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November 2006
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2006 Mitsubishi Raider Extended Cab DuroCross V8  4 Wheel Drive

The Good:  Great exterior looks. Big and bold.  Muscular side stance.  Quiet ride.  Smooth engine with loads of torque. 

The Bad:  Low fuel economy at a time of high gas prices.  Interior is not very unique or modern.  Too much use of plastic trim. 

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Mitsubishi is coming back with a hard-hitting slam into the truck market after a long hiatus.  Driven-to-Thrill is the company's new mantra while launching all new vehicles such as the Eclipse, Lancer Evolution, and this Raider truck.  Thrilling is certainly the correct terminology for the styling of the Raider.  A bold and youthful design gives the Raider a macho man appearance.  Don't forget that this is a Dodge Dakota mid-size truck under the skin, and is built at DiamlerChrysler's Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Warren, Michigan. 

"Whether at work or play, our target buyers are passionate about what they do, and the Raider captures this passion and sense of purpose in the truck they drive," said Rich Gilligan, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors North America.  "The Raider gets the job done, in style."

The dynamic exterior offers large and bold design cues for the younger truck buyer.  The rugged front end is muscular, flared wheel arches and step side fenders give a custom look.  The Raider looks like power is bulging out from under its skin.  Clear headlamps blend into the side of the Mitsubishi Raider offering a modern appearance.  Clear tail lamps give you a look you do not have to change.  The large sized rugged tires are almost tractor trailer big.  We did not like the old school rear end bumper in black, which did not conform to the exterior body as the front bumper does.  A full plastic bed liner fits nicely and allows you to put anything you like in the bed without scratching the paint.

Our extended cab model featured dual opening doors for easy entry into a nicely sized interior space.  There are some things which you would expect in a truck, like abundant use of hard plastic trim in our grey colored interior, however the good quality silver trim gave the Raider a better than average interior.  Differing color of door panels offers something more for the eye.  Grab handles on the A pillars allow for easier entry although the Mitsubishi Raider was at an average height making the need for steps awkward.  Sometimes we used the side steps to get into our seats and then we felt like we were climbing a large tractor, and other times we just kind of slid into the seats from the ground, which was not perfectly comfortable.  

The dash is simple and nothing very modern at all.  Steering wheel controls for stereo and cruise control were easy to use however the looseness of the wheel was something we did not like much.  The steering wheel is also not adjustable fore and aft so we felt that it was a bit too close for comfort.  The central instrument cluster is simple and large with a green glow at night.  A large space under the dash offers trays for your accessories as well as large cup holders.  Four large air vents offer gaping holes for loads of air but do not look as refined as we would like.  Ventilation is by manual controls of temperature, fan, and direction.  There is no automatic climate control.  Located in an awkward position hidden below the central dash is the transmission dial for going from 2-wheel drive to 4-wheel drive in high or low gears.  We would have liked this somewhere high near the headlight controls.

Storage room is also offered in the center armrest for a deep space for a laptop say.  The glove box is only for small thin items.  Door storage is small however the smaller rear doors do have individual cup holders of their own.  A quirk is the seat belt mounts which interfere with easy exit from the rear small seats, perhaps the seat belts should have been mounted to the seats which they serve.  Our upgraded sound package put a deep Alpine bass module in between the rear center seats.  The unit also lights up with the beat of the music you are playing.  Included is a six disc CD changer, and satellite radio.  A Bluetooth hands free system built into the rearview mirror allows you to take incoming calls and speak pre-assigned numbers and names, a great feature.  The high-end stereo and Bluetooth feature make this a cool truck.

The 2006 Mitsubishi Raider does not compromise power and toughness for a stylish look, offering a large 4.7 liter V8 engine that produces 230 horsepower and a class leading 290 lb-ft of torque.  All this power can tow up to 6,500 pounds. Under the engine is a fully boxed steel frame with hydro-formed rail tips.  The engine gives 15 miles per gallon city and 20 miles per gallon on the highway. 

