The Raider is a midsize pickup truck from the Japanese carmaker, Mitsubishi, but is actually manufactured at Chrysler plants. The Raider is based, in large part, on the Dodge Dakota, which is manufactured next to it. The Raider was introduced for the 2006 model year, replacing the Mighty Max in the Mitsubishi lineup.
The Raider was only sold for four model years from 2006 to 2009. All models had a front-engine and rear- or four-wheel-drive layout with two or four doors. Base engines only included a 3.7-liter V-6 or a 4.7-liter V-8 with a four- or five-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission.
Body Styles: pickup truck
Engines: 3.7-liter V-6, 4.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed manual with overdrive, four-speed automatic with overdrive, five-speed automatic with overdrive
Models: Mitsubishi Raider LS 4x2 extended cab, Mitsubishi Raider LS 4x2 double cab, Mitsubishi Raider LS 4x4 double cab, Mitsubishi Raider SE 4x2 double cab, Mitsubishi Raider LS V-8 4x4 double cab
New features in the 2007 Mitsubishi Raider include an available transfer case with the four-wheel-drive double cab, and such standard features as a satin interior finish, fog lamps, and a sliding rear window on the DuroCross. The steering wheel has been modified as well.
The exterior of the 2007 Mitsubishi Raider sees no significant changes from previous years’ models. The Raider still has an aggressive and athletic profile, highlighted by a thin upper grille and lowered bumpers in the front that give it a sharper look than most trucks in its class. It has a boxed, hydroformed, and roll-formed steel frame and 40 cubic feet of hauling capacity. All body styles are the same total length. The Raider’s double cab models trade rear bed space for additional cabin room. All models come with rack-and-pinion steering, stabilizer bars for the front and rear, and a heavy-duty suspension. The top-line Mitsubishi Raider model gets upgraded fender trim, a bedliner, side steps, and mudguards. High-pressure gas shock absorbers are added to four-wheel-drive models along with limited-slip differential and a skid plate package.
The 2007 Mitsubishi Raider’s base standard equipment includes front bench seating, air, tachometer, basic CD player and four-speaker sound system, power outlets, and cup holders for the front and the back. Upgraded models can add options like power windows, power doors, power locks, power mirrors, keyless entry, cruise control, and more.
Performance & Handling
The 2007 Mitsubishi Raider has midrange power for its class with the option of a 210 or 235-hp engine. It offers a passively comfortable ride on most terrain, good handling, and city driving is surprisingly convenient for a pickup truck.
Along with required front airbags, 2007 Mitsubishi Raider models include four-wheel anti-lock brakes on select models. Unfortunately, side curtain airbags were discontinued on the 2007 models.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mitsubishi Raider Extended Cab LS: 15/20 mpg city/highway
Mitsubishi Raider Double Cab LS, Double Cab Duro Cross: 15/20 mpg city/highway
Mitsubishi Raider Double Cab, SE: 15/20 mpg city/highway
- Different cab styles available
- Reliable powertrain
You Won't Like
- Discontinued side curtain airbags
A very dependable pickup truck with midlevel power and competitive features
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