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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
  • Work tough and family friendly; Big truck presence; Plenty of tech for a ute; SUV-like ride comfort

  • Big money for a family ute; Still falls short of passenger car equipment; Won’t be Ford’s flagship for much longer (if that matters to you)

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
  • Ready to go with full factory-approved equipment; Feels as unbreakable as ever; Tough facade with a soft centre; Looks great with new off-road equipment

  • Not an ideal on-road ute; Big bucks for a humble HiLux; Short service intervals