These are two of the newest four wheel: drive utes in the segment at the moment and they're twins under the skin. They share a lot of components underneath their different sheet metal, which one should you choose? Well, it probably for most people boils down to personal preference and availability in 2021. However, we've got a challenge for these two utes that we have here today: there's a big hill climb behind us. There it's been raining all day, it's wet and it's slippery, so it's going to be a good test and we can find out which one comes out on top Music, both of these utes sport, identical powertrains, a three liter four cylinder turbo diesel developed by izuzu. This new engine called 4j3 tcx makes 140 kilowatts and 450 newton meters that runs through a six speed. Automatic transmission with part time shift on the fly. Four wheel, drive and low range pricing for a four wheel drive dual cab with a tub on the back starts from forty nine thousand three hundred and sixty dollars for the mazda bt50 and forty seven 900. For the isuzu d max, the d max is lsm spec, which is one spot up from the bottom and goes for 53 000 before on roads with an automatic transmission. The bt 50, on the other hand, is top specification, that's called gt, and it goes for fifty nine thousand nine hundred and ninety dollars before on road costs, and that is with an automatic gearbox and to test these utes.
Today we decided to keep tyre pressures unchanged. This will put traction control systems under pressure and challenge these utes in hard terrain, without getting too ridiculous. Both of these utes have a locking rear differential as standard which is going to come in handy for the hill climb we're going to take on first up. This challenge is the d max now this car already is at a little bit of an advantage because it hasn't got side steps in this specification, so we've got a little bit more seal clearance there to play with, but i've got my diff lock off just gon Na see how this thing goes, crawling nice and slow in low range up. What is a pretty steep and scrabbly hill climb? A couple of ruts here attraction there already all right, diff, lock on it's flashing in front of me. There Music, i'm gon na have to reverse back i'm. Just in these ruts now go forward slightly and just see if it'll drive through it. There we go. I gave that bash plate a bit of a hit there, but we're still going forward. It'S not doing terribly well bit of momentum helps all right. There are some big rats here. Just down this left hand, side i'll pick the same line for both vehicles, it's not as loose here so i'm, able to crawl, pretty well up. It'S, not bottoming out rear locker really goes a long way just for that crawling ability, sometimes all right.
The aussies up had to hit it a little bit hard there. One section but we're all good up in one piece d max got up now: it's the bt 50s turn let's see how we go no rear locker until we need it and low range first gear. Just try and crawl up this hill slowly as we can see if the mazda can beat the isuzu some tricky little holes in front of me here. This will put the traction control system to the test, one wheel in still crawling both wheels in boom. There we go all right now, that's steady throttle and, as you can see, it's not crawling out something like a ranger or a hilux might. But this just hasn't got the same sort of sophistication in terms of the traction control system, but we do have a locking rear diff. So let's put that on we're a little bit stuck still so back up a little and i'll just come through to the side. Slightly so i'm, not completely in those holes and drive through all right, it's, driven that maybe a little easier than the isuzu, but not because i knew where i was driving this time. I knew i had to pick the right line to get through, but it's doing. Well, the mazda for a completely stock standard vehicle slow crawling here up we go it's, not bottoming out, which is a good sign. Oh we're sliding there, though we just lost a little bit of traction, trying to ease back on the throttle now we're crawling across there.
I'Ve got a tree behind me as well, so that's a little bit of a worry let's, see if i can get this in one go: Music it's, one of the kind of shortcomings of a locking diff your tail end can slide around a little bit. Put you in some tricky situations: Music, yeah, give it a good bump, try right hand down over there, slowly slowly, slowly hold on. I think we're gon na have to pull you out there let's call that driver error. I think so i've slipped off the track here. A little bit in the mazda, so the isuzu up on the hill there, you might be able to see it – has the job of just trying to tug this thing into a little bit more of a forward direction. Music, nice nice nicely done there. We go that's. A little bit better than how we were before all part of the fun of going off road, i guess, while the two utes in this test have different wheel, diameters and slightly different tread patterns. That'S down to specification, the mazda bt50 can be had with 17 or 18 inch alloy wheels, depending on what spec you choose also worth noting that the mazda bt50 has 18 inch alloy wheels in this specification with an optional style fitted to the test car. There are also side steps which does hamper off road clearance around the sills, while the d max also has a 16 inch steer wheel on base specification, some other driving and testing through wombat holes show that both the d max and bt 50 benefit from having a Rear differential, lock fitted as standard it's worth noting here that the older ranger based bt 50 had a rear locker as well, but this is the first time a d max has scored the feature.
In both cases, traction control turns off when the rear locker is engaged, which means you get more unwanted wheel, spin from your front wheels and while isuzu has improved the performance of the off road traction control system for both the d max and the bt 50 it's. Still not as good as others in the segment, otherwise, ground clearance is on par with other utes on the market and the leaf sprung rear end has a decent supply of articulation on offer. Neither of these used to rewrite the rules for off road ability, but they're solid options. Nonetheless, and of course, there is plenty of scope for modification for those who want to improve these utes off road personally, i'd start with tyres and then think about things like suspension and protection. Comparing these two four wheel drives off. Road is a bit of a tricky affair because at the end of the day, they're mechanically, very similar, underneath the skin. Although comparing these two, we have found out a few things number one they're, both good off road, especially now they've both got locking rear differentials and number two. The big difference is the driver, even if it is the same driver on the same track. Things can change, especially when conditions are a little bit wet and tricky. Now. What would you drive out of these two? Let me know in the comments below, would you prefer the bt 50, or are you a bit more in camp d? Max, let me know in the comments and while you're there got any tips for my driving in particular.
Do you think there's anything? I could have done a little bit better today, i'm. Sure some of you will.