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Utes starting under $50k

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Ford Ranger

What we like

  • Ride quality
  • Load lugging ability
  • Back-to-basics with a touch of style

What we don't

  • Downhill engine braking under load
  • Engine clatter & transmission hunting when cold

Toyota HiLux

What we like

  • Sharp price and cheap servicing
  • Drives better than the SR5
  • Bulletproof reliability

What we don't

  • Needs Apple CarPlay
  • Needs a digital speed display
  • Needs height adjustable driver seat

Mazda BT-50

What we like

  • Purchase price
  • Large capacity engine
  • Effortless load-hauling ability

What we don't

  • Exterior styling
  • Umm...?

Nissan Navara

What we like

  • Well-appointed
  • 450Nm twin-turbo diesel
  • Sophisticated seven-speed auto

What we don't

  • Sliding rear window - do you ever open it?
  • Rear suspension still too soft for GVM rating
  • Dead steering feel

Volkswagen Amarok

What we like

  • Quiet but grunty V6 diesel
  • Comfortable cabin
  • Great ride and handling for a ute

What we don't

  • No rear curtain airbags
  • No advanced safety equipment
  • Lower ground clearance than most rivals

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