8 Of The Most Favored Ute’s In 2018
What Is A Ute?
A Ute is short for coupe-utility and is basically half car and half truck, where the front is built like a sedan, and the back, like that of the bed of a pick-up truck. Ute’s have been popular forms of transportation, for years in Australia, and also New Zealand, but lately, they are showing up in America!
The All New American… Ute?
It came in 1987, in the form of an El-Camino bearing a striking resemblance to Australia’s Ute coupe. But, since 2011, Randy Reese, has been shipping parts of Utes from Australia to Denver where he has connected them with popular American sedan models including a Pontiac G8, then a GTO, for more horsepower, a Malibu, and coming soon, a 2005 Ford XR6.
History Of The Ute, “A Ute Is Born”
In Victoria, Australia there is a place called Gippsland, where it all began in 1933. A farmers wife, wrote to the Ford Motor Company, asking if they could help build a car that their family could go to church in on Sundays, as well as, a truck to carry their pigs to the market in on Mondays, since they could not afford both and alas, the Ute was born.
8 Of The Most Favored Ute’s In 2018
- The Toyota Hilux Work-Mate
The Toyota Hilux Work-Mate, a single cab that’s very affordable. With six speeds, it’s the most popular Ute in Australia, probably, because filling it with gas, won’t dent your wallet, as it gets great gas mileage, has super towing capability, due to it’s added torque, contains 7 airbags, in cabin headlight control, trailer sway control and more. According to the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (NMVTRC), the Toyota Hilux has the highest theft rate of all vehicles in Australia, which rises by 10 percent yearly, while overall car theft drops by 40 percent
- The Ford Ranger XL
The Ford Ranger XL is a compact, single or dual cab Ute, with a six-speed, 4-cylinder, or V6 manual engine that offers 2500kg towing capacity. This breed of Ute holds the popular title that is second to the Toyota Hilux. It is very affordable and get’s great gas mileage. Even if purchased used, this Ute holds it’s values. A fresh stylish look and roomy cab accommodations’ make The Ford Ranger a go-getter!
- The Mazda BT-50
The Mazda BT-50 is a dual cab that stands out among the rest. It is quite fuel efficient, despite it’s powerful, five-cylinder, 3.2 litre, turbo diesel engine. Giving you the choice of rear-wheel drive or four-wheel, the Mazda tackles the road while providing its passengers with a smooth ride. It added some highlights in the form of some high-quality safety features that includes head protection for passengers in the rear, with side curtain airbags. The design of this Ute is awe inspiring and has its fans jumping for joy.
- The Nissan Navara
The Nissan Navara got its name from the Navarre desert and is one of the highest strengths pick-up trucks on the market, with a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic, 2.3 litre turbo diesel engine. This double cab Ute, offers a new-wave of technology, at it’s best, with motorway cruising capabilities, for a price that you can’t go wrong with. With the consumption of, as low as, 6.4 litres of fuel per 100km, you can go anywhere! Its striking sleek design comes in only two colors: black metallic and storm white.
- The Isuzu D-Max SX
The Isuzu D-Max SX, is a Japanese made, single cab Ute that has four-wheel-drive that takes over the road. Another non-gas guzzler, with a six-speed diesel turbocharged engine that was newly revised. This ute has stability control, an airbag coverage safety feature and more. It’s one of the higher priced Ute’s but definitely well worth it with 7.2 litres per 100km of fuel capacity and great towing capabilities with 430Nm of torque
- The Mitsubishi Triton GLX
The Mitsubishi Triton GLX is available in single and duo cab has an all Triton 2.4-litre turbocharged, four-cylinder diesel engine, and it’s, also great on fuel, as it gets 100km of seven litres. This Ute offers an optional five-speed automatic transmission and delivers super safety features,
- The Holden Colorado
The Holden Colorado has recently been upgraded. It has a powerful engine and is well equipped with a dual cab offering 100km on just 8.5 litres, and an optional dual-range of four-wheel-drive. This Ute can carry heavy tow loads, without any problem whatsoever, and offers some technologically advancements devices including an Apple Car Play/Android Auto, integrated smartphone, which contains excellent quality and noise
The SsangYong single cab Ute, has an outer space, kind of feel to it, with numerous circles built in the dash that provides a variety of functions. It has a decent amount of storage space with its truck bed or cargo tray much smaller than ordinary Ute’s but much deeper to allow for more cargo. Offering an optional 6-speed auto transmission, this ute has a 310 Nm of torque, 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine as well as 104kW of power!
Aussie’s And Their Ute’s, A Love Story
From individuals to couples and families to even businesses, all Aussies seem to favor these combo vehicles! And, they have good reason to, as there are many great features mixed in with diversity and comfort in these awesome, one-of-a-kind, utes. With the luxuries of a sedan to go on family trips, and outings, mixed with the unlimited versatility of the back end bed, of a pick-up truck, used to carry a load, haul cargo, livestock and more, who wouldn’t love this multi-featured vehicle?