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2008 Mitsubishi Raider Truck - Overview

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Overview

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
Overview
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.

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