2018 Mitsubishi Triton Review
The comprehensive Mitsubishi Triton review
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|CarsGuide||83%||"The Mitsubishi Triton is the quiet achiever in Australia's 4x4 ute segment."||Read more|
|WhichCar||80%||"Perhaps the most practical thing about the Triton is that it's the least expensive ute here, so you can buy one, add a truckload of accessories, and still come away better off than any of the other utes."||Read more|
|Car Showroom||80%||"The Triton's value argument is a truly solid one, offering as much as $10,000 off comparably-specced rivals, and the 2.4-litre MIVEC turbodiesel is rather impressive."||Read more|
|CarAdvice||70%||"All told, the Triton Exceed offers compelling value against its rivals, modern car-like cabin design and refinement, a good 4WD system and a good reputation for reliability in this latest generation."||Read more|
|Practical Motoring||80%||"For those who don't need the biggest ute on the market, the Mitsubishi Triton Exceed offers plenty for the money, including good performance, sporty handling and loads of standard equipment."||Read more|
How does the Mitsubishi Triton compare with its peers?
The complete Mitsubishi Triton Review
2018 Mitsubishi Triton pricing
When new, driveaway prices for the Mitsubishi Triton started at $23,990 for a Manual, rear wheel drive, petrol single cab chassis model. A number of prices for chassis cabs were only available on application.
For the top-of-the-line Exceed Double Cab Pick Up Automatic, you'd pay $45,990 new. Mitsubishi is one of the only manufacturers we've compared that offers more than two colour options on higher spec models for free. Lower end models carried a $590 charge for non-standard colours.
Also, Mitsubishi was the only major ute maker to not charge an additional fee for an automatic transmission.
Prices quoted are driveaway prices for standard white paint, for postcode 2000.
Mitsubishi Triton specification prices
|2.4 Petrol RWD Single Cab Chassis Manual – $23,990||2.4 Diesel 4WD Double Cab Pick Up Manual – $34,990||2.4 Diesel 4WD Double Cab Pick Up Manual – $38,990||2.4 Diesel 4WD Double Cab Pick Up Manual – $41,490||2.4 Diesel 4WD Double Cab Pick Up Automatic – $45,990|
|2.4 Diesel RWD Single Cab Chassis Manual – $POA||2.4 Diesel 4WD Double Cab Pick Up Automatic – $34,990||2.4 Diesel 4WD Double Cab Pick Up Automatic – $38,990||2.4 Diesel 4WD Double Cab Pick Up Automatic – $43,990|
|2.4 Diesel RWD Single Cab Chassis Automatic – $POA||2.4 Diesel 4WD Club Cab Pick Up Automatic – $37,490|
|2.4 Diesel 4WD Single Cab Chassis Manual – $POA|
|2.4 Diesel 4WD Single Cab Chassis Automatic – $POA|
|2.4 Diesel 4WD Club Cab Chassis Manual – $POA|
|2.4 Diesel 4WD Club Cab Chassis Automatic – $POA|
|2.4 Diesel 4WD Double Cab Chassis Manual – $POA|
|2.4 Diesel 4WD Double Cab Chassis Automatic – $POA|
|2.4 Diesel 2WD Double Cab Pick Up Auto – $POA|
|2.4 Diesel 4WD Double Cab Pick Up Manual – $POA|
2018 Mitsubishi Triton used prices
The Mitsubishi Triton seems to do pretty well on the used car market, retaining value well. For example, a 2018 GLX 4x4 dual-cab pick-up Triton varies online in price from $25,990 to $37,820. Automatic GLX 4x4 pick-ups range from $25,990 to $36,080. Manual GLS models go for between $27,950 and $42,990. Auto GLS Tritons sell for anywhere between $27,950 and $49,510.
Top-of-the-line Exceed models are listed online from $32,490 right up to $46,990.
This is one of the best value utes on the market and Australia's third best-selling. The Triton is well-made, has a superb 4WD system and even base-level models get Bluetooth smartphone syncing, voice control, a touchscreen infotainment system and reversing cameras. Tritons start at $23,990 driveaway, offering some of the best value on the market. On test, many journos said the Triton is like a passenger car to drive.
However, the Triton cannot tow as much as class leaders and for some reviewers, isn't as good looking as, say, the Ford Ranger. If you can look past those minor things, you'll get yourself a keenly priced ute.
|CarsGuide||"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."|
|WhichCar||"Thanks to very sharp pricing and ongoing factory discounting the Triton is only outsold by Hilux and Ranger. And if you want a less expensive ute than the Triton, you'll have to look at either a Chinese or an Indian ute."|
|CarAdvice||"All told, the Triton Exceed offers compelling value against its rivals, modern car-like cabin design and refinement, a good 4WD system and a good reputation for reliability in this latest generation."|
|Drive||"It may not have the refinement or on-road manners of some competitors but the Triton has proven to be a reliable and robust vehicle that gets the job done hassle-free."|
Engine and performance
All Tritons ship with a 4N15 2.4-litre Mivec turbo diesel engine, coupled to a 6-speed Manual or optional 5-speed Automatic gearbox. One model, the workspec GLX Single Cab 4x2 sells with a 2.4-litre petrol engine and 5-speed manual transmission.
