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Isuzu D-Max Review, For Sale, Specs, Colours & Models in Australia

The Isuzu D-Max has been in Australia much longer than its 2008 official arrival would have you think.

The Holden Rodeo was actually a rebadged Isuzu – as was the Jackaroo, but that's another story – which means that Isuzu utes have roamed Australian roads since as far back as 1980. In fact, the Rodeo's predecessor – the Chevy LUV – was sold as far back 1972, so it's fair to say that Isuzu's no newcomer to the market or what it needs.

After Holden's parent company scaled back its ties with Isuzu, the latter decided to launch its wildly successful Rodeo with an Isuzu badge up front and D-Max stencilled across the back. Thanks to a 3.0-litre diesel engine, a range of body styles – from worksite runabout to weekend warrior – the same ruggedness that made the Rodeo an Australian favourite. Nowadays, the latest version is a leader in class safety, refinement and equipment levels. The base model starts from $32,200, rising to $67,500 for the most expensive version.

This has also been known as Chevrolet Colorado, Chevrolet D-Max, Chevrolet LUV D-Max, Holden Colorado, Holden Rodeo, Isuzu KB, Isuzu LB, Isuzu Rodeo, Chevrolet T Series and GMC Canyon.

This vehicle is also known as Chevrolet Colorado, Chevrolet D-Max, Chevrolet LUV D-Max, Holden Colorado, Holden Rodeo, Isuzu KB, Isuzu LB, Isuzu Rodeo, Chevrolet T Series, GMC Canyon.

Isuzu D-Max Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Isuzu D-Max here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Does the 2014 Isuzu D-Max have a DPF filter in the exhaust system?

    Isuzu switched to a new, Euro 5-compliant engine for the D-Max ute in 2017. To meet the stricter Euro 5 emissions requirements, a DPF was fitted. But D-Maxes before that time do not have a DPF fitted. On that basis, your car will not have a DPF.

    Given the problems experienced by owners of DPF-equipped vehicles (not just Isuzus) this is one of the things that has made the older D-Max such a popular second-hand buy.

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  • Will a 2006 Isuzu nudge bar fit on my new 2021 Isuzu D-Max.

    Almost certainly not. Unless there’s some strange quirk of manufacturing that allows the mounting points to magically line up, the current Isuzu D-Max is an all-new design, compared even to the most recent predecessor, let alone the model from 2006. The 2006 D-Max shared a lot of its architecture and engineering with the Holden Rodeo and later Colorado, while the new D-Max is a joint venture with Mazda and forms the basis of that company’s BT-50 range of utes.

    You may be able to engineer a set of adaptors to mount the early nudge-bar to the later vehicle, but at some point it’ll get messy and simply not worth the time and money investment compared with buying a nudge-bar designed specifically for a 2021 D-Max. There’s also the issue of whether the old nudge-bar design would be compatible with the air-bag system of the new Isuzu. Again, almost certainly not is the short answer.

     

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  • What can I do after the engine cover arms of my 2019 Isuzu D-Max broke after being serviced?

    Warranty or not, if the workshop that serviced the car broke the cover, surely it’s up to that business to fix it. Separate to that is the fact that the car is still well and truly under warranty, so that makes the problem Isuzu’s to some extent, also.

    To be honest, these plastic covers are one of the more useless additions to modern cars and really only serve to make the underbonnet area look a bit neater when you open the bonnet. In fact, they allow packaging engineers to be a bit lazy as they can cover a messy layout. The best advice is to get hold of a new cover under Isuzu’s warranty and store it in the shed. Then, when you’re ready to sell the car, fit the still-new cover so it looks neat and tidy for would-be buyers. The vehicle will run fine without the cover.

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  • What 4WD should I buy for towing?

    To get a vehicle with meaningful (as opposed to a theoretical) towing ability of 2.5 tonnes, you really need to shop for a relatively late-model dual-cab 4X4 ute. The reason for that is that many vehicles that claim a 2.5-tonne limit in the brochure fail to explain that there’s also a Gross Vehicle Combination Mass in play and, by the time you’ve added passengers, gear and a full tank of fuel to the towing vehicle, there might not be much of that GCM to devote to a towed load.

    Going for a vehicle with 3000kg or even 35000kg towing capacity in the first place is a good way to ensure you do accidentally start driving around in an overloaded vehicle with all the legal and insurance connotations that involves.

    A lot of the current shape dual-cab utes fall within your budget on a second-hand basis, but there are caveats. Make sure you only buy a ute with a full service history. Some of these vehicles were worked hard by their original owners, so be very careful before handing over the cash. Avoid ex-mine fleet vehicles and don’t be afraid to buy a base-model vehicle if it offers better value. Even a single-cab version of these utes will be a lot cheaper than the dual-cab and, if you don’t need the rear seat, are often a more practical solution. Makes and models include the Ford Ranger, Toyota HiLux, Mazda BT50, Mitsubishi Triton and Isuzu D-Max. For real value for money, vehicles like the Ssangyong Musso can tow 3.5 tonnes, are well equipped and can be had for less than $35,000 drive-away, brand-new. That also gets you a seven-year factory warranty. All of these options are available with the automatic transmission you want and, indeed, this is the best option for a tow vehicle.

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Isuzu D-Max Accessories

Just like most ute customers, those in the market for a 2021 Isuzu D-Max will have the choice of more than a handful of accessories to fit to their ute. And that’s the genuine accessories catalog we’re talking about - don’t even get us started on aftermarket options.

The list includes options for nudge bars and bull bars, all of which are designed to work with the advanced driver safety assistance systems including AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection. But take note - there are no genuine Isuzu bull bar options with winch capability, though there are points to attach aerials.

There are other protective options like bonnet protector and headlight protector choices, not to mention weathershields, side steps, roof rack systems, and different wheel choices.

