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Ford Ranger
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  • Improved refinement; Decent (but not earth-shattering) acceleration; Class-leading available tech; Impressive ride and handling for a leaf-sprung ute

  • Standard safety not good enough at $60K; Rear seat passengers still left to wilt; A few minor pauses from the 10-speed auto; Big and beastly in urban spaces

Volkswagen Amarok
  • Big six-banger powertrain with surly shove; Still a semi-premium feel despite losing some glitz; Good bang for buck; Unpretentious 'Core' theme has a heap of appeal to some buyers; Loses no toughness or off-roadability

  • Still slim-pickings on active driving safety gear; Still no rear airbags makes it family unfriendly; Pricey to service

Holden Colorado
  • Pricing is sharp enough without the accessories added here, and the LT spec is solid; Diesel engine and gearbox are a punchy combo and efficient; Local work to the steering system is noticeable

  • No forward collision alert as is available in the LTZ; Unladen ride is better than it used to be, but still not exceptional; Second-row comfort isn't a match for segment leaders

Toyota HiLux
  • Consummate load-carrier; No-nonsense, ergonomic cabin; Excellent off the beaten path; Improved warranty offer; Toyota's vast dealer network

  • Middling engine performance; Short servicing intervals; Lacking active safety tech; Dangerous rear overhead grab handles

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