The Raider's longitudinally-mounted 90-degree 4.7-liter, SOHC, 16-valve V8 engine utilizes a cast iron block and two cast aluminum cylinder heads with a single overhead camshaft per bank and two valves per cylinder.  The 4.7-liter V8 achieves its 4701 cc displacement with a 93 mm bore and an 86.5 mm stroke. The V8's reciprocating assembly is comprised of the same premium cast and forged metal materials as the smaller V6.  The 4.7-liter V8 engine is enhanced using lighter weight hollow camshafts with steel lobes, magnesium valve covers and a molded composite intake manifold. These measures help the engine maintain low mass while providing responsive power across the rev range.  A noise-reducing compound molded into the accessory drive belt keeps it operating quietly even after years of use.

The V8 engine uses a tuned-length runner composite intake manifold and free-flowing cold air induction system, and heads that feature fast-burn combustion chambers. The static compression for the 4.7-liter engine is 9.0:1 and is equipped with dual knock sensors that permit more spark advance and help mitigate potential detonation. The engine's additional displacement helps to create the extra torque and horsepower that makes the V8-equipped Raider the ideal vehicle for towing and hauling.

Behind the wheel power is delivered smoothly.  Although horsepower is low for an engine of this size when many V6 engines now deliver 300 horsepower, it does feel adequate.  The Mitsubishi Raider feels soft and bouncy on roads but is comfortable on highways.  Body lean is very low and sound insulation is very good.  We did not find any wind noise or engine or exhaust noise of any kind.  Just a small amount of exhaust growl is present when pressing hard for a fun experience.  Fix the body bounce after a bump and make the steering more precise and you have a solid truck.  With the four wheel drive system engaged, the feeling is of a traditional truck, sluggish and jerky.  It would be better if this was a full time all wheel drive system.

Safety systems like ABS and plenty of air bags are all standard.  Curtain as well as side impact air bags make this a very safe interior.  Mitsubishi vehicles are backed by a comprehensive new vehicle limited warranty that covers the vehicle from bumper to bumper for five years/60,000 miles.  In addition, the powertrain is covered by a 10-year/100,000 mile limited warranty, while body panels have a seven-year/100,000 mile anti-corrosion/perforation limited warranty. The program also includes 24-hour emergency roadside assistance with free towing to the nearest authorized Mitsubishi retailer for warranty-related repairs for five years/unlimited miles.  A seven year 100,000 mile anti-corrosion perforation limited warranty is also standard.  

Our test car was a fully loaded model with four wheel drive and a V8 engine in EXT trim with a MSRP starts at $28,900.  Our only option was the high output audio package with a 508 watts Alpine system with six speakers and a subwoofer for $1,845.  Destination adds $645 making for a total price of $31,080. 

For the fun loving truck buyer, young or just young at heart, the bold and stylish Mitsubishi Raider is a great truck.  The Raider's smooth and quiet ride combined with plenty of space is ideal for outgoing individuals who need room for their sports gear or work equipment.  The bold and striking exterior is definitely an eye catching design.  For the ever competitive truck market, the Mitsubishi Raider is a great addition and we would like to see more futuristic styling in the years ahead.




Base Pricing 26,859 28,590
Destination 645 645
Emission Equipment, California/Northeast 150 150
EC Audio Pkg DuroCross  Includes Floor Console, Alpine AM/FM Stereo w/6-Disc CD Changer in Dash & MP3, Sirius Radio Feature w/6-mos of Service, Cloth Bucket Seats & Steering Wheel Touch Controls 1,608 1,845
FZ Preferred Equipment Pkg Includes Bed Extender, Bed Rail Protectors, Spare Tire Lock, Wheel Locks & Side Window Deflectors. 346 499


