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Dual-cab 4x4 utes: Gold Star Value Awards 2015

By James Whitbourn, 16 Sep 2015 Best Value Cars

Dual-cab 4x4 utes: Gold Star Value Awards 2015

Triton still the value pick

Triton still the value pick.

Mitsubishi Triton GLX

Mitsubishi -Triton -GLXVALUE has long been a Triton trademark, and the Mitsubishi workhorse is more appealing than before thanks to a rebody earlier this year that brought a more mannered version of the 430Nm 2.4-litre turbo-diesel, a nicer interior and more standard equipment. Price powers the GLX 4x4 across the line first. At $36,990, it costs nearly $9K less than the second-placed Ranger and undercuts the Amarok by $10K, though they both hold their value better in percentage terms. Still, the Triton loses fewer dollars to depreciation, while offering a longer five-year warranty and uses a bit less fuel.

Ford Ranger XLS

Ford -Ranger -XLSBLUE Oval-badged co-development beats its Mazda 'twin' because there’s no 2.2-litre diesel in the 4x4 BT-50 line-up – you've no option but to have the torquier, thirstier 3.2 in the Mazda, which otherwise matches the Ford.

Mazda BT-50 XT

Mazda -BT-50-XTJUST a hair’s width between the BT-50, the Ranger above it and the Volkswagen Amarok behind it. They’re all good buying, even down to the notably absent best-selling Toyota Hilux (seventh), as long as you can live with the Mazda’s six-month service interval.

Dual-cab 4x4 utes Mitsubishi Triton GLX 2.4DT man Ford Ranger XLS 2.2DT man Mazda BT-50 XT 3.2DT man
Purchase Price $36,990 $45,590 $44,240
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
Three-year depreciation $15,425 $15,683 $15,661
AAMI insurance premium $1041 $1171 $1141
Service interval (months) 12 12 12
Warranty (years) 5 3 3