The Triton is one of the best-value options for the pragmatic Ute buyer, but it has to work hard against some sharp competition. See how it handles put to the on-road and off-road test.
Taking it to the road
Driving the Triton daily is a positive and painless experience. With well tuned suspension, typical firmness in the rear end. Steering is tight, and the turning circle is impressively small. The engine purrs along at around 2,000rpm on the highway, quiet and smooth. Puree the pedal, and the gearbox and engine work together to give you a solid punch of torque pretty quickly. With relatively standard engine size 2.4 litres, beyond the spec-sheet, this one feels like it punches well above its weight.
Loading up the GLS model with about 800 kilograms of weight in the tray, and the performance didn’t change much overall. The steering didn’t wonder or become vague, and the helper leaf in the rear suspension worked quite well.
Having the extra flexibility of being able to run 2WD and 4WD on-road via the ‘Super Select II’ centre differential is also quite handy, for situations like rough fast dirt or slick bitumen where traction might slip up here or there. Then, you can lock the centre differential in high or low range to ensure an even share of drive between front and rear.
Taking the triton Off-road.
Off-road, the Triton GLS is a good starting point for some decent capability. Good ground clearance of 205mm underneath and a 30-degree approach angle means you can get into some fairly technical terrain with the stock setup. The departure angle is something you’d want to be conscious of: 22 degrees could see you scraping the rear end if you aren’t careful.
The wheelbase on the Triton is a little shorter than other Utes, giving it a good turning circle; but the rear overhang suffers. Everything underneath is tucked up quite nicely for off-road work, along with a decent 2mm pressed steel bash plate.
Taking a look inside the Triton
The interior of the Triton is better then what you would expect in most Utes. It is reassuringly solid and well put together. The big change in the interior is the new infotainment unit, which is excellent. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay means it’s BYO maps via your phone, but the maps are slick and very easy to use. Well-bolstered cloth seats are quite good, as are the ergonomics inside the cab.
The Triton does a good job of providing a combination of both good second-row passenger space and a good-sized tray. What does suffer here is the rear overhang. There is plenty of tray aft of the rear diff, which can negatively affect the way the car drives. It’s not a huge problem; but something that it pays to be aware of. Just don’t be that guy who goes way over their GVM and GCM, and then wonder why their chassis starts bending.
The pessimist would call the Triton a Jack of all trades. It’s flashy, advanced technology features, powerful and comfortable all built into one. Safe to say it is very competent across the board.
The Triton doesn’t have the bigger engines and performance figures of other utes; nor does it have as much off-road clearance. But it’s a ute without any obvious weaknesses. The engine performs well. And where the Triton really beats all competitors is price.
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Sourced: Unsealed 4X4