Isuzu D-Max LS-U crew cab trayback 2023 review

is the Isuzu D-Max 4WD Tray back Ute any good

Isuzu D-Max LS-U Crew Cab 4WD Trayback Ute – Regular listeners will know that I’ve been renovating my garden and using some Isuzu D-Max Utes to help with that process.

Isuzu D-Max LS-U Dual Cab Trayback 4WD Ute in garden front quarter 2Last week I had the D-Max LS-U crew cab tray back Ute, this combines the benefits of a relatively large tray with the ability to carry a family as well as 4WD capability.

The advantage of the tray back style is that it still has a payload of some 1100 plus kilograms and a practical load area. The disadvantage of the dual cab style is that almost all that load is behind the rear axle.

Isuzu D-Max LS-U Dual Cab Trayback 4WD Ute at building site 2

I loaded yet more pavers, a full 900kg worth, onto the Ute to see how it would cope.

First up, the rear axle handled the weight with ease. There was a touch of rear dip but nothing spectacular. You could feel the weight when driving obviously.

Isuzu has a handy payload calculator on their website. Many people overload their car, van or Ute without realising it.

Secondly the 4-cylinder, 3.0L turbo diesel engine took it all in its stride. This Isuzu engine is one of the best on the market. Proven over many years in their Utes and small truck range. It is over engineered, robust, reliable, and economical.

Again the 6 speed sports automatic transmission is well matched to the engine and robust enough to handle the stresses.

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Isuzu D-Max LS-U Dual Cab Trayback 4WD Ute reverse camera

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Isuzu D-Max LS-U Dual Cab Trayback 4WD Ute interior central screen

What is good?

  • 4WD and towing ability
  • Ride and handling
  • Class leading safety features

What is not so good?

  • Missed heated front seats on cold mornings
  • Windscreen washers in wiper blades
  • Would love 150kW/500Nm

Isuzu D-Max LS-U crew Cab Trayback 4WD Ute loaded with pavers 2

Final thoughts Isuzu D-Max LS-U Crew Cab Trayback

The Isuzu D-Max LS-U is a robust, reliable and practical 4WD Ute.

The LS-U Trayback Crew Cab 4WD Ute is perhaps the best mix between recreational and work Ute.

It’s comfortable and spacious inside, but has more than 1000kg payload.

I laded the trayback up to full capacity and it handled it with ease.

Ideal for worksites and family holidays.

The D-Max will tow 3500kg with ease, go anywhere you will sensibly want to go off road and do it in comfort. All D-Max vehicles come with the tow assembly installed. All you have to do is add the hitch tongue you want.

Isuzu D-Max is a favourite Ute of mine.

Isuzu D-Max LS-U Dual Cab Trayback 4WD Ute at farm engine

Isuzu D-Max


D-MAX LS-U Crew cab Trayback 

Model Price$59,500 MLP*
Engine3.0L 4 Cyl Turbo Diesel Euro 5
Drivetrain6 Sp Sports AT Dual range 4WD
Power140kW @ 3,600rpm
Torque450Nm @ 1600-2600rpm
SafetyFive-star ANCAP (tested Sept 2022)
0-100kmh / Top SpeedTBA
CO2 Emissions207 g/km
Economy ADR8.0L/100km / 76L capacity
Economy on test9.0L/100k
Max Range1101km
Servicing12Mth / 15,000km 7 Yrs. Capped Price
Warranty6yr/ 150,000 km
Roadside Assist7Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excludes statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options.

RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

Isuzu D-Max LS-U Dual Cab Trayback 4WD Ute interior front seats

Overall Rating LS-U 


Behind the Wheel8
Ride and Handling8
Fit for Purpose8
AWD/Towing Capability*10 (4WD 5/5 Towing 5/5)
Value for Money10

*Towing and AWD capability is measured against similar vehicles in the same class.

Isuzu D-Max LS-U crew Cab Trayback 4WD Ute loaded with pavers 1


 Isuzu D-Max LS-U Trayback

Overall Length5285mm
Wheels17×7.0 Steel
Tyres255/65 R17
Max ground clearanceUp to 235mm
Wading Depth800mm
Approach30.0 degrees
Rampover23.9 degrees
Departure angle27 degrees
Turning Circle KTK12.5m
Tub/Tray Length1820mm
Tub/ Tray width / arches1780mm
Tub/Tray Depth255mm
Kerb Weight1970kg
Payload (kg)1130kg
GVM (kg)3100kg
Towing Capacity3500kg
Tow Ball rating350kg

Isuzu D-Max LS-U Dual Cab Trayback 4WD Ute tow hitch

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