For The D-Max has a sturdy build, a strong engine, lots of space and decent fuel economy.
Against There’s lots of engine noise, the ride is bouncy and off-road ability is limited.
The Isuzu D-Max should last a lifetime but a lack of refinement means it won’t exactly be a life of luxury.
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Traditionally, pickup trucks have been aimed squarely at the building trade, but the D-Max’s immense load bay and massive ground clearance won’t be lost on the growing breed of extreme leisure pursuit enthusiasts.
For everyday use, the drive goes to the rear wheels, but when encountering trickier terrain, a rotary dial mounted behind the gearstick can be turned to engage all four wheels. Crank the dial around another notch and the gear settings are also reduced, enabling you to make the most of the engine’s rev range when crawling up a rutted track at walking pace.
The problem is that although the D-Max is fitted with heavy-duty leaf springs in the rear, it uses quite sophisticated double wishbone suspension upfront, which is great for handling and ride comfort but restricts axle articulation and compromises off-roading abilities.
Isuzu is so confident in the mechanical robustness of the D-Max however, that it comes with a five-year 125,000mile warranty.