Isuzu D-Max wins NZ4WD Ute of the Year 2021

The Isuzu D-Max has been crowned NZ4WD magazine’s ‘Ute of the Year’, the first time this model has won the coveted award


A little over a year since it launched in New Zealand, the Isuzu D-Max has seen broad appeal available in four variants and fifteen configurations, equipped with a 3-litre turbo-diesel engine and 3.5-tonne towing capacity.

NZ4WD editor and NZ4WD Car of the Year judge Mark Baker says the Isuzu D-Max came to the title fight fresh and equipped with exemplary driving dynamics on and off road.

"It took everything we dished out and came back for more," says Mark.

"The D-Max is truck-tough, but inside is refined and sophisticated. It’s spec-loaded and equipped with an inviting interior along with that willing engine and transmission - it was our Ute title winner by a clear margin."

"We were up against some tough competition, so we’re pleased our all-new D-Max has been recognised as the ultimate all-rounder with its cutting edge-technology, off-road ability, power and torque, improved driver comfort and extensive safety features," says Isuzu Utes New Zealand general manager, Sam Waller.

The Isuzu D-Max also made top three in the Light Commercial Vehicle category at the recent AA DRIVEN NZ Car of the Year 2021 awards.  

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