2018 Mitsubishi Triton Range Review

2018 Mitsubishi Triton Range Review

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Overall Rating


4 out of 5 stars

Rating breakdown
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Safety, value & features

5 out of 5 stars

Comfort & space

3 out of 5 stars

Engine & gearbox

3 out of 5 stars

Ride & handling

4 out of 5 stars


4 out of 5 stars

Pros & Cons

  1. ProValue; handier in town than key alternatives.

  2. ConNot as big or as powerful as some.

What stands out?

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The Mitsubishi Triton feels nearly as refined as a good passenger car, and for a ute it is easy to drive in town. Its diesel engine is modern and easy on fuel, and all Tritons, even the single-cab work trucks, are strong on safety. The most expensive Tritons offer excellent smartphone integration.

What might bug me?

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That friends with other utes can carry and tow very big loads more comfortably. The Triton feels less stable than most utes when loaded to its maximum rated capacity.

That you can’t play CDs in your expensive Triton GLS or Exceed.

What body styles are there?

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Most Tritons are four-door, five-seat double cabs. However, single cabs (with two doors and two seats) are also offered. In between is a Club Cab model that has two folding seats in the rear of its stretched single cabin, accessed via small rear-hinged doors that open only if the front doors are open.

Most models have factory tubs at the rear, but cab-chassis models are available if you want to fit an aftermarket tray.

Most Tritons come with part-time, dual-range four-wheel drive: on sealed roads they drive the rear wheels only, but you can select 4WD for slippery unsealed roads and tracks. The more expensive Tritons, the GLS and Exceed models, have a more sophisticated system that retains every advantage of the part-time version but allows you to use 4WD all the time.

A few Triton models come with rear-wheel drive only.

The Triton is classified as a light commercial pick up.

What features do all Tritons have?

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An MP3 and iPod compatible sound system with an AM/FM radio, Bluetooth connectivity for phone calls and audio streaming, voice control, and six speakers.

A 6.1-inch or bigger colour touchscreen. On all Triton Double Cabs, a reversing camera.

Tilt and reach steering wheel adjustment, which makes it easier for the driver to get comfortable, and controls on the wheel for operating your phone, the sound system, and the cruise control (standard on all Tritons).

Seven airbags: two directly in front of the driver and front passenger; one alongside each front occupant to protect the upper body; a curtain airbag along each side to protect the heads of front and rear occupants; and an airbag in front of the driver’s knee to help prevent leg injuries.

Electronic Stability Control, which helps prevent the car from skidding out of control. This is mandatory on all passenger cars but not on light commercial vehicles like the Triton.

Electronic Traction Control, which helps the car maintain drive on slippery surfaces, and is especially helpful with the four-wheel drive models in difficult going.

Trailer-sway control, which helps to stabilize the car if the trailer starts to sway from side to side; and Hill-start control, which prevents the car rolling back when you are starting on a hill.

All Tritons come with a five-year, 100,000km warranty and capped-priced servicing.

Which engine uses least fuel, and why wouldn't I choose it?

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The most fuel-efficient engine in a Triton is the engine that powers most versions, a 2.4-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel. It is a very modern design that performs well for its relatively small capacity, and feels smooth and refined.

Fuel economy is a strong point and ranges from 7.0 litres/100km in the manual-gearbox, 2WD single cab, to 7.6 litres/100km in automatic 4WD double-cabs – at least in the official test. Expect to use about 15 to 20 per cent more in the real world.

The other engine available is a 2.4-litre petrol that is an option for the single-cab GLX work truck only. It uses a lot more fuel than the diesel, even though it is not nearly as powerful. But it costs thousands of dollars less.

Both six-speed manual and five-speed automatic gearboxes are used with the diesel, but not all variants are available with both. The petrol engine comes as a five-speed manual only.

What key features do I get if I spend more?

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The least expensive Triton is the GLX single-cab with 2WD, which is a basic work truck. If you spend more money you can get a bigger cabin that seats more people, or 4WD for improved go-anywhere ability, or both.

