Dual Cab 4WD Ute Comparison Holden Colorado LTZ Isuzu D Max LST and Mitsubishi Triton Exceed

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4WD Ute Comparison – The world of dual cab Utes has undergone a massive transformation over the last 5 years, starting with the revolution on 2011 2012 with the introduction of the Isuzu D Max, Holden Colorado, Mazda BT 50 and Ford Ranger.

The dual cab Utes on the market today, especially the top of the range models, are a far cry to the farm Ute I grew up with. These days they are the Swiss army knife of the motoring world. They are utilised as a work Ute during the week, a towing vehicle, a family run-around and an off road truck or touring vehicle as well.

I thought I would do an article comparing three of the best dual cab Ute on the market today. The recently released Euro 5 compliant Isuzu D Max update, the multiple award winning Mitsubishi Triton Exceed and the surprisingly sophisticated Holden Colorado LTZ.

These Isuzu and Mitsubishi are close in power and torque outputs with the Holden by far the producing more power and torque. The Isuzu and Holden are close in price with the Mitsubishi a lot less expensive


D MaxTritonColorado
Engine3.0 L2.4 L2.8 L
Power130 kW @ 3600133 kW @ 3500147 Kw @ 3600
Torque430 Nm @ 2000430 Nm @ 2500500 Nm @ 2000
Transmission6 SP AT5 SP AT6 SP AT
4WD SystemTerrain CommandSuper Select 4WD IIElectronic Select Shift
Rear diff lockNYes
Rear LSDNYes
Fuel Economy ADR7.9 L/100K7.6 L/100K8.7 L/100K


The Mitsubishi will bring in the majority of its torque at 1500 rpm and again another boost at 1750 rpm then maximum torque at 2500 rpm.The figures tell one story, the actual real life experience is often different. For example the Isuzu will deliver 380Nm of torque (previous maximum) 1,700 – 3,500 rpm – which is 100 rpm lower and continues 700 rpm higher – meaning the same engine rpm provides more power and the same torque can be generated at lower engine rpm.

The Colorado has long had the headline figures but until the latest release didn’t deliver what was expected. Now with new mapping of the transmission matched to the engine torque characteristics, the Colorado delivers a minimum of 425 Nm of torque between 1800 rpm and 3500 rpm.

The Colorado takes the win for power and torque, the Mitsubishi for value for money and the Isuzu for real world fuel economy figures, especially when towing.


These three double cab Utes are pretty much similar, with minor differences between them.

The Triton has marginally more useable space in the rear and a reclined rear seat thanks to its ‘J’ curve

The most noticeable thing is the differences in GCM of the vehicles and how this relates to towing capacity, payload and GVM. This is an interesting subject that most buyers have absolutely no idea about.

Holden have an excellent payload calculator on their website and I encourage all readers to have a look at it to see what goes into making up the GCM of the vehicle.

Remember if you exceed your vehicles GCM then not only are you operating a potentially unsafe vehicle, exceeding what the manufacturer states is safe, but you are also voiding your warranty and insurance.

To view the excellent Holden payload calculator is CLICK HERE

D MaxTritonColorado
Overall Length mm529552805003
Wheelbase mm309530003096
Width mm186018151870
Kerb Weight Kg202619552121
GVM Kg295029003100
GCM Kg595058856000
Payload Kg924945??
Towing max Kg350031003500
Max Ball Kg350310350
Approach Angle30*30*28*
Departure Angle22.7*22*22*
Ground Clearance mm235205215
Wading depth mm500600600



As mentioned before the new wave of dual cab Utes are more family oriented, especially the top models in the range as we have here. Buyers expect more comfort features, more safety, more car like appearance.


D MaxTritonColorado
External Features
Auto levelling featureYNManual
Wheels/Tyres255/60 R18245/65R17265/60 R18
Under-front steel plate skid/splash shieldYYY
Steel plate guards on sump & transfer caseYYY
Internal Features
Leather seatingYYY
Electronic drivers seatYYY
Reach and Tilt adj steeringNYY
Steering wheel controlsYYY
Climate Control ACYYY
Heated front seatsNYY
Electrochromatic rear view mirrorNYY
Heated external mirrorsNNY
Auto HeadlightsNYY
Auto WipersNYY
Power windowsYYY
Sat NavYN*N*
Centre stack screen8″7″8″
Android / Apple playYYY
Roof mounted DVDYNY
Mitsubishi uses the navigation system from your smart phone



All of these three Utes have an ANCAP 5 Star safety rating. The Colorado however overwhelmingly takes the points for its forward thinking with extra features over the other two.


D MaxTritonColorado
ANCAP5 Star5 Star5 Star
Anti-skid Brake System (ABS)YYY
Electronic Stability Control (ESC)YYY
Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)YYY
Traction Control System (TCS)YYY
Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)YYY
Roll Over Mitigation (ROM)NNY
Forward Collision Alert (FCANNY
Lane Departure Warning (LDW)NNY
Tyre Pressure MonitoringNNY
Trailer Sway Control (TSC)NYY
Hill Start Assist (HSA)YYY
Hill Descent Control (HDC)YYY
Driver & front passenger SRS airbagsYYY
Driver & front passenger side SRS airbagsYYY
Curtain SRS airbagsYYY
Driver knee airbagYYY
Reversing cameraYYY
Rear park assist sensorsYYY
Front Park assist sensorsNNY
Side anti-intrusion bars inside all doorsYYY
Engine immobilizerYYY
Anti-theft alarmYYY
ISOFIX child restraint anchor pointYYY


Warranty and Service


D MaxTritonColorado
Warranty years5 years5 Years3 Years
Warranty KM130,000100,000100,000
Road side assist5 / 130,0004 Yr (conditional)3 Yrs (conditional)
Servicing5 Yrs or 50,000 Km3 Years or 45,000KmLifetime Capped Service


So here we have three of the best options for dual cab Ute buyers. You can make of the information what you will. The argument about which Ute is best depends on where in the product cycle the Ute is, what is important to you and how much money you have to spend.

I hope you can use the information to assist you in your buying decision. In this comparison we have left out the Ford Ranger, Toyota Hilux and the Mazda BT 50 simply because we will be comparing them next times.

About Rob Fraser 315 Articles
Rob first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, many years ago. He has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then.Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive.