When it comes to impressing the experts, the D‑MAX & MU‑X do not disappoint. Check out the range of accolades collected.

Latest Awards

Back-to-Back Customer Satisfaction Awards for Isuzu UTE

For the second-consecutive year in a row, Isuzu UTE Australia (IUA) has been awarded the 'Car Manufacturer of the Year' title, at the 2021 Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Awards, besting close to 50 Australian automotive brands to the top step and marking the third time IUA has won the prestigious award; winning it in 2018, 2020, and 2021. Congratulating IUA on its repeat category win, Roy Morgan's CEO, Michele Levine said that, “Isuzu UTE has won its third Annual Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Award as the Car Manufacturer of the Year. For the first time Isuzu UTE has now completed back-to-back victories in the category after also winning the award in 2020 and before that in 2018." Revered as one of Australia's largest independent research companies with over 75 years of experience in collecting objective and independent information from Australians, Roy Morgan's customer survey research interviews over 60,000 consumers each year. That research data is then analysed on an ongoing monthly basis, and compiled in a report to recognise and report on each brand across each of the 37 categories. Once tallied up, Roy Morgan's research indicated that IUA charted as the top automotive brand in its segment across the first six months of 2021, finishing the year with an overall Customer Satisfaction rating of 96.1%, improving on its results from the previous year.

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Isuzu D-MAX & MU-X Awarded Canstar Blue Customer Satisfaction Awards

The Isuzu D-MAX Ute and MU-X SUV continue to impress, with one of Australia's most-respected and recognised comparison websites, Canstar Blue, awarding Isuzu UTE Australia (IUA) the 2021 Canstar Blue Customer Satisfaction Award for New Cars. Impressively, Isuzu UTE was the only Automotive brand in Australia to be awarded perfect scores across all seven Canstar Blue categories; Overall Customer Satisfaction, Reliability, Value for Money, Driving Experience, After Sales Service, Point of Sale Service, and Car Servicing. Leading the 2021 Canstar Blue automotive accolades was Canstar Journalist, Dean Heckscher, who objectively reported on each of the automotive brand entries, and remarked that, “Isuzu was the one to beat in Canstar Blue’s latest overall new car ratings, scoring five stars in all categories, giving it the inside lane on competitors in a crowded Australian market."

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Isuzu D-MAX & MU-X Awarded Car of the Year Accolades

Both the Isuzu D-MAX and MU-X have been awarded top-honours in the annual OzRoamer 4WD and SUV Car of the Year Awards, with the D-MAX winning the '2022 4WD Dual Cab Ute under $65,000 Award' and the MU-X winning the 'OzRoamer 2022 4WD $45,000 – $65,000 COTY Award'. Widely regarded as one of the most comprehensive and market relevant automotive award programs in Australia, the OzRoamer Car of the Year Awards has always taken a consumer-centric approach when analysing and reviewing each contender—focusing on a set of criteria that would aid consumers to make an informed purchasing decision. Now in its tenth year of running, the 2022 OzRoamer Car of the Year Awards tested a total of eighty 4WD and SUV contenders, with the top-three from each of the twelve award categories progressing to the final round of testing.

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Back-to-Back Winner: D-MAX wins Drive Car of the Year

For the second year in succession, the Isuzu D-MAX has been crowned the 'Best Dual-Cab Ute' of the year, after being awarded joint winner of the '2022 Drive Car of the Year – Dual-Cab Ute' award. This back-to-back victory comes just 18-months since the local Australian debut of the D-MAX in September 2020. In that time, the D-MAX impressed and earned admiration from numerous automotive publications; winning an assortment of 2021 Car of the Year silverware from the likes of Drive, NewsCorp Australia, and The West Australian — all before the D-MAX was awarded top honours again from Drive in 2022. The joint champions were awarded the win for excelling in more key areas across a broader range than all the other dual-cab utes on test and for "their long standard equipment lists and impressive levels of advanced safety," commended Joshua Dowling, Drive National Motoring Editor and Drive Car of the Year Judge. "No other utes in this segment have as much standard equipment – in their respective price points," continued Dowling.

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Isuzu UTE Leading Customer Satisfaction

With 2020 marking many milestones for Isuzu UTE Australia, the good news is only amplified with the results from the recent Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Awards, where the brand has not only taken out the 2020 Car Manufacturer of the Year Award, but has solidified their place as the ‘Best of the Best’. Validating Isuzu UTE’s commitment to reliability and customer service, the latest Roy Morgan reports placed the brand as the leading automotive brand for customer satisfaction—achieving an overall Customer Satisfaction score of 94.9% across the 12 months. This not only places IUA as the leading automotive brand across the year, but declares it the winner of the ‘Best of the Best’ Award for 2020—achieving the highest customer satisfaction of all 40 winners. As Australia’s largest independent research company, Roy Morgan has over 75 years’ experience in collecting objective and independent information from consumers and sets the standard for market research in Australia and around the world. It therefore comes as no surprise that their Customer Satisfaction Awards are held in high regards for brands all over the country.

