Work­ers’ win­ners

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - Big Wheels - JOSHUA DOWL­ING NA­TIONAL MO­TOR­ING ED­I­TOR joshua.dowl­[email protected]

THERE are no deals on the just re­leased, all-new version of the mar­ket-lead­ing Toy­ota HiLux ute but big dis­counts have emerged on ri­vals fight­ing over the scraps. Here are the best deals — down your tools and go and kick some tyres. Want to buy one of the last home­grown utes? The XR6 ute lim­boes to a new low: $31,940 drive-away af­ter a $500 dis­count. That’s with six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, 18inch al­loy wheels, al­loy sports bar and eight-inch colour touch­screen. This is about $5000 off the full RRP for the XR6 ute and about $10,000 less than the Com­modore SV6 ute.

FAL­CON XR6 UTE

FORD RANGER

Dis­counts on the Ranger are ex­tremely rare, so we had to dou­ble check this one wasn’t a mis­print. The work­horse XLS grade 4WD four-door ute may lack the bling of the XLT and Wild­trak but it has the same strong 3.2-litre five-cylin­der diesel en­gine and all the other Ranger at­tributes (in­clud­ing 230V power adap­tor). The price of $45,490 drive-away af­ter a $500 bonus is su­per-sharp. The RRP is $48,090 plus on-roads, so this is a dis­count of nearly $5000. Auto adds $2200.

MIT­SUBISHI TRI­TON

The new Tri­ton was well priced at launch ear­lier this year but buy­ers have avoided it in droves, due to ei­ther its un­gainly looks or its mainly carry-over chas­sis. So Mit­subishi has made the price even more com­pelling. The GLX 4WD four-door is $36,990 drive-away, in­clud­ing al­loy wheels, re­vers­ing cam­era and five-year war­ranty (which the Colorado lacks). But the best buy is the $39,990 drive­away GLS with Su­per Se­lect (4WD can be used on sealed roads), larger al­loy wheels, rearview cam­era in the cen­tral dis­play screen, sports bar, hard ton­neau cover ... the list goes on. If Mit­subishi fit­ted the new Pa­jero Sport nose to the Tri­ton it would have a win­ner on its hands.

NIS­SAN NAVARA RX 2WD

Nis­san has a head­line price of $36,835 drive-away for the base model four-door ute but there are a few caveats. This price is for the 2WD, not the 4WD, the 1 per cent fi­nance deal must be re­paid over just three years — then there’s the mas­sive bal­loon pay­ment of $19,795, more than half the pur­chase price. Best to ar­range your own fi­nance and hag­gle harder on the price.

The Colorado — one of the first cars to suf­fer from Gen­eral Mo­tors cut­backs dur­ing its de­vel­op­ment in the global fi­nan­cial cri­sis — has been in per­ma­nent dis­count mode since it went on sale a couple of years ago. It is not rated as highly as newer utes. But the ba­sic LS 4WD four-door (pic­tured, LS-X) at $35,990 drive-away (af­ter a $1000 bonus) is sharp buy­ing if you’re on a bud­get. At that price, the equiv­a­lent Isuzu D-Max ute can’t get close.

HOLDEN COLORADO

MAZDA BT-50

Need a work­shop run­about? The Mazda BT-50 sin­gle cab with 2.2-litre turbo diesel and fac­tory drop­side tray can be had for $26,990 drive-away, or $1500 less than the Ford Ranger equiv­a­lent.

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