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    2023 Isuzu D-Max

    2023 Isuzu D-Max
    Price Range
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    Fuel Efficiency6.7 - 8 / 100km
    ANCAP Rating5-star
    Warranty6 years
    Fuel Efficiency6.7 - 8 / 100km
    ANCAP Rating5-star
    Warranty6 years

    About the Isuzu D-Max

    The Isuzu D-Max is the Japanese automaker's top-selling vehicle and is one of the top-selling utes overall. It's available in single-cab, extra-cab and dual-cab body styles in either 4x2 or 4x4.

    Depending on the variant, the D-Max is available as either a cab-chassis or pickup with a tub bed.

    The 2023 Isuzu D-Max is on sale now, with a wider model range and some cosmetic tweaks inside and out.

    The range now consists of 27 different variants, with the addition of three new SX Crew Cab models featuring the smaller 110kW/350Nm 1.9-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel with a standard six-speed automatic.

    Isuzu Ute Australia says the move to introduce these new variants was driven by positive reception of the 1.9-litre powered D-Max from customers.

    That brings the number of 1.9-litre D-Max variants to five, which now outnumbers Mazda’s three-strong range of BT-50 models featuring the 1.9-litre oiler, all automatic only.


    Our expert's shortest summary

    Torquey, smooth powertrain

    Spacious cabin with great front seats

    Lane-keeping aid made friendlier


    Price hike since launch

    Narrow driver’s footrest

    Smaller touchscreen looks cheap

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    Isuzu D-Max Range Guide

    Which variant of the Isuzu D-Max range is best for you?

    Standard equipment on the D-Max SX includes:

    D-Max SX key features:

    • 17-inch steel wheels 
    • 255/65R17 Dunlop AT25 tyres
    • Rear diff lock (4x4s)
    • Tailgate assist (gas struts for assistance) (NEW)
    • Automatic wipers
    • Halogen headlights with auto high beam control
    • Redesigned grille in two-tone black (NEW)
    • Vinyl floor
    • Cloth seat upholstery
    • Manual air-conditioning with rear vents
    • 7.0-inch infotainment display 
    • Reversing camera 
    • Voice recognition
    • DAB+ radio
    • Wireless Apple CarPlay
    • Wired Android Auto
    • Four speakers
    • 2 x  USB ports (NEW)

    D-Max LS-M adds:

    • 17-inch alloy wheels
    • Automatic Bi-LED headlights 
    • LED daytime running lights 
    • LED fog lights with dark grey metallic trims (NEW)
    • Rear parking sensors 
    • Body coloured mirrors, door handles and tailgate handle
    • Redesigned grille in two-tone black and grey (NEW)
    • Redesigned high-grade cloth trim upholstery (NEW)

    D-Max LS-U adds:

    • 18-inch alloy wheels (NEW)
    • 265/60 R18 Bridgestone 684II HT tyres (NEW)
    • Tyre pressure monitoring system (NEW)
    • Tow bar receiver
    • Tub liner 
    • Side steps
    • Chrome door handles and tailgate handle
    • Chrome heated door mirrors (NEW)
    • LED rear combination lights trimmed in dark grey metallic (NEW)
    • Redesigned grille in two-tone chrome (NEW)
    • Proximity ‘smart’ key fob
    • Walk-away auto door locking fob
    • Piano black, silver and chrome interior trim accents
    • 9.0-inch infotainment display 
    • Satellite-navigation Android Auto
    • 8-speaker sound system 
    • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
    • Vanity mirrors for driver and passenger
    • Carpet flooring
    • Powered lumbar support for the driver’s seat
    • Leather-trimmed gear knob
    • Soft-touch door trims and central armrest lid

    D-Max LS-U+ adds:

    • Leather-accented seats with black stitching (NEW)
    • Heated front seats
    • 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat

    D-Max X-Terrain adds: 

    • 18-inch alloy wheels in dark grey (NEW)
    • 265/60 R18 Bridgestone 684II HT tyres (NEW)
    • Front parking sensors
    • Remote engine start 
    • Matt black roller tonneau cover
    • Aero sports bar in dark grey metallic (NEW)
    • Front and rear underbody spoilers in dark grey metallic
    • Dark grey metallic accents
      • Sidesteps
      • Mirrors
      • Door and tailgate handles
      • Roof rails
      • Sports bar
      • Fender flares (NEW)
    • Redesigned grille in two-tone dark grey (NEW)
    • Leather-accented seats with red stitching (NEW)
    • Red Stitching on steering wheel, interior trims and gear knob
    • Blacked-out instrument cluster with X-Terrain insignia
    • ‘X’ badging on tailgate and instrument cluster
    • Red and black interior accents
    • Vanity mirror lights


    Photos and Images of the Isuzu D-Max Interior

    For 2023, the brand has introduced new upholsteries and trims depending on variant.

