Pros and cons of the Mitsubishi Strada

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The Mitsubishi Strada is the Japanese automaker’s entry to the highly competitive local midsize pickup truck segment. Here, it competes with nameplates from similarly established brands like the Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger, and Nissan Navara.

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Compared to other pickup trucks on the market, the Mitsubishi Strada is one of the top picks of most car buyers for good reason. What plusses — as well as minuses — it offers will be discussed in this article.

Pros

Good looks

If there’s one thing the Mitsubishi Strada has been so generously blessed with, one wouldn’t doubt that it’s good looks. That Dynamic Shield front fascia not only merit nods of approval but also demands respect on the road thanks to its striking styling and aggressive appeal.

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Arguably one of the most good-looking pickup trucks in the segment, the Mitsubishi Strada wows with its LED projector headlamps and LED daytime running lights. The same lighting setup can also be found at the back.

The Mitsubishi Strada rides on either 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, depending on the variant.

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) also sells genuine Mitsubishi Strada accessories including a black front bumper garnish and a hood protector in black.

Top-tier safety

The Mitsubishi Strada doesn’t only offer good looks, it also brings top-tier safety to the table.

The nameplate has always been a reliable pickup truck both on and off the road. It’s built around a Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) body with reinforcements placed at strategic points to help route and absorb energy in the event of a collision.

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It also boasts a rigid lightweight body made using high tensile strength steel plates which contributes to an increased level of passenger safety.

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Mitsubishi also made sure to equip the Strada with its best safety features such as the ultrasonic misacceleration system, hill descent control, hill start assist, a forward collision mitigation system, Mitsubishi’s active stability and traction control, a blind-spot warning system with lane change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and trailer stability assist.

Cons

Stiff suspension

Mitsubishi Strada’s suspension system might feel a little stiff. Sure, it works wonders when driving the pickup truck on rough rural roads but when in the concrete jungle, overall ride quality might not be comfortably pliable.

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The Mitsubishi Strada does enjoy a high ground clearance of 2200mm. Now, it may help when gliding over urban potholes but it does translate into a slight amount of body roll.

Engine can be noisy

Not only can the ride be uncomfortable but the engine can be a bit noisy, especially when revved hard at higher speeds. While its 2.4-liter engine delivers great amounts of power and torque, it may feel quite unrefined in high-speed driving conditions.

Verdict

Mitsubishi Strada’s shortcomings are inconsequential that its strengths outshine its weaknesses.

The Mitsubishi Strada is currently offered in six variants with prices starting from P1,250,000.

Looking for a second-hand alternative, check out Carmudi Philippines’ collection of used Mitsubishi Stradas here.

Photos from Mitsubishi

Also read:

Mitsubishi Strada: Out with the old, in with the new

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