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The 2008 Mitsubishi Raider is a relatively refined and comfortable truck, but it can’t come close to its newer competitors in terms of utility and refinement.
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Expert Quotes:

“logical control layout”

“spacious user-friendly cockpit”
Kelley Blue Book

“second-class treatment of rear passengers”

“Road noise is impressively hushed”

“Overall refinement is nothing to write home about”

Given its humble underpinnings, the 2008 Mitsubishi Raider performs surprisingly well in the area of refinement and in-cab comfort, though it still falls far short of modern rivals.

“We were impressed by the spacious user-friendly cockpit,” says Kelley Blue Book, while MyRide.com “found the composite plastic in the cabin hard to the touch and would call the headliner material outdated mouse fur.” Most reviewers seem to agree, finding no fault with the ergonomics but being less than impressed with materials and fit/finish. ConsumerGuide notes “controls are logically placed and readily accessed” and “large gauges are easy to read.” But their editors are quick to point out that “interior materials look and feel low grade,” and they're disappointed that “hard shiny plastic covers most surfaces, and some controls lack quality feel.” Ride comfort is “smooth and composed in any configuration,” says ConsumerGuide, who remarks “there's little of the bounding and jiggle typical of the class.” Edmunds considers the truck “commendably hushed at speed, with good isolation from wind and road noise.”

Up front, “the extended cab's spacious cabin has plenty of headroom and legroom,” and “the front bench seat will accommodate three passengers in a pinch,” states ConsumerGuide. The availability of a front bench seat is one of the good things about the Raider’s old-school roots, making it one of the few true six-passenger Double Cab trucks if you don’t mind a bit of squeezing. MyRide.com notes that “grab handles incorporated into the A-pillars ease entry for front seat occupants,” and Edmunds contends “the driving position feels more carlike than you'd expect.”

MyRide.com complains about “second-class treatment of rear passengers” in the Double Cab, pointing out that “rear-seat passengers have a tall step-up without the optional side rail trim, and no grab handles exist to assist with entry and exit.” The Extended Cab’s “available forward-facing jump seats best suit those under 5-ft-3, as there's little legroom,” claims ConsumerGuide, who also appreciates the “wide-opening rear-hinged doors” that “make for easier loading in tight spaces” on that model. Edmunds urges that “the Double Cab is a must if you plan to put adults in the back.”

As a tower and hauler of heavy and/or bulky items, the Raider can’t be seen as a significant value. It is not available with a long bed, and its “towing capacity, ranging from 2,950 pounds for manual-shift Raiders to 4,150 pounds with the automatic, is…uncompetitive,” says Edmunds.


The 2008 Mitsubishi Raider is a relatively refined and comfortable truck, but it can’t come close to its newer competitors in terms of utility and refinement.

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