FORD RANGER WILDTRAK $61,790
Loaded with class-leading safety and infotainment tech, drives nicely on and off road and the 3.2-litre five-cylinder is smooth and strong. Some reliability issues.
MAZDA BT-50 GT $51,950
A twin under the skin with Ranger but without its top shelf safety and infotainment spec, hence the circa $10K discount. Firmer suspension tuning.
TOYOTA HILUX SR5 $56,390
Bulletproof, with bankable resale values. Hard ride, gets a bit nervous in the rough and the 2.8 is outgunned in this company. Seven airbags but short on other safety tech.