back two decades to find the first vehicle called
Raider - a compact-class SUV badged by Dodge but built
in Japan by Mitsubishi. Flash forward to the
present to uncover the next vehicle called Raider.
a mid-size truck badged by Mitsubishi but built in
the United States by Dodge at DaimlerChrysler's Detroit
as a new truck for Mitsubishi borrows chassis and
powertrains from the Dodge Dakota but brings its own
classy designs for exterior sheetmetal and cab appointments.
offers the option of a V6 or V8 engine for two-wheel-drive
(2WD) or four-wheel-drive (4WD) traction and three
distinct trims - LS, DuroCross and XLS. Raider
LS the base trim employs the V6 engine exclusively
and Raider XLS the deluxe issue packs only the V8,
while DuroCross as the 4WD model offers either V6
or V8 plant.
also presents two different cab formats.
Extended Cab contains two rows of seats for four and
two rear-hinged access doors. In back, the pair of
individual rear seats fit a full-size adult, but seat
cushions fold away when not needed for passengers
and the area behind front seats converts into a storage
bay with 30 cubic feet of space.
Double Cab has four full-size doors and conventional
seats for five with front buckets and a bench-style
backseat. The bench has room for up to three adults
and the seatback tips rearward at a slight angle so
riders may sit comfortably with ample room for heads
truck box behind the cab varies in length.
Extended Cab has a long-bed design extending to 78
inches, while the Double Cab uses an abbreviated bed
measuring 64 inches long.
and distinctive styling for Raider's exterior package
features sharply chiseled forms in strong geometric
shapes with undulating slabs around wheel wells forging
step-side fenders and the face fitted with an imposing
split-port grille that's interrupted at the center
spot by a triangle containing the tri-leaf emblem
of Mitsubishi. Flanking the center grille are oversized
headlamp clusters on the front corners, as a fat-lip
fascia underscores the face. Colors for grille and
fascia vary by trim.
DuroCross line shows a skid-plate style bumper with
foglamps in front fascia corners, black fender flares,
side steps below the doors, a bedliner in the truck
box, a sliding rear window and cast aluminum wheels
capped by off-road tires.
a slew of Raider 2006 issues parked on Broadway in
Portland, Ore., we select a V8-powered Extended Cab
in deluxe XLS trim, then steer it out of town on the
expressway leads eastward into the scenic Columbia
River Gorge for a day of driving tests on pavement
and dirt, as we switch into Raiders of both cab sizes
and different trim designations with big and bigger
engine choices, both manual and automatic transmissions,
and rear 2WD and 4WD traction modes. From
this experience we discover that Raider in its various
forms has a generous wheelbase, which sets up a smooth
ride quality for a truck.
ladder-style frame - hydroformed and fully boxed -
is rigid to reduce squeaks and vibrations. The suspension
configuration - coil-over-shock up front with link-type
stabilizer bar and a live axle in back with multi-leaf
longitudinal springs and staggered gas-pressure shocks
- brings responsive handling traits. A rack and pinion
steering mechanism - not a common component for a
truck - feels crisp and precise despite the addition
of power assistance.
also benefits from reasonable overall body length (about
18 feet long) when compared against a full-size truck.
That advan-tage of having several less feet of steel
to move around in traffic makes a big difference in
terms of maneuverability and practicality.
with front discs and rear drums come with power assistance
plus standard anti-lock brake system (ABS) for the
rear wheels, with optional four-wheel ABS that adds
electronic brake force distribution (EBD). Frontal
air bags for front-seat riders are also standard,
with optional curtain-style side air bags concealed
above windows for both rows of seats.
choices come for powertrain and traction mode. Raider's
powertrains include a V6 or V8. The six-pack displaces
3.7 liters and runs up to 210 hp at 5200 rpm with
torque numbers climbing as high as 235 lb-ft at 3600
rpm. The 4.7-liter V8 reaches 230 hp at 4600 rpm plus
torque pegging high to 290 lb-ft at 3600 rpm.
sweet Getrag 238 manual six-speed transmission is
standard for the V6, with a four-speed DaimlerChrysler
automatic (42RLE) optional. An automatic five-speed
(5-45RFE) goes with the V8. Pick a 4WD package for
off-road forays or the 2WD mode for trailer-haul chores.
Actually, there are two choices for 4WD action - either
an on-demand 4WD system with 2WD plus 4WD high and
4WD low-gear settings or a full-time all-wheel-drive
(AWD) system available for XLS and DuroCross V8.
LS Extended Cab comes with 16-inch steel wheels and
cabin appointments like air conditioning, a tachometer,
the rear-access doors, variable intermittent wipers,
front bench seat split 40/20/40, several power outlets
and multiple cupholders, plus an audio kit with AM/FM/CD
V8 Extended Cab adds alloy wheels and a heavy-duty towing
package with power controls for driver's seat and Bluetooth
hands-free phone link. DuroCross with 4WD beefs up hardware
for off-road work with Goodrich All Terrain tires, high-pressure
gas shocks, a skid plate package and limited slip differential.
XLS Double Cab stocks front bucket seats and a leather
package, heated power mirrors and automatic dimming
rearview mirror, a heavy-duty trailer tow package
and high-output audio kit.
cranks the MSRP down to $19,180 for the entry-level
Raider LS Extended Cab.
|For more information visit the Mitsubishi website here.
SOHC 3.7-L V6
SOHC 4.7-L V8
| V6: Manual/6/Getrag 238
rack and pinion
+ opt. 4 (side curtain)
V6 M/6 2WD: 16/22 mpg
V6 M/6 4WD: 16/20 mpg
V6 A/4 2WD: 17/22 mpg
V6 A/4 4WD: 15/19 mpg
V8 A/5 2WD: 15/20 mpg
V8 A/5 4WD: 14/19 mpg
$ 19,180 to $ 30,675