Ute comparison 2018: Ford Ranger v Toyota HiLux v Mitsubishi Triton v Nissan Navara v Holden Colorado v Isuzu D-MAX v Mazda BT-50 v Volkswagen Amarok

Dual-cab utes are expected to be more versatile today than ever before. Rough and tough is not enough. The flagship versions must be comfortable inside, safe, and look the part because people want show ponies as well as workhorses.

Consider, for a moment, that the eight most popular dual-cab models managed 193,000 sales in Australia last year, which equals 16 per cent of the entire new vehicle market. That covers a diverse demographic. It doesn’t take a genius to see it.

We’ve purchased three – a HiLux SR5 sits on our fleet, plus our production teams have a Navara SL on mud-pluggers and a wrapped Triton GLX+ for their shooting duties – so we appreciate their versatility as much as any.

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