Mitsubishi's new 2006 Raider midsize truck looks like a truck but pleasantly rides like a sedan. Driving beside iconic Columbia river into the picturesque Columbia gorge east of Portland Oregon was a joy in the new 2006 Mitsubishi Raider LS/DuroCross V6 Extended Cab.
The first thing I noticed climbing into the 2006 Mitsubishi Raider LS/DuroCross V6 Extended Cab was the beautifully laided-out clean interior with leg and head room to spare. At 6' 4" this seemingly simple requirment is not the norm but perhaps a correlation between the Raider's interior design engineer Chris Shuttera, himself over six feet, and the roomy cab is not a coincidence. I got in the left jump seat and after adjusting the copilot's seat to a more likely under six foot occupant requirement was able to sit facing forward with my 36" inseam legs. Real world riding would be done lengthwise for claustrophobic avoidance and leg cramping.
The 2006 Mitsubishi Raider LS/DuroCross V6 Extended Cab powered by a 3.7L; V6 Chain-driven SOHC, 12 valve normally aspirated requiring regular unleaded fuel mated with a 4-Speed overdrive automatic transmission has a pleasant lower rpm top gear for freeway cruising without screaming. I noted the quiet cabin once the doors were securely closed at freeway speeds. Horsepower for the 2006 Mitsubishi Raider LS/DuroCross V6 Extended Cab is 210 bhp @ 5200 rpm and torque 235 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm.
Mitsubishi's new 2006 Raider truck line is not the past generation smaller 'Mighty Max' truck of yesterday. As all 'small' pickup trucks have grown, or is that their owners, todays not-full size pickup truck is now 'midsized.'
Translation: wider, taller, longer that the ubiquitous 20 year old Tacoma Toyota trucks you see STILL running including my 30yr old camper on a T-truck frame. Truck bed measures 6'4", towable payload 1,560lbs.
The ride of the 2006 Mitsubishi Raider LS/DuroCross V6 Extended Cab is seamless from your sedan. Gone are the spine pounding rock-hard pickup rides of yesteryear. Mitsubishi cleverly realizing that most pickups are used as commuting vehicles. So equally astute suspension engineers and testers have setup the ride of the 2006 Mitsubishi Raider LS/DuroCross V6 Extended Cab as subtle as your Campy, Accord, or Chrysler 300C. Yeah Chrysler.
Mitsubishi is seemingly proud to point to their new 2006 Mitsubishi Raider LS/DuroCross V6 Extended Cab connection to the Dodge Dakota pickup originating platform but with stylish looks, amenities like optional SIRIUS Satellite Radio should be considered required for sane commuting tasks.
The new 2006 Mitsubishi Raider LS/DuroCross V6 Extended Cab will be available late September 2005 starting at less than $20k with the V8 version $29k