  2006 Mitsubishi Raider
Duro Cross V8 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (4.7L 8cyl 5A)
2006 Dodge Dakota
SLT 4dr Club Cab 4WD SB (3.7L 6cyl 6M)
2006 Chevrolet Colorado
LT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (2.8L 4cyl 4A)
2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Adrenalin 4WD 4dr Crew Cab (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
2006 GMC Sierra 1500
SL1 4dr Extended Cab 4WD 6.5 ft. SB (4.8L 8cyl 4A)
MSRP $28,590 $24,695 $25,015 $31,650 $29,275
Invoice $26,859 $22,544 $22,889 $28,353 $26,787
Basic Warranty 5 yr. / 60000 mi. 3 yr. / 36000 mi. 3 yr. / 36000 mi. 3 yr. / 36000 mi. 3 yr. / 36000 mi.
Drivetrain 10 yr. / 100000 mi. 7 yr. / 70000 mi. 3 yr. / 36000 mi. 3 yr. / 36000 mi. 3 yr. / 36000 mi.
Roadside 5 yr. / Unlimited mi. 3 yr. / 36000 mi. 3 yr. / 36000 mi. 3 yr. / 36000 mi. 3 yr. / 36000 mi.
Base Engine Type & Cylinders V8 V6 inline 4 V6 V8
Base Engine Displacement 4.7 liters 3.7 liters 2.8 liters 4.0 liters 4.8 liters
Valvetrain 16 Valves
single overhead cam (SOHC)
12 Valves
single overhead cam (SOHC)
16 Valves
double overhead cam (DOHC)
12 Valves
single overhead cam (SOHC)
16 Valves
overhead valves (OHV)
Horsepower 230 hp @ 4600 rpm 210 hp @ 5200 rpm 175 hp @ 5600 rpm 210 hp @ 5500 rpm 285 hp @ 5200 rpm
Torque 290 ft-lbs. @ 3600 rpm 235 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm 185 ft-lbs. @ 2800 rpm 242 ft-lbs. @ 3000 rpm 295 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm
Front Seat Type 40-20-40 split bench 40-20-40 split bench 40-60 split bench sport 40-20-40 split bench
Upholstery Type cloth cloth premium cloth cloth cloth
Steering Adjustment tilt-adjustable tilt-adjustable tilt-adjustable tilt-adjustable tilt-adjustable
Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror Not Available Not Available electrochromatic - Optional electrochromatic Not Available
Premium Steering Wheel Trim leather-wrapped leather - Optional leather-wrapped leather-wrapped Not Available
Turning Circle 44 ft. 44 ft. 44.3 ft. 43.1 ft. 45.8 ft.
Max. Payload Capacity 1180 lbs. 1490 lbs. 1338 lbs. 1491 lbs. 1350 lbs.
Max. Towing Capacity 6200 lbs. Being Researched 4000 lbs. 5080 lbs. 8700 lbs.
City 15 mpg. 16 mpg. 17 mpg. 15 mpg. 16 mpg.
Highway 20 mpg. 20 mpg. 23 mpg. 20 mpg. 19 mpg.
Exterior Raider Dakota Colorado Explorer Sport Trac Sierra 1500
Length 219.9 in. 218.8 in. 207.1 in. 205.9 in. 227.4 in.
Width 71.9 in. 72 in. 68.6 in. 71.8 in. 78.5 in.
Height 68.6 in. 68.6 in. 67.9 in. 70.5 in. 73.9 in.
Weight 4830 lbs. 4470 lbs. 4000 lbs. 4349 lbs. 5008 lbs.
Wheel Base 131.3 in. 131.3 in. 126 in. 125.9 in. 143.5 in.
Ground Clearance 7.9 in. 7.9 in. 7.7 in. 6.7 in. 8.7 in.
Front Headroom 39.6 in. 39.6 in. 39.6 in. 39.4 in. 41 in.
Rear Headroom 36.5 in. 36.5 in. 38.3 in. 38.7 in. 38.4 in.
Front Shoulder Room 57.7 in. 57.7 in. 57.1 in. 56.3 in. 65.2 in.
Rear Shoulder Room 57.4 in. 57.4 in. 57.1 in. 56.9 in. 66.3 in.
Front Hip Room 54.9 in. 54.9 in. 53.3 in. 53 in. 61.4 in.
Rear Hip Room 56.9 in. 56.9 in. 52.9 in. 52.7 in. 61.4 in.
Front Leg Room 41.9 in. 41.9 in. 42.2 in. 42.4 in. 41.3 in.
Rear Leg Room 32.1 in. 32.1 in. 34.8 in. 37.8 in. 33.7 in.


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