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Isuzu D-MAX
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  • Flexible engine with plenty of torque and high efficiency; Roomy inside with stacks of storage; New suspension revisions improve ride

  • Missing some basic comfort features; Expensive recommended retail price; Not as good as we expected off-road

Ford Ranger
  • Improved refinement; Decent (but not earth-shattering) acceleration; Class-leading available tech; Impressive ride and handling for a leaf-sprung ute

  • Standard safety not good enough at $60K; Rear seat passengers still left to wilt; A few minor pauses from the 10-speed auto; Big and beastly in urban spaces

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
  • 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