4WD Ute- Why people buy Premium Dual Cabs

4WD Ute – Over the last few years Utes have become more popular. Mainly the higher spec models in dual cab 4WD Ute format.

Collage of dual cab utes

They have also become more expensive.

In fact, one of the most popular Utes now actually costs almost $90,000 plus the usual costs. The Ford Ranger Raptor sits in its own little category with performance that rivals the bigger American style Pickup V8 trucks, but in the smaller Dual Cab style.

Ranger and Toyota HiLux are often head-to-head for the most popular Ute and in fact vehicle sold.

Toyota HiLux GR Sport and Rogue are two special build models that are looking to tap into the buyer’s mindset of wanting more.

Ford Ranger has the Wildtrak and Platinum. VW Amarok comes in the Adventrura.

There are of course the Isuzu D-Max X Terrain and Mazda BT-50 SP and Thunder,  both which are excellent Utes but starting to show their age a bit now.

Mitsubishi has just released the all new Triton and it’s a beauty. It sits firmly in the middle ground with a heap of features and capability for  a reasonable price. The GSR model is the premium offer.

We must also mention the Nissan Navara and their Warrior models which bring enhanced capability with manufacturer warranty.

Yes, buyers the choices of premium 4WD Ute is growing as are the prices.

This is a Motoring Minute

I’m Rob Fraser


What is good?

  • Seating for 5 people
  • Good Towing and 4WD Capability
  • Practicality of the rear Tub

What is not so good?

  • Rear seats are restricted.
  • Rear tubs are never fully weatherproof.
  • Usually don’t ride as smooth as an SUV


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