"My first vehicle I ever purchased was a 1997 Dodge Dakota. The Raider, being the structual twin of the Dakota, brings back many good mamories for me. But the improvements in the chassis, drivetrain, and interior is what sold me. The frame is now Hydro-Formed, which means it is stronger and lighter. The dakota I used to have weighed in at 5,480 lbs with a 5.2 liter V-8 which made 230 HP. The Raider weighs 4,287 lbs and has a 3.7 liter V-6 making 210 HP. Fuel mileage goes up and the performance imporves. The interior is now more refined and much quieter. The stereo comes standard with MP3 capability and 6 months of Sirius, which I am now hooked on. The warranty is 100,000 miles on the drive train, about 30,000 miles more then dodge offers on the same vehicle, Dakota. The tailgate can be set at a 45 degree angle which allows you to fit a 4' x 8' sheet of plywood and/or sheetrock, so the functionality is fantastic. Highway cruising at anywhere from 65-80 mph is effortless and the cruise control is non-intrusive. The best improvement I believe is at the front and rear of the frame. The rear can now take an impact of greater then 5 mph without causing thousands of dollars of dammage. And the front has a section which is made to collapse and keep the occupants from taking the brunt of the impact, and also, like the rear, will now not damage the entire vehicle with anything more then 5 mph. As for the entire, funcitionality abounds. Three normal sized people can sit abreat with relative comfort and two in the back, which I would not suggest for any larger then a 10-12 child. The center console is very spacious and has compartments for just about everything. I also really like the standard outside temperature gauge built into the dash display."
"have owned mine for 8 months . it may be to soon for reliabilty but to this point -- no problems. as with any 4 wheel drive , i did not buy it for gas miles , but would think with todays tech they could have done better with the mpg . very happy with interior and exterior . i looked at the duro but the plastic did not impress , i think the ls looks much better"
"This is the 4th vehicle ive owned and 2nd truck.
This is basically a redesigned Dodge Dakota with a sleak design touch from mitsubishi. Very comfortable ride, spacious, excellent handling.
Ive owned this truck for 6 months now and its the best. Ive had so many people (other drivers and people on the streets) turn their heads just to get a peak at my ride.
Only reasons why not all 5 stars:
1. 14mpg about 17 on the highway
2. Very low carry capacity (i think only 900 lbs)
Other than that everything is excellent. Ive upgraded the stereo system and added a Rhino Lining and thats about it."