In this article...
- 1. Mitsubishi Strada Athlete vs Ford Ranger Raptor: Overview
- 2. 2020 Mitsubishi Strada Athlete vs 2020 Ford Ranger Raptor: Dimensions
- 3. Mitsubishi Strada Athlete vs Ford Ranger Raptor: Interior
- 4. 2020 Mitsubishi Strada Athlete vs Ford Ranger Raptor: Engine and Performance
- 5. Mitsubishi Strada Athlete vs Ford Ranger Raptor: Safety
- 6. Mitsubishi Strada Athlete vs Ford Ranger Raptor: Variants and Price
- 7. Mitsubishi Strada Athlete vs Ford Ranger Raptor: Conclusion
1. Mitsubishi Strada Athlete vs Ford Ranger Raptor: Overview
As you might already know, Mitsubishi Philippines released a sportier, more youthful version of its popular Strada pickup truck. It’s called the 2020 Mitsubishi Strada Athlete, and if it isn’t obvious from its name, it definitely looks sportier and more, err, athletic than the vanilla Strada.
According to many car journos, the Strada Athlete is poised to compete against the likes of the Toyota Hilux Conquest, another sporty truck available here in the Philippines. We can’t help but wonder, however, how does the all-new Mitsubishi Strada Athlete stack up against the current king of sporty trucks, the 2020 Ford Ranger Raptor?
Let’s find out.
Which is sportier?
2. 2020 Mitsubishi Strada Athlete vs 2020 Ford Ranger Raptor: Dimensions
Let’s start off by comparing these two by size. Like a regular Mitsubishi Strada, the Strada Athlete is 5,300 mm long, 1,815 mm wide, is 1,795mm high, and it has a 3,000mm long wheelbase.
On the other hand, the Ford Ranger Raptor is 5,398mm long, 2,028mm wide, 1,873 high, and its wheelbase is 3,220mm long. And lastly, the Ranger Raptor has a minimum ground clearance of 283mm. That’s 63mm more than the Strada Athlete’s 220mm.
The Strada is eye candy but mechanically, it's just about the same as a "normal" Strada
If we go by the numbers alone, the Ranger Raptor is huge. And if we compare it with all other pickup trucks in the Philippine market right now, it is definitely one of the largest.
When it comes to styling, the Athlete retains a lot from the Strada’s hyper-modern look. With its black wheels, black Dynamic Shield grille, black roof, and its black colored, decals, however, it definitely stands out.
On the other hand, the Ford Ranger Raptor is vastly different from the normal F-150 Raptor as well as the Ranger platform that it's based on, and of course, its size also factors in a lot with its looks. Apart from that, the Ranger Raptor also has functional visual elements that are needed to go fast on dirt and that’s something that the Strada Athlete doesn’t exactly have.
The biggest difference between a Ranger and the Ranger Raptor is it's suspension system
3. Mitsubishi Strada Athlete vs Ford Ranger Raptor: Interior
When it comes to comparing interiors, the Athlete definitely stands out when it comes to what you can actually see. It’s black and orange trim on the seats and on the center console is eye-catching and of course, it still has the well-arranged dashboard of the 2020 Mitsubishi Strada.
Onboard the Ranger Raptor, it’s a bit more subdued. You do get a grey-colored suede trim with your black colored seats and dark, soft-touch surfaces everywhere. Also, note that It’s somewhat more utilitarian looking just like on-board the smaller Ranger.
It's mainly blacks and greys inside the Ranger Raptor
When it comes to interior amenities, the Ranger Raptor comes with Ford’s Sync 3, which is capable of linking up using Apple Carplay and Android Auto. There’s also two charging USB charging ports, a 230-volt socket, an eight-inch touchscreen with offline navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, six speakers, a 12V socket on the bed, smart keyless entry, leather upholstery, cruise control, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat, and a six-way manual front passenger seat. It’s pretty loaded but very practical.
