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December 6, 2019

2019 Isuzu Traviz vs Mitsubishi L300 vs Hyundai H-100 vs Kia K2500

With the launch of the 2019 Traviz, Isuzu Philippines Corporation now wants to provide their own version of a “last-mile” mobility solution. And while it fits perfectly into Isuzu’s existing line-up of trucks and commercial vehicles, the Traviz finds itself in heavy competition from both Japanese and Korean quarters.

Since the Traviz is the newcomer in its segment, it’s going against the Hyundai H-100 (currently the segment’s best-seller), its mechanical twin, the Kia K2500 Karga, and the re-born Mitsubishi L300 Euro 4. It’s time to pit these four in a spec showdown.

Right off the bat, the L300 has the advantage thanks to its low retail price. However, surprisingly, the Kia isn’t that far off—at just P 6,000 more than the Mitsubishi. The Traviz is the biggest loser here since it’s the most expensive offering. Despite its high price tag though, the Traviz is definitely the “toughest” one here boasting a 1.6-ton payload capacity. The Hyundai comes second, and it’s a whopping 320 kilograms down versus the Isuzu.

In terms of outright power though, both Japanese offerings here are shadowed by their Korean counterparts. Both the Hyundai H-100 and Kia K2500 offer 130 horsepower and 128 horsepower respectively, while the Traviz comes as the weakest with just 78 horsepower. It’s the same story with torque with the H-100 and K2500 having 255 Nm of torque, while the Traviz is also the weakest at 176 Nm. The story is the same with the accompanying gearbox with both Japanese trucks having just five forward gears to the Korean’s 6-speed manuals. And with just a brand-new heart, the L300, unsurprisingly is the only one here with an old-school nut & bolt steering system; the rest offer a more advanced rack & pinion system.

For ownership, all of these light-duty trucks offer impressive warranties, but the Hyundai stands out with their 5-year / unlimited mileage warranty.

You can check out the full comparison below and pass judgement yourself.

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