“These four pickups? Again?”
Slow down there, folks. Yes, this is yet another four-way spec-sheet brawl featuring the all-new Isuzu D-Max and the refreshed Toyota Hilux, Nissan Navara, and Ford Ranger. But this time around, we’re going back to the basics—we’re pitting the base variants of these four popular pickups in this comparo.
Let’s lay down the prices first. The most affordable among the bunch is the base D-Max that stickers for P987,000. This is followed by the Hilux at P1,113,000, the Navara at P1,1149,000, and then the Ranger at 1,155,000.
In terms of power, however, it’s the Navara that takes the cake. The Nissan gets a 2.5-liter turbodiesel that generates 161hp and 403Nm. The differences aren’t that big for these pickups, save for the D-Max. The horsepower and torque figures of Isuzu’s RZ4E engine are significantly lower at just 148hp and 350Nm. Of course, fuel efficiency is a different story, but that’s for another time.
In other aspects, though, the differences grow less. All of these get six-speed manual gearboxes and 4x2 drivetrains, safety features are scarce, brake and suspension setups are basically equal across the board, and interior amenities are also fairly similar for the most part. Worth noting, though, is that Ford and Toyota have decided to give their affordable trucks Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connections.
Of course, these are the most affordable variants in their respective stables, so obviously, there’s not a lot to discuss here. So instead, we’ll leave it to you to check all the specs of these pickups below. Don’t forget to tell us which truck you’d opt for through the poll below and to share your two cents in the comments section afterwards.
2021 Toyota Hilux 2.4 E 4x2 MT
2021 Nissan Navara EL 4x2 MT
2021 Isuzu D-Max RZ4E LT 4x2 MT
2021 Ford Ranger 2.2 XLS 4x2 MT
|Price (Philippine Peso)||1,113,000||1,149,000||987,000||1,155,000|
|Engine setup||2.4-liter in-line-four turbodiesel||2.5-liter turbodiesel||1.9-liter in-line-four turbodiesel||2.2-liter turbodiesel|
|Transmission||6-speed manual||6-speed manual||6-speed manual||6-speed manual|
|Fuel tank capacity (L)||80||80||76||80|
|Brakes (front/rear)||ventilated discs/drum||ventilated discs/drum||ventilated discs/auto-adjust drum||ventilated discs/drum|
|Wheels||17-inch steel||18-inch alloys||17-inch steel||16-inch alloys|
|Tires||265/65 R17||255/60 R18||255/65 R17||255/70 R16|
|Front suspension||double-wishbone||double wishbone with coil springs||double wishbone coil spring
double wishbone with coil springs
|Rear suspension||leaf spring||multilink with coil spring and stabilizer||long span semi-elliptical leaf spring||leaf spring|
|Tilt/Telescopic steering wheel adjustment||yes/yes||tilt only||fixed||tilt only|
|Infotainment system||6.75-inch touchscreen, 4-speaker setup||6.75-inch touchscreen, 6-speaker setup||3.5-inch 1-DIN, 2-speaker setup||
8-inch touchscreen, 6-speaker setup
|Apple CarPlay/Android Auto||yes/yes||no/no||no/no||yes/yes|
|Smart keyless entry||no||no||no||no|
|Automatic climate control||no||no||no||no|
|Power windows||driver only||yes||N/A||yes|
|Power door locks||yes, speed-sensing||yes||N/A||N/A|
|ABS w/ electronic brakeforce distribution||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Electronic Stability Control||yes||no||no||no|
|Tailgate lift assist||no||no||N/A||no|
|Parking assist||none||360-degree-view camera||none||none|
|Dimensions (mm)||5,285 x 1,855 x 1,815||5,255 x 1,850 x 1,825||5,285 x 1,810 x 1,695||5,354 x 1,860 x 1,821|
|Ground clearance (mm)||N/A||245||195||232|