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2WD Utes

Isuzu D-MAX
  • 3500kg towing and one-tonne payload; Loads of advanced safety technology; Still got the 3.0-litre turbo-diesel under the bonnet

  • Not as many power outlets and practical interior touches as other specifications; Beaten on overall value by the Triton; trimmed payload, compared to 4X4 variant

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
  • Powertrain offers a good mix of performance, refinement and efficiency; Coil-sprung suspension rides well; Looks great!

  • Value for money slides backwards in this specification; Not as ergonomically pleasing as other utes; No heated seats for top-spec model

Mazda BT-50
  • A wide range of safety equipment fitted as standard; Good laden performance; Gutsy 3.0-litre turbo diesel donk

  • Unladen ride takes acclimatisation; Undercut on price by some of the competition; Base-spec origins show in some interior fittings

Toyota HiLux
  • Business in the front, party in the back – isn't this what a ute is supposed to be about?; HiLux build quality, ergonomics and packaging are hard to beat; Cab Chassis allows you to make the back work for you, for work or play

  • No rear-view camera? Really?; Purchase price doesn't include the tray, or any other accessories; Ownership costs get up there with spendy six-month service intervals