Isuzu D-MAX LS-M Crew Cab 4WD Ute 2022 Motoring Minute Review

We drive the Isuzu LS-M D MAX ON A RoaD TEST REVIEW

Isuzu D-MAX LS-M 4WD Crew Cab Ute – Like many Utes the Isuzu D-MAX has a wide range to choose from.

Isuzu D Max LS-M 4WD Crew Cab Ute 2022 front 2This week I am driving a variant that is extremely popular across the range as a work Ute, Recreation Ute as well as a tow vehicle. The LS-M Crew Cab 4WD.

The reason why this is so popular is that it comes with a lot of useful additions over the basic SX model without some of the bling of the LS-U that some buyers don’t feel is necessary.

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Isuzu D Max LS-M 4WD Crew Cab Ute 2022 driver instruments

Again with heavy duty leaf suspension, a pay load of 1070kg, easy clean vinyl floors, no side steps, 17 inch alloy wheels it is ready for whatever an owner wants to throw at it.

It does miss out on a few little creature comforts like additional driver lumbar support, leather steering wheel, slightly smaller central screen, keyless entry and start etc. But they are a small price to pay for some $5,000 savings over the next model up

Isuzu D Max LS-M 4WD Crew Cab Ute 2022 tailgate

What it does have though is the full 3500kg tow capacity, full suite if safety features from IDAS, excellent payload capacity and formidable 4WD capability. It does ride a little harder than the LS-U because of the heavy duty leaf springs but makes up for that with increased payload.

Like all the D-MAX 4WD Utes its robust and reliable workhorse.

It comes down to what features are important to the buyer, but the D-MAX LS-M has proved to be extremely popular.

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Im Rob Fraser

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What is good?

What is not so good?

  • Payload capacity
  • Safety features
  • Excellent Value for money
  • Not a fan of optional roller top
  • Slightly harsher ride with no load
  • Headlights could be brighter

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Model   

Isuzu D-MAX LS-M Crew Cab 4X4  Ute

Model Price $54,000 MLP*
Engine 3.0L 4 Cyl Turbo Diesel
Drivetrain 4WD 6 Sp Aisin MT or AT
Power 140kW @ 3600rpm
Torque 450Nm @ 1600-2600rpm
Safety 5 Star ANCAP (Tested Sept 2020)
CO2 Emissions 207 g/km Euro 5
Economy ADR/ Capacity 8.0L/100km / 8.7L/100K on test / 76L
0-100kmh/Top Speed N/A
Servicing 12 Mths / 15,000km $3,223 for 105,000km (7 years)
Warranty 6yr/ 150,000 km with 7 Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

Isuzu D Max LS-M 4WD Crew Cab Ute 2022 wheel and tyre

Overall Rating    

86/100

Behind the Wheel 8
Comfort 8
Equipment 8
Performance 9
Ride and Handling 8
Practicality 9
Fit for Purpose 9
Towing/4WD Capability 10
Technology / connectivity 8
Value for Money 9

Isuzu D Max LS-M 4WD Crew Cab Ute 2022 profile

Dimensions

 
Overall Length (mm) 5265mm
Wheelbase (mm) 3125mm
Width / Height )mm) 1870mm / 17850mm
Unladen ground clearance / wading depth (mm) Up to 235 mm / 800mm
Approach / RO / Departure (degrees) 30.0 / 23.3 / 23.9
Fuel Tank  / Turning Circle 76 Litres / 12.5mts KTK
Kerb Weight /  GVM / GCM / Payload (kg) 2030kg / 3100kg / 6000kg / 1070kg
Towing Capacity / Tow Ball rating (kg) 3500kg / 350kg

Isuzu D Max LS-M 4WD Crew Cab Ute 2022 rear

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  • 8/10
    Behind the Wheel - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Comfort - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Equipment - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Performance - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Ride and Handling - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Practicality - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fit for Purpose - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Towing/4WD Capability - 10/10
  • 8/10
    Technology / connectivity - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Value for Money - 9/10
8.6/10

Summary

Isuzu D-MAX LS-M 4WD Crew Cab Ute – Like many Utes the Isuzu D-MAX has a wide range to choose from.

This week I am driving a variant that is extremely popular across the range as a work Ute, Recreation Ute as well as a tow vehicle. The LS-M Crew Cab 4WD.

Like all the D-MAX 4WD Utes its robust and reliable workhorse.

About Rob Fraser 1994 Articles
Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.