Ute Reviews

I came, I Saw, I Ventured | UTE Review -Trekking in the Blue Mountains with the I-Venture Club

Trekking in the Blue Mountains with the I-Venture Club. Isuzu D-MAX ute and MU-X buyers are special. So special in fact that Isuzu Ute Australia runs a special fun-filled escape adventure in different areas of the country where owners gain expert tuition in how to get the best from their vehicles when travelling off the bitumen. Isuzu’s determination to provide ...

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MOVING THE GOAL POSTS | Ute Review – Mercedes-Benz X-Class Ute

The Mercedes-Benz X350d sets an interesting challenge for the Japanese – Words and Images by Brenton O’Connor. Much anticipation has surrounded the new V6-powered variant of Mercedes-Benz’s attention-grabbing ute, the X350d V6. Following the initial launch in early 2017 of the four-cylinder-powered  X220d and X250d featuring Nissan-derived engines and transmissions, the X350d is regarded by purists as the ‘true’ Mercedes ...

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AMAZING PACE | Ute Review – Isuzu Ute continues to set sales records

Isuzu Ute continues to set sales records. There’s a lot to be said for knowing the history of a brand, especially when considering the purchase of a new ute with your own money. It’s now 10 years since Isuzu Ute Australia took responsibility for marketing the D-MAX to the Australian market. In that time the brand has gone from zero ...

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BEFORE TIME | UTE Review -Mazda’s BT-50 retains its appeal as it heads towards future product sharing with Isuzu Ute

Mazda’s BT-50 retains its appeal as it heads towards future product sharing with Isuzu Ute  Words by Warren Caves, Images by Torque it Up Photography In a bid to secure continued sales of its popular dual cab ute, Mazda has freshened up the venerable BT-50 with styling and equipment changes in the most comprehensive upgrade of the model since 2011. ...

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IN THE BLACK | Navara increases its options – Nissan Navara Black Edition and STX

Navara increases its options- Words by Warren Caves, Images by Torque it Up There’s no arguing that the 4×4 dual cab ute market is one of the hottest contested markets for new vehicle sales in Australia, making up nearly half of all vehicles sold. With such fierce competition, vehicle manufactures are constantly looking for a sales edge by offering incentives ...

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MUSSO MAGIC | UTE Review – SsangYong Musso

The return of SsangYong brings a capable and well-equipped ute to Australia – words by Chris Mullett.  It’s easy to become a bit complacent when evaluating the current range of utes on the Australian market, because in many cases there is not much to commend one brand over another. Most technologies available in the various products are a decade  old ...

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CLOSE ENCOUNTERS | RAM 1500 -First test drive of the RAM 1500 dual-cab ute

Two weeks in the new RAM 1500 confirms this American is one for serious consideration – words by Warren caves, images by Torque it Up Photography  Delivery recently reported on its first test drive of the RAM 1500 dual-cab ute held over a single day in Bathurst, NSW, recently. A few hours of driving is a great introduction to a ...

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SSANGYONG RESURGENCE | UTE Review – SsangYong Musso

The South Korean manufacturer returns to the Australian market as a factory-owned marketing operation. After a long period of uncertainty, SsangYong Motors has returned to the Australian market with the latest version of its Musso ute, reinforcing its intention to challenge existing one-tonners from Japan, Thailand and China. “We are determined to offer Australia a range of vehicles that is ...

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TRUMPED! | UTE Review – American-style pickups hold all the cards when it comes to safe towing

American-style pickups hold all the cards when it comes to safe towing – Words and photography by Rob Randazzo. For vehicle buyers in Australia, the checklist of preferences is ever-changing. Today’s options are primed for safety as the highest priority, along with reliability, functionality and efficent aftersales service. At the end of the second quarter of this year, the ute/cab-chassis ...

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RAM on the Right Track | UTE Review – RAM 1500

Australia’s homegrown ute continues to improve! The RAM Truck Australia marketing machine continues to move ahead of its competitors, announcing a series of upgrades to the flagship vehicles in the fleet, the 2500 and 3500 RAM utes. Production capacity is on the increase and the forecast is for the Melbourne production line to target over 4500 vehicles per year across ...

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