Nothing beats that new car feeling. But with plenty of brands, models, engine types and even colours to pick from, it can all feel a bit overwhelming. Yet if you find yourself drawn to a ute, which one should you be looking at a bit more closely? To help you find out which utility may be the car of your dreams, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries releases a monthly report on the top-selling cars in Australia, showing which models are proving most popular on our roads. Check this page for regular updates on the best-selling utes – including 4×4 and 4×2 models – with the March 2021 top-sellers listed below:
- Toyota Hilux
- Ford Ranger
- Mitsubishi Triton
- Isuzu D-Max
- Mazda BT-50
- Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series
- Nissan Navara
- LDV T60
- Volkswagen Amarok
- Great Wall Cannon
#1 Toyota Hilux – 5,319 sales
Consolidating top spot once again, the Toyota Hilux has consistently been the vehicle to beat, showcasing its popularity with Aussie motorists over the past few years. Leaving the competition in its rear-view mirror, the Toyota Hilux has top spot well and truly sorted, with over 5,300 units sold in March.
Within the Hilux range, Aussie motorists have plenty to choose from, including the single-cab WorkMate, the four-door SR, as well as the off-road capable Rogue and Rugged X models, with petrol and diesel varieties additionally available. If you’re looking to customise your new car, you won’t be disappointed with the Hilux, with plenty of extras available to suit the drive to work or your next weekend adventure, with trays, canopies, bull bars and comfortable seating all available for purchase.
#2 Ford Ranger – 3,983 sales
With a line-up that originally consisted of the Single Cab, Double Cab and Super Cab XL models, Ford expanded the range with the XL, XLS, XLT, WildTrak and Raptor models for motorists to choose from. Including features such as an 800mm wading depth, e-Locking Rear Differential and Hill Launch Assist, the latest Ford Ranger models may be enough to get you excited for an outback adventure.
Additional features SYNC3 integration, Smart Keyless Entry and a 4.2inch Multi-Function Display are included on most models, with each range available in both petrol and diesel engines. Selling under 4,000 models in March, Ford’s flagship ute is proving to be a consistently popular option for motorists.
#3 Mitsubishi Triton – 2,492 sales
Mitsubishi’s primary utility option, the Triton, has been a staple within the Japanese brand’s line-up, with the model selling under 2,500 units in March. With 4×2 and 4×4 models available, the Triton is primarily available in the GLX, GLX+ and GLS varieties, with special edition models additionally available.
Most Triton models include features such as Smartphone Link Display Audio (SDA) system, rear diff lock, heated seats and an electrochromatic rear view mirror, allowing for both increased comfort and safety, while drivers can expect bull bars, sports bars and additional wheel sizes and rims available to add-on, depending on your tastes and budget.
#4 Isuzu D-Max – 1,994 sales
Known for its range of commercial trucks, Japanese manufacturer Isuzu has offered the flagship D-Max model since 2002, with its range divided primarily into the SX and LS range. Releasing the third-generation in September 2020, the D-Max sold just under 2,000 units in March, and looks to be a popular option for those looking for a new ute.
With Crew Cab, Space Cab and Single Cab varieties available, each model packs a 3.0L diesel engine under the hood, paired with a 6-speed automatic or manual transmission. The latest generation D-Max also features more cabin space to help your passengers stretch out, with an infotainment unit compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to help keep you entertained during those long roadtrips. And if you’re taking gear with you, the D-Max comes with a 3.5 tonne towing capacity across all models, and a payload capacity of over 1,300kg, ideal for when you’re going away for a few days.
#5 Mazda BT-50 – 1,376 sales
First produced in 2006, the Mazda BT-50 is the Japanese brand’s only utility model, and sold over 1,300 units in March. Now in its third generation, the BT-50 is available in a single cab, freestyle cab, dual cab, 4×2 and 4×4 models, giving you plenty of options to find the ideal fit for your lifestyle.
With features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, Trailer Sway Control to keep your load stable when driving, along with Dynamic Stability Control to help you in control, the BT-50 also comes with a range of accessories to be purchased if you’re really looking to make it your own.
