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2022 Isuzu D-Max

2022 Isuzu D-Max
Isuzu
8.2
Price$32,200 - $67,500
Fuel Efficiency7 - 8 / 100km
ANCAP Rating5-star
Warranty6 years
Price$32,200 - $67,500
Fuel Efficiency7 - 8 / 100km
ANCAP Rating5-star
Warranty6 years

About the D-Max

The Isuzu D-Max is the Japanese automaker's top-selling vehicle and is the third top-selling ute overall. It's available in single-cab, extra-cab and dual-cab body styles in either 4x2 or 4x4.

Depending on the variant, the D-Max is available as either a cab-chassis or pickup with a tub bed.

The D-Max is available with a choice of two different turbo-diesel four-cylinder engines.

Summary

Our expert's shortest summary
Hit

Torquey, smooth powertrain

Spacious cabin with great front seats

Lane-keeping aid made friendlier

Miss

Price hike since launch

Narrow driver’s footrest

Smaller touchscreen looks cheap

Video Review

D-Max Video Review

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Intro
Exterior
Interior
Infotainment
Safety Tech
Practicality
On Road
0-100 km/h
Off Road
Verdict

2022 Isuzu D-Max on/off-road review (inc. 0-100)

Date
11, Jan, 2022
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Isuzu has updated the Isuzu D-Max dual-cab ute for the 2022 Model Year! Paul Maric gets behind the wheel of the updated 2022 Isuzu D-Max to see if it's any good!

D-Max Price

What is the price of a Isuzu D-Max?

4×2

  • 2022 Isuzu D-Max Single Cab Chassis SX 1.9 manual: $32,200
  • 2022 Isuzu D-Max Single Cab Chassis SX 1.9: $34,200
  • 2022 Isuzu D-Max Single Cab Chassis SX manual: $34,200
  • 2022 Isuzu D-Max Single Cab Chassis SX: $36,200
  • 2022 Isuzu D-Max Space Cab Chassis SX: $39,700
  • 2022 Isuzu D-Max Crew Cab Chassis SX: $42,700
  • 2022 Isuzu D-Max Crew Cab Ute SX: $44,200
  • 2022 Isuzu D-Max Crew Cab Ute LS-U: $53,000

4×4

  • 2022 Isuzu D-Max Single Cab Chassis SX manual: $42,200
  • 2022 Isuzu D-Max Single Cab Chassis SX: $44,200
  • 2022 Isuzu D-Max Space Cab Chassis SX manual: $45,700
  • 2022 Isuzu D-Max Space Cab Chassis SX: $47,700
  • 2022 Isuzu D-Max Crew Cab Chassis SX manual: $48,700
  • 2022 Isuzu D-Max Crew Cab Chassis SX: $50,700
  • 2022 Isuzu D-Max Crew Cab Ute SX: $52,200
  • 2022 Isuzu D-Max Crew Cab Ute LS-M manual: $53,300
  • 2022 Isuzu D-Max Crew Cab Chassis LS-M: $53,800
  • 2022 Isuzu D-Max Crew Cab Ute LS-M: $55,300
  • 2022 Isuzu D-Max Space Cab Ute LS-U: $58,000
  • 2022 Isuzu D-Max Crew Cab Ute LS-U manual: $59,000
  • 2022 Isuzu D-Max Crew Cab Chassis LS-U: $59,500
  • 2022 Isuzu D-Max Crew Cab Ute LS-U: $61,000
  • 2022 Isuzu D-Max Crew Cab Ute LS-U+: $63,500
  • 2022 Isuzu D-Max Crew Cab Ute X-Terrain: $67,500 ($64,990 drive-away)

All prices exclude on-road costs unless otherwise specified.

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Range Guide

Which variant of the Isuzu D-Max range is best for you?

