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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
  • 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
  • Tough looks; improved off-road capability; better on-road dynamics, sharp price

  • Lacks advanced safety technology; bigger brakes and more power would be nice

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
  • Robust cabin and switchgear look built to last; Suspension works particularly well loaded up; Ground clearance and rear locker work well for off-road use

  • Not the engine to have for regular towing and heavy-duty work; Lacks standard electronic safety tech that some competitors have; Service intervals still too short