Australia’s most popular 4x4 Utes

It may come as no surprise but Australian’s love their 4x4 Ute’s. For the last 7 years a 4x4 Ute has sat on top of the list of highest selling cars in Australia

With popularity comes choice and for Australian car buyers there is no shortage of options if you are looking to buy a 4x4 Ute. From the Ford Ranger to the ever-reliable Toyota Hilux you will be amazed at what some models can provide you. Whether you are using your car for work or leisure, 4x4 Ute’s are a proven reliable car for the everyday Australian motorist.

But, as the demand continues to grow how do you know what 4x4 Ute is the best? Shop for Cars has put together a quick guide of the most popular 4x4 Utes in the Australian Market and some of the features that come along with it.

What are the most popular 4x4 Utes?

As lockdowns continue to ravage parts of Australia it has not put a damper on Ute sales. Collectively in 2020 there were 916,968 new cars sold with well over 25% of those being a 4x4.

Here’s how they ranked:

  1. Toyota Hilux: 45,176
  2. Ford Ranger: 40,973
  3. Mitsubishi Triton: 18,136
  4. Isuzu D-Max: 15,062
  5. Nissan Navara: 11,486
  6. Mazda BT-50: 9588

Sales numbers referenced from cars guide statistics*

It wouldn’t shock too many people to see the ever-present Hilux and Ranger cement their spots at the top of the 4x4 category. To put into perspective such is Toyota’s dominance they have remained the top position for 6 years running and are largely predicted to finish 2021 on top as well.

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Toyota Hilux

Certainly, the cornerstone of the Australian car community. The Toyota Hilux is an ever-reliable 4x4 for whatever the use or occasion. The Hilux’s dominance on the Australian market shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

The Toyota Hilux comes with a two-seat Single Cab; with an additional cab add on. The double cab has proven to be a popular choice among Australian motorists. With a 2.4L diesel engine and a potent torque. The Hilux is a reliable dual-purpose choice for Australians looking for a 4x4.

As for price, the Hilux is priced between $23,000 and $70,000 depending on age and condition.

Ford Ranger

Only just trailing the Hilux in sales, the Ford Ranger is the fastest selling 4x4 and could do the unthinkable and replace the Toyota Hilux in 2021. The Ranger gives Australian buyers multiple diesel engine size options ranging from 2.0 litres all the way up to 3.2l. Another vehicle that is great for dual purposes, the extra engine sizing could be a great leverage for buyers looking for a little extra punch.

Ford Rangers start from as low as $29,000 but can also go into the mid $80,000s for a top-of-the-line brand new unit.

Mitsubishi Triton

Following the popular Hilux and Ranger, the Mitsubishi Triton is the third most popular 4x4 in the Australian market. Unfortunately, the Triton trails the Hilux and Ranger by a long margin. With very similar features and specifications to it’s competitors the Triton gives buyers a comfortable and seamless driving experience. 

Pricing for a Mitsubishi Triton starts at $23,000 and can go up to $60,000 making it a tad cheaper than the Hilux and Ranger.

Isuzu D-Max

A fast-rising competitor in the 4x4 market is the Isuzu D-Max Ute. The D-Max has grown leaps and bounds in the past 2 years and is quickly climbing up the ladder and could find itself in 3rd place come the end of 2021. The D Max is a spacious, well-built and comfortable alternative to the more popular brands available on the market. With a 3.0L engine the D Max is a solid dual-purpose 4x4 choice for Australian car buyers.

In terms of price, you can pick up an Isuzu D Max for between $33,000 and $65,000 making it competitively priced to other options available.

Nissan Navara

One of the more established 4x4 options on the market, the Nissan Navara has been struggling as of late. Just because sales numbers are starting to plateau it doesn’t mean it is a horrible option for Australian motorists. Similarly to it’s predecessors the Navara comes in either a single or dual cab with a 2.4L engine. Unfortunately, there are some issues including limited space, fuel-injection failure and a premature clutch.

Prices for the Nissan Navara start at $33,000 and go all the way up to $65,000.

Mazda BT-50

Mazda is a long proven best-selling manufacturer in the Australian Market. This may surprise some but the BT-50 is actually one of their lowest selling models. We all know the dominance of the CX range and the Mazda 3’s but their 4x4 option trails other leading manufacturers Toyota and Ford by a long margin.

The BT-50 is a multi-purpose vehicle with a 2.2L diesel engine and can come in single or dual cabs. You can pick up a BT-50 for between $35,000 and $70,000 depending on year of make and condition.

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Final Word,

4x4’s are now the cornerstone of the Australian motor industry. For the last 6 years the 4x4 Utes have dominated the Australian car sales numbers with 4 models making up the top 10. Offering Australian car buyers multiple purposes, tax incentives and increased power, 4x4 Utes are a safe bet for all Australian motorists.

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