2011 MITSUBISHI TRITON CLUB CAB
Vehicle Style: Club Cab 4x4 Ute
The 2011 Mitsubishi Triton Club Cab is available in two variants, Pick Up and Cab Chassis, both based on the 4x4 GLX model grade.
With two-doors, four-seats and an extended cab area to suit, it sits squarely between the two seat single-cab and the five seat double-cab Triton models.
- Quality: Triton’s interior is built to take the rough and tumble expected in a commercial vehicle. Fit and finish is difficult to fault, but tactile surfaces like arm rests and door trims are hard and unforgiving on arms and elbows.
- Comfort: The front seats are flat and offer little support, although driver’s seat height adjustment is a welcome addition. The rear seats are occasional only, and are little more than thin flat cushions.
- Equipment: Standard equipment includes air-conditioning, cruise control, remote central locking, electric front windows, steering-mounted stereo controls and a two-speaker MP3/CD audio system with USB input, iPod control and Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone operation.
- Storage: The ace up the Club Cab’s sleeve is storage space. Forget putting grown passengers in the back seat, this area is for storing tools of the trade or anything that needs to stay dry and secure.
Our test vehicle was fitted with a full-sized aluminium tray, but a pick-up (styleside) ute body with a length of 1805mm is available.
Payload ranges from 1057kg for the pick-up and 1192kg for the cab-chassis. The maximum (braked) towing capacity is 2700kg.
ON THE ROAD
- Driveability: On the road, the Triton is better than its commercial vehicle origins might suggest and is an above average drive for this type of vehicle.
The 2.5 HP turbo-diesel lacks a little down low and needs a good rev to give its best, but once on song it is a willing performer. A little notchy when cold, the five-speed manual slots easily when warm.
- Refinement: There is no mistaking it’s a diesel, but the cabin is well insulated, and a pleasant place to spend your work day.
There is little tyre roar at speed, and a complete absence of bangs and clunks from the alloy tray. The only real let-down were the squeaking rear leaf springs, an affliction that seems to be a Triton trademark.
- Suspension: As with all Triton models, the Club Cab uses a front double-wishbone and rear leaf-spring suspension setup with power-assisted rack and pinion steering.
Even without a load, the Club Cab’s leaf-sprung rear behaved well over bumps, lumps and potholes in regular driving.
- Braking: The front disc and rear drum brake combination is par for the course in the commercial vehicle segment and works well.
- ANCAP rating: 4-Stars
- Safety features: Dual front airbags and ABS brakes with electronic brake-force distribution are standard, along with the ‘Easy Select’ four-wheel drive system. Electronic stability and traction control, is available as an option.
WARRANTY AND SERVICING
- Warranty: Five-year/130,000km whole vehicle warranty. Ten year/160,000 km powertrain warranty and a five year/unlimited km roadside assistance package.
- Service costs: Retail buyers of the Triton Club Cab will receive capped price servicing for 4 years or 60,000kms for a total cost of $2,020.
HOW IT COMPARES | VALUE FOR MONEY:
- Nissan Navara D40 King Cab ($41,860 + ORC) - The Navara has the advantage of rear suicide doors that make accessing the rear seat far more convenient. It’s also more comfortable.
In most other areas though, the Triton has it beaten. (see Navara reviews)
- Toyota HiLux Extra Cab 4x4 SR ($43,040 +ORC) - The HiLux costs considerably more than the Triton, which is also rated to carry and tow more and is generally the HiLux’s equal in most areas.
The ‘Lux’ is more comfortable however, and has an enviable reputation on the street, so better resale values are a given. (see HiLux reviews)
TMR VERDICT | OVERALL
The Club Cab is going to appeal to tradies - that’s a given - but for anyone looking for ute practicality with usable and secure storage behind the front seats, the Club Cab is worth considering.
It has the measure of its competition on the road, and in it’s ability to carry a load, but falls short on interior comfort. It’s also beaten by the convenience of the Navara King Cab’s rear doors.
So, while the Club Cab is reasonable buying, the standout value in the Triton range right now is the GLX Triton double-cab 4x4.
For $3,400 more you still get a real ute, but it has a real back seat, and two extra doors.