Toyota HiLux Rogue 4WD Ute and Mazda BT-50 Thunder 4WD Ute

With the continuing popularity of higher spec Utes I drove two of them last week. The Mazda BT-50 Thunder Ute and the Toyota HiLux Rogue Ute.

2021 Toyota HiLux Rogue and Mazda BT-50 Thunder 4WD Dual Cab Ute 2Here are two 4WD Dual Cab Utes that are well specked, both benefited from local Australian engineering and both exceptionally capable off road and excellent tow vehicles.

Both have little luxuries like heated leather seats for the front occupants, dual zone air-conditioning, apple car play, wireless in the Mazda and electronic roller tonneau covers for the tub.

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The Rogue has marine grade carpet in the tub while the Thunder has a spray on tub protector. . They both have rear difflocks for off road driving and will tow 3500 kg with ease.

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The BT-50 Thunder has more safety features while the HiLux Rogue has a little more power and torque.

Both look good and have additions that have been designed in Australia. Both are identical in price at $68,990 plus the usual costs.

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When you add to these other Ute such as the upcoming Nissan Pro 4X Warrior, another top spec Ute that has had a lot of local engineering added, Isuzu X Terrain, Ford Ranger FX 4 Max, and others from Mitsubishi, Ssangyong and more, the choice for buyers in the upper end of the Dual Cab 4WD Ute segment has never been better.

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Im Rob Fraser

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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.