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2 Of The Best Mitsubishi Truck Models: Reliable & Quality

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Mitsubishi vehicles have a time-tested reputation for excellence in the global and American market, and their trucks rank highly in comparison with other vehicles. Mitsubishi is lesser known than the big two Japanese automakers of Toyota and Honda, but their products are competitive and an excellent value. This article opens the world of Mitsubishi by reviewing two of their top trucks. Before we get into specifics, we answer frequently asked questions about Mitsubishi to introduce the subject of Mitsubishi trucks and what qualities make for the best pickup truck. We review two Mitsubishi trucks from the mid-90s below that still occupy the used market.

Product FAQ

Buyers who have never owned a truck or never purchased a Mitsubishi product can delve into these topics through our Frequently Asked Questions.

1. What Are Popular Mitsubishi Vehicles?

The company sells cars and trucks, and Mitsubishi trucks are less well known by consumers. The car makes many will recognize include the Mirage, the Outlander and the Lancer. Mitsubishi produces compact cars, sedans, and SUV class vehicles, and there are many on the road due to affordability and fuel efficiency. The Mirage, for example, starts at more than a thousand and SUV vehicles begin at about high price.

2. Can I Buy These Trucks from the Dealership?

The two models reviewed here are discontinued and can easily be found on the used market. Some dealerships may offer the Raider or the Mighty Max, but they will be difficult to find through a dealer as the used vehicles on the lot are typically recent (within five years) of manufacture.

3. What Motivates Buyers to Choose Trucks over Cars as Daily Vehicles?

Pickup trucks have improved several key features in the last two decades that make buyers consider a truck over a car for an everyday vehicle. The two that engage consumers are fuel efficiency and comfort. Small trucks can offer 25 miles per gallon, which is a decent fuel efficiency for costs savings. The interior of trucks is more comfortable than in prior times, and small trucks are easy to enter and exit. Trucks have several advantages over cars. There is no comparison in terms of hauling and pickup trucks come with considerable clearance, so they handle a wider variety of terrain and weather.

4. How Does Using a Review Guide Help in Buying Decisions?

Vehicles come in so many shapes, sizes, and features, a buying guide is almost a requirement. Before buying any vehicle, the consumer needs to conduct research. A simple FAQ like this one can be a good introduction, but we recommend delving deeper after reading this article. Finding an objective source of information is key as online sources often have hidden agendas and may seem disinterested but be a form of subtle advertising. The buyer should have a general idea of what type of vehicle they want, their price range, and their deal breakers before beginning the research process.

5. Where Can Buyers Do Further Research?

The gold standard in reviews is Consumer Reports, but Car and Driver Magazine and other reputable auto magazines are excellent sources for reviews as well. Most magazines offer reviews of comparable vehicles in terms of class, price, and features. A quick way to distinguish between two or three vehicles you are considering buying is to simply Google all their names. An article that compares them side by side is likely to come up in the search parameters.

6. Where Can Buyers Purchase Mitsubishi Vehicles?

Mitsubishi has a website that lists all dealerships globally. If you live in a city of a million or more, you are likely to find a Mitsubishi dealership locally. If not, it can be worth traveling to the nearest big city. A test drive is essential for all new vehicles and may play a big part in the buying decision. Mitsubishi has been around for decades, so used vehicles can also be found online. This make holds its value well and buying used can save money if warranty and appearance are less important. Check the Kelley Blue Book for prices on used Mitsubishi vehicles. The two Mitsubishi trucks compared here are found only on the used market.

7. Does Mitsubishi Sell an Electric Car?

Mitsubishi has added an electric vehicle to their lineup called the MiEv (Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle), introduced in 2012. This compact vehicle has a relatively wide wheelbase for stability, roomy interior, and a full trunk. It meets safety standards in the US. Starting at around high price with rebate incentives up to more than a thousand, the MiEv is more affordable than the Nissan Leaf and has a comparable range and battery life.

How We Reviewed

We included only two trucks in this review so there would be space to go into depth about vehicle features. We compared features, price, where to buy and warranty on both trucks. Since the same company produces both, the where to buy and warranty sections are similar. The way to distinguish between these two great Mitsubishi trucks is their features and drive, so, as always, we recommend a test drive before making a decision and definitely before purchase.

Why Used Trucks?

This review focuses on two Mitsubishi trucks that are no longer available new. We realize many car buyers want to check out used trucks simply for savings. Trucks are more expensive than cars, yet for some owners, a truck is the only option. To find an affordable truck, buyers will look long and hard at models that hold their value over the years. Mitsubishi trucks do include newer models, but the two we've chosen were only produced in about a ten-year period beginning in the mid-90s.

Overall Price Range of Mitsubishi Trucks

The prices of these two vehicles do not diverge dramatically, but when buying a vehicle new, the dealership will offer extras to improve their profit, so prices can range widely in the "real world" of car and truck buying. Extra features add up quickly, so we suggest making a complete accounting before concluding on the actual value. Truck prices almost always exceed car prices since trucks - even small pickup trucks - meet a higher standard for hauling loads or tow jobs. Since the two models we've reviewed are older, interested buyers can find these .Mitsubishi trucks on the used market for wide price ranges.