    The LS-M and LS-U get new high-grade cloth, while the LS-U+ and X-Terrain get updated leather-accented upholstery. As before, the X-Terrain gets distinctive red top-stitching.

    SX Crew Cab models (Cab Chassis and Ute) also receive an additional 2.1A USB charging port in the second row to match higher grades, which Isuzu says is in response to “more families turning to utes as default dual-purpose family vehicles”.

    The D-Max’s interior is logically laid-out, no-nonsense and modern in appearance.

    On lower-spec models there's a 7.0-inch screen surrounded by a thick bezel. At least you still get wired Android Auto plus, rare for this segment, wireless Apple CarPlay. There’s no factory satellite navigation, though.

    From the LS-U and above, the D-Max receives a larger 9.0-inch touchscreen that's slightly bigger than most (HiLux and outgoing Ranger use 8.0-inch screens) and has helpful shortcut buttons running below to head straight to the home screen or the embedded navigation.

    A colour 4.2-inch information display sits between the analogue dials of the instrument cluster and displays information on, among other things, fuel economy and the active safety systems.

    While the dials are clear and legible, the information display is a bit cluttered. Fortunately, it boasts a digital speedometer, something you won’t find in a Triton.

    On the X-Terrain, the steering wheel now has piano black inserts rather than silver plastic as before, and red stitching, but is otherwise unchanged. It’s trimmed in quality leather, moves forwards and backwards as well as up and down, and has easy-to-understand button shortcuts on it.

    The entire range also benefits from a new steering wheel switch that’ll turn off all lane support systems if you hold it for two seconds.

    The highlight of the interior are the front seats, which are cushy and comfortable yet supportive.

    There’s plenty of storage up front, including a split-level glove compartment, neat pop-out cupholders on either end of the dash, a reasonably-sized centre console bin, a tray at the base of the centre stack large enough for a phone, and a dash-top tray with a lid that can also fit a phone.

    Each door has a bottle holder that’ll fit a typical drink bottle, while stepping into the back you’ll find map pockets on the soft seatbacks plus a small, open cubby above the air vents. It sits next to a USB-A outlet.

    Rear legroom, headroom and toe-room is par for the dual-cab ute class, with plenty of room for even taller occupants.

    The second-row bench folds upwards at its base to reveal storage beneath the seat, while it can also be folded to access a shared top-tether anchor point for child seats. ISOFIX points are accessible for the two outboard seats.


    Photos and Images of the Isuzu D-Max Exterior

    All versions of the D-Max get some aesthetic enhancements for the new model year, including a new version of the brand’s signature horizontal bar grille.

    The design has been “moulded to meet the swooped hard creases atop the bonnet and chiselled front bar fascia”, and is finished in two-tone black on the SX, two-tone black and grey on the LS-M, two-tone grey and chrome on the LS-U and LS-U+, and dark grey on the flagship X-Terrain.

    Models fitted with LED fog lights get new surrounds in dark grey metallic, while the LED tail lights also receive dark grey metallic accents – replacing the outgoing model’s chrome trim.

    New alloy wheel designs also feature on D-Max LS-M and above, ranging from 17 to 18 inches. LS-U, LS-U+ and X-Terrain models also pick up standard tyre pressure monitoring for 2023.

    On the entry-level D-Max SX you get 17-inch steel wheels with black plastic door handles. The SX is available in either 4x2 or 4x2 with single cab-chassis, extra cab-chassis, or dual-cab-chassis or dual-cab ute options.

    Stepping up the LS-M gains you 17-inch alloy wheels, body-coloured door handles, bi-LED headlights and LED daytime running lights. The LS-M is only available in dual-cab 4x4 variant with either cab-chassis or tub bed options.

