2018 Isuzu D-Max LST VS Nissan Navara ST-X Comparison Review

Which Ute is Best Isuzu D-Max vs Nissan Navara

Isuzu D-Max LST VS Nissan Navara ST-X Overview

Both the Isuzu D-Max LST and the Nissan Navara ST-X have undergone an upgrade release in the last 12 months. These two Utes are so close in features, safety and price that it is natural to compare them.

In the world of recreational dual cab 4WD Utes there are 7 to choose from. The Isuzu D-MAX, Nissan Navara, Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi Triton, Mazda BT-50, Holden Colorado and Ford Ranger. There are more brands, but really these are the best picks.

The world of dual cab Utes has undergone a massive transformation over the last 5-6 years, starting with the revolution on 2011/2012 with the introduction of the Isuzu D Max, Holden Colorado, Mazda BT 50 and Ford Ranger.

The dual cab Utes on the market today, especially the top of the range models, are a far cry to the farm Ute I grew up with. These days they are the Swiss army knife of the motoring world. They are utilised as a work Ute during the week, a towing vehicle, a family run-around and an off road truck or touring vehicle as well.

For the most part here at UteGuide, we focus on the Utes ability to be the Swiss Army Knife, with the lifestyle aspects taking precedence in the choice factors.

Isuzu D Max LST and Nissan Navara ST-X

Isuzu D-Max LST VS Nissan Navara ST-X Exterior

Both the Isuzu and Nissan follow the softer, streamlined design philosophy. They both have a sleek bonnet and grill, with LED headlights and DRL’s.

They both feature roof rails, running boards and sports bars in the tub.

Isuzu Nissan
D Max Navara
External Features
Headlights BI-LED LED
Auto levelling feature Y Manual
Foglights Y Y
Wheels/Tyres 255/60/R18 255/60 R18
Under-body impact protection Y Y

Isuzu D Max LST and Nissan Navara ST-X

Isuzu D-Max LST VS Nissan Navara ST-X Interior

Internally the two Utes differ slightly. It appears that the Isuzu is more aimed at the worker and has softened the interior, whereas the Navara is approaching from the recreational end first.

Both Utes are very comfortable inside with subtle differences.

Where the Isuzu has hard surfaces, like on the centre console bin top, where you rest your elbow, the Navara has more soft touch feel. Where you rest your arms, elbows etc are a softer feel in the Navara.

The Isuzu has leather seats as standard, where it is an option on the Navara for some $1500 extra. This does however, include seat warmers. The seats are a little more comforting in the Navara.

One day Manufacturers will include A/C seats as well. Better suited for Australian Conditions.

Neither vehicle has a reach adjustable steering wheel, however the Navara feels closer to the driver when at full seat travel for taller drivers. I prefer the thicker wheel of the Isuzu, it just feels better in the hands.

Both vehicles have the handy pull out cup/bottle holder below the A/C vents. The centre cup holders in the Navara are a little bigger as is the centre console bin. However there are more storage areas in the Isuzu.

The Navara has a few more little comfort features, like heated external rear view mirrors, electrochromatic rear view mirror, The Isuzu has a larger centre stack screen, but the buttons are fiddlier than the Navara. The Isuzu also has Apple Car Play and Android Auto which is a bonus.

Rear seat room is much the same in both, but the Navara has large air vents back there.

As far as internal noise goes there are two schools of thought. Some owners like the diesel rumble, it makes them feel they are driving a Ute, others like a quieter car like interior, like the Navara. The Navara is definitely quieter on the road, with less wind, engine and road noise for the passengers.


Isuzu Nissan
D Max Navara
Internal Features
Leather seating Y Y Opt
Electronic drivers seat Y Y Opt
Reach adj steering N N
Steering wheel controls Y Y
Climate Control AC Y Y
Heated front seats N Y Opt
Electrochromatic rear view mirror N Y
Heated external mirrors N Y
Auto Headlights N N
Auto Wipers N Y
Power windows Y Y
Sat Nav Y Y
Centre stack screen 8″ 7″
Android / Apple play Y N
Roof mounted DVD Y N
Remote Start N N
Push button start Y Y

Isuzu D Max LST and Nissan Navara ST-X

Isuzu D-Max LST VS Nissan Navara ST-X Engine and Drivetrain

In real world conditions, there is imperceptible differences between these two vehicles. Both can tow heavy trailers without fuss. Both bring their torque in low down for relaxed driving and economy.

