2007 Mitsubishi Raider Performance
Reviewers generally feel that the 2007 Mitsubishi Raider handles surprisingly well, though they are a bit disappointed in the power offered by even the optional V8 engine. Thesays, "Mitsubishi boasts a rigid frame and suspension tuned for quick response to steering input, precise handling and a refined, cushioned ride you wouldn't expect in a pickup."
Some reviewers, however, find the handling more problematic. Thehas complaints, noting "the handling could be more refined -- on rough spots, the solid rear axle sent the truck skittering sideways."
Acceleration and Power
The Raider is available with a choice of two engines. Extended Cabs and LS Double Cabs feature a 3.7-liter V6, while SE or 4WD Double Cabs boast a 4.7-liter V8. Reviewers see the base V6 engine as too weak for the Raider, with Consumer Guide finding it "underpowered for anything but daily commuting and light loads." Edmunds agrees, noting the 3.7-liter is "smooth and adequate on power, but if we were ordering a Raider for work duty we'd opt for the bottom-end torque and passing power of the V8." MarketWatch simply says, "We would not advise you purchase the base engine."
Reviewers feel the higher-level V8 has better power all around, but some still find it leaves something to be desired. Car and Driver says, "It would benefit from another 30 horses," and MarketWatch similarly finds an "increase in horsepower would not hurt things in the least." Four Wheeler says the V8 "doesn't feel as potent as some V-6s from the competition." However, others are more impressed, with the praising, "Kick the pedal and Raider sets off without pausing to ask questions...There's plenty of spirit." The notes that the V8 offered "spirited performance in the foothills and on the flatlands" and adds, "Acceleration from a standing start was surprisingly brisk."
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the 2WD Raider with the base engine and manual transmission nets 14 miles per gallon in the city and 20 mpg on the highway. The V8 engine with manual transmission is expected to get nearly similar figures -- 13 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway. Reviewers are not so pleased, with the calling the ratings "tepid" and the noting that the Raider's younger target customers "better be fairly affluent to afford the gas."
The V6 Extended Cab comes with a six-speed manual transmission with overdrive or an optional automatic four-speed with overdrive; the automatic is standard on the V6 Double Cab. The V8 is paired with a five-speed automatic with overdrive. Reviewers don't have much to say about the transmission choices, though Edmunds loves the six-speed manual, noting, "The shifter feels tight and precise," and adding, "It's too bad you can't get the V8 with the fantastic Getrag six-speed manual transmission." The also finds the automatic less pleasing, noting that it "lurches on downshifts."
Handling and Braking
Raiders feature upper and lower "A" arm front suspension and live-axle tow-stage multi-leaf rear suspension that most reviewers find contribute to a surprisingly smooth ride. Consumer Guide says Raiders "display little of the bounding and jiggle typically found in other pickup trucks." Likewise, Car and Driver notes, "The truck has a pleasantly smooth, compliant ride on freeways, with a minimum of body lean and bounce over country roads."
A few reviewers are more critical, with Four Wheeler logging several complaints "about the softness of the front suspension that causes the truck to pogo over certain road surfaces, something that would be easily fixed by installing a quality set of dampers, helping to make the Raider feel as sporty as the rest of the Mitsubishi lineup." The says the suspension "failed to deflect the 'whomp' of major potholes (although body rigidity was a plus on twisty roads)."
Reviewers are more in agreement on the Raider's power rack-and-pinion steering, which Edmunds says "gives the pickup a nimble, carlike feel." Consumer Guide echoes, "The steering has a direct feel and lacks typical truck sloppiness," though also adds, "Body lean is evident while taking turns, but is well controlled overall for a pickup." A few find the body lean more distracting, with the noting that the "large, 17-inch all-season radials come with the requisite body lean in corners. It would be wise to heed the posted speed." The Raider's 44-foot turning diameter prompts MarketWatch to note that it wasn't difficult "to get parked in our downtown garage."
Brakes are vented discs in the front and anti-lock drum in the rear. Front anti-lock brakes are optional, and Consumer Guide finds that Raider's lack of standard four-wheel ABS is "a noteworthy and disappointing omission."
The Mitsubishi Raider comes standard in rear-wheel drive, though LS Double Cabs are available with four-wheel drive that includes low-range gearing for off-roading. A dial under the dash offers three modes: all-wheel drive, locked four-wheel drive and four-wheel drive low range. Theis pleased with the system's capabilities both on- and off-road, noting, "With 4WD, the Raider handled slalom runs and traffic-choked city streets with comparative ease."
For hauling, Extended Cabs get a 6.4-foot cargo box, while Double Cabs get a smaller 5.3-foot box to accommodate a larger cabin. The larger box provides 46.6 cubic feet of cargo volume and the smaller box provides 38.2 cubic feet. Thefinds the larger cargo bed "sufficient for most work chores."
Maximum payload in the Extended Cab with the V6 is 1,720 pounds, prompting the Dakota platform-mate provide "the largest payload among midsize pickups."to note that the Raider and its
Maximum towing capacity is 2,950 pounds for the V6 Extended Cab with manual transmission (the automatic boosts it to 4,150 pounds). The V8 Double Cab can tow up to 6,500 pounds.
LS Extended Cab
The base model comes with a 3.7-liter V6 engine that puts out 210 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque. It comes with a six-speed manual transmission or optional four-speed automatic. The Extended Cab is available in rear-wheel drive only.
LS Double Cab
The larger Double Cab in rear-wheel drive also comes standard with the 3.7-liter V6, but it's paired with the four-speed automatic transmission. A four-wheel drive version is also available and comes optional with the higher-level 4.7-liter V8 engine, which puts out 235 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The V8 is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission.
SE Double Cab
The Double Cab in SE trim comes standard with the most powerful engine -- the 4.7-liter V8 -- and a five-speed automatic transmission. It's available in rear-wheel drive only.
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