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[Review] 2016 Mitsubishi Triton VRX (2WD)

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Late last year we tried out the Mitsubishi Triton GLS trim model which was also 4WD. This year we try out the Mitsubishi Triton VRX trim model which is also 2WD. As well as the 2WD and 4WD configuration differences, the VRX trim model is also the highest spec’d model in the Triton lineup, whereas the GLS was just a step behind in the spec space. This is what we thought of it.

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Even though it is a top spec’d model, I have to say I am a bit disappointed in it to be honest. It should also be disappointed in itself because it is supposed to be competing with the other Utes in the market today such as the top-selling Ford Ranger, followed by the Toyota Hilux and the Holden Colorado respectively. Yet it does not have some of the new tech features seen in many top spec’d model utes today such as Lane Departure Warning, Parking Sensors, Radar Cruise Control or even the basic Blind Spot Monitoring feature. It, of course, still has a 5-star ANCAP safety rating though.

You can feel a slight difference in handling between the 2WD Triton and the 4WD model especially going around corners. That does not mean it will not be sufficient for the job, because I think the 2WD Triton will definitely be more than sufficient for towing trailers (up to 3,000KG braked) and carrying a payload of up to 985KG on relatively normal terrain. Just try to not get stuck in mud with the 2WD!

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The Mitsubishi Triton VRX models also incorporate Mitsubishi’s 7-inch touchscreen Smartphone Link Display Audio (SDA) system. They are the only models which have this slightly more advanced tech system in which Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are incorporated in the vehicles. Just plug in a supported Android phone or Apple phone (with a decent cable) and you should be away. I will have a piece up on Android Auto on the blog shortly.

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My model Triton here (2WD VRX) is currently on special for just $39,990 + ORC, down $12k from its original price of $51,990 + ORC. Coupled with Mitsubishi’s signature 10 Year Diamond Advantage warranty, I think will be well suited to the older generation who are more technology illiterate or don’t care about what those buttons on the dash do; those who are more accustomed to pulling up a physical handbrake, or wouldn’t likely make use of modern safety tech such as Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Monitoring or Parking Sensors.

For more information on the Mitsubishi Triton VRX, please visit: https://www.mmnz.co.nz/triton/