GLX Tritons have vinyl floors, cloth seats, manually controlled air-conditioning, a CD player, and steel 16-inch wheels. Spend some more for a GLX+ and you get aircon that maintains a set temperature, and nicer looking wheels made from aluminium alloy.

Pay more again for a Triton GLS – available in 4WD Double Cab only – and you get a lot of extra stuff. Perhaps the most important enhancement is Mitsubishi’s Super Select 2 4WD system, which allows you to use 4WD even on sealed roads.

Inside a Triton GLS there is a leather-trimmed steering wheel, carpet on the floor, and a bigger touchscreen (7.0 inches). The screen supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto via Mitsubishi’s Smartphone Link Display, which allows you to view and control some apps from compatible phones. Dual-zone air-conditioning lets the driver and front-seat passenger set their desired cabin temperatures independently. Externally, the GLS has more effective HID headlamps, foglights, and the distinctive look of LED daytime running lamps. And the wheel size rises to a flashier 17 inches.

A GLS Sports Edition brings a tow-bar and black-highlighted external styling, and adds a lockable rear differential that you control from the driver’s seat. This helps you go further in difficult off-road conditions

The most expensive Triton, the Exceed, comes only as a 4WD Double Cab with auto transmission. Its headlights switch on automatically when it’s dark, and its windscreen wipers operate automatically when it rains. It also has keyless entry (which allows you to unlock and start the vehicle with the key safe in a pocket or bag), leather seats, heated front seats, and power adjustment for the driver’s seat. And it has the lockable rear differential.

Does any upgrade have a down side?

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The Club Cab and the various double cabs don’t have the carrying capacity of the single-cab models. And the longer the cabin, the shorter the tray.

The alloy wheels fitted on the more expensive models are not as easy to repair as the steel wheels fitted to the cheaper models.

The better equipped GLS and Exceed Tritons do more with your smartphone but lose the less costly models’ CD players.

Only white and red are standard colours. All other colours are an extra cost option.

How comfortable is the Triton?

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This new-generation Triton brings a luxurious feel to the cabin that previous Tritons have never had. Key points include comfortable, roomy seats, and a steering wheel adjustable for tilt and reach.

The Triton is also as easy to drive as a typical passenger car, and while it’s still a good deal longer than any passenger car it has a much better turning circle than all other similar utes. This is because it has a shorter wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear axles) than its competitors.

The engine has plenty of power and is also quiet and refined, as diesels go.

Like all utes, the ride can be hard and uncomfortable on rough roads when there’s no load in the tub or tray.

What about safety in a Triton?

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Unlike some multi-role utes, the Triton’s safety features are consistent across the model range – even for the more basic single-cab work trucks. All Tritons have seven airbags and the security of electronic stability control.

All Triton Double Cabs have a reversing camera as standard.

The Triton GLS and Exceed can use four-wheel drive on sealed surfaces, aiding traction and stability when it’s wet and thus improving safety – particularly when towing.

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) awarded all Tritons five stars for safety, in April 2015.

I like driving - will I enjoy this car?

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Utes are not designed as driver’s cars but the Triton is better to drive than most other utes. It is lighter than most and has a sporty feel, and steering precision generally not associated with multi-role utes of this sort.

The Triton isn’t a performance ute and there are others with more power, but it is not often that you wish it had more power.

Four-wheel-drive Tritons are also good off-road, although here the short wheelbase increases rear overhang, which can be a problem in some off-road situations. The Triton Exceed, with its rear differential lock, is more capable in difficult going.

How is life in the rear seats?

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The rear seat of double-cab models is not as wide as those in some alternatives, such as the Ford Ranger/Mazda BT-50 twins or the Volkswagen Amarok. However, leg room is good and the Triton’s seat back is angled further rearwards, so that you don’t feel like you are sitting too upright (as you do in the rear of many utes). Aside from the width of the seat, the Triton Double Cabs are comparable for rear passenger comfort with many mid-sized, off-road capable 4WD wagons.

The two fold-up seats in the rear of the Club Cab are designed only for short distances, and even then not for tall adults.

How is it for carrying stuff, and for towing?

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Good, of course - It’s a ute. And the Triton is also suited to towing.