The oiler option is a common-rail, intercooled diesel with an aluminium cylinder block. Mitsubishi claims this is one of the quietest and most efficient diesels on the market. In reality, journalists often pull the Triton up on its noisy engine.
Peak power for the diesel comes in at 3,500rpm, where you'll have 133kW to play with. Peak torque of 430Nm arrives above 2,500rpm, which is a little higher than some of its rivals.
The cheaper spec, single overhead cam petrol generates 94kW at 5,250rpm and 194Nm of torque @ 4,000rpm. You'll have to work this engine more to get stuff done.
How did journalists find the diesel engine? Reviewers noted it was smooth and modern feeling. Low down, many commented the Triton felt a little sluggish, but after peak torque kicks in, there's very little drama. However, once hitched up to a trailer, the lower torque output became more apparent, with testers saying that, fully laden, the engine was slightly lethargic.
Critics summed the 5-speed Automatic as offering a flexible range of gear ratios that worked in most situations. A number wished for a class standard 6-speed box whilst others pointed out the Navara and Amarok come with 7- and 8-speed Automatic transmissions. Still, for a 5-speed Automatic, the gearbox changes gears without a fuss. The auto gearbox has a sports mode, with paddle shifters behind the wheel on Exceed models.
The Triton received widespread, rave reviews for its Super Select II 4WD system. This system allows for shifting on the fly to 4WD and, unlike other utes in its class, you can use four-wheel drive on road. It also features a locking centre diff – again, a common omission amongst rivals.
Features and statistics
- Engine type
- - Petrol: SOHC multi-point injection
Diesel: DOHC MIVEC (Variable valve timing) intercooled and turbocharged
- - 4x2 or 4x4
- Engine size/displacement
- - Petrol: 2351cc
- Fuel type
- - Petrol or Diesel
- - Inline 4
- Fuel tank capacity
- - 75 litres
- Max. torque
- - Petrol: 194Nm @ 4,000rpm
Diesel: 430Nm @ 2,500rpm
- Fuel consumption – combined
- - Petrol: 10.9L/100km
- Max. power
- - Petrol: 94kW@ 5,250rpm
Diesel: 133kW @ 3,500rpm
- Combined CO2 emissions
- - 190g/km - 203g/km 4x2
207g/km - 213g/km 4x4
- - N/A
- Emissions standard
- - Euro 6
- Top speed
- - N/A
- - Engine Immobiliser
- - 5-speed Manual on petrol models, 6-speed Manual on 2.4 diesel with optional 5-speed Automatic
- Towing capacity (braked/unbraked)
- - 1,800-3,100kg/750kg
Mitsubishi Triton review: Fuel efficiency & emissions
The Triton's 2.4-litre diesel is remarkably fuel efficient. Depending on body/gearbox and trim configuration, the stated figure could be as low as 7.0L/100km. Only chassis cab Isuzu D-Max and Rangers together with dual cab Navaras can top that.
The automatic gearbox uses 0.3-0.5L/100km more than manual transmission utes. Even fully specced Tritons only use 7.6L/100km.
On the other hand, the single petrol-engine model burns through 10.9L/100km. Whilst the petrol engine is far less efficient and powerful, it's considerably cheaper than the lowest priced diesel Triton.
In reality, manufacturer-supplied fuel usage numbers are only a guide. Real-world figures could be as much as 20% higher. One outlet, whilst carrying out a towing test, saw 18.5L/100km fuel usage!
Tritons have a 75-litre fuel tank fitted, which is more or less the class standard.
Petrol models pump out 254g of CO2 per 100km. Diesel models vary depending on configuration, between 185g and 201g CO2/100km.
Mitsubishi Triton owner's findings
Now that the MQ generation Triton has been available for several years, owners have had the chance to share their ownership experiences and report common faults. There aren't many, but a national recall (010160) was issued in May 2019 for double-cab Tritons built between 2 March 2015 and 26 May 2017. The problem occurs on vehicles with tubular side-steps fitted. When the rivets for the side step cover are exposed to salt water, they can corrode, eventually allowing the cover to separate from the step.
Other than that, there were the usual teething problems reported with new cars. Also, some owners reported squeaks from the rear suspension, though this could result from use in ardrous conditions or racking up high kilometre readings.
Mitsubishi Triton handling
Reviewers summed up the Triton's handling as a bit of a mixed bag.