Other accessories include: snorkel, roof rails, rubber floor mats, canopy, hard tonneau cover, tub liner / bed liner, soft tonneau cover, rubber tray mat, ladder rack, driving lights and more.

If you’re not going for a pick-up and want to go with a dealer-fit tray option for your cab-chassis single, extra or double cab D-Max, you’ll be happy to know there are a few choices available including aluminium and steel trays, and accessories like underbody storage optional, too. 

Isuzu D-Max Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Isuzu D-Max varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $32,200 and going to $67,500 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2022 Ute 1.9L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $32,200 $67,500
2021 Ute 3.0L, Diesel, 6 SP $65,010
2020 Ute 3.0L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $20,900 $59,950
2019 Ute 3.0L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $17,700 $50,380
2018 Ute 3.0L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $15,400 $44,770
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Isuzu D-Max Towing Capacity

The Isuzu D-Max has maximum towing capacity of 3500kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2022 Ute 2800kg 3500kg
2021 Ute 2800kg 3500kg
2020 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2019 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2018 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
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Isuzu D-Max Dimensions

The dimensions of the Isuzu D-Max Ute vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2022 Ute 1790x1870x5325 mm 235 mm
2021 Ute 1790x1870x5325 mm 235 mm
2020 Ute 1685x1775x5040 mm 190 mm
2019 Ute 1685x1775x5040 mm 190 mm
2018 Ute 1685x1775x5040 mm 190 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Isuzu D-Max Dimensions

Isuzu D-Max Colours

  • Basalt Black
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Mercury Silver
  • Obsidian Grey
  • Mineral White
  • Marble White
  • Magnetic Red
  • Volcanic Amber
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Isuzu D-Max Wheel Size

The Isuzu D-Max has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 255x65 R17 for Ute in 2022.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2022 Ute 255x65 R17 255x65 R17
2021 Ute 255x65 R17 255x65 R17
2020 Ute 215x70 R15 15x6.5 inches 215x70 R15 15x6.5 inches
2019 Ute 215x70 R15 15x6.5 inches 215x70 R15 15x6.5 inches
2018 Ute 215x70 R15 15x6.5 inches 215x70 R15 15x6.5 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Isuzu D-Max Wheel Sizes

Isuzu D-Max Interior

The interior of the new-generation 2021 Isuzu D-Max is perhaps one of the biggest improvements over the previous model, and that’s saying something because this new ute is much improved in many ways.

The thing is, though, that you get a bit more wow factor in the cabin than before, with the top two grades getting a 9.0-inch touchscreen media unit with wireless Apple CarPlay and USB-connect Android Auto. Plus these variants have additional USB charging in the rear row if you choose a dual cab, too.

The lower grades get a 7.0-inch screen which still has the smartphone tech but doesn’t look quite as amazing, as the bezel is the same size. But compared to the last model, this is a huge step forward.

There are also much improved materials, though the base grades (SX and LS-M) still get rubber floors and hard-wearing fabric seats. The LS-U has fabric seats and carpet flooring, while the X-Terrain steps things up with leather accented seats. Both the LS-U and X-Terrain have leather-trimmed steering wheels.

Isuzu D-Max Fuel Consumption

The Isuzu D-Max is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Diesel fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 7L/100km for Ute /Diesel for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2022 Ute 7L/100km 1.9L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2021 Ute 7L/100km 1.9L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2020 Ute 7.2L/100km 3.0L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2019 Ute 7.2L/100km 3.0L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2018 Ute 7.2L/100km 3.0L Diesel 6 SP MAN
* Combined fuel consumption See All Isuzu D-Max Pricing and Specs for 2022

Isuzu D-Max Seats

Wondering how many seats are in the 2021 Isuzu D-Max? That’ll depend on the body-style you choose.

The single cab versions are two-seater only. No bench seats here to rub sweaty shoulders with your workmates, and there’s even a centre front airbag to protect both occupants in the event of a side-impact collision.

The extra cab models are also two-seat only. Previously, extra cab (or space cab, in Isuzu speak) models had four seats, including two rear spots for passengers. But not anymore, as the brand reckons the safety standards it has set for the new-generation model wouldn’t be met by having human occupants in the back of this body ute.

Choose a dual cab (or double cab) of any model grade and you’ll find yourself with five seats. The rear is foldable to allow secure storage if you don’t need all five positions filled, and there are dual ISOFIX child seat tethers and two top-tether hooks (that feed to a centre secure lashing location - you can’t fit three child seats in the back).

Isuzu D-Max Seats

Isuzu D-Max Speed

It has been reported that the D-Max can achieve 0-100km/h acceleration in just under 9.8 seconds.

Isuzu D-Max Boot Space

Load space for the Isuzu D-Max for factory fitted trays are as follows:

Single-cab chassis has a cargo floor length of 2550mm and a width of 1777mm.

Extra-cab chassis has a cargo floor length of 2100mm and a width of 1777mm.

Extra-cab ute has a cargo floor length of 1835mm, a width of 1530mm, width between the wheel arches is 1122mm and depth is 490mm.

Dual-cab chassis has a cargo floor length of 1800mm and a width of 1777mm.

Dual-cab ute has a cargo floor length of 1570mm, a width of 1530mm, width between the wheel arches is 1122mm and depth is 490mm.

As for cabin storage the D-Max’s has a pair of pop-out cup holders on the edges of the dashboard, there’s a dash top box with a lid, and a double glovebox, too. There are big cupholders between the seats, a decent centre console bin, and bottle holders in the front door pockets.

In the back there is a pair of cup holders in a flip-down armrest in the LS-U and X-Terrain, plus all dual cabs get door pockets with bottle holders, and there are rear seat directional air vents, too.