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 May 2020 top-sellers listed below:
- 1st Toyota Hilux
- 2nd Ford Ranger
- 3rd Isuzu D-Max
- 4th Mitsubishi Triton
- 5th Holden Colorado
- 6th Mazda BT-50
- 7th Nissan Navara
- 8th Volkswagen Amarok
- 9th Mercedes X-Class
- 10th Great Wall Steed
#1 Toyota Hilux – 3,527 sales
Consolidating top spot as not only the most popular ute, but the most popular vehicle, the Toyota Hilux has consistently been the vehicle to beat. Leaving the competition in its rear-view mirror, the Toyota Hilux sold over 3,500 units in May.
Within the Hilux range, motorists have plenty to choose from, including the single-cab WorkMate, the four-door SR, as well as the off-road capable Rugged X, 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 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 – 2,663 sales
With a range consisting of the Single Cab, Double Cab, Super Cab XL, XLT, WildTrak and Raptor models, Ford has expanded its range of recent years, with over 2,600 units sold in May. Some features include e-Locking Rear Differential, Hill Descent Control and 800mm water wading, making the Ford Ranger a worthy set of wheels, regardless of the terrain.
Additional features such as SYNC3 integration, Smart Keyless Entry and dual 4.2inch Cluster Screens behind the steering wheel are included on most models, with each range available in both petrol and diesel engines.
#3 Isuzu D-Max – 1,010 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. Selling over 1,000 units in May, Isuzu is proving 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, with a turbocharger upgrade also available on select models. Coming with a 6speed automatic or manual transmission, the D-Max also has a 3.5 tonne towing capacity on select models, along with leather interior and an infotainment unit for driver and passenger comfort.
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#4 Mitsubishi Triton – 866 sales
Mitsubishi’s primary utility option, the Triton has been a staple within the Japanese brand’s line-up, with the model selling more than 800 units in May. The Triton consists of 4×2 and 4×4 models, which is primarily available in the GLX, GLX+ and GLS varieties, with special edition models also 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. Drivers can also expect bull bars, sports bars and additional wheel sizes and rims, depending on your tastes and budget.
#5 Holden Colorado – 855 sales
Despite a massive jump in sales in March due to the news of the Holden brand looking to be axed, the Colorado ute saw steady sales in May, selling over 800 units. With a 2.8L diesel engine, up to 147kW of power and a 3.5 tonne towing capacity, the Holden Colorado has plenty to offer for both work and play.
Available in a single cab, crew cab and space cab, the Colorado is available in a 4×2 or 4×4 drivetrain depending on the model. You can also choose from a two or four-seater model, ideal for when you only need to fit the tools, the family (or both) in the back. If you’re after something that’s a bit more ‘you’, Holden also offer a number of accessory packs, including the Tradie Pack, Black Pack, Farmer Pack, Rig Pack or the Xtreme Pack, meaning you can find something that suits both your driving style and lifestyle.
#6 Mazda BT-50 – 833 sales
First produced in 2006, the Mazda BT-50 is the Japanese brand’s only utility model, and sold over 800 units in May. Now in its second 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.
#7 Nissan Navara – 726 sales
First rolling off the production line in 1985, the Nissan Navara has proven a popular ute for Aussies, with over 700 units selling in May. In its third generation, the Navara is stocked 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, perhaps making the Nissan Navara that weekend companion you’ve been looking for.
#8 Volkswagen Amarok – 512 sales
The ute from German manufacturer Volkswagen, the Amarok has been in production since 2010, with the model selling over 500 units in May. The Amarok range includes models such as the Highline, Sportline, Core, Canyon and Ultimate, with most sporting a V6 engine, although some come with a four-cylinder variant.
The Amarok includes features such as Mechanical Differential Lock to help you in off-road conditions, along with a 911kg payload 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 Ultimate range.
#9 Mercedes-Benz X-Class – 160 sales
Rounding out the top 10 is the luxury X-Class ute from Mercedes, although there won’t be many more opportunities to purchase the X-Class, with Mercedes ceasing production later this year due to poor sales. In May, the X-Class only sold 160 units, highlighting Mercedes’ decision.
Available in the Pure, Progressive or Power ranges, the X-Class comes with either a 7speed automatic or a 6speed manual gearbox, along with features such as Hill Start Assist, Active Brake Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, adjustable load-securing rails as well as heat insulating glass and keyless ignition to give you a touch of the high life.
#10 Great Wall Steed – 120 sales
Selling just 120 units in May, the flagship model for Chinese brand Great Wall, the Steed – otherwise known as the Wingle – is available as a 4×2 or 4×4 model, as well as single cab or dual cab varieties. The base version of the Steed comes with a 2L turbo diesel engine with 6speed manual transmission, capable of pumping out 110kW of power to help you get the job done, whether you’re on the job site or out on the open road.
Select Steed models can also handle a one tonne payload, and come equipped with heated front Comfort-Tek seats, with all dual cab Steed models featuring Bosch Electromagnetic Stability Program for additional safety and control, along with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution. There are also multiple accessories available, such as roof racks, nudge bars and tow bars to help you kit out your ride for what you need.
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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.
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