What We Reviewed

  • Mitsubishi Mighty Max
  • Mitsubishi Raider

Mitsubishi Mighty Max

Mitsubishi Mighty Max

This oddly named truck is a 2-wheel drive, 4-cylinder vehicle offering decent gas mileage and good clearance. It is a sturdy, reliable truck with no fancy components, but has a few extra options to upgrade this affordable Mitsubishi truck. This vehicle was produced from 1992 to 1996 and is one of the more common Mitsubishi trucks on the road due to its affordability as an entry-level pickup truck. On the used market, consumers who find one with low mileage may find a real bargain, as the Mighty Max holds its value well.

Features

This is a manual transmission vehicle that gets 20 mpg, with 18 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. This Mitsubishi truck is a two-door, gasoline powered pickup with rear-wheel drive, providing two seats and no extra interior space. The Macro Cab option does extend the cab to two more small seating areas. This Mitsubishi truck includes the following installed options: cloth seats, tilt steering, and power locks. A trailer hitch is not standard, but can easily be installed aftermarket and many used vehicles will include a ball hitch or tow package.

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PROS  

  • Can choose Macro Cab option  
  • Good fuel efficiency for a truck
  • Affordable
  • Includes power locks
  • Ground clearance

  CONS

  • Goofy name
  • Manual transmission only
  • Few extras available
  • Two-seater
  • Unexciting body style
  • Not great for towing heavy vehicles

Price

Originally priced new at high ly, but seekers of this Mitsubishi truck can find new options with high mileage for as little as a thousand with plenty of life left in the vehicle. Be sure to compare the price with mileage and features, although in the case of the Mighty Max, this is simple since extra options are limited.

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Where to Buy

This Mitsubishi truck can be purchased where used vehicles are available, including used car lots, classifieds, Auto and Truck Trader magazine and, sometimes, through Mitsubishi truck dealerships. Nearly all parts can be found on Amazon

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Warranty

Since this is a used vehicle, the warranty will have to be negotiated if purchased from a used car dealership.

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Mitsubishi Raider

Mitsubishi Raider

This Mitsubishi truck was produced from 2006 to 2009, so is substantially newer than the Mighty Max. Options for this Mitsubishi truck are also more extensive as it comes in a double cab or extended cab version. The Raider is beefier and has more options than the Mighty Max, and it sports the same no-nonsense attitude. The Raider is a mid-sized truck competing with the popular Dodge Dakota in features. The Raider doesn't quite rise to the level of the show-stopping Mitsubishi Lancer Evo, but it is a terrific truck that remains sought after two decades after it hit the market. This pickup gives a comfortable, if not luxurious, ride.

Features

The Raider Double Dab includes either a V8 or V6 engine, depending on the year, and has a roomy interior that can seat up to four adults. This Mitsubishi truck is much more powerful and larger than its Mighty Max cousin, so it doesn't achieve the same fuel economy. Fuel standards for the V6 version reach 17 mpg combined mileage, so it doesn't break any new ground, but is respectable. Both extended and double cab versions of the Raider were originally designed to be an alternative to the SUVs on the market at the time and were much more affordable, but also more stingy in offering options.

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Extended Cab

The engine is a 3.7 liter, 6-cylinder (V6) with 16-inch steel wheels to get the truck up high. Power locks, automatic transmission, fog control, tilt steering, and air-conditioning are standard. Seating is bench type, and the interior is roomy. This model offers a manual transmission as an option. Four-wheel drive is offered only with automatic transmission.

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Double Cab

Comes with a 4-speed automatic transmission and the same V6 power as the Extended Cab. Four-wheel drive with automatic transmission only.

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PROS  

  • V8 engine option in 2007-2008 models 
  • Decent fuel economy for a larger engine
  • Can choose between double or extended cab
  • Option for cruise control
  • Affordable in both double or extended cab models
  • Looks appealing

  CONS

  • Too large for some
  • Unoriginal body style
  • Limited production years
  • Small glove box
  • Only 4,150 lbs of towing capacity

Price

This vehicle went on the market in 2009 for high priced as new, an excellent price for a mid-sized truck. Used models start at around more than a thousand. The Double Cab started at around high priced without extras.

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Where to Buy

This Mitsubishi truck can be found at selected dealerships, on used websites such as Auto Trader, and in local classifieds such as Craigslist. Tens of thousands of trucks were sold in the United States during its production period of 2006-2008, and the truck holds up remarkably well. Most models will be found with 100K plus miles, but low mile vehicles are a great buy as 200K mileage is not uncommon. Mitsubishi truck parts can easily be ordered from Amazon.

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Warranty

Five years or 60,000 miles is the standard warranty on new vehicles, but for used vehicles, the warranty must be negotiated from the dealership if this Mitsubishi truck is purchased from a dealer.

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The Verdict

These two Mitsubishi trucks are tricky to compare side by side, primarily because one is a manual transmission vehicle and, therefore, appeals to fewer buyers. Comparing all the features of the Mighty Max and the Raider, the only reasonable verdict is: it depends. If you want to go affordable, basic and are fine with manual transmission (which can be a blessing in a truck), we recommend Mighty Max as the best option. It is affordable, reliable, easily serviced and meets daily driver needs. Not a fancy vehicle, we love the Mighty Max because of its unpretentious, practical economy.