Standard equipment on the D-Max SX includes:

  • 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay, wired Android Auto
  • 4.2-inch trip computer display
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Manual air-conditioning
  • 17-inch steel wheels

Moving to the LS-M brings:

  • ‘High-grade’ cloth upholstery
  • Rear USB connector
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Seat back pockets
  • Fold-down central armrest
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Bi-LED headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Body-coloured mirrors
  • 17-inch alloy wheels

Jumping to the LS-U adds:

  • 9.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay, wired Android Auto, factory satellite navigation
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Factory-fitted tow bar receiver
  • Tub liner (ute models)
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Powered lumbar support for driver’s seat
  • Leather-trimmed gear knob
  • Soft-touch door trim
  • Soft central armrest lid
  • Vanity mirrors for driver, passenger
  • Carpet flooring
  • Side steps
  • LED rear lights
  • 18-inch alloy wheels

The LS-U+ gains:

  • Leather-accented seats
  • Black interior trim highlights
  • Heated front seats
  • Eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror

Finally, the range-topping X-Terrain packs:

  • Front parking sensors
  • Leather-accented seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Factory-fitted tow bar
  • Red and black interior accents
  • Vanity mirror lights
  • Remote engine start
  • Eight-speaker sound system
  • Unique exterior trim
  • 18-inch black-finish alloy wheels

Variants

What are the variants of the Isuzu D-Max?
SX (4x2) HIGH-RIDE
FROM
$32,200
SX (4x4)
FROM
$42,200
LS-U (4x2) HIGH-RIDE
FROM
$53,000
LS-M (4x4)
FROM
$53,300
LS-U (4x4)
FROM
$58,000
LS-U+ (4x4)
FROM
$63,500
X-TERRAIN (4x4)
FROM
$67,500
1.9L
6-speed Manual
C/CHAS
3.0L
6-speed Manual
C/CHAS
1.9L
6 SP AUTO SEQ SPORTS MODE
C/CHAS
3.0L
6 SP AUTO SEQ SPORTS MODE
C/CHAS
3.0L
6 SP AUTO SEQ SPORTS MODE
4D SPACE CAB CHASSIS
3.0L
6 SP AUTO SEQ SPORTS MODE
CREW C/CHAS
3.0L
6 SP AUTO SEQ SPORTS MODE
CREW CAB UTILITY
Variant Name
SX (4x2) HIGH-RIDE
Price From
$32,200
Series
RG MY22
Style
C/CHAS
Transmission
6-speed Manual
Fuel Type
Diesel
Fuel Economy
7.0L / 100km
Seating Capacity
2
Engine Size
1.9L
Cylinders
turbocharged four-cylinder
FULL SPECS

Interior

Photos and Images of the Isuzu D-Max Interior

The D-Max’s interior is logically laid-out, no-nonsense and modern in appearance.

On lower-spec models there's a 7.0-inch screen surrounded by a thick bezel. At least you still get wired Android Auto plus, rare for this segment, wireless Apple CarPlay. There’s no factory satellite navigation, though.

From the LS-U and above, the D-Max receives a larger 9.0-inch touchscreen that's slightly bigger than most (HiLux and outgoing Ranger use 8.0-inch screens) and has helpful shortcut buttons running below to head straight to the home screen or the embedded navigation.

A colour 4.2-inch information display sits between the analogue dials of the instrument cluster and displays information on, among other things, fuel economy and the active safety systems.

While the dials are clear and legible, the information display is a bit cluttered. Fortunately, it boasts a digital speedometer, something you won’t find in a Triton.

On the X-Terrain, the steering wheel now has piano black inserts rather than silver plastic as before, and red stitching, but is otherwise unchanged. It’s trimmed in quality leather, moves forwards and backwards as well as up and down, and has easy-to-understand button shortcuts on it.

The entire range also benefits from a new steering wheel switch that’ll turn off all lane support systems if you hold it for two seconds.

The highlight of the interior are the front seats, which are cushy and comfortable yet supportive.

