2023 Toyota HiLux vs Mitsubishi Triton Review

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By Alexi Falson on 02 Oct 2023
image for 2023 Toyota HiLux vs Mitsubishi Triton Review Two of the heavyweights of the ute segment come in the form of the Toyota HiLux and the Mitsubishi Triton, offering a mix of work-ready capabilities, off-road abilities and a family-friendly nature.

Specifically, we’re going to be pitting the mid-range variants of both utes, meaning the HiLux SR 2.8TD automatic and the Triton GLS 4x4 automatic, because they’re priced closely, and represent two of the most popular variants.

Let’s take a closer look at how the Toyota HiLux and the Mitsubishi Triton handle in a head-to-head battle.

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Mitsubishi Triton GLS 7.5/10
Toyota HiLux SR 8/10

Toyota HiLux & Mitsubishi Triton Competition





Toyota HiLux & Mitsubishi Triton Competition




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Toyota HiLux SR 2.8TD Starting Price: $52,545

Mitsubishi Triton GLS Starting Price: $51,490 

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How Much Does It Cost?

The Toyota HiLux SR 2.8TD dual cab is priced at $52,545, with the entry-level Workmate 2.4TD manual dual cab priced at $47,425 and the range-topping Rogue 2.8TD priced at $70,200.

Mitsubishi’s GLS 4x4 dual cab is priced at $51,490, while the entry-level Triton GLX 4x2 dual-cab ute is priced at $40,440, and the range-topping GSR 4x4 is priced at $56,940.

Keep in mind that these prices are subject to change and do not include on-road costs.

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What Features Does the Mitsubishi Triton GLS Have?

Mitsubishi’s Triton GLS comes riding on a set of 18-inch alloys, and receives LED headlights with LED daytime running lamps, keyless entry & start, dual-zone climate control, a rear-view camera with parking sensors, a rear differential lock, cruise control and a 7.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto.

Mitsubishi Triton - GLS (4x4) Specifications

Model Date 2023
Make MITSUBISHI
Model TRITON
Series MR MY23
Variant GLS (4x4)
Body DOUBLE CAB P/UP
Fuel type DIESEL
Transmission 6 SP AUTOMATIC
Drive 4x4
Engine TDDFI
Engine capacity 2442
Engine configuration DUAL OVERHEAD CAM / 16 valves
Engine RPM 3500 / 2500
Cylinders DT4
Torque 430
KW 133
Fuel tank size 75.0
Fuel usage specs 8.6 / 0
CO2 255
ANCAP security rating 5

Triton GLS Range Features:

  • 18-inch alloys 

  • LED headlights with LED daytime running lamps 

  • Keyless entry & start 

  • Dual-zone climate control 

  • Rear-view camera with parking sensors 

  • Rear locking differential 

  • Cruise control 

  • 7.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

What Features Does the HiLux SR Have?

The Toyota Hilux SR comes riding on a set of 17-inch alloys, and receives cloth upholstery, adaptive cruise control, air conditioning, automatic halogen headlights, a rear-view camera, side steps, an air-conditioned cooler box, a rear differential lock, an 8.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto and a six-speaker sound system.

Toyota Hilux - SR (4x4) Specifications

Model Date 2023
Make TOYOTA
Model HILUX
Series GUN126R
Variant SR (4x4)
Body DOUBLE CAB P/UP
Fuel type DIESEL
Transmission 6 SP AUTOMATIC
Drive 4x4
Engine DTFI
Engine capacity 2753
Engine configuration DUAL OVERHEAD CAM / 16 valves
Engine RPM 3000 / 1400
Cylinders DT4
Torque 420
KW 150
Fuel tank size 80.0
Fuel usage specs 7.9 / 0
CO2 207
ANCAP security rating 5

HiLux SR Range Features:

  • 17-inch alloys

  • Cloth upholstery 

  • Adaptive cruise control

  • Automatic halogen headlights 

  • Rear-view camera 

  • Side steps 

  • Air-conditioned cooler box 

  • Rear locking differential 

  • 8.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

What Engine Does the HiLux SR and Mitsubishi Triton Have?

