What Changed for 2009:
- Few changes for the 2009 model year
- Tilt-adjustable steering wheel added to manual-shift extended cabs
- Auxiliary input jack is deleted
Rather than create a totally new midsize pickup truck for the 2006 model year
turned to an adaptation of the Dodge Dakota
. Styling cues, developed by Mitsubishi in its California design studio, are shared with other models from the Japanese-brand company. Flared wheel arches help impart a bold appearance, the company says. Also, 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, whichever comes first.Model Lineup
All 2009 Mitsubishi Raiders come in a single (LS) trim level, with a choice of two cab styles. The standard model is called the Extended Cab. It is equipped with rear access doors and offered only with 2-wheel drive (2WD) and a 6.4-foot cargo bed. The Double Cab models, available with either 2WD or 4-wheel drive (4WD), get a shorter 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, tachometer, tinted glass, variable intermittent wipers, 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 2009 Mitsubishi 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 a scuff plate.Powertrain
Each 2009 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 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, according to Mitsubishi.
EPA fuel economy for the 2009 Mitsubishi Raider 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
Dual front air bags, with two-stage inflators, are standard on all 2009 Mitsubishi Raiders. In addition, all models feature vented front disc brakes and rear drum brakes. Rear-wheel anti-lock braking (ABS) is standard with 4-wheel ABS an option. Such late-model 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 (the agency's highest rating) 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
While the 2009 Mitsubishi Raider is an old-school pickup truck relying more on technology of the past than on contemporary advances, electronic or otherwise, the frame is shaped through an advanced technology called hydroforming. The process is based on a 1950s patent, but only recently has it come into widespread use-becoming particularly popular in the automotive industry. Hydroforming places a tube of metal into a negative mold. High pressure drives fluid into the center of the tube forcing the metal to instantly expand against the mold. Pressed against the walls of the mold, the metal is now permanently shaped with all of the complex curves and concavities. The hydroformed steel, now in the intricate shape of the Raider's frame rail, is then simply removed so it can be welded into the complete frame assembly.