There’s plenty of storage up front, including a split-level glove compartment, neat pop-out cupholders on either end of the dash, a reasonably-sized centre console bin, a tray at the base of the centre stack large enough for a phone, and a dash-top tray with a lid that can also fit a phone.

Each door has a bottle holder that’ll fit a typical drink bottle, while stepping into the back you’ll find map pockets on the soft seatbacks plus a small, open cubby above the air vents. It sits next to a USB-A outlet.

Rear legroom, headroom and toe-room is par for the dual-cab ute class, with plenty of room for even taller occupants.

The second-row bench folds upwards at its base to reveal storage beneath the seat, while it can also be folded to access a shared top-tether anchor point for child seats. ISOFIX points are accessible for the two outboard seats.

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Exterior

Photos and Images of the Isuzu D-Max Exterior

On the entry-level D-Max SX you get 17-inch steel wheels with black plastic door handles. The SX is available in either 4x2 or 4x2 with single cab-chassis, extra cab-chassis, or dual-cab-chassis or dual-cab ute options.

Stepping up the LS-M gains you 17-inch alloy wheels, body-coloured door handles, bi-LED headlights and LED daytime running lights. The LS-M is only available in dual-cab 4x4 variant with either cab-chassis or tub bed options.

The LS-U gets larger 18-inch alloy wheels with a factory tow bar receiver, tub liner on ute models, sides steps and LED rear lights. It also allows you to choose from more exterior paint colours.

The top-of-the-range X-Terrain is available with an exclusive orange exterior paint colour as well as 18-inch black-finish alloy wheels and unique exterior trim.

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+40

D-Max Colours

What colours are available for the Isuzu D-Max?

The 2022 D-Max range will be offered in eight colours. All except Mineral White come at a $500 premium.

  • Mineral White
  • Basalt Black mica
  • Cobalt Blue mica
  • Mercury Silver metallic
  • Obsidian Grey metallic
  • Marble White pearl (LS-U, LS-U+, X-Terrain)
  • Magnetic Red mica (LS-U, LS-U+, X-Terrain)
  • Volcanic Amber metallic (X-Terrain)

Cost of Ownership

What is the running, servicing and ownership costs of buying a Isuzu D-Max?

The D-Max is backed by a six-year, 150,000km warranty, and comes with seven years of roadside assist.

Maintenance for the D-Max is required every 12 months or 15,000km, whichever comes first.

The first seven years of servicing will cost you a combined $3513 in 3.0-litre models and $3223 in 1.9-litre models.

How it Drives

Our expert take on Isuzu D-Max drivability?

With the 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, the D-Max is torquey and tractable. It pairs wonderfully with the six-speed auto, which ably keeps it in its torque band and shifts smoothly.

There’s also a lack of turbo lag, while peak torque comes on tap at just 1600rpm and sticks around until 2600rpm.

There’s the typically gruff diesel ute soundtrack under acceleration, but at cruising speeds it’s pleasant. Wind and road noise are kept largely in check, even at highway speeds.

The electrically-assisted steering is pleasantly light and car-like without feeling vague. It’s a boon in tighter urban confines, and the D-Max feels more manoeuvrable than rivals with hydraulic set-ups. The steering also feels secure even as speeds increase.

The D-Max’s ride quality is among the best in the segment, with the usual ladder-frame ute jiggles kept to a minimum even with an empty tub. Those jiggles are further quelled when you put even a small load back there.

At high speeds on unsealed roads, the D-Max has a comfortable, sure-footed ride, even with an empty tub.

The blind-spot monitoring works well and is absolutely welcome, particularly in a segment where this feature remains rare.

The lane-keep assist isn’t too obtrusive, while the adaptive cruise control also performs admirably. You can also adjust the sensitivity of some of these systems, including the forward collision warning.

What’s most impressive about the D-Max is that the steering, ride quality and noise levels don’t get noticeably worse as your speeds get higher, meaning this is a comfortable highway cruiser.