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D-MAX wins Drive Car of the Year

The Isuzu D-MAX X-TERRAIN has been crowned the 'Best Dual Cab Ute of 2021', after winning the coveted '2021 Drive Car of the Year – Dual Cab Ute' award for the first time. Just months after its local debut in September 2020, the Isuzu D-MAX rose to the top of the segment ahead of the competition, relegating finalist rivals the Mazda BT-50 and Ford Ranger, to second and third respectively. Drive National Motoring Editor and Drive Car of the Year (DCOTY) Judge, Joshua Dowling praised the Isuzu D-MAX for bringing new technology to the segment, standardising advanced safety across all variants. "The Isuzu D-MAX is the most technically advanced ute on sale in Australia today, with every available piece of safety technology fitted as standard across the range. Isuzu deserves kudos for that decision alone."

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Isuzu D-MAX is News' 2020 Ute of the Year

Reflective of the best-cars available to Australian motorists, News Corp Australia’s Motoring section has recently awarded the All-New Isuzu D-MAX as their ‘2020 Ute of the Year’, as part of the newspaper group’s annual ‘Car of the Year Awards’. For the last 24 years, the annual ‘Car of the Year Awards’ has evaluated the latest vehicles introduced to Australian roads; pitting these combatants against their segment rivals in one of seven categories, from ‘Best Ute’ to ‘Best Performance car’ and everything in between. For 2020, the Judges awarded the Isuzu D-MAX the title of ‘Best Ute’, with News Corp’s National Motoring Editor, Richard Blackburn praising the D-MAX as “the new benchmark in the 4WD ute class, thanks to its class-leading safety and excellent value for money.”

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D-MAX Best in the West

For the first time ever, the Isuzu D-MAX has jointly-won the top-accolade in the west, crowned as the ‘West Australian 2020 Ute of the Year’, as part of the newspaper’s annual ‘Car of the Year Awards’. Sharing the win with the new Mazda BT-50 due to being based on the same platform as the All-New D-MAX, West Australian Motoring Editor, Sam Jeremic was impressed with the D-MAX, praising it as the “new benchmark of the [ute] segment,” referring to the standardised levels of safety equipment across all D-MAX models. “We [the Judges] were impressed by the segment leading – and segment changing – safety technology and improvements in refinement, while still maintaining the toughness and capability which ute buyers find non-negotiable.”

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Past Awards

Isuzu D-Max picks up 'Best Work Ute' award

Reaffirming its reputation for reliability, the Isuzu D-MAX has been awarded with one of the industry's most coveted accolades, winning the ‘Best Work Ute’ category in the Delivery Magazine Best LCV Awards for 2020. Revered as one of Australia’s foremost authorities on light commercial vehicles (LCV), Delivery Magazine has played host to the annual awards for the past 14 years—assessing a suite of LCV models against a criterion that best reflects the intended purpose. Delivery Magazine Managing Editor, Chris Mullett, said that the D-MAX was crowned the ‘Best Work Ute’, after out-scoring the competition in the judges’ stringent selection criteria and has genuinely built a reputation for reliability amongst owners.

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Customer satisfaction is driving the Isuzu D-MAX and MU-X

The latest research from Roy Morgan has further validated Isuzu UTE Australia’s continual drive for excellence for our customers, with IUA taking out the “Best of the Best” at the Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Awards for 2018. The ‘Best of the Best’ award goes to the company that achieved the highest customer satisfaction of all 32 winners at the 2018 Annual Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Awards. Michele Levine, Chief Executive Officer, Roy Morgan says Isuzu UTE Australia has continued the dominance of Car Manufacturers with a second consecutive victory in the prestigious ‘Best of the Best’ category for the Car Manufacturer of the Year following Lexus’ triumph a year ago: “Isuzu UTE has satisfied customers on an unprecedented level in 2018 with the vehicle manufacturer achieving an average customer satisfaction rating of 96.1% during 2018 to ‘streak the field’ as Roy Morgan’s ‘Best of the Best’ at the Annual Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Awards.” commented Michele.

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MU-X scores second place in 2018 4x4 Australia’s 4x4 of the Year Award

After a week of rigorous testing, the iconic Isuzu MU-X has been awarded second place in the 4x4 Of The Year Award (4x4OTY) at the 2018 Australian Motoring Awards. Powering ahead of competition from Jeep, Land Rover (Discovery TD6), Mercedes-Benz and Haval, the MU-X impressed the judges with its new ‘pumped-up’ engine - a Euro5 emission compliant 3.0 litre 4JJ1-TC Hi-Power turbo-diesel powerplant. Harnessing the power of Isuzu’s truck DNA, there is an abundance of low-torque on tap, making the MU-X a confident towing partner but is equally at home offroad, with impressive ground clearance, affording these models true rugged off-road performance. “If someone asked me what car are you going to jump into, not worry about it, take it round Australia, it’s going to be that (the MU-X)” stated Norm Needham, 4x4 Australia. What does it take to win the 4x4OTY Award? Read the full article using the link below.

