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Isuzu D-MAX
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  • Excellent safety inclusions; Handles a full payload well; Flexible, torquey engine is a winner

  • More expensive than the outgoing model; Also slightly less efficient; Lane-keeping technology can be overbearing

Ford Ranger
  • Still one of the best 4x4 utes across the board of disciplines; Great safety credentials; Solid off-road and refined on-road;

  • FX4 brings no mechanical upgrades, but an increase in cost; Standard tyres aren't great off-road; Bigger wheelbase and wider turning circle can be tricky in tight spots;

Nissan Navara
  • suspension makes a real difference on-road; cabin space and comfort remain a strong point; engine and gearbox are efficient around town

  • infotainment starting to feel dated; LED light bar could be more capable; doesn’t have the advanced safety tech of current segment leaders

Mazda BT-50
  • Plenty of driveline punch; Not lacking in crucial towing or payload measures; Solid and robust feel from behind the wheel; Getting easier to find a sharp deal

  • Dearth of essential safety tech; Fiddly infotainment system; Plain-wrapped cabin appearance; Showing its age as competitors advance

Toyota HiLux
  • Bold new look and bi-LED headlights; More comfortable suspension unladen; Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and volume dials

  • Massive price rise; Comparatively heavy steering; Tray liner not standard on the SR5