2016 Mitsubishi Triton Review

2016 Mitsubishi Triton Road Test and Review.

I admit that I didn’t list the new 2016 Mitsubishi Triton in an article I wrote last year on the Best Dual-Cab 4×4 Utes for Families.

The reason? Well there were two. Firstly, I hadn’t had a drive of the new Triton (an important fact) and secondly, based purely on the superficial in the extreme – I just don’t like the styling.

The grille in particular! What was Mitsubishi thinking? The rest of the Triton, which really isn’t all that different to the very popular previous generation model looks alright though.

So what’s it like? How does it stack up against the competition? Very well actually, I can now see why so many Australian dual-cab ute buyers are being able to see past the chrome grille and give the new Mitsubishi Triton a go.

Reminiscent of the new Nissan Navara, Mitsubishi has given the 2016 Mitsubishi Triton an interior that wouldn’t look out of place in a Lancer (or some other Mitsubishi passenger car, if they had any others, alright the Mirage, yes, but that doesn’t really count).

I digress. Yes, the interior is a big improvement over the previous model and the rear legroom, the first area I check in a dual-cab ute, was as good as any of its rivals.

The good bits in the Triton cabin are the comfortable seats, the inclusion of tilt and reach steering adjust, clear gauges, good visibility from the driver’s seat (albeit rear left ¾ visibility is poor, common on dual-cab utes), generously-sized glove box and nicely-sized centre storage area.

Things that let it down are the quite hard armrests and that to manipulate the trip computer you have to put your hand through the steering wheel and push the old fashion odometer reset type button.

The new infotainment system and touchscreen in the Triton though gets a pass mark. It isn’t the best system in the world, especially losing a point or two for some small buttons and complicated controls, but having a digital radio is a bonus.

While features such as sat-nav and a reverse camera only feature on the top-spec Mitsubishi Triton Exceed (the model I tested).

On the road the Mitsubishi diesel engine is as smooth and quiet as any of its competitors. I used an average of just 9.0L/100kms during my week of city driving in the Triton and that really is excellent.

The engine and five-speed auto transmission do a great job of getting the new 2016 Triton moving and with 430Nm on tap, hills and highway cruising aren’t an issue.

I was also really pleased to see that Mitsubishi has tightened up the Triton steering and made it much more direct. Previously it was like trying to turn a battleship! Not so now, the turning circle in particular was impressive.

If you want your new Triton to be painted in any other colour than white, be prepared to hand over an additional $550 and the new model Triton boasts a full five-star ANCAP safety rating.

Summing it up; I loathe the chrome grille but I really like the way the new Triton goes about its business. Australian car buyers aren’t silly and that’s why this is Mitsubishi’s best-selling model here and a mainstay in the Australian car sales top ten.

NUTS and BOLTS – 2016 Mitsubishi Triton Exceed

Engine: 2.4 litre turbo-diesel producing 133kW and 430Nm

Transmission: Five-speed automatic (only)

Safety: Five star

Warranty: 5yr/100,000km

Origin: Thailand

Price: from $47,790

About the author

Joel Helmes

Joel is the founder and CEO of Behind the Wheel. Joel has a background as a radio broadcaster with on-air roles at 4BC, 4KQ, 2KY, 2LT and 2UE amongst others, as well as a news editor and program director. Joel’s relationship with cars stems back to his early childhood learning to change oil and brakes with his father and uncle. This continued on into his driving years owning an assorted collection of cars.

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