When Japanese minitrucks first turned sizzling objects within the American market, Mitsubishi’s fashions have been wanted for his or her premium options and glorious construct high quality. The corporate held on for a few years after its opponents left the market, lastly withdrawing its small truck after the 1996 mannequin 12 months. Though Mitsubishi tried promoting a rebadged Dodge Dakota because the Raider from 2006 to 2009 within the U.S., it continued constructing its small and reliable vans to today. The successor of the Mighty Max right this moment is known as the L200, and it retains what made its earlier vans so fascinating, however in a contemporary bundle.
The styling, dimension, and capabilities put the L200 in direct competitors with the Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux. Mitsubishi has lengthy been identified for its diesel engines, and that’s the solely alternative for this truck: a 2.3-liter, four-cylinder with 148 horsepower and a wholesome 295 pound-feet of torque. With that, you’ll be able to tow as much as 7,700 kilos of weight behind you whereas carrying 5 occupants comfortably. Moreover, it comes with a trailer stability system, leather-based upholstery, heated entrance seats, a full-size spare, and extra as commonplace tools.
The L200 is a favourite in lots of international locations the place Mitsubishi nonetheless has a presence — it pulled out of the U.Ok., Eire, and deliberate to go away Europe altogether in 2021, however has since scaled again a few of these plans. Additionally, the L200 is its solely pickup, so claiming to be its finest was straightforward.