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Positioned at the entry-level end of the compact pickup truck market, the Mighty Max has long been designed to appeal to value-conscious buyers who prize dependable service and low cost over styling. The Mighty Max's competition comes from the Isuzu pickups and base models from the other compact pickup truck manufacturers, which include Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, GMC Truck, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota.

Year-to-year changes[]


The Mighty Max relied on the 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine for power. It was rated at 116 horsepower at 5000 rpm and 136 ft.-lb. of torque at 3500 rpm. Electronic multipoint fuel injection, roller rocker arms and hydraulic valve lash adjusters contributed to both durability and reduced engine maintenance. Mitsubishi's 2.4 was one of the first mass-produced engines to feature dual balance shafts that reduce engine vibration. The base transmission was a 5-speed manual. A 4-speed automatic transmission was optional. The rear drum brakes featured a load-sensing proportioning valve that was used to adjust rear brake pressure to accommodate varying cargo loads, which helped to prevent rear brake lockup when the cargo bed is empty. All 2WD trucks used asbestos-free engine and transmission gaskets and clutch materials.


The Mitsubishi Mighty Max line was cut back to a single model for 1995, the 2-wheel-drive standard cab. The extended Macrocab and all 4-wheel-drive versions were dropped in 1994. The 1995 Mighty Max came in only one trim level.

Changes to the 1995 Mighty Max 2WD included a new knit fabric upholstery and two new exterior colors, silver and gray.


The one-and-only engine remained the hard-working and economical 2.4-liter sohc inline 4-cylinder, which uses dual balance shafts to reduce engine vibration. The engine benefited from last year's overhaul, which added electronic multipoint fuel injection. In addition, other refinements made it even more durable.

For 1996, the Mighty Max entered its final year of being sold in the United States, in which it was offered solely as a carryover model. The only new addition to the line was an improved on-board diagnostic capabilities for the engine's electronic-management system. By next fall, the Mitsubishi Mighty Max pickup ended production.

Retail prices[]

  • $6,849 (1994 Mitsubishi Mighty Max 4x2 Regular Cab) 5 speed trans. without A/C, without Rear Bumper, Radio Delete
  • $11,399 (1994 Mitsubishi Mighty Max 4x2 Extended Cab) Automatic Trans, A/C, Rear Bumper, AM/FM Radio
  • $14,859 (1994 Mitsubishi Mighty Max 4x4) Automatic Trans, A/C, Rear Bumper, AM/FM Radio

As of September 12, 1994:

  • $10,458 (1995 Mitsubishi Mighty Max) Automatic Trans, A/C, Rear Bumper, AM/FM Radio

As of mid-1995:

  • $10,557 (1995-1996 Mitsubishi Mighty Max) Automatic Trans, A/C, Radio Delete