#6 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series – 1,148 sales
As one of Toyota’s longest running models, it’s no surprised that the LandCruiser has made its way into the utility market, with the popular 70 Series one of the top-selling 4×4 models in Australia. Powered by a 4.5L turbo diesel engine, the 70 Series ute can produce over 150kW of engine output, and has a 5speed manual transmission, and sold over 1,100 units in March.
Available as a single cab, double cab, troop carrier or wagon, the 70 Series can be further broken down into the WorkMate, GX and GXL varieties, with all models including halogen headlamps, air-intake snorkel, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Active Traction Control (A-TRAC) in addition to a 6.1inch touchscreen multimedia display with sat-nav, ideal whether you’re staying on the bitumen or heading off-road.
#7 Nissan Navara – 1,036 sales
First rolling off the production line in 1985, the Nissan Navara has proven a popular ute for Aussies, with over 1,000 units selling in March. In its third generation, the Navara is available in a number of models, including RX, SL, DX, ST, ST-X and N-TREK, with 4×2 and 4×4 models available in the range.
Coming with features such as Hill Start Assist, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with Nissan Intelligent Mobility to keep you running smoothly, the Navara also has a 3,500kg towing capacity on all models, helping you to take what you need, whether it’s for the weekend or the worksite. Additionally, the Navara comes equipped with an Active Brake Limited Slip (ABLS) to deliver equal power to both rear wheels to boost traction over tricky terrain, the Nissan Navara may be just the weekend companion you’ve been looking for.
#8 LDV T60 – 809 sales
Otherwise known as the Maxus T60, the LDV T60 ute has been on Australian shores since 2017, with the ute now available in the Pro, Luxe or Mega Tub models. Each model is available with a manual or automatic transmission, with all T60 utes powered by a 2.8L turbo diesel engine, capable of a maximum output of 110kW, and sold over 800 units in March.
Available with 17inch or 19inch alloy wheels depending on the specific model, the T60 also comes equipped with LED daytime running lights, Blind Spot Monitor, Hill Descent Control, roof rails, a 10inch touchscreen entertainment system and six speakers for your music. Features such as a leather steering wheel, keyless start, 360-degree view camera and heated side mirrors are only available on the more expensive models.
#9 Volkswagen Amarok – 708 sales
The ute from German manufacturer Volkswagen, the Amarok has been in production since 2010, with the model selling over 700 units in March. The Amarok range includes models such as the Highline, Sportline and Core, with models featuring either a 4-cylinder or V6 turbo-diesel engine.
The Amarok includes features such as Mechanical Differential Lock to help you in off-road conditions, along with a payload of over 1,000kg and four wheel disc brakes for increased safety and maneuverability in tight areas. The Amarok also features a 6.3inch media system, ergonomic seats and Nappa leather coming standard with the more expensive models.
#10 Great Wall Cannon – 418 sales
One of the latest offerings from the Great Wall brand, the Cannon – otherwise known as the P Series or simply as the GWM Ute – looks to replace the Steed in the Australian market as the flagship model. Available only as a dual cab, the Cannon is available as a base model, the Cannon-L or the Cannon-X, depending on your needs.
Selling over 400 units in March, the Cannon also features a 1-tonne payload and 3-tonne braked towing capacity, in addition to a 2.0L diesel engine, coupled with an 8speed automatic gearbox. With 4×4 models additionally available, you’ll be able to enjoy off-road adventures, with a 9inch touchscreen infotainment unit available across the range, with all models similarly featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.
Which ute should I buy?
While often considered the go-to for the worksite, the humble ute has merged lanes into the school run, the weekend adventure, as well as the casual Sunday drive, meaning it’s not just for tradies anymore. In saying that, there’s plenty of workhorses available for those on the tools, while luxury brands have also expanded their range to accommodate those who prefer a bit of extra storage space with their creature comforts.
Regardless of which brand and model you’ve got your heart set on, it’s best to look into all of your options and keep an eye out for bargains, as you don’t want to be taken for a ride when it comes to the price tag. But you won’t be left waiting in the ute market. The only downside? You’ll be asked to help your mates move house. But if you can live with that, then a ute may be your next set of wheels.