Look­ing for a top-of-the-range 4x4 ute? Then look no fur­ther than these four.

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SO WHAT do these four utes have in com­mon? The lux­ury of leather for one, plus a heap of other kit and price tags around $60K. Three of them sit at the top of their re­spec­tive model ranges, and the fourth, the V6 High­line, is near the top of the Amarok range. Hence, they are all ‘flash’ utes, but also very dif­fer­ent in other ways. The Ranger Wildtrak and Hilux TRD head enor­mously pop­u­lar model ranges, the oth­ers not so, es­pe­cially the mod­estly sell­ing Amarok. Then there are the me­chan­i­cal dif­fer­ences: four-, five- and six-cylin­der en­gines with ca­pac­i­ties from 2.8 to 3.2 litres and out­puts from 130kw to 180kw; six and eight-speed au­to­mat­ics; part-time and full-time 4x4; big­ger and smaller cab­ins; and vary­ing tow- and load-car­ry­ing ca­pac­i­ties. And while all are ef­fec­tively global de­signs, one hails from Ja­pan, one from Ger­many and two from es­sen­tially Amer­i­can car com­pa­nies (even if the Ranger’s de­sign was based here in Aus­tralia and the Colorado’s in Brazil).

Not sur­pris­ingly they are also very dif­fer­ent to drive, but do they all jus­tify their lofty price tags? Let’s find out.

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