A work ute needs to be a true allrounder, capable of everything you throw at it, on or off the job. In December 2012, WTW 4×4 reviewer, Fraser Stronach put 10 brands of 4×4 dual cab ute under the microscope, including the Mazda BT-50.
The BT-50 was a standout performer in this review, with plenty of praise going to the 3.2-litre turbo diesel engine which pumps out 147kW and 470Nm.
Fraser said the BT-50’s ride is refined and car-like, but it is still more than capable off-road aided by a standard rear difflock. And let’s face it, while you might only spend the odd weekend hitting serious 4×4 tracks, when you do, you want to get further up the rutted hill than your mates, cross the river safely and hit the soft sand dunes without having to ask for a tow – all without sacrificing comfort on the bitumen.
The Mazda BT-50’s other assets include a massive 3.5 tonne towing capacity along with Trailer Sway Control which – in p
art – leads to its five star ANCAP safety rating, along with front, side and curtain airbags and a bunch of other features to help keep you safe on and off road.
Interior styling and accessories are top shelf too with cruise control and Bluetooth® as standard along with Sat Nav in the top spec model.
Let’s not forget the big tray ready for all your camping gear, motorbikes, toolboxes and anything else you want to throw in it. Yep, the BT-50 is What Tradies Want.
And Fraser wasn’t the only 4x4reviewer who thought the MazdaBT-50 was a classy machine – it also won the 2012 Drive Ute of the Year.