Mitsubishi and Isuzu are the first two auto brands that come to mind when you think of a robust SUV with hardcore off-roading capabilities. So if you are looking for a decent vehicle with a sturdy build and peerless off-roading performance, the Mitsubishi Triton and Isuzu D-Max are two of your best options.
If you dream of owning a car from Mitsubishi and Isuzu, both the Triton and D-Max will do justice to your dream. But which of them offers a more refined ride quality? Let us see what these SUVs have to offer in terms of design, power, safety, and fuel efficiency.
The newest Isuzu D-Max features major design tweaks that include a more remarkable vampire grille, small headlights, and a longer wheelbase to make it look more stable. The changes across the board are so encompassing that it looks like it has undergone an overhaul. On the outside, the new Isuzu D-Max looks about 30mm smaller than its predecessor that it looks more like a cab than an SUV. Despite its sleeker and more aggressive new look, however, you will love how it retains that signature Isuzu feel. But if there is one thing that will probably turn you off when it comes to the Isuzu D-Max’s design, it’s how there is really nothing that stands out.
Meanwhile, the new Mitsubishi Triton does not look much of an all-new version like the D-Max but its refresh is just enough to make you notice its distinctive styling. One of the most outstanding design features of the new Triton is its rounded-off cabin, which is reminiscent of the Mitsubishi ML of 2006. You will also notice the lengthier rear overhang of the refreshed version, which adds to its already sprawling length that makes it almost the size of big crossovers. Its 18-inch wheels and excellent ground clearance also make it a capable off-roader.
How much fuel the Isuzu D-Max consumes depends on the transmission you choose. Regardless of your choice, however, you will discover that this SUV does not really have much to offer when it comes to fuel economy. It claims 7.7 liters per 100 kilometers, but it consumes up to 8.9 liters in real-world driving. Its fuel tank capacity of 76 liters is also not good for long range driving, so it is a no-no unless you are fine with stopping by the gas station to fuel up from time to time. If you want a petrol or hybrid option, there are no such options on the radar yet.
Unlike the Isuzu D-Max, the Mitsubishi Triton is capable of long-range driving. Considering how much its fuel tank can hold, you can expect a driving range of about 700 km with this car. It consumes only 8.6 liters per 100 km, making it slightly better than its rival. When it comes to power, the Triton has so much more to offer than the D-Max, thanks to its significant mechanical tweaks that include the adoption of a six-speed automatic. You also have more engine options with this one, so you can choose from a 3.2 diesel, a 2.5 diesel, and a 2.4 diesel that offers added power and less emissions.
When it comes to safety, it’s a close call between the Isuzu D-Max and Mitsubishi Triton. The D-Max holds a maximum five-star ANCAP rating, which tells a lot about how safe it is in the event of a crash. Isuzu has received wide recognition for its D-Max’s safety, as it was the first commercial SUV to get such a rating following the more stringent criteria imposed by ANCAP in 2020. The safety technology featured in every model of the Isuzu D-Max is just as impressive. Coming as standard to all D-Max’s are pedestrian detection and auto emergency braking systems, forward collision warning, cyclist detection, active lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, and more.
But the new Mitsubishi Triton is not backing down. With its maximum five-star ANCAP rating, this SUV is sure to offer just as much protection as the D-Max. Also coming as standard to all trims of the Triton are futuristic safety features that include those of its rival and more, including trailer stability assist, blind-spot warnings, and ISOFIX child seats. The safety system of this SUV is well thought-out that it also holds a five-star rating in terms of tech inclusions.
Making a choice between the Isuzu D-Max and the Mitsubishi Triton is not easy but with this comparison, it is clear that the latter makes the better choice. Triton does not only offer the best quality of ride in its segment, but it also boasts of its quality diesel engine, unparalleled safety and fuel economy.