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2007 Mitsubishi Raider

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Mitsubishi Raider Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.7 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 210 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 14/20 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2007 Mitsubishi Raider

  • With sure-footed handling, a pair of capable engine choices, a roomy cabin and strong towing capacity, the 2007 Mitsubishi Raider midsize pickup has plenty of charms. But savvy shoppers will also want to look at the more refined Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier before making a decision.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Roomy interior, nimble handling, choice of part- or full-time four-wheel drive, longer warranty than its Dodge twin.

  • Cons

    No long-bed version, abundance of hard plastic in cabin, four-wheel ABS restricted to top-line model, can't get Dakota's high-output V8.

  • What's New for 2007

    The Mitsubishi Raider lineup is revised for 2007, resulting in four Double Cab (crew cab) versions and one extended-cab model. The XLS trim has been dropped and will be replaced by the new SE later in the model year. Initially, only V6 power will be available, as last year's 4.7-liter V8 will only be offered in the upcoming SE trim level.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 14
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  • 20
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



After 3 years

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Vehicle: 2007 Mitsubishi Raider LS 4dr Double Cab SB (3.7L 6cyl 4A)

I have had my Raider truck now for exactly 3 years, I have grown attached to it by now. Last year the lights on the dash went out and the dealer had to replace the entire gadget board. Then about 3 months ago the steering locked, the chip on the key was not longer being recognized by the computer and the steering column had to be removed. It was not the chip on the key it was the computer ion the steering. The worst part is that the Mitsubishi dealer in Fresno, went out of business and closed and the nearest dealer is now about 30 minutes away. I still love my truck, but I probably would get a different truck because of all the trouble that I had with this one.




Good truck inexperienced service

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Vehicle: 2007 Mitsubishi Raider LS 4dr Extended Cab SB (3.7L 6cyl 4A)

INQUIRY DETAILS I have a 2007 Raider extended cab trouble free for so far, 81,000 miles. It's like a Dakota but only 3/4 of the cost and a bit more style.The V6 does not have a lot of power for towing but it sure uses a lot less gas than my F150 did. Quiet and stable on the highway, good trade off between load carrying and ride. I would buy another one. The only thing I would change is the factory Goodyear tires wore out fast and had poor traction in the rain and snow. This truck is basically a dodge underneath and the Mitsubishi dealership knows not much about them. When the truck has 17,000 miles they recommended that the transmission would need some work on warranty.




Disappointed

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Vehicle: 2007 Mitsubishi Raider LS 4dr Double Cab SB (3.7L 6cyl 4A)

I had always been an avid proponent of Nissan but thought this looked like a good deal. And it was for the first 2 years or so. Then it was one mechanical problem after another. First was the cam sensor. Replaced it twice. Then the catalytic converter broke and had to replace it. Then it wouldn't go into reverse and replaced the rear torque converter and other things. Then the front pump seal went. That's when I called it quits. The worst part about it was I loved everything else about the truck. Even with the full warranty coverage I was tried of taking it in for repairs that took a minimum of 3 days and being left carless. So traded it in for a used Toyota 4runner.




2007 raider 4wd double cab

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Vehicle: 2007 Mitsubishi Raider LS 4dr Double Cab 4WD SB (3.7L 6cyl 4A)

I've now had this truck for over two years and have used it both as a truck and for transportation. I've had no problems with it. As a matter of fact it is a well built truck with a great design inside and out. I would like a bit more performance (power and fuel economy) and recently installed the K&N filter. I'm curious if adding a performance cat back system would help.




Good deal

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Vehicle: 2007 Mitsubishi Raider SE 4dr Double Cab SB (4.7L 8cyl 5A)

Just bought the truck. Was looking for value, and found it in this truck. Original MSRP was $29.5K, but I bought mine for $13.2K, with only 21,000 miles on the odo. Lucky to have found this one. Used Dakotas are selling for more. I guess not too many are aware of this truck. If you're in the market for a Dakota, definitely look at the Mitsu. It's the same truck underneath. By the way, checking the internet is the way to go. My truck was stickered on the lot for $17.9K.




07 raider se 4.7l v-8

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Vehicle: 2007 Mitsubishi Raider SE 4dr Double Cab SB (4.7L 8cyl 5A)

Was looking for a Dakota but like others did not like the new front end. After looking at other mid size trucks and comparing the prices decide to go with this one. Love the V-8 and get the same mpg as a V-6 is great. Has good power and the truck rides great. Interior is comfortable and the kids love all the room they have in the back.



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Full 2007 Mitsubishi Raider Review

What's New for 2007

The Mitsubishi Raider lineup is revised for 2007, resulting in four Double Cab (crew cab) versions and one extended-cab model. The XLS trim has been dropped and will be replaced by the new SE later in the model year. Initially, only V6 power will be available, as last year's 4.7-liter V8 will only be offered in the upcoming SE trim level.

