What Changed for 2008:
- Streamlined lineup for 2008, slimmed to three models
- Selection includes one Extended Cab and two Double Cab versions
- All Raiders are offered in single (LS) trim level
- 2009 models not expected until midseason
Rather than create a totally new midsize pickup truck for the 2006 model year, Mitsubishi
turned to an adaptation of the Dodge Dakota
. Styling cues, developed by Mitsubishi
in its California studio, are shared with other vehicles from the Japanese-brand company. Flared wheel arches help impart a bold appearance. A thin upper grille sits above the thick lower bumper. Raiders are built upon a fully boxed, hydroformed steel frame. Mitsubishi's bumper-to-bumper warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles; powertrain coverage is for 10 years or 100,000 miles.Model Lineup
All 2008 Mitsubishi Raiders come in a single (LS) trim level, with a choice of two cab styles. The Extended Cab model, equipped with rear access doors and offered only with 2-wheel drive (2WD), has a 6.4-foot cargo bed. Double Cab models, available with either 2WD or 4-wheel drive (4WD), get a 5.3-foot bed. Each Raider rides on a 131.3-inch wheelbase and measures 218.5 inches long overall. Mitsubishi claims over 100 cubic feet of interior space for the Raider. Capable of seating up to 6 passengers, Double Cab models promise 36.4 inches of rear leg room. Extended Cab Raiders seat 5, with 32.1 inches of rear leg space. Standard Extended Cab equipment includes air conditioning, a tachometer, tinted glass, variable intermittent wipers, a 4-speaker CD stereo with MP3 capability, cargo bed lamp, bed tie-downs, and 12-volt power outlets. The front bench seat is split 40/20/40. Steel wheels hold 245/70R16 tires on the Extended Cab model; Double Cab Raiders get 265/70R16 tires on alloy wheels, plus standard fog lamps. A full-size spare tire is standard on all Raiders.
A Premium package, standard on Double Cab models and optional for the Extended Cab, includes color-keyed front bumpers, 5x7-inch power mirrors, carpeted floor mats, power front windows and door locks, remote keyless entry, and a tilt steering column. Double Cab models also include cruise control. Mitsubishi offers an Exterior Appearance package, Protective package for the cargo bed, and extra-cost Premium Paint. Stand-alone options include a bed extender, mud guards, side steps and scuff plate.Powertrain
Each 2008 Mitsubishi Raider is powered by a single overhead cam (SOHC) 3.7-liter V-6 engine that produces 210 hp at 5200 rpm and 235 lb.-ft. of torque at 3600 rpm. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard on the Extended Cab model, but a 4-speed automatic transmission is available. Double Cab Raiders come only with the 4-speed automatic transmission. Regular-grade gasoline is used. With an automatic transmission, towing capacity is as high as 4100 pounds.
EPA fuel economy is estimated at 16 mpg city/20 mpg highway for the 2WD Extended Cab model. Double Cab models get an estimate of 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway with 2WD, or 14 mpg city/18 mpg highway with 4WD.Safety
Rear-wheel anti-lock braking (ABS) is standard, with vented front disc brakes and rear drum brakes. Four-wheel ABS can be installed. Such safety features as side-impact or curtain-type air bags, or stability enhancement, are not offered.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA
), the Mitsubishi Raider with an Extended Cab rated 5 stars for both the driver and front passenger in frontal crash testing, and 5 stars for the driver in side-impact testing. The Double Cab Raider earned dual 5-star ratings in side-impact testing, but has not been tested in a frontal impact. Both cab styles get 4-star ratings in rollover testing. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS
) gives the Extended Cab Raider an "Acceptable" rating for its crash-test program, while the Double Cab model gets a "Good" rating.Technology
Like its Dodge Dakota cousin, the 2008 Mitsubishi Raider is a traditional-type pickup truck that relies more on technology of the past than on contemporary advances, electronic or otherwise. Though the V-6 engine is a single-overhead-cam design, for example, it's the "proven two-valve configuration" rather than using 4 valves per cylinder. While the manual gearbox has six speeds, the automatic transmission makes do with four. Only rear-wheel ABS is standard and no side air bags are offered.