The Car of the Year program by Drive is back for its 18th year, and vehicle enthusiasts all over Australia are eagerly waiting to find out which vehicles will emerge victorious. One of the most anticipated categories in this prestigious competition is the Best Dual Cab Pick-up above $50,000.
Buying a dual cab pick-up has become increasingly popular in Australia, with one in every five new vehicles sold belonging to this category. From the iconic Ford Ranger to the reliable Toyota Hilux, Australians love these pick-ups for their versatility and practicality.
While they were traditionally known for their cargo capacities, dual cab pick-ups have undergone significant transformations in recent years. These vehicles not only offer excellent off-road performance and impressive towing capabilities, but they also include luxury features and advanced technology. From leather interiors to climate control, these pick-ups provide comfort and refinement that was previously only found in passenger cars.
Last year, the Ford Ranger took the crown in this category, impressing the judges with its innovative technology, attention to detail, and exceptional driving dynamics. However, the competition is intense this year, with major American players like Chevrolet, Ford, and RAM entering the race. These pick-ups have a proven track record in the US market and are ready to tackle the challenges of Australian fields.
Other contenders to watch out for include the Toyota Hilux GR Sport, which boasts improved specifications, and the new Volkswagen Amarok, closely related to the Ford Ranger. The GWM Ute is also a dark horse in this category, offering excellent value for money.
The winner of the Best Dual Cab Pick-up above $50,000 award will be announced in February 2024, following rigorous testing and evaluation by the 11 experienced judges. This category promises to be one of the toughest competitions yet.