Australia’s Most Fuel-Efficient 4x4 Utes


With Fuel prices continuing to rise, fuel-efficiency has never been more important. The type of car you own can make a massive difference to how much you pay at the petrol station.

4x4 Utes have always and will continue to be one of the most popular vehicle models for Australians. However, there are certain 4x4 Utes that offer greater efficiency which in turn could save you hundreds at the petrol station each year.

Shop for Cars has put together a list of the 5 most fuel-efficient 4x4 Utes in Australia. This list is based on the average fuel consumption of 4x4 Utes that travel at least 12,000km per year.

Let’s get into it.

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Ford Ranger

It’s no secret why the Ford Ranger has been Australia’s second most popular car for the last 3 years. In 2022, the Ford Ranger is the most fuel-efficient 4x4 in the market. The 2022 Ford Ranger consumes 8.9 litres per 100km of driving.

The Ford Ranger comes with a large 3.2 Litre Turbo Diesel, 6 speed Automatic Transmission and between 153 and 310 ft/lbs of Torque. With a 3.5 Tonne Towing Capacity and high-class safety features like AEB, Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keep Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition it’s no surprise why this vehicle has and will continue to be so popular with Australian Motorists.

Based on the 12,000kms of driving per year, it is estimated the Ford Ranger will save Aussie motorists an average of $420 per year compared to other 4x4 options.

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Nissan Navara

This may be a surprise to some, but the ever-reliant Nissan Navara actually has one of the best fuel efficiencies for a 4x4 in the Australian Market. The Nissan Navara has a fuel consumption ratio of 6.4L/100 Km of driving. What makes the Nissan Navara such a fuel efficient 4x4 option is the single cab set up. As the single cab is so light, compared to other dual cab options, they do not require extra torque or power which means less fuel needed to perform.

The Nissan Navara is a smaller option to the more heavily favoured Hilux and Ranger options but in terms of Fuel Efficiency it is very hard to overlook. The Navara comes with a 2.3 Litre, four-cylinder turbo diesel engine and has a maximum towing capacity of 3.5 tonnes.

It has been found that the Nissan Navara can save motorists an average of $644 per year in fuel costs based on the average 12,000km per year of driving.

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Isuzu D-Max

A fast-rising 4x4 option that has been found to have an exceptional fuel efficiency is the Isuzu D-Max. What makes the Isuzu D-Max so great is it is an entry level 4x4 option and often much cheaper than the bigger, more predominant brands. The D-Max has a fuel consumption ratio of 7.2L/100km of driving making it an appealing option for motorists.

The Isuzu D-Max is powered by a 3.0 Litre, turbo-charged diesel engine and has a 2.5 tonne towing capacity – slightly less than other alternatives. With a 5-Star ANCAP safety rating it’s only right to assume this model will continue to grow year on year and push the more established brands.

The Isuzu D-Max has been found to save Aussies $475 per year at the petrol station based on the average driving distance of 12,00km per year.

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Mitsubishi Triton

For years the Mitsubishi Triton has been one of the go-to choices for Aussie 4x4 Motorists. What makes the Mitsubishi Triton so popular for many is its competitive fuel-efficiency. The Mitsubishi Triton consumes 7.0L/100km of driving.

Beyond it’s fuel efficiency, the Triton comes with a 2.4 litre, four-cylinder turbo diesel engine with a maximum towing capacity of 2.5 tonnes. Packed with key safety features like ABS, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Reverse Parking Cameras and Sensors and Trailer Stability Assist, the Mitsubishi Triton will continue to be a popular choice for many, many years.

It has been found that the Mitsubishi Triton can save Aussies an average of $585 per year based on 12,000km of driving.

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Toyota Hilux

This one may be a shock to some, but Australia’s Most Popular Vehicle – The Toyota Hilux doesn’t actually have the best fuel-efficiency in the market. That’s not saying this isn’t a good option to buy but in terms of fuel-efficiency the Hilux has been found to consume a little bit more than other options available.

The Toyota Hilux consumes an average of 7.7L/100km – slightly more than other options listed above. The Hilux is powered by a 2.4 litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine and has a maximum towing capacity of 2500kg. Long established as Australia’s number 1 vehicle, the Toyota Hilux will continue to dominate the Australian sales charts for many years to come.

A Toyota Hilux has been found to save motorist roughly $217 per year.

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Final Word,

Before you look to buy any type of vehicle you need to research and understand fuel-consumption. With fuel prices continuing to rise, certain models can save you thousands at the petrol station each year. The 5 4x4 Ute options mentioned above are the most fuel-efficient options in the Australian Market in 2022.

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DISCLAIMER: This is all based on opinion please research and consult with all relevant parties to make the best buying decision.