February 16, 2020

The Rundown: 2016 Isuzu D-MAX

Our quick guide to the 2016 Isuzu D-MAX ute.

The Rundown: 2016 Isuzu D-MAXThere’s a whole bunch of dual-cab utes on the market in 2016 and one of the offerings with the strongest Australian following is the Isuzu D-MAX.

Here we give you a look at the positives and negatives that we have found in our time road testing and reviewing the Isuzu D-MAX.

All variants of the D-MAX, including two-door, space-cab and dual-cab come with the same 130kW/380Nm 3.0 litre turbo-diesel engine.

There are five-speed manual and five-speed auto transmissions on offer.

If a dual-cab 4×4 is on your agenda, then you can expect to pay a minimum of $42,800 for a D-MAX.

Five-star safety and a generous five-year/130,000km warranty feature across the range and standard features in the entry level 4×4/dual-cab D-MAX SX include six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, cruise control, power windows and height adjustable driver’s seat.


  • Competitive pricing
  • Better than average warranty
  • Safety rating
  • Efficient and powerful diesel engine
  • Comfortable seats
  • Cabin storage areas
  • Genuine off-road ability
  • 3,500kg towing capacity


  • Only five-speed transmissions
  • Lack of reverse camera on lower-spec models
  • Cabin comfort (hard surfaces)
  • Tilt-only steering adjustment
  • Not as refined on the roads as some competitors

While metallic/mica paint is an additional $395 on the 2016 Isuzu D-MAX.

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Joel is the founder and CEO of Behind the Wheel. Joel has a background as a radio broadcaster with on-air roles at 4BC, 4KQ, 2KY, 2LT and 2UE amongst others, as well as a news editor and program director. Joel’s relationship with cars stems back to his early childhood learning to change oil and brakes with his father and uncle. This continued on into his driving years owning an assorted collection of cars.

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