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Triton 20 TrX (2019-)

1 x 250-hp Mercury Pro XS

Key Features

  • Built-in LED bow navigation lights
  • Hi-capacity rear insulated livewell with divider
  • Built-in ice-chest in front-deck step
  • Lowrance® HDS 7 Carbon at Dash

Test Results

600 3.9 3.4 0.7 5.6 4.8 226 196.2 68
1000 5.4 4.7 1.4 4 3.5 162 140.9 69
1500 7 6.1 2.6 2.7 2.4 111 96.7 72
2000 7.9 6.9 4 2 1.7 81 70.4 78
2500 15.8 13.7 5.1 3.1 2.7 125 109.1 79
3000 25.8 22.4 6.2 4.2 3.6 168 146.3 82
3500 34.7 30.2 7.4 4.7 4.1 191 166.3 84
4000 40.6 35.3 10.1 4 3.5 163 141.4 89
4500 50.8 44.2 13.5 3.8 3.3 152 132.5 87
5000 60.5 52.6 16.4 3.7 3.2 149 129.8 89
5500 70.9 61.6 21.8 3.3 2.8 132 114.5 101
5900 73 63.5 22.7 3.2 2.8 130 113.3 104


Length Overall 20' 5'' / 6.22 m
Beam 95''
2.41 m
Dry Weight 1,790 lbs.
812 kg
Tested Weight 2,913 lbs.
1,321 kg
Draft N/A
Deadrise/Transom N/A
Max Headroom open
Bridge Clearance N/A
Weight Capacity 660 lbs.
299 kg
Fuel Capacity 45 gal.
170 L
Water Capacity N/A
Total Weight 2,913 lbs.
1,321 kg


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Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane 3.4 sec.
0 to 30 7.5 sec.
Ratio N/A
Props 24P Fury
Load 2 persons, 1/4 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. gear
Climate 68 deg., 45 humid; wind: 5-10 mph; seas: light chop

Engine Options

Tested Engine 1 x 250-hp Mercury Pro XS
Std. Power Not Available
Opt. Power 7 Mercury engines from 200-hp to 250-hp
4 Evinrude engines from 200-hp to 250-hp

Captain's Report

Contents of Report


The Triton 20 TrX, powered by a Mercury 250-hp Pro XS outboard, had a top speed of 73 mph in our performance test.

Triton 20 TrX: Mission

“Designed to perform, built to fish” is Triton’s byline for the TrX Series. Triton builds seven TrX models from 17’ to 21’ (5.18 m to 6.40 m). From weekend tournaments to competing at the highest level, the TrX Series can be customized to fit an angler’s style and boating needs.


Triton considered the size of its 20 TrX customers with extended leg room below the helm console and fore and aft adjustable seats.

Triton 20 TRX: Major Features

• Hot Foot

• Mercury 250 Pro XS 4-stroke outboard

• Zero Flex stringer system

• Four-bank battery charger

• Bow trim switch

• Standard jack plate

    Triton 20 TrX: Design


    The 20 TrX was designed primarily to accommodate two fishermen. However, with her 660-lb. (299 L) passenger capacity we could sneak another fishing buddy aboard, particularly if the optional bench seat insert between the bucket seats is installed.


    Triton designed the 20 TrX with what it calls a Dry Chine to help provide lift and deflect spray.

    The Triton 20 TrX employs a V-hull and uses the company’s Zero Flex Stringer System design. The stringer system includes two longitudinal members from bow to stern, and seven transverse members connecting port to starboard. This design helps eliminate hull flex in rough water and when the boat’s at peak speed.


    The Zero Flex Stringer System used in the TrX is not only tabbed into the hull and transom, but the fuel tank is encased in it as well.

    The full-width transom design is intended to distribute outboard weight thus providing a smoother ride in rough water. The composite (wood-free) transom features bustles that have been a Triton signature design element since day one.

    Triton 20 TrX: Performance


    Operating smoothly in flat water, the 20 TrX rode at speed with most of the boat out of the water.

    Now let’s check out the 20 TrX’s performance. We tested the boat with the Mercury 250 Pro XS 4-stroke outboard. Our test boat had the engine mounted on a standard 10” (25.4 cm) jack plate.

    Checking out the numbers, the 20 TrX measures 20’5” (6.22 m) long with a 7’11” (2.4 m) beam. Empty weight is listed at 1,790 lbs. (812 kg). With two people, 11.25 gallons (43 L) of fuel and test equipment on board, we had an estimated test weight of 2,913 lbs. (1,321 kg).

    Our 250-hp Mercury 4-stroke outboard motor spun a 14” x 24” (35.6 cm x 61.0 cm) Fury three-blade stainless-steel propeller.


    Our test boat hit a top speed of 73 mph at 5900 rpm.

    Top Speed. We wound the engine up to 5900 rpm, hitting a top speed of 73.0 mph.

    Best cruise came at 3500 rpm where we saw 34.7 mph and a fuel burn of 7.4 gph, giving us 4.7 mpg and a range of 191 statute miles while holding 10 percent of the boat’s 45-gallon (170 L) fuel capacity in reserve.

