Which Ute: Should I buy a Ford Ranger Wildtrak or Toyota HiLux SR5?
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 >>
Attention DIY-ers: if you drain the oil on a Ranger or BT-50 for more than 10 minutes you might destroy your engine. Is servicing complexity out of control?
You want a ute for heavy towing - and the budget does not extend to a LandCruiser. Should you buy a V6 Amarok or X-Class?
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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.
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
Loved your 4WD ute review thanks. Can you elaborate on the reliability issues of the Amarok, it was sitting at the top of my list prior to your article so any advice is appreciated. I run a mowing business and tow a trailer but use the car as a family mover out of hours.
I've just been chasing the best price I can get for a dual cab ute (style side). At the moment the best I've found is the Nissan Navara D40 and the Holden Colorado. Nissan Navara is about $42k with bullbar and tow bar. Holden Colorado is about $45k with the same accessories. I was wondering if you were able to find me a better deal?
l have just bought a 2006 3.0-litre turbo diesel Nissan Navara dual cab ute. l bought it thinking it would tow my six-metre fibreglass boat without too much trouble, but it does struggle when towing uphill. l to have heard about these Hiclone systems that are supposed to give you more power and use less fuel. I have also been told about some chip that you can install and l have also been told to install a larger exhaust system, and so on. I am getting very confused!