Our test vehicle, with 1.9-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel and six-speed automatic, has a list price of $42,590 plus ORCs. That’s in the ballpark of 4x2 rivals like Ford’s Ranger XL 2.2-litre Hi-Rider ($40,790) and Toyota’s HiLux Workmate 2.4-litre Hi-Rider ($42,795), but Mazda is offering drive-away pricing of $43,990 for ABN holders.
Although clearly focused on work duties with its 17-inch steel wheels, 255/65 R17 tyres and full-size spare, it’s not starved of desirable features either given that there’s LED headlights with halogen DRLs, adaptive cruise control, reversing camera, USB ports front and rear and benchmark safety.
A four-speaker infotainment system with steering wheel-mounted audio controls includes Android Auto, wireless Apple CarPlay and DAB+ digital radio. Unfortunately, it also shares the same infotainment screen as its D-Max SX equivalent, with the display shrunk to 7.0 inches surrounded by thick black borders. This downgrade serves no useful purpose other than a visual point of difference from higher-grade models that use the full screen.