December 3, 2010

Aussie mag ticks Triton twice in a row

Whew, made it across the mowed grass, well that's enough off-roading for today even if this is a double award winner.
I see 4x4 Australia has awarded the Triton its ute of the year award for the second year in a row. I admire this magazine, despite its endless photos of vehicles on loose red clay, and particularly respect its evaluation methods, so have no bone to pick with this choice. Among the reasons for the back-to-back awards are the availability of full-time 4WD and a locking rear differential, on some models. But note that these essential items are only on some models and not across the range, which is a shame, even though I understand that the company needs models for those who want the lowest price and to hell with anything else.
I’ve just been driving a lower-line 4x4 dual cab with little in the way of extras, but possessing the great advantage of a “hose it down” interior. You don’t see many of these nowadays as manufacturers race to make utes more like cars. Trouble was, the seat fabric attracted, and then clung on to, every bit of lint, dirt, or loose stuff. If this were mine, I wouldn’t take it from the garage until canvas seat covers were fitted. But apart from that, it’s a good truck so long as you like the styling, although there’s not a lot to separate it from the opposition. It’s the rear locker and Super Select 4wd system that make Triton outstanding.

Here's an earlier posting.

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