What makes the Isuzu D-Max 4WD an ideal Ute

Is the Isuzu D-Max a good 4WD

D-Max 4WD – Isuzu build good 4WDs. The D-Max is no exception. But what makes the D-Max such a good 4WD Ute.

2023 Isuzu D-Max 4WD LS-U Crew Cab Chassis 2 Its starts with the reliable and robust 30L 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine. It provides some 140kW of power and a very useful 450Nm of torque.

That headline figure is less than some competitors, but it’s the delivery that makes it useful. Maximum torque comes on around 1600rpm and there is about 350Nm available from around 1200rpm. This is combined with a 6 Sp automatic transmission. Low torque delivery means more control in 4WD situations.

Add to that the Terrain Command 4WD system that allows switching between 2WD and 4WD at speeds up to 100kmh. The standard Ute also has 240mm of ground clearance and impressive approach and departure angles.

Other specific 4WD features are a wading depth of 800mm, standard rear diff lock and heavy-duty steel underbody protection. There is also hill start assist and hill decent function that allows control for the driver without fuss.

When you are deep in 4WD country you want a robust and reliable 4WD that gives you the confidence to explore. The Isuzu D-Max does that.

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2023 Isuzu D-Max 4WD LS-U Crew Cab Chassis

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Final thoughts on the Isuzu D-Max 4WD Ute

  • The D-Max 4WD comes in three variants, single cab, Crew cab and Space Cab
  • It also comes in all the model grades. SX, LS-M, LS-U, LS-U+ and X-Terrain
  • Depending on the model it will come with a rear tub or trayback.
  • All 4WD models come with the full suite of safety features irrespective if the grade or body style
  • All 4WD models come with standard rear diff lock and Terrain Command 4WD system obviously.
  • The 3.0L 4 Cylinder turbo diesel engine is across all D-Max 4WD models
  • Buyers can choose either a 6 speed manual or 6 speed automatic transmission, depending on the model grade.
  • Every D-Max 4WD will tow 3500kg with a 350kg tow ball rate
  • While the approach, rampover and departure angles will vary depending on the model and body style, all are enough for adventurous 4WD.
  • Water fording of 800mm on all models is excellent. Class leading.

Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain

What is good?

  • 4WD and towing ability
  • Ride and handling
  • Class leading safety features

What is not so good?

  • Central screen can wash out in sunlight
  • Inconsistent DTE gauge
  • Would love 150kW/500Nm

Isuzu D-Max LS-U Dual Cab Trayback 4WD Ute at farm engine

Isuzu D-Max



Model Price $59,500 MLP*
Engine 3.0L 4 Cyl Turbo Diesel Euro 5
Drivetrain 6 Sp Sports AT Dual range 4WD
Power 140kW @ 3,600rpm
Torque 450Nm @ 1600-2600rpm
Safety Five-star ANCAP (tested Sept 2022)
0-100kmh / Top Speed TBA
CO2 Emissions 207 g/km
Economy ADR 8.0L/100km / 76L capacity
Economy on test 9.0L/100k
Max Range 1101km
Servicing 12Mth / 15,000km 7 Yrs. Capped Price
Warranty 6yr/ 150,000 km
Roadside Assist 7Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excludes 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)


Overall Rating    LS-U+


Behind the Wheel 8
Comfort 9
Equipment 9
Performance 8
Ride and Handling 9
Practicality 8
Fit for Purpose 8
AWD/Towing Capability* 10 (4WD 5/5 Towing 5/5)
Technology/connectivity 9
Value for Money 9

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



 Isuzu D-Max LS-U+
Overall Length 5280mm
Wheelbase 3125mm
Width 1880mm
Height 1810mm
Wheels 18×7.5 Alloy
Tyres 265/60 R18
Max ground clearance Up to 240mm
Wading Depth 800mm
Approach 30.5 degrees
Rampover 23.8 degrees
Departure angle 19 degrees
Turning Circle KTK 12.5m
Tub Length 1570mm
Tub width arches 1122mm
Tub width 1530mm
Tub Depth 475mm
Kerb Weight 2115kg
Payload (kg) 985kg
GVM (kg) 3100kg
GCM 6000kg
Towing Capacity 3500kg
Tow Ball rating 350kg

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D-Max 4WD – Isuzu build good 4WDs. The D-Max is no exception. But what makes the D-Max such a good 4WD Ute.

When you are deep in 4WD country you want a robust and reliable 4WD that gives you the confidence to explore. The Isuzu D-Max does that.

About Rob Fraser 2503 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.