Aboard the Strada Athlete, you get lots of color
In comparison, the Strada Athlete’s interior also comes with a nav-ready touchscreen, six speakers, USB ports, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, cruise control, and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. What the Athlete has that the Raptor doesn’t is the brilliantly comprehensive but also very robust Super Select 4WD-II Electronic Dial Selector but more on that later.
So yes, both pickup trucks are just as practical with each other but we reckon that the 2020 Ford Ranger Raptor’s interior is a bit roomier due to its size. On the other hand, the Strada Athlete will definitely be easier to get into due to its shorter ride height.
4. 2020 Mitsubishi Strada Athlete vs Ford Ranger Raptor: Engine and Performance
When it comes to mechanical specifications, the Ranger Raptor simply blows the Strada Athlete out of the water. It’s got a twin-turbo 2.0L EcoBlue diesel that makes 210 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque. Couple to its potential for straight-line speed is the Fox racing sport suspension systems for the front and rear, which enables the Raptor to do jumps and do Baja type of stuff without a hitch.
However, this is also its greatest weakness because a sport truck’s sport suspension isn’t really meant for carrying heavy loads. As a result, the Raptor can only carry a measly 766 kg, and it can only tow up to 2,500 kg.
It looks handsome, but it's no worker's truck
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The Strada Athlete, on the other hand, is equipped with a 2.4 liter, inline-4 MIVEC diesel engine that can produce 178 horsepower and 430 Nm of torque. With that output, it’s less powerful than the Raptor, but thanks to its very robust, yet simpler double-wishbone with coil springs for the front, and leaf spring suspension for the rear, the Strada Athlete can carry up to 945 kilograms. It isn’t the best but it’s definitely more than the Ranger Raptor’s.
The piece de resistance aboard the Strada Athlete, however, is the Super Select 4WD-II. Due to Mitsubishi’s years and years of off-road racing experience, the current iteration of the Super Select is one of the more robust 4x4 systems available in the market today. Sure, the one aboard the Raptor is no joke, but the Super Select is the kind of car feature that aided Mitsubishi in achieving 12 wins in the dreaded Dakar Rally.
Despite the lower ground clearance, the Strada can do a lot of truck things with aplomb
5. Mitsubishi Strada Athlete vs Ford Ranger Raptor: Safety
When it comes to safety, both pickup truck models are pretty competent. Both have dual front airbags, side airbags, curtain airbags, anti-lock braking with electronic brake distribution, stability control, speed-sensing door locks, front and rear parking sensors, and traction control.
6. Mitsubishi Strada Athlete vs Ford Ranger Raptor: Variants and Price
2020 Mitsubishi Strada Athlete 4x4 AT
2020 Ford Ranger Raptor 4x4 AT
7. Mitsubishi Strada Athlete vs Ford Ranger Raptor: Conclusion
If you think about it, the Strada Athlete is just a Strada dressed in gym clothes. It’s more fun-oriented and it can roll around with the boys. At the end of the day though, the Strada Athlete is still a dependable worker. It can carry heavy (but not too heavy) loads, and yes, it can also tow up to 3,100kg.
The Strada Athlete, despite its looks, is a bona fide work truck
The Ranger Raptor, on the other hand, is also an adventurous pickup truck. It enjoys the outdoors too but it’s definitely more extreme. And yes, if it was a person, it’s probably that highly paid extreme sports athlete who’s really good at his job, but can’t do much else in life. Sure, it can still carry people comfortably, but with its price and fuel economy, let’s just say that the Strada Athlete is better at it in doing truck things.
The Ranger Raptor meanwhile, is a fun baja vehicle that can't tow much, and can't carry much either
Make no mistake, though; the Ranger Raptor is still fun to hang out with. But if you have to pull another pickup truck out of a ditch and/or carry around sacks of rice, while still looking great, then you’d want a Strada Athlete. If you still want a Ford, then there’s also the Ford Ranger Bi-Turbo.
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Cesar G.B. Miguel