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Ford Ranger
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  • It's lighter and more fuel-efficient, not to mention less complex, than a 4x4; It's $8000 cheaper than a 4x4; It's otherwise the same car – surely this makes sense for towing and touring!

  • Still no blind-spot detection or rear cross-traffic alert; No manual choice; Please don't call it a 'Hi-Rider'

Volkswagen Amarok
  • More load space, more payload; The raw numbers say this conversion improves utility and versatility; Impressive driveline and chassis take the conversion in their stride; A factory-backed chassis stretch is unique

  • GVM upgrades upset the Amarok's otherwise smooth-riding nature; It needs a button to turn off parking sensors off-road; No low-range hurts off-road, especially in reverse

Toyota HiLux
  • Looks the part of the go-anywhere adventurer; Engine and tech revisions make a good platform even better; Effortless off-road

  • Big price increase over the SR5 doesn't actually deliver a fundamentally more capable car; Just one USB in 2021?; Watch those climbing service prices

Isuzu D-MAX
  • Good standard safety inclusions; Driveline is torquey and mostly well refined; Good off-road, with decent clearance and locking rear differential

  • Pricing doesn't make sense against drive-away X-Terrain; No tow bar standard, despite towing-related suspension; Unladen ride is a bit firm

RAM 1500
  • Comfortable and practical, both on- and off-road; Capable off-road, and ripe for improvement; Unique RamBox feature is quite handy in the bush

  • A locking rear differential would improve things off-road; Size and length can be a handful in some situations; If you don't want the RamBox, you're better off with the Laramie