Overall, the capable powertrain, light steering and mostly well-behaved ride makes this one of the better utes to drive.

Safety Rating

ANCAP Safety Rating Australia

The Isuzu D-Max was tested by ANCAP in 2020 and earned a five-star rating.

That rating was based on an adult occupant protection score of 83 per cent, a child occupant protection score of 89 per cent and a safety assist score of 81 per cent. Vulnerable road user protection testing yielded a score of 69 per cent.

Every model comes standard with the following safety features:

  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Driver attention monitoring
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Turn assist
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Automatic high-beam
  • Reversing camera

Automatic models also add wrong-pedal acceleration warning, adaptive cruise, and lane-keep assist.

Eight airbags are standard, including a central airbag designed to stop the passenger and driver’s flailing arms and heads crashing into each other in a serious side-impact crash.

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overall
83%
passenger
89%
infant
69%
pedestrian
84%
detection

D-Max Lifecycle

How old is the current generation and when will there be a new or updated Isuzu D-Max?

The current, third-generation Isuzu D-Max was revealed in Thailand in 2019 and has been on sale in Australia since July 2020.

As part of a 2022 model year update, Isuzu introduced a new 1.9-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, a new trim level and new body styles to existing model grades.

To help make room, Isuzu has also discontinued two variants for 2022.

All 4x4 models have a higher gross combination mass (GCM) of 6000kg, up 50kg on 2021 models.

The entire range also benefits from a new steering wheel switch that'll turn off all lane support systems if you hold it for two seconds.

D-Max Options

Options list for the Isuzu D-Max

There are a range of genuine accessories you can option on the D-Max including a bull bar, snorkel, electronic brake controller, and wireless phone charger among others.

D-Max Warranty

What is the warranty period and kilometre limit for the Isuzu D-Max?

ISUZU suggests that owners service their 2022 ISUZU D-MAX every 12 months or 15,000km, whichever comes first.

The 2022 ISUZU D-MAX has a 6 year, 150,000km warranty.

D-Max Stock Availability

Is the Isuzu D-Max available to buy now and what are stock levels and how long are wait times?

Just like many of its ute competitors, Isuzu is facing extensive delays on its D-Max due to its high demand.

Plenty of buyers are still waiting for their 2021 D-Max to arrive from the factory in Thailand, and could be waiting well into 2022.

Isuzu announced earlier in 2021 that anyone who ordered their car before July 31 will have their price locked in, even if the price of the 2022 car delivered has jumped.

D-Max Boot Space

How much luggage or cargo capacity and boot space is there in the Isuzu D-Max?

The dual-cab Isuzu D-Max has a tub that measures 1570mm long, 1530mm wide and 490mm tall. There's 1122mm between the two rear wheel arches.

D-Max Fuel Economy

How much fuel does the Isuzu D-Max use and what are its emissions?

Combined fuel economy of the 3.0-litre D-Max ranges between 7.7L and 8.0L/100km depending on the variant, while the 1.9-litre has a rating of 7.0L/100km.

It has a 76L fuel tank across the entire D-Max range.

Depending on the variant, view the 2022 ISUZU D-MAX fuel usage below.

