Isuzu D-Max LS-Terrain Crew Cab: Tow Test
Reliable and powerful, the Isuzu D-Max has the power to get you - and your caravan - where you need to go.
The Isuzu D-Max is closely related to the Holden Colorado, sharing its chassis and body architecture. A key difference is the powertrain; a VM Motori-sourced 3L engine and six-speed auto is used in Colorado while Isuzu uses its own engine and a five-speed auto.
The D-Max doesn’t have the power and torque figures or the six-speed automatic option (or eight-speed, in the case of the Amarok) of its key competitors, but it does come with an extensive standard equipment list in the new top-of-the-range model, the LS-Terrain (LS-T), tested here.
Standard gear on the LS-T includes leather seats (with power adjustment for the driver’s seat), rearview camera, 17in alloy wheels, roof rails, chrome power-fold side mirrors, side steps, front fog lights and a passive entry and start system. Other comforts include climate-control air-conditioning, cruise control, leather steering wheel and gearshift knob and a six-speaker CD/MP3/FM/AM touch screen audio unit with iPod and bluetooth audio streaming and satnav.
Safety is covered off with front, side, front side-curtain airbags, ABS brakes with EBD and EBA and traction and stability control.
The cabin is nothing unusual for a dual-cab ute, with its two front buckets and rear three-seater bench. There is plenty of room front and rear and, while seats are not as supportive as you might hope, they are comfortable for a long day behind the wheel. Vision is good to the front and sides, and while rear vision is not that great for parking, the rear-vision camera is excellent.
ISUZU D-MAX LS-TERRAIN CREW CAB SPECS
Weights and measures
- Length 5295mm
- Width 1860mm
- Height 1855mm
- Wheelbase 3095mm
- Ground clearance 235mm
- Kerb mass 1940kg
- Gross Vehicle Mass 2900kg
- Gross Combined Mass 5900kg
- Towing capacity (unbraked/braked) 750/3500kg
- Towball (max) 350kg
- Engine Turbo-charged four-cylinder diesel
- Transmission Five-speed automatic
- Power 130kW at 3600rpm
- Torque 380Nm at 1800-2800rpm
- 1 3.520
- 2 2.042
- 3 1.400
- 4 1.000
- 5 0.716
- Rev 3.224
- Final drive 3.727
- High/Low ratios: 1.000/2.482
- Towbar and brake controller
- Fuel capacity 76L
- Suspension Independent, upper/lower wishbones, coil springs (front); Live axle, leaf springs (rear)
- Wheels 7x17in
- Warranty Five years/130,000km
- Roof load 60kg
Click here to read the full range review of the Isuzu D-Max
The full test appears in Caravan World #540, August 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!