It’s been more than a year since its launch and we still think the Mitsubishi Triton is one of the best in its class. Malaysia seems to agree with us as the big boy claimed 22.8% of market share in the month of January this year.

The Triton strikes a good balance between striking design, useful features, and it has the reputation of Japanese reliability in its favour. Here we listed five features of the Triton that we think elevated it above its competition.

1. Supportive seats

Seats are high on our list of things that make or break a driving experience. The front pair in the Triton are cossetting in all the right ways, while the rear has been re-positioned to give a bit more recline for extra comfort.

What’s more, they are finished in leather in the Adventure X and Premium A/T variants, which highlights the truck as a people-mover as much as it’s a beast of burden.

2. “Knee pads

You’ll never know that you need it until you’ve experienced it. These pads are finished in leather to provide an extra bit of comfort to bony knees when bracing against all that jostling whenever you go off-road or even just on a long drive.

3. Rear air-conditioning vents

Uncommon in pick-ups, the vents are incorporated into the headliner and the fan speed is also adjustable. This saves space in the centre console area which is then transformed into a cubby hole for phones. There’s even an arm rest at the rear for additional comfort.

4. Super Select 4WD II

Like any pickup truck the Triton has a few driving modes, but with one extra special sauce. In 4H mode, power is sent to every wheel and it is regulated by a viscous coupling. This enables every wheel to spin independently of one another. It’s a technology used in SUVs, but a first in a pickup truck. Here’s a video of Eu Jin explaning it.

5. Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System (UMS)

Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System is a feature to lessen the impact of accidental acceleration or even reversing into objects. Sensors at both ends of the car will detect an object up to four metres away, preventing drivers from accidentally slamming into a wall or reversing into their pets.

We also liked some other facets of the car, like the turning circle and its macho exterior. Check out our video review of the Mitsubishi Triton VGT Adventure X here.