Introduction

A fraternal twin of the Dodge Dakota, the 2007 Mitsubishi Raider shares that midsize truck's platform but gets its own personality by way of its unique styling that's all Mitsu. Aggressively flared fenders give the Raider a family tie-in to the Endeavor SUV, while a few cabin details (such as round versus squarish air vents on the dash) give some minor distinction inside. One more practical difference between the two trucks is that the Mitsubishi has a considerably longer warranty: a five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty versus the Dakota's three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty.

A fully boxed steel frame contributes to the Raider's impressive towing capacity (up to 6,500 pounds with the V8) while a coil-over suspension and rack-and-pinion steering give this pickup truck a more carlike demeanor in terms of ride and handling. Initially, all 2007 Raiders will be powered by a 3.7-liter, 210-horsepower V6. The 4.7-liter, 235-hp V8 that was offered last year returns only when the new SE Double Cab debuts later in the model year. Although that 4.7 provides solid performance and towing capacity, it's still outclassed by the V6s offered in the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier that offer similar performance in a more refined manner. The high-output version of the 4.7 that's available in the Dakota is not available in the Raider, which is unfortunate, as that engine might've given the Mitsu a leg up on its rivals.

Other downsides to the Raider include the use of low-grade plastic cabin trim (a flaw that other trucks, such as the Frontier and Chevy Colorado, exhibit), the lack of a long-bed option and a rather sparse options list when compared to its Dodge twin. Additionally, the Raider is not as refined as class leaders like the Frontier or Tacoma. But overall, the 2007 Mitsubishi Raider is a solid midsize pickup truck that's easy to drive on a daily basis. If you like the Dakota's package but want a longer warranty, the Raider is worth considering.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2007 Mitsubishi Raider midsize pickup truck comes in two body styles (extended cab and "Double Cab" crew cab) and three trim levels (LS, Durocross and SE). The extended cab has a pair of reverse-opening rear doors and a 6-foot-6-inch bed, while the Double Cab has four full-size doors and a 5-foot-4-inch bed. LS extended cabs come with a front bench seat, air-conditioning, a CD player, 16-inch tires and tinted glass. LS Double Cabs add foglights, power accessories, a tilt steering wheel, keyless entry, cruise control and satellite radio. The DuroCross 2WD models add 16-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, heavy-duty cooling, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power rear windows, heated mirrors and bucket seats. The DuroCross 4WD versions get all-terrain tires, a raised ride height, firmer shocks, skid plates and a limited-slip differential. The range-topping SE (which debuts later in the model year) adds the V8 engine, 17-inch chrome wheels, an upgraded sound system, leather upholstery, a power driver seat and seat heaters.

Options are mostly grouped into packages. The LS Appearance Package provides a sliding rear window and alloy wheels, while the "Xtra" Value Package adds a bed liner, side rails and mud guards. A convenience package for the extended-cab LS essentially adds the LS Double Cab features to that truck.

Powertrains and Performance

Standard on all Raider models is a 3.7-liter V6 that makes 210 hp and 235 lb-ft of torque. Later in the model year, the 4.7-liter V8 (235 hp and 290 lb-ft of torque) returns as standard on the new SE trim and optional on the LS. The V6 is paired with either a six-speed manual or a four-speed automatic, while the V8 is available with the manual or a five-speed automatic. The LS and DuroCross offer the usual 2WD and part-time 4WD configurations, while the SE can be equipped with 2WD or a full-time 4WD system. With the V8, maximum towing capacity is 6,500 pounds.

Safety

Rear-wheel ABS is standard; four-wheel ABS is available on the SE only. Full-length side curtain airbags are also available, but again only on the SE. In NHTSA frontal-impact crash tests, the extended-cab version of the Raider's twin, the Dakota, earned a perfect five stars for driver protection and four stars for front-passenger protection; the crew-cab Dakota earned five stars for both. In side-impact testing, the extended cab also earned five stars for front occupant protection. The Dakota also scored an "Acceptable" rating (second best) in IIHS frontal-offset crash testing.

Interior Design and Special Features

Inside, the driving position feels more carlike than you'd expect, with simple, easy-to-reach controls. Aluminum trim and white-faced gauges give the cabin some style, but materials quality is unimpressive next to the refined Toyota Tacoma. Cabins are spacious, but the Double Cab is a must if you're carrying four adults, and it's a versatile cargo carrier as well, as its rear seats flip up to reveal built-in storage trays.

Driving Impressions

The 2007 Mitsubishi Raider is quiet inside at any speed, with impressive isolation from wind and road noise. The V8 provides brisk response and allows a 6,500-pound towing capacity. The chassis feels very stable, and while the ride is taut, it soaks up ruts and bumps with ease. Handling is excellent on- or off-road, and the truck's shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive system offers plenty of traction on rough terrain.

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