The Raider was among the first models sold by Mitsubishi on the US market, but it was never a best seller.
The vehicle was available in three configurations including Extended Cab 2WD, Double Cab 2WD and Double Cab 4WD. The five-passenger Extended Cab model has a 6.4-foot bed, and the Double Cab models come with a 5.3-foot bed.
Unlike the Dodge Dakota which comes with optional strong V8 engines, the Mitsubishi is available only with one 3.7 liter V6 engine which develops 210 Hp. At least Mitsubishi offers a five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, compared to Dodge’s three-year/36,000-mile comprehensive coverage. Though, Dodge still continues to remain on top, as it provided a lifetime warranty for the powertrain.
Despite the fact that it shares the same underpinnings with the Dodge Dakota, the Mitsubishi Raider looks slightly more aggressive than its sibling.
Up front there is a massive radiator grille which is fitted with the company’s logo in its center and looks totally different than Dodge’s cross hair grille. The Raider’s hood is also different and it features a more conventional design. The robust headlights however are identical with the Dodge Dakota .
The Mitsubishi Raider comes with a set of oversized wheel arches which enhance its rugged appearance, while the bumper is also pretty robust and gives the vehicle a purposeful stance.
The Extended cab comes with a small passenger compartment that can be accessed by means of two rear hinged doors mounted on each side of the truck. The Double cab Mitsubishi Raider comes with conventional four front hinged doors and a five foot four inch load bed.
On the inside, the Mitsubishi Raider looks fairly good. There is also enough space to keep you happy and you won’t complain about leg- or head-room either. The dashboard features an ergonomic design and it’s fitted with a set of circular headlights which gel well with the rest of the cab.
The center console looks pretty basic, but it features an intuitive layout with easy to reach controls. We especially like the door panel’s design which is a perfect match for the robust exterior style. The doors are also fitted with a set of spacious pockets which can be used to store your things.
The plastics and materials aren’t impressive and the fittings are also well done.
The seats are big and supportive, and also come with a wide range of adjustments permitting you to find a proper driving position in no time.
The instrument panel looks pretty conventional and received a set of white face gauges that are fairly easy to read during both night and day.
The steering wheel is pretty basic, but it offers a confident grab and it’s also available with integrated controls.
The Mitsubishi Raider Double cab can accommodate up to five adults, but the rear seats are a bit cramped.
Standard features in the Extended Cab include 16-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, radio/CD with four speakers, and 40/40/20 front bench seat. On the options list you’ll find a rear bench seat, power windows, power mirrors, keyless entry, cruise control and tilt steering column.
The superior trim levels include fog lamps, rear window defroster, chromed aluminum wheels, leather, power driver’s seat with lumbar support, hands-free phone, heavy-duty battery and cooling system, class IV trailer hitch receiver with seven-pin harness and Sirius satellite radio.
Engines and performance
For the start, the Raider’s lineup of engines included a 4.7 liter V8 unit, but shortly after the launch, it was ditched and the only engine available remained a 3.7 liter V6.
The V6 unit was far from being sporty and find it hard to deal with heavy loads. It was even considered by many too sluggish for the utilitarian nature of the truck. Though it managed to deal well with city traffic and light loads, and was also pretty refined.
The engine was mated on a six speed manual transmission and managed to score 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway which is far from being impressive.
The V6 Extended Cab comes with a six-speed manual transmission with overdrive or an optional automatic four-speed with overdrive. The V6 Double cab however, is offered with standard automatic transmission. The manual gearbox is pretty precise and offers an adequate feel and the automatic unit was also up to the task.
Mitsubishi Raider Engine Specifications
|3.7 liter V8||210 @ 5200||235 @ 3600|
Ride and handling
The Mitsubishi Raider features upper and lower "A" arm front suspension and live-axle tow-stage multi-leaf rear suspension. Thanks to this configuration, the ride is pretty forgivable and you can run over potholes without hearting your back.
The body lean is also minimal and the truck has a pretty good overall balance. You will also like the rack-and-pinion power steering which is fairly nimble being close to the ones found at smaller passenger cars.
The breaking power is assured by vented discs in the front and anti-lock drum in the rear. Unfortunately front anti-lock brakes are available only as an option.
The Mitsubishi Raider was a pretty basic and rudimentary work horse. The exterior design however was pretty aggressive and the cabin felt fairly comfortable even if it wasn’t fitted with first class materials.
On the other hand, the V6 was sluggish, and there was no V8 option available. The ride and handling however were part of the high class, the vehicle being able to keep its head up with dignity even when it’s compared with the best handling pickups from the streets.