New dual-cab utes 2020 compared: How safe are 4×2 and 4×4 mid-size pick-ups?

Nissan gave its Navara ute an update last week, but crucially it was missing the overdue addition of autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and other crucial advanced-driver assist systems, which got us thinking about the level of safety dual-cab pick-ups currently offer.

Some (Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger and Mitsubishi Triton) lead from the front not only in sales, but also safety, with comprehensive suites available.

Conversely, others (Mazda BT-50 and Volkswagen Amarok) are showing their age and have little to offer in the way of active features.

There’s also a couple of newcomers (LDV T60 and SsangYong Musso) that put their more established rivals to shame, even if just a little bit.

And with Isuzu and Great Wall introducing new-generation models (D-Max and Cannon respectively) around the middle of this year, the safety ante is likely to be upped again.

Note: The following table compares 4×2 and 4×4 mid-size dual-cab pick-ups only. And given their recent discontinuations, the Holden Colorado and Mercedes-Benz X-Class have been excluded here.

  Toyota HiLux Ford Ranger Mitsu-bishi Triton Nissan Navara Isuzu D-Max Mazda BT-50 Volks-wagen Amarok LDV T60 Great Wall Steed Ssang-Yong Musso
ANCAP safety rating (year issued) 5 (2019) 5 (2015) 5 (2015) 5 (2015) 5 (2013) 5 (2011) 5 (2011) 5 (2017) 2 (2016) N/A
Forward collision warning Std Std Opt N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Std
Auton-omous emergency braking (AEB) Std Std Opt N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Std
Pedes-trian detection Std Std Opt N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Cyclist dete-ction Std (daylight) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Lane departure warning Std Std Opt N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Std
Lane-keep assist N/A Std N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Steering assist N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Blind-spot monitoring N/A N/A Opt N/A N/A N/A N/A Std N/A Opt
Rear cross-traffic alert N/A N/A Opt N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Opt
Adaptive cruise control Std Opt N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Speed sign recognition Std Std N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Traffic sign recognition Std Std N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
High-beam assist Std Std Opt N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Std
Driver attention alert N/A Std N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Std N/A N/A
Tyre pressure monitoring N/A Opt N/A N/A N/A N/A Opt Std Std Opt
Rever-sing camera Std Std Opt Std Opt Std Opt Std N/A Opt
Surr-ound-view cameras N/A N/A Opt Opt N/A N/A N/A Opt N/A Opt
Park assist N/A Opt N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Rear parking sensors Opt Opt Opt Opt Opt Opt Opt Std Std Opt
Front parking sensors Opt Opt Opt N/A Opt Opt Opt N/A N/A Opt
Airbags 7 6 7 7 6 6 4 6 6 6
Hill-start assist Std Std Std Opt Std Std Std Std Std Std
Hill-descent control Std Std Opt Opt Std Opt Std Std N/A Std
Anti-lock brakes (ABS) Std Std Std Std Std Std Std Std Std Std
Elect-ronic stability control (ESC) Std Std Std Std Std Std Std Std Std Std

Legend

Std: Standard

Opt: Optional

N/A: Not Available

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March 28, 2020 9:02 am Published by