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A couple of cancelled 2009 pickup models are still on dealer lots and could represent a bargain for prospective shoppers looking for a good deal!
Automobile Magazine recently published a list of eight 2008 and 2009 model-year cars, trucks, and SUVs that have each hit the end of their respective production runs. While all the models listed have ceased production, they are still being offered for sale on dealer lots, even if in limited quantities.
Among the list of holdovers were two pickup trucks: the 2009 Mitsubishi Raider
, essentially a rebadged and reskinned Dodge Dakota, and the 2009 Mazda B-Series pickup, a rebadged Ford Ranger. The pickup truck experts over at our flagship blog The Car Connection reviewed the Mitsubishi Raider pickup not long ago, bestowing a relatively mediocre score of 6.0 on the model. In spite of this less than glowing review, The Car Connection stated the following concerning the 2008 Raider: “If you're looking for value in a basic truck, you've found it in the 2008 Mitsubishi Raider.”
Concerning the 2009 Mazda B-Series
, the scoring of 6.4 from The Car Connection was only slightly more generous than that ascribed to the Mitsubishi Raider. Giving some insight as to partly why the B-Series production has been discontinued, The Car Connection stated, “The 2009 Mazda B-Series is frugal and performs decently, but its styling is dated and safety equipment isn’t up to modern standards.”
So I guess the bottom line here is that there are likely some deals to be made on a couple of now-extinct holdover pickup models for buyers more concerned about the bottom line than about refinement and critical review rankings.
[Source: Automobile Magazine via Autoblog, The Car Connection]