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Isuzu D-MAX
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  • More comfortable rear suspension; Improved service intervals; Now has trailer-sway control; Unpretentious toiler with a reputation for reliability

  • Infotainment is so dated; Below-average refinement; Omissions include a locking rear diff; Lacks modern active-safety tech

Ford Ranger
  • Improved safety tech at top of range; Balanced performance in 2.0-litre models; Settled ride and handling left intact; No dilution of Ranger's best bits

  • AEB needs to be rolled out further; No rear air vents; Occasional pauses from 10-speed auto;

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
  • Excellent off-road ability; Engine offers plenty of punch in and around the city; Capable of confidently towing large loads

  • Requires servicing every six months; Ancient infotainment and driver technology; Capped at 3200kg towing capacity with the automatic