Best 4x4 dual cab utes

Ford Ranger XL

In planning its new Ranger, Ford took the opportunity to study its dual cab competitors in such things as shifting the centre pillar position for improved vision and rear seat space, opening the rear doors wider for access, and incorporating multiple storage compartments.

The result is a more integrated and accommodating cabin.

A 3.2-litre, five-cylinder turbo-diesel mated to a conventional six-speed auto forms the backbone of the best performing vehicle in the dual-cab lineup. With 470Nm of torque on tap from just 1500rpm, it delivers more pulling power than Toyota’s 70 series 4.5-litre V8.

The Ranger’s hill climbing capability when loaded, smart 4WD (including switchable low range) and long wheelbase stability make it an ideal vehicle for towing. It has a 3500kg rated towing capability and includes electronic trailer sway control as standard.

In rough terrain, the Ranger also offers excellent ground clearance at 237mm, an 800mm wading depth and good wheel articulation for traction.

The official combined fuel economy figure of 9.2 litres/100km is consistent with the class average.

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Australia's Best Cars Best 4x4 Dual Cab Utes Ford Ranger XL

Indicative Drive Away Price: $52,783

Criteria out of 10 – Ford Ranger XL


Value for Money   Rating 
Pricing  6M
Depreciation  5H
Running Costs  7M
Fuel Consumption  3H
Warranty and dealer access   5H
Insurance  8L
Standard Features  7H

Design and Function   Rating 
Safety  7C
Environment  5C
Comfort  7H
Space  8H
Practicality  7H
Ergonomics  7H
Build and Finish  8M

On the Road   Rating 
Rated Towing  9C
Payload  7M
Performance  9H
Ride  7M
Handling  8H
Braking  7H
Smoothness and Quietness   7M

Off Road   Rating 
Engine Gearing and Traction  9H
Clearances and Articulation  8H

Note: Level of weighting importance for each score: L = Low, M = Medium, H = High, C = Critical.