Isuzu D Max LS Terrain Dual Cab Ute Review

2013 Isuzu-D Max LS Terrain front
Redeveloped in 2011 the Isuzu D Max LS- Terrain is the luxury version of the ubiquitous Isuzu D Max dual cab ute.

Isuzu have always been noted for their robustness and longevity. The LS-Terrain is no exception. This is one tough ute that has a solid quality feel about it.

Externally the D Max is one of the better looking of the new wave of utes. Rather than a boxy shape it has a sleeker style with a smooth nose roof rails and well proportioned sides.

Inside the layout of the LS Terrain is luxurious compared to other utes on the market. The leather seats are comfortable at first but can be a little hard over time. The driver’s seat is electrically adjustable and the leather clad steering wheel feels great in your hands and frames the dual dial dash with stalk controlled MFD between.

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In the centre stack there is a combination touch screen Sat Nav, Bluetooth, audio system and reversing camera. This is a top end feature on dual cab utes and is appreciated.

Storage is a feature in the D Max with good proportioned door pockets, centre cup holders, storage bin above the sat nav and cubby below. There is two glove boxes and the centre console bin is a handy size. There is also pull out cup holders at each end of the dash, great for drinks and the shelf below the steering wheel is very clever!

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Rear seats are comfortable but a little cramped for taller passengers and much better for two rather than three. The rear of the D Max is a little smaller than its competitors.

Safety on the LS Terrain includes 4-channel 4-sensor ABS with EBD, ESC, TCS and BA, along with six (6) airbags (dual front, curtain and side)..

The LS Terrain is powered by a new highly refined fuel efficient 3.0litre turbo common rail diesel engine. This generates 130kW and a peak torque output of 380Nm at 1800rpm. The torque is delivered across a flat curve through to 3,000rpm to aid drivability and ease of towing.

The D Max transfers this power and torque through a 5 speed automatic transmission and the new “Terrain Command” 4WD select dial, allowing the driver to adjust between two-and four-wheel drive modes while travelling at speeds of up to 100km/h.

One thing that was apparent was the driving feel. Even though the specs are a little below others it doesn’t drive like it. During our time with the LS-T we took it through heavy 4wd tracks, towed camper trailers, a fairly large trailer boat, trailer with ATV on board and general use. Throughout it performed faultlessly.

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The Isuzu LS Terrain D Max dual cab ute is at the top of our wish list for a robust, heavy duty, responsive, long living, capable 4wd and tow vehicle. We loved it and it very nearly won our Dual Cab Ute of the year award last year. You won’t find better at the price !

What is good:
• Easy to drive
• Value packed
• Robustness

What is not so good:
• Seats little hard after a while
• Cramped interior
• Distance to Empty gauge little unreliable

Model Isuzu D Max LS-Terrain
Model Price $54,584 RDAP
Engine 3.0L 4 Cyl Turbo Diesel
Drivetrain 4WD 5 Speed Auto
Power 130 Kw @ 3,600 rpm
Torque 380 Nm @ 1,800 – 3,000rpm
Safety 4 Star ANCAP
CO2 Emissions 220 g/km
Green Vehicle Rating 2 1/2 Star
Economy (ADR comb) 8.3 L/100km
Tow Capacity – Max 3000 kg
Tow Ball Rating 300 kg
Servicing $Not Supplied
Warranty 5yr/130,000km with full roadside assist

Overall OzRoamer Rating 86/100
Behind the Wheel 8
Comfort 8
Equipment 9
Performance 8
Ride & Handling 9
Practicality 9
Fit for Purpose 9
Towing Ability 8
Off Road Ability 9
Value for Money 9