Utes under $30k
While tradies might be faced with slim pickings in the utes under $30k category at the moment, the space is expected to grow in years to come – especially if utes in general continue to explode in popularity as they currently are.
Most offerings will be cab-chassis models with limited dual-cab utes available. You’ll be limited in terms of specification and engine options with choices lacking a few must-haves, and most options will be from emerging Chinese car brands, but there’s still supremely capable metal hiding in the utes under $30k segment.
Dual-cab utes are all the rage at the moment and if you’re after something with four doors and an styleside tray for less than $30,000, a Great Wall Steed should be on your shopping list. In dual-cab guise, a Steed can be had for as little as $19,990 before on road costs. While it won’t be the last word in on road driveability and comfort, it’ll certainly go a long way to getting stuck into some hard work.
For $20,990 you can land yourself into the famed Toyota Hilux. While it may be in cab-chassis Workmate guise with a manual transmission and (only) rear-wheel drive, the Toyota Hilux is renowned for its reliability, affordable parts and number of service centres.
The Isuzu D-Max is a down-to-earth ute that features a powerful drivetrain and gearbox combination and can handle itself well off-road. From $28,600 you can get a cab-chassis body that’ll feature a 3.0-litre diesel engine and drive the rear wheels.