    In acceleration tests, the 20 TrX planed in 3.4 seconds and ran through 20 mph in 5.1 seconds, and through 30 mph in 7.5 seconds. Mid-range acceleration with the four-stroke engine is strong, and when we decelerated quickly, the water didn’t wash over the transom during deceleration.


    The Triton 20 TrX exhibited very little bow rise coming out of the hole.

    Acceleration Test

    Time to plane: 3.4 seconds

    Zero to 20 mph: 5.1 seconds

    Zero to 30 mph: 7.5 seconds

      Triton 20 TrX: Handling


      The Triton 20 TrX didn’t exhibit any chine walk during turns at speed.

      When it comes to handling, the 20 TrX is one of the better-mannered bass boats we’ve tested. She runs straight line speed runs with ease, cuts through turns with aplomb and was predictable and smooth to drive. There was no chine walking at the top end.

      Triton 20 TrX: Boat Inspection



      The 7’11” (2.41 m) beam of the 20 TrX provides plenty of space between the toe rails for fishing.

      Forward, the bow casting deck measures an average of 6’4” (1.9 m) wide and 5’ (1.5 m) fore and aft. Forward of the in-deck hatches, the area is covered in a fatigue-reducing padded carpet.


      Freeboard at the bow is 18” (45.7cm) and freeboard at the stern is 12” (30.5 cm).


      The two sockets in the deck behind the recessed trolling motor foot pedal allow adjustment of the portable pedestal seat to accommodate different size anglers.

      Our test boat was equipped with a Minn Kota Fortrex 112 lb./45 kg trolling motor with i-Pilot station keeping. There’s a foot pedal for the trolling motor in a recessed tray. The bow fishfinder is a Lowrance HDS9 with a 9” (22.9 cm) screen.


      To the right of the bow fishfinder are switches for the lights and outboard engine trim. Just aft is a tool rack.


      Safety belts for holding down rod ends retract into the gunwale.


      The Triton 20 TrX comes with two portable fishing seats. Here we see the leaning-post model in the bow.


      Aft we find an interchangeable, folding bucket-style, pedestal seat.


      The forward casting deck has a lockable center locker cover which is held up by two gas shocks.

      The lighted center locker is designed with moveable dividers, which can be set up for different sized tackle boxes and butt-end rod holders.


      Here we see one possible configuration of the center compartment.


      Cup holders and a charging port are located inside the center locker. Note the rod-butt holder is removable for endless storage configurations.

      Sun protected drink holders plus a 12-volt charging port are located within the compartment. The reinforced hatch opens on two gas struts and secures with a locking latch.


      The 20 TrX has designated rod storage to port and general storage to starboard on the forward casting deck.


      The storage covers all have reinforcements down the centers. Below deck storage lockers include interior lighting.

      To port, there’s dedicated storage for rods up to 8’ (2.4 m), and to starboard the locker space measures 3’11” (1.2m) long by 1’5” (.4 m) wide.


      The all-around light pole has a designated storage clip in the forward casting deck locker to starboard.

      In interior of the locker is 5’8” (1.7 m) by 22” (55.88 cm) wide and has a clip for securing the anchor light. Both hatches lock.


      Moving aft from the forward casting deck, there are two steps down between the consoles./figcaption>


      Between the steps is a hinged cover that opens to a fully insulated 51-quart (48 L) cooler.

      To the port side of the built-in cooler are two cupholders. To starboard there’s a pull-out catch ruler and a tool rack.



      The companion console is a $1,061 option and the acrylic windshields are removable.

      Our test boat came with the optional port console. It has a carpeted glovebox. Below is another storage compartment in the angled footrest.


      The glovebox in the port console has a carbon-style surround.


      The footrest for the passenger seat has a built-in storage drawer.


      The bucket seats come in three color choices: dark charcoal, silver, or medium neutral. Seat inserts come in eight color choices and there are 14 seat trim colors.

      The port bucket seat has wraparound support in the backrest and bolsters as well as multiple upholstery textures. Like the driver’s seat, it adjusts forward and backwards.


      Seaward of the port bucket seat is a rod ramp with a soft rubber mat cushioning and a clip-down strap to hold rods in place. The caprail above has a 4” (.10 m) pull-up cleat.


      An optional bench seat insert is available to fit between the bucket seats.



      There are five Lowrance and six Hummingbird console electronics options measuring from 8” to 12” (20 cm to 30 cm) are available.

      The starboard console has an acrylic windscreen. To port are the speedometer with an integrated volt gauge, and a water pressure monitor. In the center of the dash is the largest screen the helm can accommodate, a 12” (30.5cm) fishfinder. To starboard are the tachometer and fuel gauge.


      Livewell controls are within easy reach of the helmsman.

      To the left of the 3-spoke steering wheel that is mounted on a hydraulic helm are the livewell switches. The turn-signal-style trim switch is on the starboard side of the steering wheel and outboard to starboard are the accessory switches including the master power.


