2008 Mitsubishi Raider Safety

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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.

A paucity of expected safety equipment, both standard and available, makes the Mitsubishi Raider tough to recommend.

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.”

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