Comparison Review: Nissan Navara RX Vs Mitsubishi Triton GLS

Nissan Navara RX Vs Mitsubishi Triton GLSThe all-new Nissan Navara and all-new Mitsubishi Triton head-to-head against each other from the entry-level 4WD trim. Higher specified 4WD dual cabs are the choice for the buyer having a family or those requiring the necessary street presence, which comes along with it; there are numerous tradies, workers and business owners who need a more sparsely equipped workhorse – a workhorse, which needs to be dependable, comfy and strong enough to take a real beating. These promises can be an interesting comparison when closely matched. The Navara is an all-new model while the Triton remains the favourite for its robustness and value in the segment and it has been refreshed a lot lately. Most importantly, the Navara is the first formal offering to get a coil spring suspension installed at the rear for all dual-cab variants.

What’s underneath the bonnet?

The Navara models with the lower specification do not have the similar strong twin-turbo diesel engine when compared to the higher specification models. Nissan Navara RX is powered by a 2.3-litre 4-cylinder single-turbo diesel engine that produces 120kW of power at 3750rpm and 403Nm of torque between 1500 and 2500rpm. The engine is supported by a 7-speed automatic transmission (optional) and has dual-range 4WD with electronic 4WD selection. Navara has got a fuel tank capacity of 80 litres and the ADR fuel claim is 7.1 litres per 100 kilometres.

In contrast, the Triton has the same engine all over its range, which means buyers buying the lower-specification model do not lose out in power and torque. The 2.5-litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine delivers 133kW of power at 3500rpm and 430Nm of torque at 2500rpm. These figures definitely outperform the Navara’s outputs by adequate to observe any time you need to wheedle the Triton to speed up with some eagerness. The Triton feels uncomplicated while Navara doesn’t feel very strained. Mitsubishi Triton models get a 5-speed automatic transmission along with dual-range 4WD and electronic 4WD selection. The fuel tank has a capacity of 75 litres and the ADR claim is 7.6 litres per 100 kilometres.

Against the Triton’s 17-inch road centred rubber and alloy wheels, the Navara has a 16-inch light truck tyres on steel wheels. In spite of the disparity in rolling stock, by no means the Navara feels hesitant or timid. You would anticipate the Triton to do slightly better if you push a bit harder, increase the speed through corners or need to trek all the way through extended heavy rain.

The Cabin


As far as the driver’s position and comfort are concerned, both dual-cabs fare equally having great ergonomics and visibility for the driver and passengers; however, the most sculpted seats in the Navara are obvious winners for comfort. Nonetheless, there is one exception of taller drivers, who will prefer the Triton as it offers reach-adjustable steering. Both vehicles get comfy backrests, which explain the changes made to dual cab design in the past decade or so. The Navara is similarly heavy and you’ll notice that there will be more turns, lock-to-lock required than what you had expected, particularly when you’re in the tight spots. Mitsubishi decided to remove electric rear windscreen from its dual-cab Triton while Nissan decided to introduce it. As a result, now Navara is the only dual cab that has an electric rear windscreen. There are adequate phone and wallet storages, cup holders and bottle holders’ space in both Triton and Nissan Navara.

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Bluetooth functionality, sound clarity and menu operation are all dependable and clear; however, there is no denying the fact that Navara’s system looks a bit old at this end of the model range. In contrast, the Triton has a sharp 6.1-inch colour touch screen, which is a foot forward compared to its outgoing model. Similar to the Navara, the Triton’s major systems work clearly and concisely, but the bigger screen makes the entire interior feel more fresh and trendy. Both Navara and Triton have got steering wheel mounted controls that make usual functionality easy.

Warranty and Servicing


The new Navara has got a 3-year/100,000 kilometres warranty and 3 years of 24-hour roadside assistance. The myNissan Service Certainty plan covers the first 6 services up to 120,000 kilometres. Overall, all those services will cost you $3596 for the first 120,000 kilometres.

On the other hand, Triton has got Mitsubishi’s 5-year/100,000 kilometres warranty and you’ll get 24-hour roadside assistance if you service your vehicle at an authorised Mitsubishi dealer. Mitsubishi capped-price plan covers 4 services up to 60,000 kilometres. Overall, the first 60,000 kilometres will cost you $2090.

Towing Capacity

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The Navara RX weighs 1865Kg with the automatic transmission. It has a braked towing capacity of 3500Kg – this will definitely appeal to buyers who need to tow frequently. The tray measures 1560mm wide, 1503mm long and the width between the wheel arches is 1130mm.

In contrast, the Triton GLS Double Cab weighs 1950Kg for both manual and auto and it has the braked towing capacity of 3100Kg. The tray measures 1470mm wide, 1520mm long and the width between the wheel arches is 1085mm.

The Cost

Nissan Navara dual cab prices (On-road costs extra):


  • DX 4×2 petrol manual $26,490
  • DX 4×2 petrol auto $28,990
  • RX 4×2 diesel manual $32,990
  • RX 4×2 diesel auto $35,490
  • ST 4×2 diesel manual $38,990
  • ST 4×2 diesel auto $41,490
  • ST-X 4×2 diesel manual $44,990
  • ST-X 4×2 diesel auto $47,490
  • RX 4×4 diesel manual $39,990
  • RX 4×4 diesel auto $42,490
  • ST 4×4 diesel manual $45,990
  • ST 4×4 diesel auto $48,490
  • ST-X 4×4 diesel manual $51,990
  • ST-X 4×4 diesel auto $54,490


Mitsubishi Triton prices (On-road costs extra):


  • GLX 4×2 single cab chassis manual $24,490
  • GLX 4×2 single cab chassis auto $26,990
  • GLX 4×2 dual cab pick-up auto $35,990
  • GLX 4×4 single-cab-chassis manual $32,490
  • GLX 4×4 club-cab-chassis manual $35,290
  • GLX 4×4 dual cab pick-up manual $36,990
  • GLX 4×4 dual cab pick-up auto $39,490
  • GLS 4×4 dual cab pick-up manual $40,990
  • GLS 4×4 dual cab pick-up auto $43,490
  • Exceed 4×4 dual cab pick-up auto $47,490


Summing Up


In general, it can be said that the competition between both rivals is tough indeed, and both has their positive points and it’s even more difficult to differentiate between the two. The Triton feels robust and powerfully built, and its engine is slightly effortless than the Navara, which is an important aspect to consider if you haul weight around regularly. The second prominent aspect is the price factor – Mitsubishi Triton range is more affordable compared to Nissan Navara range offering value for your money. The third aspect, Triton has a better-equipped infotainment system compared to Navara. On the other hand, Navara has more comfortable seats and has composed road holding and bump absorption and if you want to drive daily without carrying much load, then Navara is the ideal choice, but if your requirement is of carrying load regularly, then Triton is best suited for your needs.

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