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The top 5 pickup trucks to consider buying in Australia

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There are a lot of different pickup trucks on the market these days, and each area of the world benefits from its own buying options. For those who live in Australia, this sort of automotive purchase can be even more of a challenge. Sure, certain full-size American pickup trucks may not be so prevalent down under, but options still abound, and there are quite a few of them to which the American market has zero access.

This blog post will discuss the top five pickup trucks worth considering if you are in the market for a new rig, live in Australia and are in search of a truck with 5 years of warranty coverage or more. Here, we’ll look at some of the benefits and drawbacks of each model so you can make an informed decision about which truck is right for you, your daily driving and 4×4 needs and your wallet.

Top 5 pickups for the Australian market

So, you’ve decided that a pickup truck is right for you. Congrats, and welcome to the club! We think you’re going to like it here.

But truck buyer confusion runs rampant. Overall initial quality and the number of makes and models being brought to market each year can be downright intimidating for the first-time pickup truck buyer. This is precisely why we opted to keep things simple, and put together this cheat sheet focusing on the top five best options for Australian truck buyers.

1. Nissan Navara

The Navara is a great pickup truck to consider if you’re looking for something reliable and affordable. It has a 5-Star ANCAP rating and a five-year warranty, making it a great choice for those looking for a long-term investment. Nissan’s Navara also has great fuel efficiency, ranging from 7-8 kilometers per liter. A great first choice for those looking for a pickup truck that won’t break the bank.

2. Ford Ranger

The Ford Ranger is a great option for those looking for durability and reliability within a pickup truck. Engineered to last, even those living in Australia’s toughest terrain will appreciate this truck’s unstoppable strengths. Practically packaged and undeniably capable off-road, the Ford Ranger earns its spot on this list for good reason. It also comes with a 5-year warranty and can be outfitted with Ford Performance parts straight from the factory.

3. Toyota Hilux

Toyota’s Hilux has to be one of the most reliable pickup trucks ever produced. Proven performance and impressive reliability ratings make this Japanese pickup a favorite for those looking for a truck that just won’t quit. At a considerably lower price point than many other trucks on this list, the Hilux’s $24,225 starting price and fantastic fuel efficiency average of 11.0L/100KM. In addition, Toyota’s iconic pickup packs a 5-Star ANCAP rating and comes complete with a 5-year warranty.

4. Mitsubishi Triton

The Mitsubishi Triton blends the best aspirations from the brand’s rally car history and then packs in a ton of pickup truck practicality to fill in the gaps. Offered with Mitsubishi’s potent turbo motors, buckets of 4×4 and overlanding perks, and restyled looks that are quite sinister, the Mitsubishi Triton Athlete edition is a clear frontrunner in the lineup. Honored for earning top safety scores across the board, the Triton is one of those trucks that many other countries want, but only Australia and a few others can enjoy.

5. Isuzu D-Max

Closing things out is the stoic Isuzu D-Max. Long considered to be one of Australia’s top pickup truck choices, this odd little Ute can handle almost any job you throw at it, especially when outfitted with fleet-specific OE upgrades. This latest generation of D-Max receives an all-new suspension with body roll, ride comfort, and payload in mind. It also comes loaded with under-plate armor, so definitely a solid worksite consideration.

The D-Max is a diesel sipper and is made available in single, double and crew cab body styles, with pricing starting at $32,200. One intriguing closing note on this pickup is the fact that while it also comes with a 5-Star ANCAP safety rating, it is the only option on this list that is offered with a six-year warranty.

The benefits and drawbacks of owning a pickup truck

But before diving headlong into any of these five pickup truck options, a few factors must first be taken into consideration.

Benefits:

  • Pickup trucks can tow and haul heavy loads and tow trailers, but every vehicle on today’s list can also fly through 4×4 terrain. The days of the slow pickup are over.
  • Name the 4×4 upgrade or camping gear that’s needed, and chances are either there’s an aftermarket option or the dealer has an option.
  • Pickup trucks continue to retain a shockingly high resale value.

Drawbacks:

  • Pickup trucks tend to be not nearly as fuel efficient as other vehicle options.
  • Parking and maneuvering in tight spaces can be a real challenge at times.
  • Comfort and quiet are often sacrificed in favor of performance and practicality.

However, even with all of these cons considered, owning a pickup truck can be a great option, especially if towing and outdoor activities are in the cards on a routine basis. So, if you live in Australia, and think a pickup truck is the right vehicle for you, please take the time to do some research, and test drives a few different platforms before deciding on a certain chassis. Hopefully, you will consider this top five pickup truck cheat sheet as a solid starting point ahead of a successful vehicle buy. We sure did.

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