Updated Isuzu MU-X LS-T 4WD 2023 Review

MU-X LS-T – Isuzu MU-X has been a favourite 4WD of mine since its first launch. In fact, it has won many awards from our related publication OzRoamer COTY awards over the years

2023 Isuzu MU-X LS-T 4WD

The latest version, updated late in 2022, comes with a few cosmetic upgrades, but the key change is especially beneficial for those that use their MU-X to tow.

The MU-X is an ideal tow vehicle, with low torque delivery and a stable platform allowing towing of up to 3500kg.

The latest version now automatically disables Blind Spot Monitor and the Rear Cross Traffic Alert when it detects a properly attached trailer plug. This removes a common problem with modern 4WDs with their additional safety features, where these alerts can be constantly set off when towing a large boat or caravan.

Cars like the Isuzu MU-X are all about lifestyle. This was again made clear to me when I drove onto the beach at sunrise for some pictures and with only a single fisherman trying his luck, I had the beach to myself.

The MU-X allows you to escape and find peace and solitude. Their marketing catch phrase is apt. Go Your Own Way.

Driving along a deserted beach at sunrise is my happy place.

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2023 Isuzu MU-X LS-T 4WD

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Isuzu MU-X LS-T Video

Quick Isuzu MU-X LS-T thoughts

  • The MU-X is still one of the best on-road riding 4WDs around.
  • As well as one of the best 4WD Towing options.
  • Off road it will pretty much hold its own against any other 4WD.
  • This side of a LandCruiser or Defender, the MU-X is my go-to option for towing.
  • The updates which turn off the BSM and RCTA while towing improve that rating.
  • The delivery of torque allows for easy and relaxed cruising even when towing.
  • The flip side is that it’s no sport 4WD though.
  • Isuzu have really improved the seating comfort over the years, the latest are especially so.
  • Additional electronic lumbar support for my ageing back is greatly appreciated.
  • As is the recent heated seats.
  • So, you may guess that driving the MU-X is very comfortable.
  • I would like to see a LST five seat version.
  • There are a few little things that niggle though
    • The DTE reading is haphazard and inconsistent. It will fluctuate 100km in the space of 20km up and down again.
    • This is a common issue with Isuzu, not so much of an issue when you know your vehicle, but a trap for first time towers.
    • There is no charging tray for wireless phone charging.
    • Im not the biggest fan of the top spec models window washers, I prefer the old-fashioned spray versions, rather than water dripping from the wipers.

2023 Isuzu MU-X LS-T 4WD rear seats

Isuzu MU-X LS-T Final thoughts

Its obvious that I’m a big fan of the MU-X, and this is for good reason

It amongst the best in class for on road ride and handling, towing, 4WD capability, safety, and comfort.

It remains good value even with price creep over the years.

You can but a Isuzu MU-X and a decent off road camper and still have change from what you would pay for a 300 series LandCruiser.

2023 Isuzu MU-X LS-T 4WD apple carplay

What is good?

  • Safety features
  • Infotainment and connectivity Technology
  • 4WD and towing capability

What is not so good?

  • Would love 150kW/500Nm version
  • Inconsistent DTE reading
  • Not a fan of the window washer system

2023 Isuzu MU-X LS-T 4WD profile

Instead of the MU-X LS-T Also look at.

The Isuzu MU-X now sits in a competitive segment. Especially the premium end.

True dual range 4WDs are popular again.

Buyers could also look at the Toyota Fortuner, SsangYong Rexton, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Ford EverestToyota Prado, Jeep Wrangler.

If you are looking for a more AWD SUV style, you could look at Nissan Pathfinder, Subaru Outback XT, Land Rover Discovery Sport,

2023 Isuzu MU-X LS-T 4WD engine




Model Price $65,990 RDAP*
Engine 3.0L 4 Cyl Turbo Diesel Euro 5
Drivetrain 6 step Sp AT Dual Range 4WD
Battery Capacity / type N/A
Power 140kW @ 3,600rpm
Torque 450Nm @ 1,600 – 2,600rpm
Fuel ADR 8.3L/100km
Fuel on Test 8.6L/100km
Fuel capacity 80L
Range (WLTP) / efficiency 1,111km Max
Fast Charge / Home (240V) N/A
Safety Five star ANCAP (Sept 2022)
CO2 Emissions 220g/km
0-100kmh/Top Speed TBA
Servicing 12 Mth / 15,000km – Capped Price
Warranty 6yr/ 150,000 km
Roadside assist 5Yr. conditional

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

2023 Isuzu MU-X LS-T 4WD interior front

Overall Rating    


Behind the Wheel 9
Comfort 9
Equipment 9
Performance 9
Ride and Handling 9
Practicality 9
Fit for Purpose 9
4WD / Towing * 10 (5/5 – 5/5)
Technology/connectivity 9
Value for Money 10

*Towing and AWD capability is measured against similar vehicles in the same class.

2023 Isuzu MU-X LS-T 4WD boot


Overall Length 4850mm
Wheelbase 2855mm
Width 1870mm
Height 1825mm
Wheels 20×7.5 Alloy
Tyres 265/50 R20
Max ground clearance Up to 235mm
Wading Depth 800mm
Approach 29.2
Rampover 23.1
Departure angle 26.4
Turning Circle KTK 11.4m
Boot Capacity Min 311L
Boot capacity Max 2138L
Battery Weight N/A
Kerb Weight 2180kg
Payload (kg) 620kg
GVM (kg) 2800kg
GCM 5900kg
Towing Capacity 2500kg
Tow Ball rating 350kg

2023 Isuzu MU-X LS-T 4WD rear

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