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New dual-cab utes 2020 compared: How safe are 4x2 and 4x4 mid-size pick-ups?

The Toyota HiLux dual-cab pick-up is arguably the safest ute when it comes to advanced driver-assist systems.

Nissan gave its Navara ute an update last week, but crucially it was missing the overdue addition of autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and other crucial advanced-driver assist systems, which got us thinking about the level of safety dual-cab pick-ups currently offer.

Some (Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger and Mitsubishi Triton) lead from the front not only in sales, but also safety, with comprehensive suites available.

Conversely, others (Mazda BT-50 and Volkswagen Amarok) are showing their age and have little to offer in the way of active features.

There’s also a couple of newcomers (LDV T60 and SsangYong Musso) that put their more established rivals to shame, even if just a little bit.

And with Isuzu and Great Wall introducing new-generation models (D-Max and Cannon respectively) around the middle of this year, the safety ante is likely to be upped again.

Note: The following table compares 4x2 and 4x4 mid-size dual-cab pick-ups only. And given their recent discontinuations, the Holden Colorado and Mercedes-Benz X-Class have been excluded here.

 Toyota HiLuxFord RangerMitsu-bishi TritonNissan NavaraIsuzu D-MaxMazda BT-50Volks-wagen AmarokLDV T60Great Wall SteedSsang-Yong Musso
ANCAP safety rating (year issued)5 (2019)5 (2015)5 (2015)5 (2015)5 (2013)5 (2011)5 (2011)5 (2017)2 (2016)N/A
Forward collision warningStdStdOptN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AStd
Auton-omous emergency braking (AEB)StdStdOptN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AStd
Pedes-trian detectionStdStdOptN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Cyclist dete-ctionStd (daylight)N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Lane departure warningStdStdOptN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AStd
Lane-keep assistN/AStdN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Steering assistN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Blind-spot monitoringN/AN/AOptN/AN/AN/AN/AStdN/AOpt
Rear cross-traffic alertN/AN/AOptN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AOpt
Adaptive cruise controlStdOptN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Speed sign recognitionStdStdN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Traffic sign recognitionStdStdN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
High-beam assistStdStdOptN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AStd
Driver attention alertN/AStdN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AStdN/AN/A
Tyre pressure monitoringN/AOptN/AN/AN/AN/AOptStdStdOpt
Rever-sing cameraStdStdOptStdOptStdOptStdN/AOpt
Surr-ound-view camerasN/AN/AOptOptN/AN/AN/AOptN/AOpt
Park assistN/AOptN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Rear parking sensorsOptOptOptOptOptOptOptStdStdOpt
Front parking sensorsOptOptOptN/AOptOptOptN/AN/AOpt
Airbags7677664666
Hill-start assistStdStdStdOptStdStdStdStdStdStd
Hill-descent controlStdStdOptOptStdOptStdStdN/AStd
Anti-lock brakes (ABS)StdStdStdStdStdStdStdStdStdStd
Elect-ronic stability control (ESC)StdStdStdStdStdStdStdStdStdStd

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