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SAFETY | 5 out of 10
“Raider’s lack of key safety features…make this truck difficult to recommend”
“Raider no longer offers…four-wheel antilock brakes”
“Previously available side curtain airbags were eliminated for 2007.”
Less--not more--safety equipment is provided for passengers in the 2008 Mitsubishi Raider than in years past.
A review of the Raider’s safety equipment should begin with what it doesn’t have rather than what it does: no side-curtain airbags available, check; no four-wheel anti-lock brakes standard or available, check. In a day and age where these items are expected safety features even in pickup trucks, their omission as, at the least, options seems like a surefire way to drive the Raider’s poor sales figures even lower. Rear-wheel-only anti-lock brakes, which the Raider does feature, are a ridiculous throwback to an older decade of pickup trucks.
Thankfully, the basic structure of the Raider is undeniably stout, and as Edmunds points out, “In government frontal-impact crash tests, the extended-cab version of the Raider's twin, the Dakota, achieved a perfect five-star rating for driver protection and four stars for front passenger protection. The Dodge also garnered an ‘Acceptable’ rating in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety frontal-offset crash testing.”
A paucity of expected safety equipment, both standard and available, makes the Mitsubishi Raider tough to recommend.