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MU-X wins again with fourth OzRoamer award!

The Isuzu MU-X LS-T has again been awarded the Best 7 Seat 4WD under $60,000 by OzRoamer Magazine. Now in its 7th year, these awards are specifically aimed at helping consumers make educated buying decisions. Having won the top gong for 3 consecutive years (2013, 2014 and 2015) in this segment, Isuzu UTE Australia are delighted to be back at the top of the list thanks to the ‘new-look, pumped-up, 3 litre, 430Nm, 6-speed Isuzu MU-X’ launched in May 2017. The new Euro5 emission compliant 3.0 litre 4JJ1-TC Hi-Power turbo-diesel power plant is a world first for Isuzu. Tried and tested by Australians, for Australians, the Isuzu 3.0 litre Euro5 compliant engine is built to give outstanding reliability, durability and longevity in Australians harsh and adventurous terrains. “We are particularly proud of the success of the MU-X in an extremely competitive market.” commented IUA Managing Director, Mr. Hiro Kuramoto. “We are excited to see that our updated models have really hit the mark with our consumers.”

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Best 7 seat 4WD Under $60,000 - 2014

In 2014, the Isuzu MU‑X was awarded the Best 7 Seat 4WD under $60,000 for the second year running by OzRoamer Magazine. "Driving the MU‑X is the long lasting Isuzu 3.0L diesel. This engine is one tough motor and is renowned for its build tolerances and longevity. The term indestructible comes to mind” said Anthony Hood, Oz Roamer Magazine. The new Isuzu MU‑X is a strong contender in the family 4WD market. It has almost car/wagon like handling, enough power for almost everything you will ask of it, plenty of creature comforts, 5 star ANCAP safety, will seat 7 in relative comfort, is a robust and competent 4WD and all for less than $60,000."

Best 7 seat 4WD Under $60,000 - 2013

In 2013, Isuzu UTE Australia's seven-seat SUV – the MU‑X – received its first accolade with OzRoamer crowning the MU‑X LS-T as the best seven-seat 4WD Under $60,000. OzRoamer's tester Anthony Hood said that the MU‑X "performed effortlessly" during its evaluation. "We took the Isuzu MU‑X LS-T on a family holiday towing a 2800kg caravan through the narrow windy and hilly back roads of Tasmania. The MU‑X never missed a beat. While towing we averaged about 14-15L/100Km and there was plenty of power and low down torque for the job. That is what I mean by sometimes the figures don't translate to real world driving. The MU‑X performed like it had another 100Nm of torque. "What the Isuzu does though is make you really question why you would pay upwards of $80,000 on some of the other 'family 4WD wagons' it's that good," Hood concluded.

Ute of the Year - 2013

The Isuzu D-MAX was the winner of the 2013 Australian 4WD Action Magazine's Ute of the Year. Widely respected as this country's toughest 4x4 ute test, the D-MAX triumphed over the full-gamut of Australia's one-tonne ute segment; the Toyota HiLux, Mazda BT-50, Ford Ranger, Nissan Navara, Holden Colorado and Volkswagen Amarok. "Judging criteria for the 4WDer's Ute of the Year was simple – we wanted to test the vehicles in a way that mimics how they'd be used in real life," said Australian 4WD Action's editor, Brendan Seymour. "This meant loading them almost to their GVM (Gross Vehicle Mass), and then putting them through their paces in every off-road terrain imaginable, from mud, to steep hills, sand and long stretches at higher speeds ... finally, we enlisted the help of seven real 4WDers to test the vehicles like only a true 4WDer can – and the D-MAX came out on top," he added. Not only did the Isuzu D-MAX pick up the overall award, but it also proved the most fuel efficient of the seven utes tested.

Ute of the Year - 2013

The Isuzu D‑MAX was awarded the prestigious title of the 2013 Delivery Magazine "Ute of the Year". Delivery Magazine is widely considered the top Australian publication for news and reviews on all light commercial vehicles. The D‑MAX came out as the number one choice when compared against a strong line-up of competitors including Mazda BT-50, Ford Ranger, VW Amarok, Nissan Navara and Holden Colarado. "The new Isuzu D-MAX is a further refinement of the previous model that builds on the strength and durability of the Isuzu truck name. With a new chassis, new cabin, more powerful and capable version diesel engine, an adaptive automatic transmission and excellent load carrying ability, the D-MAX is a standout performer for daily work requirements." These recent awards again demonstrate that the Isuzu D-MAX is universally revered as one of the world’s best utes and further enhances the D-MAX’s solid reputation for reliability, economy and durability.