All Highway, City, and Combined figures below are litres per 100km

VariantSeriesStyleFuel TypeHighwayCityCombinedE10?
SX (4x2) HIGH-RIDERG MY22C/CHASDIESEL--7.0-
SX (4x2) HIGH-RIDERG MY22C/CHASDIESEL--8.0-
SX (4x2) HIGH-RIDERG MY22C/CHASDIESEL--7.0-
SX (4x2) HIGH-RIDERG MY22C/CHASDIESEL--8.0-
SX (4x2) HIGH-RIDERG MY224D SPACE CAB CHASSISDIESEL--8.0-
SX (4x4)RG MY22C/CHASDIESEL--8.0-
SX (4x2) HIGH-RIDERG MY22CREW C/CHASDIESEL--8.0-
SX (4x2) HIGH-RIDERG MY22CREW CAB UTILITYDIESEL--7.7-
SX (4x4)RG MY22C/CHASDIESEL--8.0-
SX (4x4)RG MY224D SPACE CAB CHASSISDIESEL--8.0-
SX (4x4)RG MY224D SPACE CAB CHASSISDIESEL--8.0-
SX (4x4)RG MY22CREW C/CHASDIESEL--8.0-
SX (4x4)RG MY22CREW C/CHASDIESEL--8.0-
SX (4x4)RG MY22CREW CAB UTILITYDIESEL--7.7-
LS-U (4x2) HIGH-RIDERG MY22CREW CAB UTILITYDIESEL--8.0-
LS-M (4x4)RG MY22CREW CAB UTILITYDIESEL--7.7-
LS-M (4x4)RG MY22CREW C/CHASDIESEL--7.7-
LS-M (4x4)RG MY22CREW CAB UTILITYDIESEL--7.7-
LS-U (4x4)RG MY224D SPACE CAB UTILITYDIESEL--8.0-
LS-U (4x4)RG MY22CREW CAB UTILITYDIESEL--7.7-
LS-U (4x4)RG MY22CREW C/CHASDIESEL--7.7-
LS-U (4x4)RG MY22CREW CAB UTILITYDIESEL--7.7-
LS-U+ (4x4)RG MY22CREW CAB UTILITYDIESEL--7.7-
X-TERRAIN (4x4)RG MY22CREW CAB UTILITYDIESEL--7.7-

D-Max Dimensions

The dimensions of the Isuzu D-Max

The dual-cab 2022 Isuzu D-Max with an integrated tray measures 5280mm long and 1870mm wide, or 1880mm wide in the range-topping X-Terrain.

The entire range has a 3125mm wheelbase, and the tallest D-Max X-Terrain measures 1810mm high.

Approach angle is 30.5 degrees, departure angle is 24.2 degrees, and ramp-over angle is 23.8 degrees, while Isuzu claims an 800mm wading depth.

The 3.0-litre D-Max will tow a 3500kg braked trailer and has a 350kg maximum down ball load, and payload varies from 970kg in the X-Terrain to 1320kg in the Single Cab Chassis SX.

The 1.9-litre model has a 2800kg braked towing capacity with the manual, and 3000kg with the automatic. Unbraked towing capacity is 750kg.

Depending on the variant, the 2022 ISUZU D-MAX measures as below.

VariantSeriesStyleLength (mm)Width (mm)Height (mm)Wheelbase (mm)
SX (4x2) HIGH-RIDERG MY22C/CHAS5325187017903125
SX (4x2) HIGH-RIDERG MY22C/CHAS5325187017903125
SX (4x2) HIGH-RIDERG MY22C/CHAS5325187017903125
SX (4x2) HIGH-RIDERG MY22C/CHAS5325187017903125
SX (4x2) HIGH-RIDERG MY224D SPACE CAB CHASSIS5285187018003125
SX (4x4)RG MY22C/CHAS5325187017903125
SX (4x2) HIGH-RIDERG MY22CREW C/CHAS5285187018003125
SX (4x2) HIGH-RIDERG MY22CREW CAB UTILITY5265187017853125
SX (4x4)RG MY22C/CHAS5325187017903125
SX (4x4)RG MY224D SPACE CAB CHASSIS5285187018003125
SX (4x4)RG MY224D SPACE CAB CHASSIS5285187018003125
SX (4x4)RG MY22CREW C/CHAS5285187018003125
SX (4x4)RG MY22CREW C/CHAS5285187018003125
SX (4x4)RG MY22CREW CAB UTILITY5265187017853125
LS-U (4x2) HIGH-RIDERG MY22CREW CAB UTILITY5270187017903125
LS-M (4x4)RG MY22CREW CAB UTILITY5265187017853125
LS-M (4x4)RG MY22CREW C/CHAS5285187018003125
LS-M (4x4)RG MY22CREW CAB UTILITY5265187017853125
LS-U (4x4)RG MY224D SPACE CAB UTILITY5270187017903125
LS-U (4x4)RG MY22CREW CAB UTILITY5285187017903125
LS-U (4x4)RG MY22CREW C/CHAS5285187018053125
LS-U (4x4)RG MY22CREW CAB UTILITY5285187017903125
LS-U+ (4x4)RG MY22CREW CAB UTILITY5285187017903125
X-TERRAIN (4x4)RG MY22CREW CAB UTILITY5303188018103125