    The LS-U gets larger 18-inch alloy wheels with a factory tow bar receiver, tub liner on ute models, sides steps and LED rear lights. It also allows you to choose from more exterior paint colours.

    The top-of-the-range X-Terrain is available with an exclusive orange exterior paint colour as well as 18-inch black-finish alloy wheels and unique exterior trim.


    Isuzu D-Max Colours

    What colours are available for the Isuzu D-Max?

    The 2023 D-Max range will be offered in eight colours. All except Mineral White come at a $500 premium.

    • Mineral White
    • Basalt Black mica
    • Neptune Blue mica (new)
    • Mercury Silver metallic
    • Obsidian Grey mica
    • Granite Grey metallic (new, X-Terrain only)
    • Moonstone White pearl (new; LS-U, LS-U+ and X-Terrain only)
    • Magnetic Red mica (LS-U, LS-U+, X-Terrain)
    • Volcanic Amber metallic (X-Terrain only)
    • Mineral White
    • Basalt Black mica
    • Cobalt Blue mica
    • Mercury Silver metallic
    • Obsidian Grey metallic
    • Marble White pearl (LS-U, LS-U+, X-Terrain)
    • Magnetic Red mica (LS-U, LS-U+, X-Terrain)
    • Volcanic Amber metallic (X-Terrain)

    Cost of Ownership

    What is the running, servicing and ownership costs of buying a Isuzu D-Max?

    The D-Max is backed by a six-year, 150,000km warranty, and comes with seven years of roadside assist.

    Maintenance for the D-Max is required every 12 months or 15,000km, whichever comes first.

    The first seven years of servicing will cost you a combined $3513 in 3.0-litre models and $3223 in 1.9-litre models.

    How it Drives

    Our expert take on Isuzu D-Max drivability?

    The 2023 Isuzu D-Max is offered with a choice of two turbo-diesel four-cylinder engines: a 1.9-litre with 110kW of power and 350Nm of torque, and a 3.0-litre with 140kW and 450Nm.

    Both are mated with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission and either rear- or four-wheel drive.

    Four-wheel drive models feature switchable 2H, 4H, and 4L options plus a standard locking rear differential.

    With the 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, the D-Max is torquey and tractable. It pairs wonderfully with the six-speed auto, which ably keeps it in its torque band and shifts smoothly.

    There’s also a lack of turbo lag, while peak torque comes on tap at just 1600rpm and sticks around until 2600rpm.

    There’s the typically gruff diesel ute soundtrack under acceleration, but at cruising speeds it’s pleasant. Wind and road noise are kept largely in check, even at highway speeds.

    The electrically-assisted steering is pleasantly light and car-like without feeling vague. It’s a boon in tighter urban confines, and the D-Max feels more manoeuvrable than rivals with hydraulic set-ups. The steering also feels secure even as speeds increase.

    The D-Max’s ride quality is among the best in the segment, with the usual ladder-frame ute jiggles kept to a minimum even with an empty tub. Those jiggles are further quelled when you put even a small load back there.

    At high speeds on unsealed roads, the D-Max has a comfortable, sure-footed ride, even with an empty tub.

    The blind-spot monitoring works well and is absolutely welcome, particularly in a segment where this feature remains rare.

    The lane-keep assist isn’t too obtrusive, while the adaptive cruise control also performs admirably. You can also adjust the sensitivity of some of these systems, including the forward collision warning.

    What’s most impressive about the D-Max is that the steering, ride quality and noise levels don’t get noticeably worse as your speeds get higher, meaning this is a comfortable highway cruiser.

    Overall, the capable powertrain, light steering and mostly well-behaved ride makes this one of the better utes to drive.

    Isuzu D-Max Safety Rating

    ANCAP Safety Rating Australia

    The Isuzu D-Max was tested by ANCAP in 2020 and earned a five-star rating.

    That rating was based on an adult occupant protection score of 83 per cent, a child occupant protection score of 89 per cent and a safety assist score of 81 per cent. Vulnerable road user protection testing yielded a score of 69 per cent.

