Spec-sheet brawl: Toyota Hilux vs. Nissan Navara vs. Isuzu D-Max vs. Ford Ranger

This time around, we pit the most affordable variants against each other
by Leandre Grecia | Apr 29, 2021
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“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 P1,026,000, 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.

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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.

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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 1,026,000 987,000 1,155,000
Drive 2WD 2WD 2WD 2WD
Seating capacity 5 5 5 5
Engine setup 2.4-liter in-line-four turbodiesel 2.5-liter turbodiesel 1.9-liter in-line-four turbodiesel 2.2-liter turbodiesel
Power (hp) 148 161 148 158
Torque (Nm) 400 403 350 385
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
and stabilizer
double wishbone with coil springs
Rear suspension leaf spring multilink with coil spring and stabilizer long span semi-elliptical leaf spring leaf spring
Seat material fabric fabric fabric fabric
Tilt/Telescopic steering wheel adjustment yes/yes tilt only fixed tilt only
Paddle shifters no no no no
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
Push-to-start ignition no no no no
Automatic climate control no no no no
Automatic headlamps 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
Hill-start assist yes no no no
Hill-descent control no no no no
Cruise control no no no yes
Tailgate lift assist no no N/A no
Bedliner no yes no yes
Parking assist none 360-degree-view camera none none
Airbags 3 2 2 2
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
Wheelbase (mm) N/A 3,150 3,125 3,220
Ground clearance (mm) N/A 245 195 232

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