These are the utes that should cost you the least to own over three years. This has been calculated by Wheels using fuel economy, maintenance and insurance costs, and the sum you can expect to lose in depreciation. Cars also get points for the length of their warranties. To read about the brains behind the formula, please click here to visit Wheels.
1. Mitsubishi Triton GLX
Value has long been a Triton trademark, and the Mitsubishi workhorse is more appealing than before thanks to a rebody earlier this year that brought an improved version of the 430Nm 2.4-litre turbo-diesel, a nicer interior and more standard equipment. At $36,990, it costs nearly $9K less than the second-placed Ranger and undercuts the Amarok by $10K, so the Triton loses fewer dollars to depreciation, while offering a longer five-year warranty and uses a bit less fuel.
2. Ford Ranger XLS3. Mazda BT-50 XT
|Dual-cab 4x4 utes||Mitsubishi Triton GLX 2.4DT man||Ford Ranger XLS 2.2DT man||Mazda BT-50 XT 3.2DT man|
|Combined cycle fuel (L/100km)||7.2||8.1||8.9|
|Fuel RON (min. rec.)||D||D||D|
|Three-year fuel cost||$4352||$4895||$5379|
|Redbook resale (%)||58.3||65.6||64.6|
|AAMI insurance premium||$1041||$1171||$1141|
|Service interval (months)||12||12||12|