The Navara has a 7 speed AT which makes the driving slightly smoother and quieter, but the engine seems to work slightly harder.

The difference in fuel economy is nothing and is negated by a driver’s right boot.

Either vehicle is more than adequate for their intended purposes.

Isuzu Nissan
D Max Navara
RDAP $59,531 $57,842
Euro5 Yes Yes
Engine 3.0 L 2.3L
4Cyl 4 Cyl
Power 130 kW @ 3600 rpm 140kW @ 3750rpm
Torque 430 Nm @ 2000 rpm 450Nm @ 1500-2500rpm
Transmission 6 SP AT 7 SP AT
4WD System Terrain Command Electronic Select Shift
Rear diff lock N Yes
Rear LSD N N
Fuel Economy ADR 7.9 L/100K 7.0 L/100K
Fuel tank capacity 76L 80L

Isuzu D-Max LST VS Nissan Navara ST-X Dimensions

Again there are such minor differences between these two vehicles that you are measuring in mm to see it.

One thing to note though is that Nissan has a maximum 300kg tow ball rating and that is dependent upon the payload. The more payload used the less the tow ball rating. This is a limiting factor when towing and fully loaded for touring etc.

Remember if you exceed your vehicles tow ball rating or GCM then not only are you operating a potentially unsafe vehicle, exceeding what the manufacturer states is safe, but you are also voiding your warranty and insurance.

Isuzu Nissan
D Max Navara
Overall Length mm 5295 5255
Wheelbase mm 3095 3150
Width mm 1860 1850
Height 1855 1780
Kerb Weight Kg 2026 1949
GVM Kg 2950 2910
GCM Kg 5950 5910
Payload Kg 924 961
Towing max Kg 3500 3500
Max Ball Kg 350 Max 300^^
Approach Angle 30* 33.2*
Rampover 22.4* 24.7*
Departure Angle 22.7* 28.2*
Ground Clearance mm^ 235 230
Wading depth mm 500 TBC
Turning circle m 12.6 12.4
^^Nissan Tow ball rating depends on the payload on board

Isuzu D Max LST and Nissan Navara ST-X

Isuzu D-Max LST VS Nissan Navara ST-X Safety

Both of these Utes have an ANCAP 5 Star safety rating. Both lag behind the Holden Colorado that takes the honours currently for Ute safety.

Isuzu Nissan
D Max Navara
ANCAP 5 Star 5 Star
Anti-skid Brake System (ABS) Y Y
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) Y Y
Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) Y Y
Traction Control System (TCS) Y Y
Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) Y Y
Rear Disc Brakes N N
Roll Over Mitigation (ROM) N N
Forward Collision Alert (FCA N N
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) N N
Tyre Pressure Monitoring N N
Trailer Sway Control (TSC) N N
Hill Start Assist (HSA) Y Y
Hill Descent Control (HDC) Y Y
Blind spot warning Y Y
Driver & front passenger SRS airbags Y Y
Driver & front passenger side SRS airbags Y Y
Curtain SRS airbags Y Y
Driver knee airbag Y Y
Reversing camera Y Y
Rear park assist sensors Y Y
Front Park assist sensors N Y
Side anti-intrusion bars inside all doors Y Y
Engine immobilizer Y Y
Anti-theft alarm Y Y
ISOFIX child restraint anchor point Y Y

Isuzu D-Max LST VS Nissan Navara ST-X Warranty and Service

Isuzu Nissan
D Max Navara
Warranty years 5 years 3 Years
Warranty KM 130,000 100,000
Road side assist 5 / 130,000 3/100,000
Servicing 5 Yrs or 50,000 Km TBC

Isuzu D Max LST and Nissan Navara ST-X

Isuzu D-Max LST VS Nissan Navara ST-X Conclusion

So here we have two of the best options for dual cab Ute buyers.

The Isuzu is almost indestructible. The engine has been proven over many years in their light truck series. It is robust, practical with some comfort features. It is Ute like.

The Navara has a softer ride and handling and is oriented more towards car like features. They used to be indestructible, lost their way and are now back in business.

Pick either and you will be happy.

You can make of the information what you will. The argument about which Ute is best depends on where in the product cycle the Ute is, what is important to you and how much money you have to spend.

I hope you can use the information to assist you in your buying decision.

About Rob Fraser 247 Articles
Rob first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, many years ago. He has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive.