Buyer's Guide / Mitsubishi / 2008 Mitsubishi Raider



The Raider comes in extended cab and Double Cab body styles and can have either rear- or four-wheel drive. For 2008, the number of Raider trims has been slimmed down; now buyers can choose between one extended cab model and two Double Cab models. All Raiders are powered by a 210-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6.

Mitsubishi promotes the Raider's "aggressive exterior," which was designed in California. A thin upper grille and thick lower bumper up front help produce a look that's reminiscent of the company's other models. Wheel arches are flared.

The Raider has a fully boxed, hydroformed and roll-formed steel frame. Extended cab trucks have rear access doors, while Double Cab pickups get four conventional doors. Each body style is 218.5 inches long and uses a 131.3-inch wheelbase. Cargo beds measure 6.5 feet long on extended cab models and 5.25 feet on Double Cab trucks.

All models have rack-and-pinion steering, a heavy-duty suspension, and front and rear stabilizer bars. All models have 16-inch wheels, with extended cab models getting steel wheels with wheel covers and both Double Cab models getting aluminum wheels.

Standard equipment on the LS extended cab includes a 40/20/40-split front bench seat, air conditioning, a tachometer, variable intermittent wipers, a CD player with four speakers, and front and rear cupholders.

LS Double Cab models, available in either two- or four-wheel drive, add power side windows, keyless entry, power front windows, power locks, a tilt steering wheel and cruise control.

Under the Hood
The V-6 develops 235 pounds-feet of torque and works with a six-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed automatic transmission.

Rear-wheel antilock brakes are standard. Previously available side curtain airbags were eliminated for 2007.


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3.7-liter V6
210 hp
235 lb-ft
@5200 rpm
@4000 rpm

- Four-speed automatic
- Six-speed manual

Fuel Economy:

3.7-liter V6 Manual
16 mpg
22 mpg
3.7-liter V6 Automatic
15 mpg
19 mpg

NHTSA Safety Ratings:
Frontal Crash Test
4x2 Extended Cab
- Driver Front: 5/5 Stars
- Passenger Front: 5/5 Stars

Rollover Crash Test
4x2 Extended Cab
- Rollover: 4/5 Stars

Side Crash Test
4x2 Extended Cab
- Front Side: 5/5 Stars

IIHS Safety Ratings:
- Overall: Acceptable
- Structure / Safety Cage: Good
- Head/Neck: Good
- Chest: Good
- Leg/Foot Left, Right: Poor, Acceptable
- Restraints: Good



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