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2009 Mitsubishi Raider

$6,547 — $10,795 USED
Truck
3-6 Seats
16-18 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.7) 3 reviews

The Good

  • True midsize dimensions
  • Five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty
  • Driver-friendly interface with controls
  • Stout frame/body structure
  • Five-star NHTSA safety rating

The Bad

  • Looks could be bolder
  • Limited lineup
  • no long-bed models
  • No factory tow package
  • Limited safety equipment
  • Doesn't offer Dodge Dakota's 4.7-liter V-8

What to Know

about the 2009 Mitsubishi Raider
  • No changes for 2009
  • 210-hp V-6 engine makes 235 pounds-feet of torque
  • Based on Dodge Dakota

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
The Mitsubishi Raider is based on the Dodge Dakota; it was the result of a Mitsubishi and DaimlerChrysler partnership that became estranged before the Raider went into production. With DaimlerChrysler's split and Mitsubishi's increased efforts into its cars, the Raider gets very little attention. As rebadged vehicles go, the Raider is one of the better examples, with its interior and exterior makeovers. The Raider does have a limited lineup compared to the Dakota. The Extended Cab with a 6-foot, 4-inch cargo bed comes only in 4x2, while the Double Cab with a 5-foot, 3-inch bed is available in 4x2 and 4x4 configurations. Mitsubishi doesn't get the Dakota's 4.7-liter V-8, and there's only one trim level.

New for 2009
Mitsubishi reports no changes for 2009.

Exterior
Mitsubishi strayed away from its original design concept of an aggressive street fighter when it brought the Raider to production. The Raider still has its distinguishing marks to separate it from the Dakota, as well as many other trucks in the compact market. The Raider's brawny look is enhanced with more curves than the Dakota, including flared wheel arches and a thick lower bumper.
  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • Double Cab gets 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Double Cab gets body-colored front end and fog lights


Interior
The Raider started out with three trim levels when it was introduced as a 2006 model; the offroad-worthy Duracross and upscale SE trims were dropped for the 2008 model year. ...
Vehicle Overview
The Mitsubishi Raider is based on the Dodge Dakota; it was the result of a Mitsubishi and DaimlerChrysler partnership that became estranged before the Raider went into production. With DaimlerChrysler's split and Mitsubishi's increased efforts into its cars, the Raider gets very little attention. As rebadged vehicles go, the Raider is one of the better examples, with its interior and exterior makeovers. The Raider does have a limited lineup compared to the Dakota. The Extended Cab with a 6-foot, 4-inch cargo bed comes only in 4x2, while the Double Cab with a 5-foot, 3-inch bed is available in 4x2 and 4x4 configurations. Mitsubishi doesn't get the Dakota's 4.7-liter V-8, and there's only one trim level.

New for 2009
Mitsubishi reports no changes for 2009.

Exterior
Mitsubishi strayed away from its original design concept of an aggressive street fighter when it brought the Raider to production. The Raider still has its distinguishing marks to separate it from the Dakota, as well as many other trucks in the compact market. The Raider's brawny look is enhanced with more curves than the Dakota, including flared wheel arches and a thick lower bumper.
  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • Double Cab gets 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Double Cab gets body-colored front end and fog lights


Interior
The Raider started out with three trim levels when it was introduced as a 2006 model; the offroad-worthy Duracross and upscale SE trims were dropped for the 2008 model year. That leaves the base LS with few frills. The standard feature list for both models doesn't skimp too much, but there aren't any luxury options. Both models come with 40/20/40-split cloth-covered front bench seat. The center seatback folds down to become a padded armrest with storage inside.
  • Air conditioning standard
  • AM/FM/CD stereo with four speakers standard
  • Power windows optional on Extended Cab, standard on Double Cab


Under the Hood
  • 210-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 with iron block and aluminum cylinder head, single overhead camshaft and two valves per cylinder making 235 pounds-feet peak torque
  • Six-speed manual transmission standard (Extended Cab)
  • Four-speed automatic transmission standard (Double Cab)


Safety
As with rebadged compact trucks or outdated models, there is a lack of up-to-date safety features in the Raider. It does not have side-impact or side curtain airbags. The frame structure is relatively robust and scored a five-star safety rating in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's frontal-offset crash tests.
  • Latch child-seat anchors
  • Three-point seat belt in center position of Double Cab
  • Driver/passenger frontal airbags


Of Interest to Truck Owners
  • Maximum gross vehicle weight rating: 6,010 pounds
  • Maximum payload capacity: 1,730 pounds (Extended Cab, automatic)
  • Maximum towing capacity: 4,150 pounds (Extended Cab, automatic)
  • Fuel tank capacity: 22 gallons
  • Axle ratio: 3.55:1 (4x2), 3.92:1 (4x4)
  • Minimum ground clearance: 7.9 inches
  • Approach angle: 21.9 degrees
  • Departure angle: 22.6 degrees (4x2), 22.5 degrees (4x4)
  • Ramp breakover: 19.9 degrees (4x2), 19.6 degrees (4x4)
  • Cargo bed load height: 31.9 inches
  • Cargo bed length: 6 feet, 4 inches (Extended Cab), 5 feet, 3 inches (Double Cab)
  • Cargo bed width: 59.6 inches
  • Cargo bed width at wheel well: 45.2 inches
  • Cargo bed depth: 17.6 inches


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
3 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(5.0)
(4.0)

Favorite truck

by tx_don from Dallas, TX on July 20, 2014

I love my truck. I have honestly rode in some more luxurious trucks, some trucks that are more sporty, some that are more rugged, but this one is the one that fits my all around needs the most. It's ... Read full review

(5.0)

Most comfortable truck I have owned

by Love Pickup Trucks from Greensboro, NC on March 19, 2011

Love the quality of the workmanship and the sturdiness of the construction. Very very comfortable ride. Good gas mileage also. Getting about 22 mpg city and highway. 25 mpg highway. Very satisfied. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2009 Mitsubishi Raider currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2009 Mitsubishi Raider has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Mitsubishi

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 5 years/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    Remainder of original 5 years/60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    Remainder of original 10-year/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    123-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Raider received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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