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Isuzu D-MAX
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  • Gruff, torquey and solid drivetrain; Handled a big load in the tray well; good warranty offering

  • Not as refined or smooth as the competition; lacking modern safety or infotainment tech;

Ford Ranger
  • Nice balance of inclusions without going over the top, leaving a competitive price; SYNC 3 system is good; Solid performer on-road and off-road; Many will like the blacked-out-on-a-budget vibe

  • Tyres felt skittish in the wet; Lacking the optional upgrades of the XLT; Small payload at maximum towing capacity

Nissan Navara
  • Great infotainment system; Tough and capable, engine pulls hard; Good for kids in the back; Drives like a car

  • Dreadful rear-view camera resolution; Ride unsettled without weight in the tray; Interior a little smaller than some rivals

Mazda BT-50
  • Plenty of easy-access torque; Basic but not bare; Longer-distance service intervals; Not afraid to get down and dirty

  • Still misses out on tough truck looks; Fiddly infotainment; Falling behind on safety tech

Toyota HiLux
  • Consummate load-carrier; No-nonsense, ergonomic cabin; Excellent off the beaten path; Improved warranty offer; Toyota's vast dealer network

  • Middling engine performance; Short servicing intervals; Lacking active safety tech; Dangerous rear overhead grab handles