Joel Helmes road tests and reviews the 2013 Mitsubishi Triton.
The Mitsubishi Triton continues to be an extremely popular model, despite starting to get a little ‘ancient’.
The current Triton dates back to 2005 and to be honest, it feels it.
The exterior styling was ahead of the pack then and this does help keep it in the game today, the interior though is desperately in need of a refresh.
The dashboard, info screen and gauges, while all functional, are just looking very tired. If this doesn’t worry you then I’m pleased to say I can see no other good reason not to join the Triton owners club.
The GLX-R is the top of the range Triton and costs from $48,240. With the Triton range starting at $20,990 there are plenty of different configuration options and chances to drive away in a new Triton for a lot less money than the flagship model.
In saying that, the GLX-R delivers relatively good value for money. Standard features include a five speed auto transmission, 17” alloys, side steps and a chrome ‘sports bar’.
The most important feature though is genuine off-road ability with low-range gearing and a rear diff lock, along with excellent approach and ramp-over clearances.
Coupled with the Triton’s willing 2.5 litre turbo diesel four-cylinder engine that delivers a respectable 131kW and 350Nm and the Thai built Mitsubishi ute delivers the look and feel of a tough truck.
Of course there are trade-offs when it comes to on-road manners, in saying that the ride and handling are both pretty good, the only real disappointment is the incredibly vague steering and huge turning circle.
The Triton also gets a bit thirsty in stop-start city driving – I averaged 13.4L/100km. The official combined figure is 9.6L/100km.
Speaking of trade-off’s, the dual-cab cabin is anything but roomy. Add into the mix quite firm and flat seats, a low seating position (relative to the cabin floor), and quite dull plastics and it’s not hard to feel that you are in a ‘souped-up’ commercial vehicle.
You can up the Triton cabin by ticking the box for an optional $3,150 ‘Luxury Pack’, which includes leather seats, an upgraded stereo and electric driver’s seat adjustment.
On the plus side though visibility is excellent to the front and sides, rear and ¾ visibility from the driver’s seat though is limited. Couple this with a lack of a reversing camera and you need to be very, very careful when backing up.
Also, satellite navigation isn’t available.
Safety is also an area where a compromise has to be made – the Triton has only a four star ANCAP rating.
Summing it up, despite its flaws the Triton is still a likeable enough offering. It’s probably fallen a bit behind some of its competitors but the model still offers a pretty good drive and very good off-road ability.
Pricing is also quite reasonable and the warranty very generous.
NUTS and BOLTS
Engine: 2.5 litre turbo diesel delivering 131kW and 350Nm
Transmission: Five speed auto
Safety: Four stars
Price: GLX-R From $48,240
For further information, please see Recalls and faults: Mitsubishi MN Triton utility.