Aussies love their utes for their performance, versatility and workability. Buyers have a vast choice of models to select from the time comes to upgrade. But with so many options covering quite a price range, which are the real best utes? The rivalry between Ranger and HiLux has been seriously disrupted with many real contenders. While debate on which are the best utes will likely go on in perpetuity, recently announced award winners and model upgrades may provide direction for ute buyers.
Especially for business operators, price will likely be a consideration when purchasing one of the best utes on the market and that may depend on the cost of the finance. We report on which utes the team at Carsales consider the best and news of upgrades to the very popular Isuzu D-Max and give our tips on how one of these best utes could be yours with cheaper finance.
Best Ute 2022 – Carsales Awards
The expert team at Carsales recently announced their 2022 car of the year awards, including the gong for the best 4x4 dual cab. The judging team narrowed the market down to 7 for the final verdict and readily admit, that there was not a ‘bad egg’ on the list. Good news for buyers!
When considering the results of any awards, it is worth taking into account the criteria that framed the judging process. This can be reviewed at Carsales. But essentially, the selected contenders are 4-cylinder, diesel, mid-sized with auto transmission and similar towing capacity and payload. In terms of pricing, the criteria was around the $60,000 price before on roads.
So which ute was considered the best by the Carsales team?
In order the seven contenders were awarded as follows:-
- Ford Ranger
- Isuzu D-Max
- Mazda BT-50
- Toyota HiLux
- Nissan Navara
- GWM Ute
- Mitsubishi Triton
The details of why can be reviewed at the website. For buyers, the winners with Ranger, D-Max and BT-50 being awarded ahead of the HiLux, it might present some interesting considerations. Interesting perhaps to compare these awards with the perennial best-seller which is typically the Toyota HiLux and the Dual-Cab Ute for 2022 which was awarded by the expert team at Drive to the Isuzu D-Max.
Of course one major issue for buyers to take into account and which may end up being a priority is availability. The timing around when you need the ute and when it is available to drive away may differ. Stock issues are tipped to persist in the motor vehicle market for some time.
Isuzu D-Max Upgrades
Flush with being awarded Drive’s best dual cab of 2022, Isuzu is giving the D-Max some serious upgrades for 2023. And reportedly, without a price increase. That can be a major buying pain point at the moment with so many new model vehicles arriving on the market with massive price increases.
Isuzu Ute has announced a refresh to the D-MAX for the 2023 models. The company said the updates and upgrades have been driven by feedback from customers. The refinements include new variants in the range, new features and a refreshed design.
The MD of Isuzu Ute Australia, Hiroyasu Sato said the update is the most significant since the range debuted with a bolder aesthetic and 4 new models adding to the line-up to give customers greater choice.
Check out the details of the upgrades at the Isuzu Ute website. And an important point to note in the statement is that this MY23 D-MAX is expected in local dealerships in December this year. Great news in a market which has been plagued with supply issues. To ensure you’re one of the first, speak with us about pre-approved ute finance.
We mentioned no price increase, so what might you be looking at for a new D-MAX? Reports have pricing across the single, crew and space cab models ranging from around $32,200 to around $65,000 for the top of the range X-Terrain 4x4 Crew Cab. But the majority of the models sit in the $40,000s to early $50,000 price bracket. To see what those prices may mean in terms of car finance, use commercial car finance calculator.
Getting behind the wheel of a ‘best ute’ with cheaper finance
Mention of pricing is a great way to slide into the real affordability issue with buying a new ute – the finance. Especially for business operators, the figures have to stack up in regard to finance repayments working with cash flow.
Sourcing the cheapest ute finance will be the priority and that starts with the cheapest interest rates. Rates vary across the lending market for both personal car loans and for business vehicle finance. And it’s no secret that the RBA is highly likely to announce further cash rate rises.
Despite the six months of interest rate rises, we have maintained our policy of achieving affordable business car loan interest rates and will continue to do so. To assist customers save time and source the cheapest finance, we handle the entire process of sourcing quotes, application approvals, paperwork and settlement.
Tips for getting into one of the best utes with finance:-
- Maintain a good credit score to ensure the cheapest interest rate and loan offer is received.
- Engage our broker-style services to save time and hassle and handle the negotiations on rates and loan terms to ensure the repayments are affordable.
- Ensure the finance has a fixed interest rate not a variable rate so the repayments are not subject to interest rate fluctuations.
- Consider pre-approved finance to be well-placed to order asap and to provide confidence around the price range of vehicle to consider.
- Businesses can consider tax measures such as temporary full expensing to achieve further benefits from the acquisition.
Contact Jade Car Loans at 1300 000 003 for cheaper finance on one of the best utes on the market.
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