2008 Mitsubishi Raider

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2008 Mitsubishi Raider Review

Does not even compete in the flooded pickup market.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2008 Mitsubishi Raider is a dying vehicle line. You can see it in the way Mitsubishi treats the vehicle. 2007 saw the removal of side curtain airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, and the powerful 4.7-liter, V-8 engine. What is left is an underpowered pickup with half the safety features of your base pickup truck offered by the competition.

The Range

Body Style: four-door pickup truck
Engines: 3.7-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, Getrag six-speed manual
Models: Mitsubishi Raider LS Extended Cab, Mitsubishi Raider LS Double Cab

What's New

The 2008 Mitsubishi Raider has been downsized this model year. The Durocross and SE trim lines, and the 4.7-liter, V-8 engine option have been discontinued.

Exterior

The 2008 Mitsubishi Raider is available as an extended of double cab model. The extended cab has four doors: two full-size and the other two half reverse opening doors. The Double Cab model has four full-size doors, allowing easy access in and out of the vehicle. The Extended Cab model has a six-foot, six-inch bed, while the double cab has a five-foot, four-inch bed. The LS Extended Cab also has alloy wheels as the main exterior feature, while the double cab adds fog lights. An exterior appearance package is available on the Double Cab that adds a sliding rear window, special wheels, and special interior trim as well. The Extra Value package comes with a bed liner, side rails, and mudguards. These are also available as optional items.

Interior

The 2008 Mitsubishi Raider’s interior is a bit more car-like than consumers would expect from a truck. The controls are simply designed and easy to use. The interior has a faux metal trim, and the gauges have a white face that gives the interior a bit of pretty flash. Material quality, like almost all Mitsubishi vehicles, is a bit disappointing. There seem to be oceans of hard plastic material that seriously degrades the look and feel of the vehicle.

The cabin on both of the vehicles is spacious. The back seats in the Double Cab model are only usable for adult passengers, however. If drivers expect to have full-size passengers, they should get a full-size truck. Other features on the 2008 Mitsubishi Raider Extended Cab models include a front bench seat, air-conditioning, CD player, manual windows, and manual door locks. The Double Cab model gets power accessories, keyless entry, cruise control, satellite radio, and a tilt steering wheel. Otherwise, the 2008 Mitsubishi Raider remains fairly bare bones.

Performance & Handling

The 2008 Mitsubishi Raider has a 3.7-liter, V-6 engine that produces 210 horsepower with 235 lb-ft of torque; this engine is standard on all models. The Double Cab models use a four-speed automatic transmission, while the extended cab models come with a Getrag six-speed manual transmission. Performance from the engine is not impressive at all. The Double Cab goes zero to 60 miles per hour in 11.5 seconds. Towing capacity isn’t impressive either; 2950 pounds using the automatic transmission or 4150 pounds using the manual transmission. These towing capacities lag way behind the competition.

Inside the cabin, the vehicle is very quiet. The cabin is sealed against wind, and there isn’t any rattling to be heard. If there is one positive about the 2008 Mitsubishi Raider, it’s that it has a strong build. The ride is very solid, and the suspension absorbs most large potholes without a problem. Handling is good, and the shift on the fly four-wheel drive makes the handling just a bit more stable in sticky situations. Unfortunately, the steering doesn’t give any feedback and is unresponsive. The engine is weak and outdated in comparison with other trucks on the market.

Safety

The 2008 Mitsubishi Raider also lags behind the competition in safety. The truck has front disc, rear drum braking with ABS only for the front wheels. Most trucks have four-wheel anti-lock brakes at this point. Side curtain airbags are also missing, another safety feature standard on other pickup trucks. The IIHS gave the 2008 Mitsubishi Raider a rating of ?acceptable.?

EPA Fuel Economy

Mitsubishi Raider LS Extended Cab: 16/20 mpg city/highway
Mitsubishi Raider LS Double Cab: 15/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Large cabin
  • Great control layout
  • Ease of use
  • Decent handling and ride for a pickup

You Won't Like

  • Subpar plastic materials
  • Lack of features
  • Weak engine
  • Low towing capacity

Sum Up

Does not even compete in the flooded pickup market.

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