FORD EVEREST AMBIENTE $54,990
Based on the Ranger one-tonner and powered by Ford’s 3.2litre five-cylinder turbo diesel (143kW/470Nm). Capable but underequipped at the price.
MITSUBISHI PAJERO SPORT EXCEED $52,750
A Triton wagon, fully loaded, stylish and comfortable. Runs a 2.4-litre turbo diesel (133kW/430Nm) with eight-speed auto. Good value with a five-year warranty.
TOYOTA FORTUNER GXL $52,990
Bulletproof and well-equipped. Tight rear seats. Handles OK but the ride’s hard and the 2.8 (130kW/430Nm) doesn’t pull as strongly at low revs as the Trailblazer.