2007 Mitsubishi Raider

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2007 Mitsubishi Raider Review

Note: This review was created when the 2007 Mitsubishi Raider was new.

The Raider offers a distinctive pickup look, smooth ride and lengthy powertrain warranty, but can't match the safety features, affordability and raw power of others in its class.

Pros & Cons

  • Longer basic warranty than competition offers
  • Smooth ride and car-like steering
  • Stylish exterior differentiates it from competition
  • High sticker price relative to competitors
  • Some find both engine options lack enough power
  • Extended Cab's rear jump seats are too small for adults
  • Lacking in key safety features

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Mitsubishi Raider has a score of 6.9 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 25 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 6.7
Performance: 6.7
Interior: 7.1
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2007 Mitsubishi Raider Overview

Reviewers generally see the 2007 Mitsubishi Raider as an attractive-looking truck with a surprisingly smooth ride, but note that it falls short in several key areas, including safety and affordability. The Detroit News sums it up: "The 4.7-liter V-8 delivers plenty of power. There's a big, useful bed. The truck is fairly easy to operate. And it's got bold exterior styling." Introduced in 2006, the Raider is Mitsubishi's first pickup in more than 10 years.

Though it shares a mechanical platform with the Dodge Dakota compact pickup, the Raider features distinctive exterior and interior styling. As for a comparison to its platform-mate, Consumer Guide notes that the Raider "offers more generous warranty coverage than its Dodge Dakota sibling, but is hampered by a smaller dealer network and uncertain resale value." The reviewer ultimately finds the Raider "difficult to recommend" due to its lack of key safety equipment, including an antiskid system and curtain side air bags. But the Sacramento Bee says it's worth a closer look, noting that "this is a nicely-equipped, responsive, easy-on-the-eye pickup making its debut in a brutally competitive segment."

Whether they recommend the Raider or not, reviewers who mention its sticker price aren't pleased. The Orlando Sentinel says the truck's list price is "so high that savvy buyers know they can get a full-sized truck for very nearly the same amount of money." The Detroit News echoes: "I'm sorry, but I really can't think of any compelling reason to buy this truck, and there is certainly plenty of downside. My biggest complaint is that this doesn't look or feel like a $29,000 vehicle." On the plus side, IntelliChoice gives the 2007 model an "Average" value rating, based on total cost of ownership compared to others in its class. Even better, it also lists the Raider as a "Best in Class" winner for Lowest Repair Costs.

The Raider is available as an Extended Cab or Double Cab and comes in two trims -- the LS and Special Edition (SE) -- with two bed sizes and a choice of a V6 or V8 engine.


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