Isuzu D-Max Blade Automatic

Frontal close-up of white Isuzu D-Max Blade.

As Isuzu itself points out, the D-Max pickup is marketed primarily as a workhorse rather than a dual-purpose vehicle, but two versions are fitted with rather more equipment as standard than the others. One of these is the Utah, which unlike anything cheaper in the range comes with satellite navigation, DAB digital radio, leather upholstery, heated front seats, rear parking sensors, automatic air-conditioning, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Blade tested here is more or less the same thing as a Utah, expect that it also has tinted windows, puddle…

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Isuzu D-Max

Isuzu D-MAX being driven through a river.

If asked to name a pickup truck, most Roof Side Up readers would probably mention a Ford, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota or Volkswagen before – or even instead of – calling to mind the Isuzu D-Max. There’s a good reason for this. Other pickups are generally available in forms that will appeal to people who like the idea of a dual-purpose vehicle which can act as a family car as well as a workhorse, and require a certain level of refinement. For Isuzu, this is not a priority. D-Max customers are…

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