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2WD Utes

Isuzu D-MAX
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  • More comfortable rear suspension; Now has trailer-sway control ESC; Improved service intervals; Still a ‘proper’ tough ute with truck heritage

  • Space cab doesn’t get revised leaf set-up; Still no Apple CarPlay/Android Auto; No locking rear diff or telescopic steering column; Lacks modern active safety tech

Ford Ranger
  • Impressive off-road ride and handling; Feels totally different to a regular Ranger; Looks tough as nuts in person; Unique design, steering wheel and seats

  • New diesel engine lacks punch; Interior materials don't quite match the price tag; Less than 700kg payload and 2500kg braked towing capacity

Nissan Navara
  • Interior like an SUV; Still feels car-like to drive; Slightly improved as a load hauler

  • Squeezy interior space; Unladen ride not the benchmark it once was; Refinement needs work

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
  • Excellent off-road ability; Engine offers plenty of punch in and around the city; Capable of confidently towing large loads

  • Requires servicing every six months; Ancient infotainment and driver technology; Capped at 3200kg towing capacity with the automatic