Why choose the Isuzu D-Max as a 4WD Ute

D-Max 4WD – Isuzu build good 4WDs. The D-Max is no exception. But what makes the D-Max such a good 4WD Ute.

2023 Isuzu D-Max 4WD LS-U Crew Cab Chassis Its starts with the reliable and robust 30L 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine. It provides some 140kW of power and a very useful 450Nm of torque.

That headline figure is less than some competitors, but it’s the delivery that makes it useful. Maximum torque comes on around 1600rpm and there is about 350Nm available from around 1200rpm. This is combined with a 6 Sp automatic transmission. Low torque delivery means more control in 4WD situations.

Isuzu D-Max LS-U Dual Cab Trayback 4WD Ute at farm engine

Add to that the Terrain Command 4WD system that allows switching between 2WD and 4WD at speeds up to 100kmh. The standard Ute also has 240mm of ground clearance and impressive approach and departure angles.

Other specific 4WD features are a wading depth of 800mm, standard rear diff lock and heavy-duty steel underbody protection. There is also hill start assist and hill decent function that allows control for the driver without fuss.

When you are deep in 4WD country you want a robust and reliable 4WD that gives you the confidence to explore. The Isuzu D-Max does that.

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Final thoughts on the Isuzu D-Max 4WD Ute

  • The D-Max 4WD comes in three variants, single cab, Crew cab and Space Cab
  • It also comes in all the model grades. SX, LS-M, LS-U, LS-U+ and X-Terrain
  • Depending on the model it will come with a rear tub or trayback.
  • All 4WD models come with the full suite of safety features irrespective if the grade or body style
  • All 4WD models come with standard rear diff lock and Terrain Command 4WD system obviously.
  • The 3.0L 4 Cylinder turbo diesel engine is across all D-Max 4WD models
  • Buyers can choose either a 6 speed manual or 6 speed automatic transmission, depending on the model grade.
  • Every D-Max 4WD will tow 3500kg with a 350kg tow ball rate
  • While the approach, rampover and departure angles will vary depending on the model and body style, all are enough for adventurous 4WD.
  • Water fording of 800mm on all models is excellent. Class leading.


What is good?

  • 4WD and towing ability
  • Ride and handling
  • Class leading safety features

What is not so good?

  • Central screen can wash out in sunlight
  • Inconsistent DTE gauge
  • Would love 150kW/500Nm


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