Utes, or utility vehicles, are an enduringly popular style of car in Australia. Not only are they prized for their superior functionality, but in recent years more and more upmarket models have become available—appealing to a broader range of buyers. Here’s our round-up of some of the best utes on the market at the moment.
The Toyota HiLux is one of the best-selling cars in Australia. It owes its popularity to its workhorse capabilities and durable build. The Toyota Hilux is well-equipped to handle off-road terrain, making it a great choice if you need a more functional ute. The more modern models also offer premium looks and features, including a nine-speaker premium audio system in the 2020 HiLux Rugged X.
The Holden Colorado combines high-performance features with a powerful look, resulting in a dominating vehicle on and off the road. The Holden Colorado features a 2.8-L four-cylinder turbo diesel engine, and newer models from 2016 are equipped with a re-engineered engine for a smoother, quieter drive.
A good option if you’re looking for a high-end ute, the Volkswagen Amarok offers stylish looks and commanding features. The top-of-the-range 2017 Amarok TDI550 Ultimate features a leather-trimmed cabin and heated front seats, as well as premium 19-inch wheels. The Amarok doesn’t skimp on functionality, and offers up to 3,500 kg in towing capacity on Volkswagen Amarok V6 models from 2018 onwards.
The Mitsubishi Triton has enjoyed decades-long popularity in Australia since it was first introduced here in 1986. All new models of the popular ute feature a 2.4-L four-cylinder turbo diesel engine, with only the GLX base model offering a petrol engine. While early 2000s models of the Mitsubishi Triton came with only front airbags as standard, models from 2018 onwards feature seven airbags, anti-lock brakes, and stability and traction control in their list of standard safety features.
The Nissan Navara has been driven on Australian roads for more than 30 years. The trusted vehicle is available in a range of models that cater to those who need pure function, as well as those who are after more refinery and comfort. Newer models offer better handling, while upgrading through the range you’ll find features such as heated seats, leather seats, a sunroof and even 32.2-inch all-terrain tyres on the top-of-the-range N-TREK Warrior.
The Ford Ranger is a popular all-rounder, appealing to those looking for powerful looks and performance. It drives just as well on-road as it does off, however its imposing size doesn’t make it the most practical for city driving. Similar to most other utes, the Ford Ranger offers up to 3,500 kg in towing capacity, which is easily handled by its powerful diesel engines.
Whatever manufacturer or model you’re looking for, you’ll find the best ute for you on Gumtree. If you’re still undecided about the kind of off-road vehicle you might need, compare these utes to some of the best SUVs.