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Isuzu D-MAX
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  • Sharp deal makes it good value; Powertrain is well suited to hard lugging; Huge 1.3-tonne payload; Four cupholders

  • More safety equipment would be nice; So would a reversing camera; Seats could be more supportive

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
  • Undoubtedly improved overall off-road; New suspension is great on-road and off-road; Steering is also greatly improved; New, improved infotainment system

  • LED light bar is underwhelming; Traction issues on-road in the wet; Bullbar isn't winch-compatible

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
  • Sharp price; Strong resale value; Advanced safety tech; Seven airbags; Quality, dependability, reliability

  • No Apple CarPlay/Android Auto or built-in nav; No digital speed display; No height adjustment on driver's seat; No reach adjustment on steering wheel