First, for a ute, it's remarkably easy to drive around town. This is in part owing to its shorter wheelbase length (the measurement between the front and rear wheels). The turning circle on a Triton is 11.8m, and some competitors need 12.8m or more to make the same manoeuvre. Adding to its metropolitan handling abilities is a light steering wheel, meaning three-point turns are a breeze.
Out on the open road, reviewers commented on the generally sound ride and response. However, around corners, the body does lean dramatically, more so than other utes. Carrying a load in the back, the Triton maintains its handling characteristics.
Some models ship with standard duty rear leaf springs, where others get heavy duty suspension. The heavier duty models give a firm, slightly jittery ride, nothing out of the ordinary for a ute. Summing up, one journalist said it may not be the best in class at handling, but it's certainly not the worst.
Interior and other features
Almost all reviewers praised the interior of the Triton as an improvement over its predecessor. Also, when held against the fit and finish of class leaders like the Hilux and Navara, the Triton stacks up pretty well. There's a lot of hard-wearing plastic across the interior, giving it a commercial feel.
The cabin is reasonably spacious, both in the front and rear. Rear passengers don't get any HVAC vents like in some utes, but there are two ISOFIX child-seat tethers.
Even base spec GLX Tritons come with an MP3/iPod compatible sound system and Bluetooth phone connectivity featuring voice control. All GLX Tritons have a 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system and dual-cab pick-ups get a reversing camera and rear step bumper as standard. All models are equipped with AC.
Crucially, Tritons get tilt and reach steering column adjustment, meaning drivers can get truly comfortable behind the wheel. Many competitors include only one or the other.
On the steering wheel, you'll find phone, media and cruise control switchgear. GLX+ and upward models also have speed-sensing auto door locks. 4x4 models come with all-terrain tyres and Easy Select 4WD featuring 2WD/4WD high ratios and a low range.
Around the cabin, there are seven airbags, including one for the driver's knee, which gives peace of mind. You'll also get electronic stability control, electronic traction control, trail-sway control and a five-year, 100,000km warranty from Mitsubishi.
Upgrading to GLX+ adds 16" alloys over 16" steel rims. The infotainment screen becomes 7-inch as opposed to 6.1". Side steps are fitted and the interior gets some gloss piano black accent panels. Automatic air conditioning is also added.
Next up is the GLS line. GLS models receive a sports bar, 17" alloy wheels and climate control with dual-zone AC. GLS 4x4 models get Mitsubishi's Super Select II 4WD system with 2WD high, and 4WD high/low. This system adds a centre differential. It's possible to switch to 4WD on the move at speeds of up to 100km/h.
Next up is the Blackline, which is based on GLS trim. Blackline Tritons get a different black mesh grill, black fender flares and exterior accessories and Blackline decals. Also, Blackline models get a smart key with push-button start and carpet mats.
Finally is the top-of-the-range Exceed. Exceed models have heated power seats trimmed in leather. The steering column has paddle shifters for sports mode on the automatic transmission. There's also a dimming rear view mirror. A smart key allows for remote engine starting
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|Easy Select 4WD||✔||✔||✗||✗||✗|
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|16" Steel Wheels||✔||✗||✗||✗||✗|
|16" Alloy Wheels||✗||✔||✗||✗||✗|
|17" Alloy Wheels||✗||✗||✔||✔||✗|
|17" Diamond Alloy Wheels||✗||✗||✗||✗||✔|
|Standard Rear Leaf Suspension||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Heavy Duty Rear Leaf Suspension||✔||✔||✗||✗||✗|
|16" Front Brakes with Rear Drums||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Central Locking, Keyless Entry||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Dual Zone Climate Control||✗||✗||✔||✔||✔|
|Height- adjustable Driver's Seat||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Power, Heated seats||✗||✗||✗||✗||✔|
|Chrome Exterior Trim||NONE||SOME||MORE||BLACK||MORE|
|2-Speaker Sound System||✔||✔||✗||✗||✗|
|4-Speaker Sound System||✗||SOME||✗||✗||✗|
|Built-in Satellite Navigation||✗||✗||✗||✗||✗|
Mitsubishi Triton Review: The verdict
The Mitsubishi Triton MQ was one of the best value utes on the market. With an entry price of $23,990, the petrol engine Triton was cheaper than Chinese utes from Great Wall, Foton and LDV. Even the cheapest D-MAX costs over $27,000. It's no surprise that the Triton is Australia's third bestselling ute, behind the Hilux and Ranger.
Mitsubishi Tritons offer super fuel economy, an excellent standard specification all-round and good off-roading abilities. However, it's not a perfect ute. When towing, the 2.4-litre lacks the grunt that some of its rivals deliver. Also, the 400kg lower towing limit compared to class-leaders may send some people looking to another brand. Added to that, the external styling is a bit Marmite – some people love it, other people hate it.
However, the Triton doesn't do anything particularly badly and reviewers loved the top-spec Exceed line, the excellent 4WD system and the passenger-car-like handling.
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