Single cab, cab chassis 4x2 utes are no-nonsense vehicles built specifically for work. They have next to no frills and their trays (usually an extra cost) are long. They’re lighter than 4x4 models because there’s no 4WD transmission, or extra diff or axle stuff. And the lighter a vehicle is, generally speaking, the less fuel it should use.
This Navara D23 Series 2 cab chassis ($25,990 excluding on-road and tray costs) has a claimed fuel consumption of 6.4L/100km and an 80-litre tank.
It has a kerb weight of 1551kg, a payload of 1359kg and a maximum towing capacity of 3500kg (braked).
This Navara is still a great truck.
Because single cabs are so light, compared to extra and dual cabs, they are not renowned for their ride comfort; suspension tends towards the firm and bumpier side of things, especially when unladen. Still, if you’re used to utes, it shouldn't bother you.
But what you sacrifice in ride and handling, you make up for in load space. The tray (approx $2400 with fitment) is one of the biggest in this mob at 2570mm long, 1840mm wide and 255mm deep.
The interior is a hose-out style – cloth trim, vinyl floor – but the standard equipment list is extensive and includes air con, MP3/iPod/CD audio system (four speakers) and Bluetooth, three 12 volt sockets, USB port and much more.
It has a three-year/100,000km warranty with service intervals scheduled at 12 months/20,000km. A three-year/24-hour roadside assistance program is available.
Getting anywhere near those claimed fuel figures in the real world may be a Mission Impossible, but this Navara is still a great truck.