Isuzu MU-X LST 4WD 2023 Review

We drive the MU-X LST on a road test review

MU-X LST – Isuzu MU-X has been a favourite 4WD of mine since its first launch. In fact, it has won many awards from our related publication OzRoamer COTY awards over the years     2023 Isuzu MU-X LS-T 4WD front The latest version, updated late in 2022, comes with a few cosmetic upgrades, but the key change is especially beneficial for those that use their MU-X to tow.

The MU-X is an ideal tow vehicle, with low torque delivery and a stable platform allowing towing of up to 3500kg.

The latest version now automatically disables Blind Spot Monitor and the Rear Cross Traffic Alert when it detects a properly attached trailer plug. This removes a common problem with modern 4WDs with their additional safety features, where these alerts can be constantly set off when towing a large boat or caravan.

23MY 4x4 MU-X LS-T in Galaxy Blue mica Towing

Cars like the Isuzu MU-X are all about lifestyle. This was again made clear to me when I drove onto the beach at sunrise for some pictures and with only a single fisherman trying his luck, I had the beach to myself.

The MU-X allows you to escape and find peace and solitude. Their marketing catch phrase is apt. Go Your Own Way.

Driving along a deserted beach at sunrise is my happy place.

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2023 Isuzu MU-X LS-T 4WD Tow bar

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Isuzu MU-X LST Video

Quick Isuzu MU-X LST thoughts

  • The MU-X is still one of the best on-road riding 4WDs around.
  • As well as one of the best 4WD Towing options.
  • Off road it will pretty much hold its own against any other 4WD.
  • This side of a LandCruiser or Defender, the MU-X is my go-to option for towing.
  • The updates which turn off the BSM and RCTA while towing improve that rating.
  • The delivery of torque allows for easy and relaxed cruising even when towing.
  • The flip side is that it’s no sport 4WD though.
  • Isuzu have really improved the seating comfort over the years, the latest are especially so.
  • Additional electronic lumbar support for my ageing back is greatly appreciated.
  • As is the recent heated seats.
  • So, you may guess that driving the MU-X is very comfortable.
  • I would like to see a LST five seat version.
  • There are a few little things that niggle though
    • The DTE reading is haphazard and inconsistent. It will fluctuate 100km in the space of 20km up and down again.
    • This is a common issue with Isuzu, not so much of an issue when you know your vehicle, but a trap for first time towers.
    • There is no charging tray for wireless phone charging.
    • Im not the biggest fan of the top spec models window washers, I prefer the old-fashioned spray versions, rather than water dripping from the wipers.

2023 Isuzu MU-X LS-T 4WD rear seats

Isuzu MU-X LST Final thoughts

Its obvious that I’m a big fan of the MU-X, and this is for good reason

It amongst the best in class for on road ride and handling, towing, 4WD capability, safety, and comfort.

It remains good value even with price creep over the years.

You can but a Isuzu MU-X and a decent off road camper and still have change from what you would pay for a 300 series LandCruiser.

2023 Isuzu MU-X LS-T 4WD features

What is good?

  • Safety features
  • Infotainment and connectivity Technology
  • 4WD and towing capability

What is not so good?

  • Would love 150kW/500Nm version
  • Inconsistent DTE reading
  • Not a fan of the window washer system

2023 Isuzu MU-X LS-T 4WD profile

Also look at.

The Isuzu MU-X now sits in a competitive segment. Especially the premium end.

True dual range 4WDs are popular again.

Buyers could also look at the Toyota Fortuner, SsangYong Rexton, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Ford EverestToyota Prado, Jeep Wrangler.

If you are looking for a more AWD SUV style, you could look at Nissan Pathfinder, Subaru Outback XT, Land Rover Discovery Sport,

2023 Isuzu MU-X LS-T engine




Model Price$65,990 RDAP*
Engine3.0L 4 Cyl Turbo Diesel Euro 5
Drivetrain6 step Sp AT Dual Range 4WD
Battery Capacity / typeN/A
Power140kW @ 3,600rpm
Torque450Nm @ 1,600 – 2,600rpm
Fuel ADR8.3L/100km
Fuel on Test8.6L/100km
Fuel capacity80L
Range (WLTP) / efficiency1,111km Max
Fast Charge / Home (240V)N/A
SafetyFive star ANCAP (Sept 2022)
CO2 Emissions220g/km
0-100kmh/Top SpeedTBA
Servicing12 Mth / 15,000km – Capped Price
Warranty6yr/ 150,000 km
Roadside assist5Yr. conditional

*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)

2023 Isuzu MU-X LS-T 4WD interior front

Overall Rating    


Behind the Wheel9
Ride and Handling9
Fit for Purpose9
4WD / Towing *10 (5/5 – 5/5)
Value for Money10

*Towing and AWD capability is measured against similar vehicles in the same class.

2023 Isuzu MU-X LS-T 4WD BOOT


Overall Length4850mm
Wheels20×7.5 Alloy
Tyres265/50 R20
Max ground clearanceUp to 235mm
Wading Depth800mm
Departure angle26.4
Turning Circle KTK11.4m
Boot Capacity Min311L
Boot capacity Max2138L
Battery WeightN/A
Kerb Weight2180kg
Payload (kg)620kg
GVM (kg)2800kg
Towing Capacity2500kg
Tow Ball rating350kg

2023 Isuzu MU-X LS-T rear

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About Rob Fraser 2500 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.