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By Alexi Falson, 02 Oct, 2023
Two of the heavyweights of the ute segment come in the form of the Toyota HiLux and the Mitsubishi Triton, offering a mix of work-ready capabilities, off-road abilities and a family-friendly nature.
By Alexi Falson, 21 Sep, 2023
The LDV T60 is a relatively new entry to the ever-competitive world of dual-cab utes, it’s been quick to make a lasting impression thanks to its attractive value proposition.
Australia is a land of wide open plains and the home of some of the world’s most ravenous lovers of the dual cab ute platform.
The world of electric vehicles has exploded in recent years, and the ute segment looks set to be the next segment to get electrified.
The term ‘ute’ is simply a shortened version of the word utility, which is defined as something that is useful or beneficial. In this sense, utes offer a heap of use and benefits for their owners thanks to their adaptable platform that lends itself perfectly for worksites and family duties.
While there’s a heap of different shapes, sizes and configurations for utes, the recipe is relatively simple: give the driver and passenger a comfortable, insulated cabin and free up space in the rear of the platform for a tray or flat-bed design that can be used for pretty much anything.
Utes are so uniquely popular in Australia compared to the rest of the world because of the simple fact that we invented them. In 1932, the wife of an Australian farmer wrote to Ford requesting a car that can be used for both work and personal driving.
Ford responded to this request with the first-ever ute in 1934, with rival, Holden, following suit. The rest is history, with Australia’s appetite for the ute platform never slowing down thanks to their versatility, work-ready platform, tough off-road nature and their family-friendly packaging.
A single cab ute has a cabin designed for one or two people, while a dual cab ute offers another row of seating in the rear of the cabin. A single cab typically has two doors, while a dual cab ute will feature four doors, making it the more family-friendly option.
This extra interior space does come at the cost of tray space, though, with dual-cab utes offering a considerably smaller tray than you’ll find in a single cab configuration.
In spite of their size and sheer weight, when it comes to outright fuel economy the leading dual cab utes on the market aren’t unreasonably thirsty thanks to their turbo-diesel engines.
The most economical dual cab utes on the market include the Toyota HiLux, Isuzu D-Max, Mazda BT-50, Nissan Navara, Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi Triton, and the Volkswagen Amarok.