Finding it hard to choose between the two and at $65k it's a huge decision. Won't be laying out the hard cash for another couple of months but I've started looking. It'd be good if you could update your best 4x4 video. Appreciate your time and keep up the entertaining 'cut to the chase' videos - the highlight of my day!
I’m waiting for the new Colorado before I update that video, otherwise it would be automatically obsolete. Obviously this is a big decision for you, and they are very expensive vehicles. Additionally, personal preference is a huge factor. They’re very similar on objective mechanical criteria.
I’d lean towards Toyota, just because Ford is monumentally bad at customer support if there’s ever a serious problem. Just disgraceful. This alone would make me buy the (mechanically identical) Mazda BT-50 and then trick it up a bit. (Mazda is much better at customer support.) Toyota has a much better track record than Ford at looking after customers with serious problems, too. (Big T has a lot of capital tied up in its ‘legendary reliability’ claim.)
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For me the choice would be SR5 -Vs- tricked up BT-50 GT with about $10k worth of aftermarket goodies (I know it doesn’t look as cool as a Wildtrak - but it’s not being sold by sociopaths, so that’s something). Mazda is probably the biggest discounter of the three as well. (Ford isn’t discounting Wildtrak much - the waiting list is currently over the horizon.) Another option is the Mitsubishi Triton >>
At $65,000 apiece you wouldn't want to make the wrong call on a fully loaded ute for work and/or play. So: The SR5 or the Wildtrak?
Diesel engines are getting smaller - with bigger power and torque outputs. Dose this mean, inevitably, they'll also wear out quicker? Let's find out.
The Ford Ranger and Mazda BT-50 have a lot going for them but I’m hearing rumors that these have recently been changed to a Chinese copy of the German ZF auto, and the Chinese one is just starting to experience problems.
I watched your review on Utes with great interest which trained my eye towards the Colorado 4x4 crew cab. I will only be able to afford $25,000 when the time comes and going by your reviews, all Colorados in that price range are only three star for safety. Is it still ok to buy a 2008 – 2011 Colorado or maybe look for other 4x4 alternatives which body types are classed as station wagons.
The Toyota Hilux ute is the top-selling ute in Australia. Some months, one month in five, on average, it’s the top-selling vehicle in the entire country. (We love our utes.) This is the first all-new Hilux for a decade.
The new Nissan Navara is a credible new entrant in what was until last month a three-horse race. Colorado, Ranger and BT-50 were walking away with it, in terms of objective dominance.
The new NP300 Nissan Navara (NP = ‘Nissan Pickup’) replaces the four-star D40 Navara and also the three-star death-trap we call the D22. This is the first new Nissan Navara in a decade. And it’s about time.
Mitsubishi has been on a bit of a product offensive lately. Clawing their way out of the cold, or dying in the attempt. First the facelifted Outlander and now an all-new Mitsubishi Triton 4X4 Ute. Does it have the goods to take on Australia’s best utes?
2015 looks like being a big year for Australian utes and traybacks. The 2015 Mitsubishi Triton debuted in late April, and an all-new Nissan Navara will be launched this year as well, alongside updated versions of the Ford Ranger and Mazda BT-50 (but these last pair are likely to be largely styling upgrades). Let's see how the Mitsubishi Triton Exceed stacks up against the Toyota Hilus SR5 - the vehicle widely regarded as the king of utes
I found out that the variable pressure oil pump in the 3.2-litre turbo diesel Ranger and the Mazda BT50 are not able to re-prime themselves and deliver oil pressure if they are left to drain for more than 10 minutes during an oil change. Obviously this will cause catastrophic engine failure, so should I still buy one?
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The Mazda BT-50 ute is a twin under the skin to the Ford Ranger. The BT-50 is one of the most impressive utes available in the country today, if you consider the market on objective criteria. The Mazda BT-50 ute has a five-star ANCAP safety rating. The Mazda BT-50 ute also offers a choice of six-speed transmissions - both auto and manual. Some utes available today offer only a four-speed auto, and five-speed manuals are still common. It should definitely be on your ute-buying shortlist.