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Ford Ranger

The current-generation Ford Ranger arrived in Australia in 2022, as part of an all-out Ford assault on the booming ute market.

Boasting class-leading levels of equipment, the revamped Ranger consists of a vast model line-up, with a variety of 4x2 and 4x4 models in either cab-chassis or pick-up form – and in single-cab, super-cab or double-cab configurations

The base-spec XL is the cheapest entry into the Ranger range, followed by the XLS, XLT, Sport and Wildtrak.

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Toyota HiLux

The Toyota HiLux has been Australia’s most popular vehicle for many years now.

Sales show now sign of fading, either, despite the latest-generation model having been around since 2015.

The comprehensive Toyota Hilux range is headed by three key models: WorkMate, SR and SR5.

Each model contains various cabin configurations in either pick-up or cab-chassis styles (and 4x4 or 4x2), and you need a sophisticated flowchart to best analyse the mountain of options available.

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Isuzu D-MAX

The Isuzu D-Max was initially launched in Australia back in 2008 and has been a consistently strong-selling ute and a firm favourite with both recreational four-wheel-drivers and tradies.

An all-new model in 2020 saw increases in power and safety features, as well as a freshly re-designed interior to bring the D-Max closer in specifications and features to market-leading rivals.

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Mitsubishi Triton

The Japanese-bred Mitsubishi Triton ute is available in single-cab, club-cab, and double-cab configurations, in either cab-chassis or pick-up guise.

A vast 4x4 and 4x2 model line-up consists of the entry-level GLX, GLX+, GLX-R, GLS and the top-spec GSR. Premium models are equipped with a Super Select II full-time 4x4 system, while lower-spec variants get a more rudimentary Easy Select part-time 4WD system.

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Mazda BT-50

The Mazda BT-50 ute has a long history. Mazda has been selling utes in Australia since 1964 with the release of the B Series light truck, later going on to sell 4x4 versions known as the B2600 and Mazda Bravo before creating the BT-50 badge.

Launched in 2020, the current Mazda BT-50 was co-developed in partnership with Isuzu and shares underpinnings and engines with the D-Max ute.

4x4 Ute Pricing

Ford Ranger$27,390–$87,990
Toyota Hilux$26,475–$73,990
Isuzu D-MAX$32,200–$67,500
Mitsubishi Triton$21,990–$56,940
Mazda BT-50$35,370–$73,945

4x4 Ute Reviews

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2023 Ford Ranger Platinum vs 2023 Volkswagen Amarok TDI 600 Aventura comparison review

Does the addition of an upmarket Ranger variant have what it takes to depose Volkswagen's ritziest Amarok?

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The top six off-road expedition vehicles

Not all 4x4s are suited to long-distance, remote-area expeditions, so the 4X4 Australia team share their six top choices

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4x4 Comparisons

New 2024 Mitsubishi Triton vs Ford Ranger: SPEC BATTLE!

What differences exist between the fresh new Mitsubishi ute and its class-leading Ford rival?

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The 10 greatest 4x4s of all time

Some 4x4s have made more of an impact on the world than others, but just which ones have made the biggest difference? We ask our team of 4x4 experts

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2023 Ford Ranger Platinum: Quick review

Taking a look at Ford's top of the line Ranger Platinum.

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2020 Ford Ranger XLS Sport long-term review

Deano's loaded Ranger XLS is an all-terrain tourer

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Entry-level 2023 Ford Ranger XL off-road review

A quick outback spin in the Ford Ranger XL gives us a feel for the entry-level ute

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2023 Mazda BT-50 review: Full range detailed

The Mazda BT-50 is a popular midsize ute, available in single, extended and dual-cab forms. Learn more about the BT-50 range including price, interior, tray space, safety assists and performance.

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2023 Mitsubishi Triton GSR review

With the next-gen Triton imminent, does Mitsubishi’s flagship GSR still have something to offer?

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2023 Mitsubishi Triton GSR: Quick review

The Triton GSR range-topper blends robustness with enhanced on-road performance

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2023 Isuzu D-MAX LS-M: Quick review

The 2023 Isuzu D-MAX SX: a reliable and affordable workhorse.

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2023 Isuzu D-MAX LS-U+: Quick review

The 2023 Isuzu D-MAX LS-U+ blends comfort and capability.

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2023 Isuzu D-MAX X-Terrain: Quick review

The 2023 Isuzu D-MAX X-Terrain is a robust blend of power and luxury

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2023 Mitsubishi Triton GLX+: Quick Review

The 2023 Triton GLX+ features an attractive suite of features that make it a serious contender in the mid-range ute segment

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2023 Mitsubishi Triton GLX-R: Quick review

A compelling proposition in the mid-range ute segment

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2023 Isuzu D-MAX SX: Quick review

The 2023 Isuzu D-MAX SX is a reliable and affordable workhorse

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2023 VW Amarok vs Ford Ranger comparison review

Tubthumping: Can the all-new Volkswagen Amarok put the stoppers on the market-leading Ford Ranger? We test them on road and off

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2023 Mitsubishi Triton GLX: Quick review

When it comes to practicality and bang-for-buck, the Triton GLX 9is an enticing package

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2023 Mitsubishi Triton Xtreme by Walkinshaw review: First drive

Walkinshaw and Mitsubishi are launching a new Triton halo, and we’ve driven it

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2023 Toyota HiLux review: Full range detailed

The Toyota HiLux is one of Australia’s most popular vehicles. Review the HiLux range including price, interior, boot space, safety assists and performance.

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2023 Mitsubishi Triton review: Full range detailed

The Mitsubishi Triton is a popular light commercial vehicle in a competitive segment.

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2023 Ford Ranger review: Full line-up detailed

The Ford Ranger is a popular dual-cab ute in Australia. Learn more about the Ford Ranger range including price, interior, towing capacity, safety assists and performance.

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2023 RAM TRX 1500 vs Ford Ranger Raptor: Hero trucks compared

Australia’s most outrageous utes face off in a rock-spraying, fuel gargling celebration of excess. Strap in, it’s about to get noisy!

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2023 Ford Ranger Raptor long-term review: Infotainment, 0-100km/h and emergency braking

It’s great in the desert, but how does the new Raptor handle the daily grind? To find out, we've added one to our long-term test fleet

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