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2WD Utes

Isuzu D-MAX
  • 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
  • Drives like a crossover SUV around town; Ride, handling and engine refinement; Cabin layout and infotainment; Still looks suitably macho, which matters

  • Expensive, though discounts are gettable; No telescopic steering column adjustment; Downmarket cabin plastic trim; Active safety aids cost extra

Nissan Navara
  • Much improved, quicker steering; A little more confident in laden and unladen on-road abilities; One of the best riding 4x4 ute packages for family comfort

  • Still not terribly settled with decent payload in the tub; Hard yakka capabilities still questionable when compared with key rivals; Slim pickings in terms of specification updates

Mazda BT-50
  • Cabin is comfortable and well executed; Once rolling, the engine has plenty of punch; Feels insulated, solid and well put together

  • Misses out on Mazda's excellent MZD infotainment; Fuel usage a little higher than the segment leaders; Turbo lag at city speeds can get annoying

Toyota HiLux
  • TRD bits certainly add some flair to the HiLux flagship; Good engine refinement; Smart transmission; Decent space in the cabin; Better settled when loaded up; Great LED headlights

  • Still lacks latest safety kit that Ranger has; No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto; Missing some interior touches from TRD; Heavy steering at low speeds; Harsh ride