Isuzu D MAX SX 4WD Work Utes Review

With the continuing popularity of Dual Cab 4WD Utes, especially top spec models like the Isuzu X Terrain and Toyota HiLux Rugged X the humble origins of the Ute can be often overlooked.

Isuzu D-MAX Space Cab profile sideThat is the hard working tray back Ute that you see hundreds of around building sites and farms. Over the last few weeks we have sampled three different styles from Isuzu D-MAX in the SX range.

2021 Isuzu D MAX SX Crew Cab 4WD Ute loaded

This is the entry level work Ute that comes in both 2WD and 4WD as well as MT and AT versions. They also have class leading safety features with IDAS for an entry model.


We drove the Single Cab, Space Cab and the Crew Cab models all in 4WD and AT. All have the robust 3.0L 4 Cylinder turbo diesel engine, a six speed automatic transmission as well as the Terrain Command 4WD system.

I would choose a 4WD AT model every time.

Isuzu D MAX SX Single Cab load

The choice then is what cab layout. The single cab has the least amount of space inside, a longer tray and maximum payload. The Space Cab with a little more room inside behind the seats, still a reasonable tray length and payload or the Crew Cab with room for five with a slightly shorter tray and payload.

Starting from just over $43,000 plus the usual costs the D-Max SX range is ideal for those that need their Ute for real work

Isuzu D MAX SX Single Cab profile

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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.