Toyota’s HiLux SR comes powered by the flagship turbo-diesel engine, with a 2.8-litre turbo-diesel unit producing 150kW of power and 500Nm of torque, which is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

The Mitsubishi Triton GLS comes powered by a smaller 2.4-litre turbo-diesel unit that produces 133kW of power and 430Nm of torque, with power thrown to all four wheels via a six-speed transmission.

What are the Payload and Towing Specs of the HiLux SR & Triton GLS?

Both the Triton and HiLux are built primarily to get to work, whether it’s towing large cargo down the highway or hopping around town with a heavy load of pallets or work gear in the tray.

Let’s take a closer look at the payload and towing specs of the HiLux SR & Triton GLS.

Toyota HiLux SR

  • Payload Capacity: 1125kg 

  • Gross vehicle mass (GVM): 3050kg 

  • Gross combination mass (GCM): 5850kg 

  • Braked Towing Capacity: 3500kg 

  • Unbraked Towing Capacity: 750kg

Mitsubishi Triton GLS

  • Payload Capacity: 900kg 

  • Gross vehicle mass (GVM): 2900kg 

  • Gross combination mass (GCM): 5885kg 

  • Braked Towing Capacity: 3100kg 

  • Unbraked Towing Capacity: 750kg

What are the Off-Road Specs of the HiLux SR and the Triton GLS?

The versatility of the HiLux and Triton platforms means that they’re not afraid to get their toes dirty and tackle some challenging terrain when the sealed roads stop. You can find the important off-road specs of the HiLux SR and the Triton GLS below.

Toyota HiLux SR

  • Ground Clearance: 216mm 

  • Wading Depth: 700mm

  • Approach Angle: 29 degrees 

  • Departure Angle: 27 degrees

Mitsubishi Triton GLS

  • Ground Clearance: 220mm 

  • Wading Depth: 600mm

  • Approach Angle: 31 degrees 

  • Departure Angle: 23 degrees

Which is More Fuel Efficient?

Toyota’s 2.8-litre turbo-diesel unit powering the HiLux SR is rated at 7.9L per 100km on a combined cycle.

This is slightly more efficient than the Mitsubishi’s 2.4-litre turbo-diesel unit that consumes 8.6L per 100km on the combined test cycle, making the HiLux SR the better pick for fuel-conscious buyers.

Which is More Practical and Spacious Inside the Cabin?

Inside the cabin, the Triton GLS and the HiLux SR are closely matched when it comes to space, practical touches and the design of their interiors.

Both feature a fairly dated design, representative of their ageing platforms, though there’s a heap of space for even the tallest of drivers in both the HiLux and Triton.

In terms of technology, the HiLux features a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display than the Triton’s 7.0-inch display, while both come fitted with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity.

Move to the rear of the cabin and there’s nothing notable separating the amount of leg and headroom on offer in the rear of the Triton and HiLux, both of which can be a little bit cramped behind super tall drivers, though offer a great place for kids to get comfortable on long-distance drives.

Which is the Better Pick for Safety Equipment?

Both the Mitsubishi Triton and Toyota HiLux have been awarded five-star ANCAP safety ratings, though the Triton just edges out the HiLux when it comes to active safety gear for your money.

As standard, the Triton GLS comes fitted with autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with forward collision warnings, lane-departure alerts, blind-spot monitoring and rear-cross traffic alerts.

This is compared to the HiLux’s safety package which includes AEB braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure alerts, hill descent control, though you won’t find key features like blind-spot monitoring or rear cross-traffic alerts in the SR.

Our Verdict: Toyota HiLux vs Mitsubishi Triton?

While the Triton edges out the HiLux when it comes to overall value and equipment lists, the HiLux remains king when it comes to power outputs, fuel efficiency and its work-ready nature.

With higher payload figures, and braked towing power thanks to a significant torque advantage, the HiLux remains the better option for those looking for a purpose-built work package, while the Triton is a more generously-equipped all-rounder.

If you’re tossing up your best options in the world of dual-cab utes, be sure to reach out to one of our automotive specialists who can help find your dream car at the best possible price.

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Alexi Falson

Alexi is an automotive journalist and road tester hailing from Byron Bay. He has an affection for both cars and motorbikes, a great admiration for the simplicity of old-school engineering, and a fascination of new technology making its way to modern cars. When he's not road testing, you'll find him surfing, hiking or helping people find their dream cars.

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