The Isuzu MU-X has been awarded the Best 7 Seat 4WD under $60,000 for the second year running by OzRoamer Magazine.
"Driving the MU-X is the long lasting Isuzu 3.0L diesel. This engine is one tough motor and is renowned for its build tolerances and longevity. The term indestructible comes to mind.
What the Isuzu does though is make you really question why you would pay upwards of $80,000 on some of the other 'family 4WD wagons' it's that good. I think it is interesting that you can get an Isuzu MU-X LSU and a decent camper trailer for less than a new top spec Prado and be out there enjoying the Australian bush and not missing a thing.
Over all the new Isuzu MU-X is a strong contender in the family 4WD market. It has almost car/wagon like handling, enough power for almost everything you will ask of it, plenty of creature comforts, 5 star ANCAP safety, will seat 7 in relative comfort, is a robust and competent 4WD and all for less than $60,000."
Isuzu UTE Australia's seven-seat SUV – the MU-X – has just received its first accolade with OzRoamer crowning the MU-X LS-T as the best seven-seat 4WD Under $60,000.
OzRoamer publishes the most comprehensive review of AWD SUV's and 4WD'S for towing capability and off road ability - with this prestigious award being the result of rigorous subjective and objective testing throughout the year by a number of independent judges.
"This award illustrates the MU-X's outstanding ability and versatility when tested under 'real-world' conditions," said Dave Harding, Isuzu UTE Australia's Assistant General Manager of Marketing & PR.
"It also highlights what a great value proposition the MU-X is when you compare its off-road and towing credentials with our more extravagantly priced competitors," he added.
OzRoamer's tester Anthony Hood said that the MU-X "performed effortlessly" during its evaluation.
"We took the Isuzu MU-X LS-T on a family holiday towing a 2800kg caravan through the narrow windy and hilly back roads of Tasmania. The MU-X never missed a beat. While towing we averaged about 14-15L/100Km and there was plenty of power and low down torque for the job. That is what I mean by sometimes the figures don't translate to real world driving. The MU-X performed like it had another 100Nm of torque.
"What the Isuzu does though is make you really question why you would pay upwards of $80,000 on some of the other 'family 4WD wagons' it's that good," Hood concluded.
The Isuzu D-MAX has been announced as the winner of the 2013 Australian 4WD Action Magazine's Ute of the Year.
Widely respected as this country's toughest 4x4 ute test, the D-MAX triumphed over the full-gamut of Australia's one-tonne ute segment; the Toyota HiLux, Mazda BT-50, Ford Ranger, Nissan Navara, Holden Colorado and Volkswagen Amarok.
"Judging criteria for the 4WDer's Ute of the Year was simple – we wanted to test the vehicles in a way that mimics how they'd be used in real life," said Australian 4WD Action's editor, Brendan Seymour.
"This meant loading them almost to their GVM (Gross Vehicle Mass), and then putting them through their paces in every off-road terrain imaginable, from mud, to steep hills, sand and long stretches at higher speeds ... finally, we enlisted the help of seven real 4WDers to test the vehicles like only a true 4WDer can – and the D-MAX came out on top," he added.
Not only did the Isuzu D-MAX pick up the overall award, but it also proved the most fuel efficient of the seven utes tested.
Giving further insight to the comprehensive assessment regime, tester Steven Collins explained; "We broke the off-road performance portion of the judging down into five categories and scored each ute based on how they performed off-road. We then compared and scored fuel economy (as tested), purchase price, running costs per year (comprehensive insurance and servicing) and payload to determine the final outcome."
The Isuzu D-MAX has been awarded the prestigious title of the 2013 Delivery Magazine "Ute of the Year".
Delivery Magazine is widely considered the top Australian publication for news and reviews on all
light commercial vehicles.
"Unlike the 4x4 magazines we don’t look at which product can best climb a mountain. It’s more a case of whether it can carry a one tonne load across a muddy building site. And while top spec’ show ponies may look the part, a good quality stereo is not as important as the bottom line on the balance sheet,” said Managing Editor and Publisher, Chris Mullet.