The 2022 ISUZU D-MAX has a braked towing capacity from 2800kg to 3500kg depending on the variant and an unbraked towing capacity of 700kg.

D-Max Market Fit

Where does it fit in the competitor segment?

The D-Max competes in the hotly-contested 4x2 and 4x4 ute classes in Australia, going head-to-head with the Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi Triton, and Nissan Navara. It also takes on the mechanically identical Mazda BT-50.

D-Max Sales Data

How well has the Isuzu D-Max been selling?

In 2021, Isuzu sold 6478 4x2 D-Max models and 18,639 4x4 D-Max models.

As the second top-selling 4x2 ute, the D-Max was only outsold by the 4x2 versions of the HiLux (13,214 sales). It beat out the 4x2 versions of the Ford Ranger (4293 sales) and Mazda BT-50 (2876).

It was the third top-selling 4x4 ute, outsold by the 4x4 versions of the Ford Ranger (45,986 sales) and Toyota HiLux (39,587 sales).

Combining these two figures together, the D-Max (25,117 sales) was outsold by the HiLux (52,801 ) and the Ford Ranger (50,279 ).

Should you buy the D-Max

Is this the right car for you? Our experts buy or not guide.

The D-Max remains one of the best workhorses in its class, and deserves its newfound popularity across the market, even if those price hikes strike me as cheeky at best.

That said, once there are plenty of V6 diesel, full-time-AWD-toting Rangers hitting the road this year with their oversized portrait touchscreens, the D-Max might feel in need of a larger-scale facelift before long.

Competitor Analysis

What other cars should you look at?

The D-Max's most direct competitor is the Mazda BT-50 which shares the same engine and platform.

It does compete though in the hotly-contested 4x2 and 4x4 ute segments where it goes up against the Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi Triton, Nissan Navara, GWM Ute, Ssangyong Musso and LDV T60 Max.

Isuzu is currently pricing its D-Max in the same pricing tier as the HiLux and Ranger, though it's arguably better value than either.

Isuzu D-Max Interesting Facts

Did you know?

For the first two D-Max generations, Isuzu and General Motors jointly developed utes together.

You'll most likely remember the Holden Rodeo and Holden Colorado which shared the same underpinnings as the first- and second-generation D-Max models, respectively.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Isuzu D-Max range kicks off from $32,200 (plus on-road costs) for the "D-Max SX (4x2) HIGH-RIDE" variant and finishes at $67,500 (plus on-road costs) for the "D-Max X-TERRAIN (4x4)" variant.

The Isuzu D-Max is built in Thailand and is then shipped to Australia.

The Isuzu D-Max has a braked towing capacity from 2800kg to 3500kg depending on the variant and an unbraked towing capacity of 700kg.

Isuzu suggested that owners service their Isuzu D-Max every 12 months or 15,000km, whichever comes first.

The Isuzu D-Max has a five star ANCAP safety rating out of five.

The Isuzu D-Max uses Diesel.

The Isuzu D-Max comes in 2 or 4 door variants.

In our latest review the Isuzu D-Max scored 8.3 out of 10. Read the full Isuzu D-Max review here.

The Isuzu D-Max had a 6 year, 150,000km warranty.