    Every model comes standard with the following safety features:

    • Autonomous emergency braking
    • Blind-spot monitoring
    • Driver attention monitoring
    • Forward collision warning
    • Lane-departure warning
    • Rear cross-traffic alert
    • Turn assist
    • Traffic sign recognition
    • Automatic high-beam
    • Reversing camera

    Automatic models also add wrong-pedal acceleration warning, adaptive cruise, and lane-keep assist.

    Eight airbags are standard, including a central airbag designed to stop the passenger and driver’s flailing arms and heads crashing into each other in a serious side-impact crash.

    adult occupants
    child occupants
    pedestrians & cyclists
    collision avoidance

    Isuzu D-Max Lifecycle

    How old is the current generation and when will there be a new or updated Isuzu D-Max?
    39% lifecycle
    September 2020

    The current generation Isuzu D-Max was launched in September 2020 and is currently 39 percent through its lifecycle. The last update was a limited edition release that was launched in January 2023 with the next model expected in 2029.

    Isuzu D-Max Options

    Options list for the Isuzu D-Max

    There are a range of genuine accessories you can option on the D-Max including a bull bar, snorkel, electronic brake controller, and wireless phone charger among others.

    Isuzu D-Max Warranty

    What is the warranty period and kilometre limit for the Isuzu D-Max?

    The D-Max is backed by a six-year, 150,000km warranty, and comes with seven years of roadside assist.

    Isuzu D-Max Boot Space

    How much luggage or cargo capacity and boot space is there in the Isuzu D-Max?

    The dual-cab Isuzu D-Max has a tub that measures 1570mm long, 1530mm wide and 490mm tall. There's 1122mm between the two rear wheel arches.

    Isuzu D-Max Fuel Economy

    How much fuel does the Isuzu D-Max use and what are its emissions?

    Combined fuel economy of the 3.0-litre D-Max ranges between 7.7L and 8.0L/100km depending on the variant, while the 1.9-litre uses between 6.7L and 7.0L/100km.

    It has a 76L fuel tank across the entire D-Max range.

    Depending on the variant, view the 2023 ISUZU D-MAX fuel usage below.

    All Highway, City, and Combined figures below are litres per 100km

    VariantSeriesStyleFuel TypeHighwayCityCombinedE10?
    SX (4x4)RG1 MY23C/CHASDIESEL--8.0-
    SX (4x4)RG1 MY23C/CHASDIESEL--8.0-
    SX (4x4)RG1 MY23CREW C/CHASDIESEL--8.0-
    SX (4x4)RG1 MY23CREW C/CHASDIESEL--8.0-
    LS-M (4x4)RG1 MY23CREW C/CHASDIESEL--8.0-
    LS-U (4x4)RG1 MY23CREW C/CHASDIESEL--8.0-

    Isuzu D-Max Dimensions

    The dimensions of the Isuzu D-Max

    The dual-cab 2022 Isuzu D-Max with an integrated tray measures 5280mm long and 1870mm wide, or 1880mm wide in the range-topping X-Terrain.

    The entire range has a 3125mm wheelbase, and the tallest D-Max X-Terrain measures 1810mm high.

    Approach angle is 30.5 degrees, departure angle is 24.2 degrees, and ramp-over angle is 23.8 degrees, while Isuzu claims an 800mm wading depth.

    The 3.0-litre D-Max will tow a 3500kg braked trailer and has a 350kg maximum down ball load, and payload varies from 970kg in the X-Terrain to 1320kg in the Single Cab Chassis SX.

    The 1.9-litre model has a 2800kg braked towing capacity with the manual, and 3000kg with the automatic. Unbraked towing capacity is 750kg.

    Isuzu claims to have simplified the towing process for MY23 models, with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert automatically disabled when a trailer is hitched and detected via the genuine wiring harness accessory.

    The brand adds this new development should “improve the functionality and user experience” when towing.

    Depending on the variant, the 2023 ISUZU D-MAX measures as below.

