Famous for their versatility, work-ready and rugged platform that can cop some serious abuse, Australia’s appetite for utes is both unique compared to the rest of the globe, and so ferocious that the best-selling cars in Australia for years now have been utes.
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With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top 10 cheapest utes you’ll find on the road here in Australia to help you find a bargain, which includes both single and dual-cab ute configurations.
If you’re in the market for a no-frills workhorse from one of the best in the business, the entry-level Toyota HiLux Workmate single cab-chassis remains one of your leading options.
Priced from $24,255 for the entry-level manual variant, or $26,225 for the six-speed automatic, the HiLux Workmate comes powered by a 2.7-litre four-cylinder petrol kicking up 122kW of power and 245Nm of torque.
The little workhorse offers a generous tray for cargo, while braked towing capacity is rated up to 2,500kg and ground clearance stands at 174mm.
Toyota’s cheapest HiLux dual-cab ute comes in the form of the Workmate 4x2 double cab with the 2.7-litre petrol engine which is priced at $33,706.
The Mitsubishi Triton offers an extremely compelling value proposition within Australia’s ute market, with the base model kicking off from just $24,240.
The Triton GLX 4x2 cab chassis comes powered by a 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol producing 94kW of power and 194Nm of torque, with power sent to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual, while opting for the more powerful turbo-diesel engine brings the price to $29,240.
In terms of workhorse abilities, the entry-level Triton GLX cab chassis offers up 1,800kg of braked towing capacity, with the maximum payload figure standing at 1,280kg.
Mitsubishi’s most affordable dual-cab Triton is priced at $38,940 for the GLX 4x2 double cab with an automatic transmission.
Isuzu has become synonymous with value within the ute segment, and the latest generation D-MAX lineup is no different, with prices kicking off from $31,990.
The D-MAX lineup kicks off in the form of the 4x2 SX single cab chassis with a manual transmission, which comes powered by the same 1.9-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder powering the base model Mazda BT-50.
The powertrain kicks up 110kW of power and 350Nm of torque, which is thrown to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual, while a six-speed automatic transmission will set you back an extra $2,000.
Payload figures stand at a hugely impressive 1,380kg for the base single-cab 1.9, while braked towing power stands at 3,00kg.
Opting for the entry-level 4x4 D-MAX brings the price to $42,200, while the cheapest dual-cab D-MAX in the range comes in the form of the SX-grade 4x2 crew cab, which is priced at $42,700.
Nissan’s iconic Navara nameplate comes priced at a very reasonable $32,300 for the entry-level Navara SL single cab chassis.
It comes powered by Nissan’s 2.3-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder pushing out 120kW of power and 403Nm of torque, making it one of the heaviest-hitters in terms of power and & torque for the money, with power thrown to the wheels via a six-speed manual.
The single cab also offers the best payload figures of the range, with a rating up to 1,282kg, while braked towing capacity stands at an impressive 3,500kg.
The cheapest Navara dual cab, the SL variant is priced at $39,600.
Mazda’s cheapest ute enters the ring in the form of the BT-50 XS single cab with an all-new engine, which receives a $33,850 price tag.
Introduced as a new entry-point into the BT-50 range, the XS single cab variant comes powered by a 1.9-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine producing 110kW of power and 350Nm of torque, which is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The XS offers braked towing capacity of 3,000kg, while the payload figure stands at 1,165kg, making for a great little workhorse that benefits from a stylish interior design and generous equipment list.
The cheapest BT-50 dual cab is priced at $42,790 for the 4x2 XS with the same engine, while the cheapest 4x4 dual-cab receives the 3.0-litre twin-turbo engine and is priced at $51,060.
The LDV T60 gives Australian buyers a serious value proposition within the dual-cab ute segment, with prices starting at just $35,779 for the entry-level T60 Pro.
It comes powered by a 2.8-litre turbo-diesel kicking up 110kW of power and 360Nm of torque, which is paired with a six-speed manual transmission while receiving a 4x4 system with a dual range function.
Braked towing figures stand at 3,000kg for the entry-level Pro, while the payload figures start at 1,025kg for the base model, decreasing to 815kg for the Luxe variant.
There’s an all-new Ford Ranger in town, and it’s brought a huge number of upgrades for Australian buyers, with the cheapest Ranger in the line-up, the single cab chassis 4x2 kicking off from $35,930.
The Ranger XL-grade 4x2 single cab comes powered by a revised 2.0-litre turbo-diesel unit kicking up an impressive 125kW of power and 405Nm of torque and transmits power exclusively via a six-speed automatic.
The all-new Ranger is both longer and wider than its predecessor, which translates to even more tray space for the work-ready cab chassis variant, with braked towing capacity standing at 3,500kg.
Opting for the latest Ranger dual-cab XL dual cab brings the price up to $40,430, which is powered by the same engine and receives the same six-speed automatic transmission.
SsangYong is looking to expand its slice of Australia’s ute market with the updated Musso range, which kicks off from $35,790.
It comes powered by a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel unit producing 133kW of power and 400Nm of torque, with a four-wheel drive system with low-range fitted as standard. This translates to a payload figure of 790kg, which increases to 1,025kg in the flagship Musso ELX XLV.
The Musso lineup is available as a dual cab platform only, in two model grades including the ELX base model and the Musso Ultimate which receives a heap of premium features.
The GWM Ute has wasted no time in storming the Australian ute market, and comes offered in a dual-cab configuration only that is priced from $35,990 for the Cannon base model.
The GWM Ute range receives the same engine, with a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel kicking up 120kW of power and 400Nm of torque via an eight-speed automatic transmission. This translates to a maximum braked towing figure of 3,000kg, while the payload cap stands at 1,050kg.
Standard equipment for the entry-level Cannon includes 18-inch alloys, LED headlights, side steps and a 9.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto.
Volkswagen in recent years has slimmed-down its Amarok lineup, with only a dual-cab platform on offer these days, which is priced from $44,590 for the base model.
VW’s cheapest Amarok comes in the form of the TDI400, which receives a powerful engine and 4x4 system as standard. It’s powered by a 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel unit pushing out 132kW of power and 400Nm of torque to the six-speed manual transmission.
This translates to payload capacities of 1,033kg for the cheapest Amarok in the range, accompanied by a braked towing capacity of 3,000kg. If you’re looking for maximum pulling power, consider the TDI550 which receives a turbocharged six-cylinder diesel that increases towing to 3,500kg and gross vehicle & combination mass to 3,080kg and 6,000kg respectively.
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