The D-MAX came out as the number one choice when compared against a strong line-up of competitors including Mazda BT-50, Ford Ranger, VW Amarok, Nissan Navara and Holden Colarado.
"The new Isuzu D-MAX is a further refinement of the previous model that builds on the strength and durability of the Isuzu truck name. With a new chassis, new cabin, more powerful and capable version diesel engine, an adaptive automatic transmission and excellent load carrying ability, the D-MAX is a standout performer for daily work requirements."
"For its ability to stay focussed on providing a reliable solution that’s practical in use and durable in operation, the 2013 Delivery Ute of the Year Award goes to the Isuzu D-MAX," said Mr Mullett.
These recent awards again demonstrate that the Isuzu D-MAX is universally revered as one of the world’s best utes and further enhances the D-MAX’s solid reputation for reliability, economy and durability.
For the second year running the Isuzu D-MAX has won the Pick-Up Truck of the Year at the UK Commercial Fleet Awards. Stephen Briers - Commercial Fleet’s editor said “Isuzu specialises in pick-ups with a network that understands the needs of fleets. The judges praised the D-MAX’s five-year warranty, level of safety equipment and 3.5-tonne towing limit, and said that it is very competitive from a total cost of ownership perspective. As well as being a rugged performer and very capable off-road, the D-MAX is equally at home on-road and delivers a comfortable, impressive driving experience.”
In 2013, the euro-spec Isuzu D-MAX has taken out the prestigious "4x4 Vehicle of the Year" by readers of the influential Auto Bild Magazine in Germany. The Auto Bild Allrad, is Europe's version of our "Car of the Year" awards and is organized by the continent's most widely read magazine - Auto Bild. Based on a poll from over 100,000 readers, the new Isuzu D-MAX took the honours in the imported pick-up category.
In the UK, the Isuzu D-MAX again proved it can take on the best and win - scoring the 2013 Vans A2Z "Pick-up of the Year" award. The Vans A2Z team noted, "Unlike the latest generation pick-ups from Ford and Volkswagen it retains the external dimensions of the traditional onetonne truck and is all the better for it ... it feels more nimble and less bulky to drive, while retaining an impressive work ethic."
The 2013 Van Fleet World Honours have presented the Isuzu D-MAX with the prestigious "Best Pick-up" award. The judging process combined the expert opinion of the Fleet World magazine’s editorial team with the residual values, maintenance and reliability data provided by a number of leading leasing companies and fleet data providers.
The jury appreciated that Isuzu offers a wide range of models and specifications and that there are models that appeal to both business and weekend users. They judged the D-MAX good to drive with strong performance and frugal economy.
Trade Van Driver Magazine has selected the Isuzu D-MAX as winner of "Editor's Choice" for the pick-up category. The D-MAX was described as being "stylish and tough at the same time", while it performed exceptionally both on and off-road.
Editor, Matthew Eisenegger noted, "I managed to get through one of the toughest off-road courses I've ever experienced in complete safety".
In 2010 the Isuzu D-MAX claimed the “Ute Of The Year” award as judged by respected specialist commercial vehicle magazine, Delivery.
Managing editor Chris Mullett called on his off-road 4WD expertise as a former 4x4 driving school operator to head up the magazine's judging panel, awarding the accolade to D-MAX for the integrity and depth of its truck engineering for which Isuzu is famous.
"The D-MAX is certainly the pick if you are looking for a solid workhorse that does an honest day's work without ever complaining," Chris Mullett said.
"We found that when we delved into the chassis and componentry, there are further benefits such as longer chassis lengths, wheelbase dimensions, stronger axle bearings, chassis cross-members and more impressive engine performance that show the depth of its original development.
In 2009, Australian 4WD Action magazine awarded D-MAX "Ute Of The Year", as judged by a nine-person panel, seven of whom were not journalists but real-world ute users. These seven judges were all from very different lifestyles eg. a tradie, a farmer, a bushie, a grey nomad and even a young mum with a toddler.
The D-MAX stood out from the field during its extensive on & off-road testing, eventually proving to be the top-pick. Off-road ability, fuel economy and the famous flat torque curve were the critical factors that saw the D-MAX excel and ultimately take out this prestigious award.