Australia's best value dual-cab ute 2019 winner

What is the best value dual-cab ute you can buy in Australia?

Header 3 Jpg

Best value car award

Carscars Jpg

Wheels' Gold Star car award uses data such as depreciation and running costs to calculate what the best value new cars in eight different segments are. To understand how we calculate the numbers and what considerations were put into the algorithm, read the 2019 Gold Star Car Award 101 here.  

The top 3 dual-cab ute contenders

  • Mitsubishi Triton GLS Premium
Mitsubishi Triton Gls Premium Club Cab 8 Jpg
  • Holden Colorado LTZ
Holden Colorado Ltz Crew Cab 5 Jpg
  • Ford Ranger XLT
Ford Ranger Xlt Double Cab 966 Jpg

What the numbers said

Utetable Jpg

Even on face value, the Diamond Star dual-cab ute is a great buy.

The Triton is among the least costly in class – represented here in top-spec trim among mid-spec rivals – and comes loaded with standard equipment, including some of the best active safety tech in the segment.

Mitsubishi Triton Gls Premium Club Cab 3 Jpg


Having just had a facelift, it is a genuine tough-look alternative to Ford’s Ranger. Its gruff, torquey 2.4-litre turbo-diesel four uses less fuel than the other placegetters, at 7.6L/100km officially, despite being paired with a five-speed auto rather than oppositions’ six-speeders. An extended seven-year warranty is a further conquest, and the Mitsubishi’s 12-month service interval tops the Holden Colorado’s nine months while matching the Ford.

Mitsubishi Triton Gls Premium Club Cab 89 Jpg


The Mitsu’s resale isn’t as optimistic, though this top-tier model at a considerable discount to the others means you pocket thousands up front.

Utepick Jpg

Ford Ranger XLT 2.0L $59,790

Although nearly $8K more than the Triton, Ford’s Ranger XLT is the better ute.

The steering feels more natural and connected, the cabin more comfortable, suspension more compliant (yet with better towing capacity at 3.5-tonne) and the 2.0-litre engine mated to a 10-speed auto is quiet and refined. AEB, adaptive cruise and steering assist is available in the $1700 Tech Pack.


How are you finding our new site design? Tell us in the comments below or send us your thoughts at


Subscribe to Wheels magazine

Subscribe to Wheels Magazine and save up to 44%
Get your monthly fix of news, reviews and stories on the greatest cars and minds in the automotive world.



James Whitbourn
Alex Rae

We recommend


2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 4 door

Mercedes-AMG gives mid-life updates to GT 4-door Coupé, Australia to miss out

Revisions come for Merc-AMG four-door but Australia won't get six-cylinder models

2 days ago
Jordan Mulach
Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.