Best Dual Cab and 4 x 4 Utes

There are not many greater feelings than sitting behind the wheel of a Ute, coasting through the wide open roads of the Outback. You know what we’re talking about. If you do not already have one, surely you have at least ridden in one.

Dual cab Utes are the ultimate driving machine. It is as if someone took everything we love about our vehicles and put it into one powerful, sexy, and functional body. They are able to off-road with ease, are the perfect family size, and just in case you want to go wild, support the best of most aftermarket gear. You will not have a hard time convincing yourself to get one of these, we promise.

1. Ford Ranger XLT (4 x 4) 2014/15

Built using Ford’s pick up track platform, the Ranger leaves tons of cabin space. It is known to be the most comfortable dual cab Ute out there. What you will notice about this vehicle that tends to be different than the rest is that it has only an automatic transmission. Do not let this fool you though, the Ford still offers heaping amounts of power and comfort.

  • Engine: This icon of perfection comes with a 3.2 litre, 5 cylin   der turbocharged engine.
  • Transmission: It maintains its power with a 6 speed automatic transmission
  • Drive Away Cost: Putting up $60,000 will have you speeding away in your new Ute.
  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Fuel Economy: 9.2L per 100 km
  • Seats: 5

Great style, a fantastic ride, and high speed handling have earned the Ford Ranger XLT a place among the elite.

2. Mitsubishi MK Triton (4 x 4) 1996-2004

With a name like Triton, you expect great things. Mitsubishi does not disappoint. For a used vehicle, this beast has held its value tremendously. Since the release of this Ute, it has seen only a few updates and is notoriously reliable.

  • Engine: Triton has 2.8 litre, 6 cylinder turbo engine.
  • Transmission: Both a 4 speed automatics and 5 speed manual are available
  • Drive Away Cost: Putting up no more than $15,000 will have you speeding away in this Mitsubishi gem.
  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Fuel Economy: 10.7L per 100 km
  • Seats: 5

It’s no wonder these are hard to find, buyers tend to hold on to them. If you are lucky enough to get your hands on one keep it, or call us.

3. Holden TF Rodeo (4 x 4) 1988 – 2003

Holden is a little tricky with this one. Before it parted ways with Isuzu, these machines were built. So if you look under the hood you’ll find the Isuzu diesel engine. This is perfect because the engine offers a much faster model than most Holden’s these days.

  • Engine: The Isuzu 3.2 litre, 6 cylinder turbo engine.
  • Transmission: Both a 4 speed automatics and 5 speed manual are available
  • Drive Away Cost: Won’t cost you more than $10,000
  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Fuel Economy: 11.0L per 100 km
  • Seats: 5

This Ute is a bit on the older side, but definitely gets the job done. You will be missing out on the modern power of some of the machines but it has enough torque to send you to the back seat if you pound the gas. This is definitely your most cost effective Ute.

4. Mazda BT-50 XTR (4 x 4) 2014/15

Like the Ranger, the BT-50 has an automatic transmission. It shines when you take this monster off road and delivers only the highest of performance and towing capability. With firmer settings, you might get a bumpy ride on the road, but you will be able to pull tree trunks right out of the ground.

  • Engine: 3.2 litre, 5 cylinder turbocharged engine.
  • Transmission: 6 speed automatic
  • Drive Away Cost: Fork up $55,000 and you can shred dirt roads with the BT-50
  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Fuel Economy: 9.2L per 100 km
  • Seats: 5

Power. That is what the BT-50 is about. If what you want is a new toy to tear up the land, put this on your list. It runs an average of $6,000 less than similar vehicles.

5. Ssango Musso (4 x 4) 1997 – 2006

Looking to get into something that you are not going to have to sell a kidney for? This is it. You can get the early models for as little as $5,000. It is a great wallet friendly option for a dual cab Ute. The glamorous Mercedes-Benz provided this vehicle’s engine.

  • Engine: Mercedes-Benz 2.9 litre, 4 cylinder, turbo engine.
  • Transmission: Both a 4 speed automatics and 5 speed manual are available
  • Drive Away Cost: Cost effective! Get one for as little as $5,000
  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Fuel Economy: 16.2L per 100 km
  • Seats: 5

There is a downside to saving yourself some money. Where you do not spend it now, you will probably end up spending it in fuel. But if you do not plan on making this your daily vehicle you are in good shape.

Finding the best dual cab and 4×4 Ute is all about you. Yep, it is just your preference and budget. Sure, we would all like to able to drop $80,000 on a new Ute and some parts, but we will have just as much fun with a $5,000 Ssango Musso. The Utes listed above are among the elite and have been rated top in their class or the best bang for your buck. Ready to speed off in style? Yeah you are! We hope our above guide has been helpful in deciding which model to go for.

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