Mitsubishi Delica Test Drive – Why Didn’t We Get The Mitsubishi Delica In Canada?

Test drive the Mitsubishi Delica:

The Mitsubishi Delica is a one-of-a-kind vehicle and until you experience one for yourself, you simply won’t understand it. We have recently had the pleasure of adding a Delica to our fleet and here are our thoughts and opinions based on our real world experiences with our Delica.

At first glance, or more often a stare, the Mitsubishi Delica does not fit the typical vehicle on Canadian roads. It stands out and screams function over form to all who see it. It may seem like a face only a mother could love, but once you get used to it, the style really grows on you. I hate to admit it, but I really like how they look now.

But that’s because I know what this vehicle has to offer. With a fuel-efficient 2.5L turbodiesel engine, the Delica is easy to drive and has plenty of available torque, while being economical at the same time. That is if you don’t have a heavy foot.

fuel economy

We’ve been getting a decent 20-25 MPG with a good mix of city and highway driving with our Mitsubishi Delica. This is about the norm from what we’ve heard, with the highest numbers exceeding 30MPG and the lowest just under 20MPG.

Highway driving:

Driving on the highway is a different feeling in a Mitsubishi Delica, in fact driving a Delica in general is quite different due to the “over the front wheels” driving position. That’s right, its rear is right above the front wheels, placing it right in the middle of the pivot point for the vehicle’s steering. It’s a different feeling at first, almost like you’re riding on the hood of your car, but once you get used to it, it’s quite nice.

Interior and Style:

Visibility is excellent, with large mirrors for every place you can’t see from the many large windows, including convex mirrors for close proximity to the front and rear of the vehicle.

The Mitsubishi Delica maintains its speed well, even with Maytag-designed aerodynamics, but don’t expect to get anywhere in a hurry. The Delica will get you (and 6 other people who need a ride) where you need to go cheaply and reliably, but it won’t win any races.


On straight roads, the Delica rolls smoothly reaching speeds of 110-120 km/h easily. The hills on the road are not too bad either, but the vehicle should be driven accordingly. Be prepared to be passed as this vehicle was only able to achieve an average speed of 80 km/h on the toughest hills in Coquihalla, BC, Canada. That being said, this was not crowded, and the thermostat showed no sign of rising in temperature under stress.

Crystal light ceiling option:

With the Crystal Light option (moonroof) your passengers won’t miss any of the action and offers an excellent view of the stars if you decide to camp in your truck. However, headroom is something to consider because the Mitsubishi Delica is quite tall.

Conclusion of the test drive:

The Delica is perfect for hitting the slopes with all your snowboard/ski gear, going to the beach with your family and dogs, or camping high up on a logging road you wouldn’t dare climb without a 4×4.

Personally, I plan on throwing a larger wheel/tire kit and aftermarket bush guard on our Delica so its rugged good looks live up to what’s under its sheet metal.

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