      The engine trim control is mounted on the wheel, just behind are the accessory switches.


      The 20 TrX has a footrest for the helmsman under the helm console. The Hot Foot throttle pedal is standard on this model. To starboard is the boat’s circuit breaker panel.


      To the right of the circuit breakers are the ignition, a 12-volt plug, and the horn.

      Below the accessory switches are pop-out circuit breakers, the ignition key, a 12-volt plug, and the horn. Below are the Hot Foot throttle and an angled rest for the driver’s left foot.


      Because the 20 TrX comes with the foot throttle, the lever is only used to shift the motor in and out of gear. Amidships is a 4” (10.2 cm) pull-up cleat, something that will come in handy for pulling up to a dock when a driver is running solo.


      The center space between both helm seats is a rubber covered lid, which is used as a step up to the aft deck.

      Aft Casting Deck


      The flush aft deck is 6’6” x 5’ (1.98 m x 1 .52 m) and has below-deck storage.


      The livewell capacity is 41 gallons (155 L).

      There are twin hatches in the aft deck flooring which open the hi-capacity, insulated livewell complete with divider. It’s a “Stay-Full” overflow system with three pumps: an 800 gph aerator pump with timer, an 800 gph recirculation system, and an 800 gph pump-out.


      Two more hatches abaft the livewell open to tackle-storage compartments. Each plastic tub has slots for Plano tackleboxes.


      Sliding tool trays over the battery compartment allow one to access the battery switch without taking out the trays.

      Just forward of the engine, there’s a hatch that provides access to the batteries and mechanical gear. It’s hinged at the front so that naturally on-rushing air will help keep it closed when the boat is running at speed. The two removable plastic trays provide access to the three trolling motor batteries and single cranking model for the motor.


      Along with the batteries in the aft compartment are a battery switch and a four-bank charger. Note the green arrow in the engine well which has a pull-out plug for the charger.


      Bustles in the transom are a Triton signature design element.

      There’s a remote switch for the boat’s drain plug and the battery charger plug on the port side of the splashwell.


      Triton’s remote drain plug option allows drainage of the boat without walking around and reaching under the motor on the launch ramp. Note the grab handle for the reboarding ladder.


      The boarding ladder pulls out of the transom on the port side.


      The reboarding ladder is greatly aided by the permanent grab rail to the inside of the engine well.

      Triton 20 TRX: Trailer


      Diamond plate, custom wheels, and marker lights will get attention at the launch ramp once the admirer stops ogling the boat.

      The 20 TrX comes on a tandem-axle trailer. Our test boat’s trailer had upgraded rims and radial tires, plus diamond plates on the fenders. The step plate has an integrated light and from a more practical standpoint, the trailer has a swing-away tongue. The trailer comes with built-in transom straps and a rack for the optional spare tire.


      The low-slung, optional spare tire for the trailer stows just under the bow. The swing-away tongue folds to reduce the LOA to 22’11” (6.99 m).

      Triton 20 TrX: Construction


      Fiberglass is hand-laid into a female mold and is a Triton construction method for all their fiberglass boats.

      The Triton 20 TrX is NMMA Certified as meeting ABYC Standards. The deck is both bonded and mechanically fastened to the hull. The hull is also foam-filled to meet U.S. Coast Guard flotation regulations.

      The Triton 20 TrX comes with a limited lifetime hull warranty for the original owner and a 3-year warranty on most factory installed components.

      Triton 20 TrX: Equipment Discussion


      An apple-red polyflake over a white hull is one of many gel coat schemes available.


      The 20 TrX is available in 14 standard color schemes and Triton will custom gel coat the boat for a fee.

      The detailing includes pinstriping options, variations in console finishes, and interior carpet and upholstery colors. Color options and pinstriping are also available for the trailer.

      Triton 20 TrX: Optional Equipment to Consider

      • Removable passenger console assembly ($1,061)

      • Digital touch pad dash ($518)

      • Remote drainplug ($122)

      • Mercury Smartcraft gauges ($1,098)

      • Center bench seat insert ($295)

      • JL Audio premium upgrade ($2,378)

      • TH Marine hydraulic jack plate ($945)

      • Blade series 8’ power pole ($2,499)


        Five Mercury engine options from 200 to 250-hp are available as are three Evinrude engine options from 225 to 250-hp.

        Triton offers several option packages of popular upgrades, including the Elite package and the Elite Performance Package. An upgraded equipment package called the 20 TrX Patriot may be the most cost-effective way to get the options desired at a discounted package price.

        Triton 20 TrX: Price

        $55,965 includes Mercury 250 Pro XS engine and trailer.

        Price does not include options, dealer prep, freight, taxes, registration or licensing.

        Triton 20 TrX: Observations


        The Triton 20 TrX has the ride, handling, and an array of features for the serious angler.

        The Triton 20 TrX with predictable handling is certainly well equipped for a serious angler to attack the tournament circuit. The base price of the boat with the 250-hp Mercury is certainly competitively priced with the very best boats in class.