Four-wheel-drive ute mega test: Tub comparison

July 1, 2021

There’s plenty of variety at the business end of the four-wheel-drive ute segment these days. We run through them from top to bottom.

We all know how the four-wheel-drive ute segment has grown and evolved in recent years. No longer a field of spartan utes – low on features but all sporting a big loadspace at the back.

While that big loadspace is still the crucial part of a ute’s definition, their form has been evolving over the years. And there’s plenty of variety to be had up the back.

During our four-wheel-drive ute mega test, we had the opportunity to sample the once-humble ute tub in all of its modern forms.

The ute tub can be seen at its most basic with Toyota’s HiLux SR5 and Mazda’s BT-50 GT: no tub liner, no lid, no power outlets and no sports bar.

Ford’s Ranger Wildtrak is well laden with features: electric roll cover, drop-in tub liner, light and 12V power outlet. There’s a drop-in tub liner, as well as four tie-down points.

In this spec, the Ranger’s tub is also sealed around the tailgate. It’s no mean feat, and does a good job of stopping (or slowing) stuff like dust and water getting through. Most other utes have no shortage of daylight visible through the sizeable gaps in the tailgate, letting just about everything into the tub when driving on wet or dusty roads.

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