States where V8 power and extra bed length seems to appeal to many potential truck owners.

Strangely, the amount of options available on the Mitsubishi Raider declined rather than increased since 2006.  Not only was the V8 engine not available in subsequent years, Mitsubishi also discontinued its use of side curtain airbags and anti-lock brakes, leaving consumers with very few options to choose from.

Mitsubishi Raider:  Models and Features

The last run of the Mitsubishi Raider was manufactured in three different models:  the LS, DuroCross and their top of the line model, the XLS.  Below is a look at the features for each:

Mitsubishi Raider LS

  • Six speed manual transmission (standard)  Four speed automatic transmission (optional)
  • Rear wheel drive (standard)  Four wheel drive (optional)
  • Extended or Double Cab
  • 6.5 Foot bed (extended cab) 5 foot bed (double cab)
  • Front bench seat
  • Air conditioning
  • CD player
  • Tinted glass
  • Power windows (double cab only)
  • Keyless entry (double cab only)
  • Cruise control (double cab only)

Mitsubishi DuroCross

The DuroCross is considered Mitsubishi Raider’s mid-level truck and came equipped with all the same features of the LS, however there were a few options added for this truck.  These included:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • A handy Bluetooth option
  • Complete power accessories including keyless entry , power windows and doors
  • A powerful, heavy-duty cooling system
  • Plush bucket seats
  • Factory all-terrain tires (4-wheel drive model only)
  • High clearance and firmer shocks (4-wheel drive only)
  • Protective skid plates
  • No-slip differential

Mitsubishi XLS

The XLS was undoubtedly the Cadillac of Mitsubishi Raiders and was only available as a double cab.  This truck featured all of the options of the mid-level DuroCross, but with some added features to help entice the more comfort-oriented buyer.  Some of these features included:

  • An upgrade from 16-inch alloy wheels to 17-inch alloy wheels
  • A state-of-the-art Alpine sound system
  • Sirius satellite radio
  • Front and rear leather bucket seats
  • Seat heaters

The double cab models of the Mitsubishi Raider are very roomy and comfortable, and for the last year of production Mitsubishi also added a tilt steering wheel in all of its models.

While the Mitsubishi Raider is no longer produced, and has never been as popular as other mid-size truck models such as the Toyota Tacoma and the Dodge Dakota, used model sales of this truck continue to remain brisk, especially the older models which featured the more powerful V8 engine.  These trucks are very competitively priced when matched up against the competition and, to Mitsubishi’s credit, have very few maintenance problems.

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