    VariantSeriesStyleLength (mm)Width (mm)Height (mm)Wheelbase (mm)
    SX (4x2) HIGH-RIDERG1 MY23C/CHAS5325187017903125
    SX (4x2) HIGH-RIDERG1 MY23C/CHAS5325187017903125
    SX (4x2) HIGH-RIDERG1 MY23C/CHAS5325187017903125
    SX (4x2) HIGH-RIDERG1 MY23C/CHAS5325187017903125
    SX (4x2) HIGH-RIDERG1 MY234D SPACE CAB CHASSIS5285187018003125
    SX (4x2) HIGH-RIDERG1 MY23CREW C/CHAS5285187018003125
    SX (4x4)RG1 MY23C/CHAS5325187017903125
    SX (4x2) HIGH-RIDERG1 MY23CREW CAB UTILITY5265187017853125
    SX (4x2) HIGH-RIDERG1 MY23CREW C/CHAS5285187018003125
    SX (4x4)RG1 MY23C/CHAS5325187017903125
    SX (4x2) HIGH-RIDERG1 MY23CREW CAB UTILITY5265187017853125
    SX (4x4)RG1 MY234D SPACE CAB CHASSIS5285187018003125
    SX (4x4)RG1 MY23CREW C/CHAS5285187018003125
    SX (4x4)RG1 MY23CREW CAB UTILITY5265187017853125
    SX (4x4)RG1 MY23CREW C/CHAS5285187018003125
    SX (4x4)RG1 MY23CREW CAB UTILITY5265187017853125
    LS-U (4x2) HIGH-RIDERG1 MY23CREW CAB UTILITY5270187017903125
    LS-M (4x4)RG1 MY23CREW C/CHAS5285187018003125
    LS-M (4x4)RG1 MY23CREW CAB UTILITY5265187017853125
    LS-U (4x4)RG1 MY234D SPACE CAB UTILITY5270187017903125
    X-RIDER (4x4)RG1 MY23CREW CAB UTILITY5265187017853125
    LS-U (4x4)RG1 MY23CREW C/CHAS5285187018053125
    LS-U (4x4)RG1 MY23CREW CAB UTILITY5285187017903125
    LS-U+ (4x4)RG1 MY23CREW CAB UTILITY5285187017903125
    X-TERRAIN (4x4)RG1 MY23CREW CAB UTILITY5303188018103125

    The 2023 ISUZU D-MAX has a braked towing capacity from 2800kg to 3500kg depending on the variant and an unbraked towing capacity of 750kg.

    Isuzu D-Max Market Fit

    Where does it fit in the competitor segment?

    The D-Max competes in the hotly-contested 4x2 and 4x4 ute classes in Australia, going head-to-head with the Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi Triton, and Nissan Navara. It also takes on the mechanically identical Mazda BT-50.

    Isuzu D-Max Sales Data

    How well has the Isuzu D-Max been selling?

    In 2021, Isuzu sold 6478 4x2 D-Max models and 18,639 4x4 D-Max models.

    As the second top-selling 4x2 ute, the D-Max was only outsold by the 4x2 versions of the HiLux (13,214 sales). It beat out the 4x2 versions of the Ford Ranger (4293 sales) and Mazda BT-50 (2876).

    It was the third top-selling 4x4 ute, outsold by the 4x4 versions of the Ford Ranger (45,986 sales) and Toyota HiLux (39,587 sales).

    Combining these two figures together, the D-Max (25,117 sales) was outsold by the HiLux (52,801 ) and the Ford Ranger (50,279 ).

    Should you buy the Isuzu D-Max

    Is this the right car for you? Our experts buy or not guide.

    The D-Max remains one of the best workhorses in its class, and deserves its newfound popularity across the market, even if those price hikes strike me as cheeky at best.

    That said, once there are plenty of V6 diesel, full-time-AWD-toting Rangers hitting the road this year with their oversized portrait touchscreens, the D-Max might feel in need of a larger-scale facelift before long.

    Competitor Analysis

    What other cars should you look at?

    The D-Max's most direct competitor is the Mazda BT-50 which shares the same engine and platform.

    It does compete though in the hotly-contested 4x2 and 4x4 ute segments where it goes up against the Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi Triton, Nissan Navara, GWM Ute, Ssangyong Musso and LDV T60 Max.

    Isuzu is currently pricing its D-Max in the same pricing tier as the HiLux and Ranger, though it's arguably better value than either.

    Isuzu D-Max Interesting Facts

    Did you know?

    For the first two D-Max generations, Isuzu and General Motors jointly developed utes together.

    You'll most likely remember the Holden Rodeo and Holden Colorado which shared the same underpinnings as the first- and second-generation D-Max models, respectively.

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