Cheapest 4x4 Utes to Own in Australia


Are you looking for a Cheap 4x4 Ute?

That brings us to the question. What are the Cheapest 4x4 Utes to Own & Maintain in Australia?

Shop for Cars has put together a list of the 5 cheapest 4x4 Utes to run and maintain in Australia in 2023.

In this article, we'll be exploring the top picks for the cheapest Utes to run and maintain, considering factors such as fuel efficiency, maintenance costs, and overall affordability. Whether you need a Ute for work or personal use, we've got you covered with our expert recommendations. So, buckle up and let's dive into the world of affordable Utes that won't drain your wallet!

Let’s get into it.

1. Toyota Hilux

Studies have shown that the cheapest 4x4 to own and maintain in Australia is the Toyota Hilux. There are two reasons for this, vehicle popularity and fuel efficiency.

As Australia’s most popular vehicle, servicing, repairing and or replacing any parts on a Toyota Hilux is relatively cheap compared to other models due to the mass numbers of Hilux’s on the road. With so many Hilux’s driving around the demand for parts is enormous, repair shops mass stock parts that are applicable for Hilux’s which make it much cheaper owners in instances where services or repairs are needed.

On top of this, the Toyota Hilux has one of the best fuel efficiencies in the 4x4 Fleet. The Toyota Hilux consumes an average of 7.7 litres per 100km of driving with studies finding it will save motorists over $200 per year!

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2. Mitsubishi Triton

Coming in second place is the Mitsubishi Triton. For many years the Mitsubishi Triton has sat in the shadows of the more heavily favoured Ute options like the Hilux and the Ford Ranger. However, research has shown owning and maintaining a Mitsubishi Triton is the second cheapest option in the Australian 4x4 fleet.

Similar to the Toyota Hilux, the reason why it is so cheap to own a Mitsubishi Triton is because parts are relatively inexpensive. Many of the parts that a Triton uses is compatible with the Toyota Hilux – Australia’s most popular car.

Where the Triton stands above is it’s impeccable fuel efficiency. The Mitsubishi Triton consumes 7 litres per 100km of driving saving motorists more annually than the more favoured Toyota Hilux.

3. Ford Ranger

It may surprise some to see the Ford Ranger in the third position. The Ford Ranger is one of the go-to 4x4 options in the Australian Market and for good reason. It is packed with strong torque, top safety features and is still relatively cheap to own and maintain.

Research has found that the Ford Ranger is slightly more expensive than both the Hilux and Triton to service and repair parts. What also makes it a bit more expensive to own is it consumes more fuel on average than both the Triton and Hilux. The Ford Ranger has been found to consume 8.9 litres per 100km of driving.

4. Nissan Navara

The Nissan Navara has always been a reliable 4x4 choice for motorists. Research has found that the Nissan Navara is one of the most inexpensive 4x4 Utes to run and maintain in Australia.

Due to the Navara being present in the Australian market for generations, many Workshops stock parts that are applicable for Navara Servicing and Repairs. What often makes vehicles so expensive to maintain is unique or imported parts which neither applies to the Navara.

In terms of fuel-efficiency, this is where Navara owners can make some serious savings. The Nissan Navara consumes 6.4 litres per 100 Km of driving – making it more fuel-efficient than every model presented.

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5. Isuzu D-Max

A fast-rising alternative 4x4 Ute option that is getting cheaper and cheaper to own is the Isuzu D-Max. Over the last few years the D-Max has risen from virtual unknown to a serious challenger to the more established 4x4 brands.

The reason why the D-Max’s popularity has soured is it has a cheaper upfront cost and a relative on-going cost. As a new alternative, research has found it will cost owners slightly more to service and repair however it does have a competitive fuel consumption of 7.2 litres per 100km of driving.

Final Word,

There are more costs associated with owning a 4x4 Ute than just the purchase price. As costs continue to rise it is important that all motorists understand a vehicles on-going costs prior to purchase. The 5 Ute options presented have been found to be the cheapest to own and maintain in 2023.

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