How much you can carry depends on which Triton you get. Fewer seats in the cab means more length in the tray and more weight you can carry in the tray (because there’s less weight in the cab).

Legally, a Triton is rated to carry a bit less than most other utes. Even so, the Triton with the least capacity – the Exceed double cab – can accept 740kg in the tray (37 bags of cement) and a driver and passenger.

In practice, hauling that much weight in the tray of a Dual Cab Triton is a mixed bag. The powerful diesel engine has no trouble getting you along, but the ute sags at the rear noticeably when loaded to its maximum capacity.

As well, the tub on Dual Cab Tritons overhangs the rear axle more than is the case on other utes. That means most of the extra weight from a load is placed behind the axle. As a result, a heavy load lightens the steering and leaves the Triton feeling less stable to drive.

Single Cab and Club Cab Tritons are better at carrying very heavy loads, because the weight can be located further forward.

The story is similar when you use a Triton for towing. Four-wheel-drive Tritons are legally rated to tow a braked trailer weighing 3000 or 3100kg. That is less than other utes but still plenty for a 20-foot tandem-axle road caravan, or a double-horse float with two big horses on board.

In practice, the engine copes well enough with a trailer this heavy but again the Triton chassis sags at the rear and feels better suited to towing a little less. A single-cab two-wheel-drive Triton is rated to tow 2500kg.

On the plus side, the Triton’s full-time 4WD system gives it a notable advantage over most other utes when carrying or towing on wet and slippery bitumen roads. Most utes can drive only their rear wheels on normal roads.

In any ute, extreme care should be taken when carrying or towing big loads.

Where does Mitsubishi make the Triton?

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All Australian-delivered Mitsubishi Tritons are made in Thailand.

What might I miss that similar cars have?

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Utes such as the Ford Ranger, Mazda BT-50 and Volkswagen Amarok have a wider and generally bigger cabin.

Utes with bigger engines, such as the Ranger and BT-50, also offer more performance. Some utes have a higher towing capacity.

Many utes have more ratios in their auto gearboxes than the Triton’s five, which means their engines spend more time where they run most sweetly. For example, the Ranger, BT-50 and Toyota HiLux have six-speed autos, the Nissan Navara and a seven-speed auto and the Amarok an eight-speed auto.

The Ranger also offers active cruise control on the more expensive versions, as an extra-cost option. It will match the slower speed of a car in front on the highway until you are ready to overtake.

Some utes – among them the Ranger and
Holden Colorado – offer a collision alert, which monitors the road ahead and will warn you of obstacles (for example, a vehicle ahead that has slowed suddenly).

The most expensive Navara, the ST-X Dual-Cab, has a powered sunroof option.

You could also look at the Isuzu D-Max.

Are there plans to update the Triton soon?

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This Triton arrived as an all-new model about the middle of 2015. It won’t be replaced for a long time.

About January 2017 the less costly versions gained a touchscreen and (in Double Cabs) reversing camera, and the GLS and Exceed were fitted with a bigger touchscreen that can display apps from your smartphone.

In March 2018, Mitsubishi introduced the limited edition Triton Blackline based on the GLS 4x4 Double Cab but with number of design changes including black 17-inch alloy wheels, a black mesh front grille, black door mirrors, black exterior door-handles and Blackline decals. It also shared a couple of extra features with the Triton Exceed, such as a rear diff’ lock, smart keyless entry and push button start.

Mitsubishi revealed a its heavily facelifted 2019 Triton in November 2018, which expected to arrive in Australia early in 2019. It is bigger and bolder looking that the current model and takes on the 'Dynamic Shield' face that's in keeping with other recent vehicles in the Mitsubishi range.

Aside from the new look, the other big news is the addition of driver aid technologies including Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM/AEB), Blind Spot Warning and Ultrasonic misacceleration Mitigation System (UMS). UMS guards against accidental hard acceleration in both forward and reverse gears during slow manoeuvres such as parking.

Click here to view a picture gallery of the 2019 Triton.

I like this car, but I can't choose which version. Can you help?

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The Exceed Double Cab is very well specified for the money and would make the best family vehicle.